From Casual Exploration to Job Elimination Panic and Surprising Outcomes

I worked in Human Resources for 17 years and helped implement some of the earliest Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), those mysterious automated resume scanners. I moved out of HR for four years, and when I was ready to go back, I launched an external job search. I updated my resume and started applying to several roles. I had never had to work hard before to at least get phone interviews, but this time that wasn’t happening. Sometimes I would get a rejection email so quickly that it wasn’t humanly possible…


Hiring the wrong person is a massive waste of time and money. Interviewing someone for a job can be stressful, but it’s important to know what you’re looking for to get the best candidate possible. In this article, we’ll cover some of the golden nuggets: qualities and responses to keep your eye out for when interviewing potential candidates.

The process of hiring the right candidate for your company is not a simple task. But having a clear idea about what qualities and responses you should be listening for in a candidate can make the process much easier. Some qualities and…


Whether you work for a small company or a large one, whether you are in management or an entry-level position, gaining the respect of your coworkers is a smart career move. In today’s competitive job market, looking ahead and planning a career path is essential. Following that path requires respect from your coworkers.

These tips will help you gain more respect at work:

1. Take responsibility for your actions. No matter what happens, take responsibility for your actions — both good and bad. It’s okay to point out when you do something good. However, don’t spend all your time bragging…


Hiring is one of the most important (and challenging) decisions a company will make. It’s not just about finding someone who can do the job. It’s about finding the right person for this particular position. To help with this decision, companies often create hiring committees composed of different departments and staff members, and outside experts to provide input. In this article, we’ll discuss how to set up an effective hiring committee and who should be involved.

What is a hiring committee?

A hiring committee is a group of people who come together to identify the best candidate for a position. The goal of a hiring…


Establishing a Winning Structure

The hiring process can be a long and arduous task, but it’s also one of the most important things that an organization does. A structured hiring committee will help you make good hires by taking some pressure off your HR team. It’s not enough to just have a few people on this committee — you need people from different backgrounds so they can bring their unique perspective to every decision made about who gets hired at your company. …


We all know that performance reviews are essential, but they may seem like a waste of time or luxury for many small businesses with limited staff. Performance reviews can be time-consuming to do well. They require managers to spend hours with their employees reviewing the past year’s work and setting goals for the coming year. We can go on about the reasons to shove performance management to the back burner.

Whether you have a small business or large corporation, you need to ensure that your employees are happy and productive in their jobs to be successful and grow. Performance reviews…


A recruiting plan can help your organization grow by understanding the type of candidate you need, and in turn, target them with marketing and advertising campaigns. It’s also crucial to understand what your company is looking for to craft an effective job advertisement and attract relevant candidates. We’ll show you how to put together a recruitment plan step-by-step!

1. What is a recruitment plan?

A recruitment plan is a company’s guide to hiring. It helps the company figure out what they need for a position, how they’ll attract candidates, and how they’ll be prepared to decide which candidate to hire. …


Meetings take up a lot of your workday, so you want to protect the time you are investing. Those final minutes often determine how productive your session will be. Learn how to end a meeting in a way that delivers the results you are looking for.

Ending Meetings on Time

The most obvious measure of success is finishing your meeting when you said you would. Develop a reputation for respecting your colleagues’ time by staying on schedule.

1. Limit the participants. Shorten your invitation list to include only those employees who really need to be there.


Leverage a Common Facilitation Tool for Conflict Resolution

Some forms of conflict require advanced facilitation, and others can be worked out by open dialogue and a little time spent together to work through differences.

An everyday activity used in business can be applied to conflict resolution: Start, Stop, Change. Sometimes referred to as “Start, Stop, Continue” or “Stop/Delta,” internal team members can run these meetings to bring issues to the forefront and lead a group through articulating a path forward. Let’s break it down:

Ground Rules

Start each facilitation session or conflict resolution meeting by setting ground rules and getting…

Shawna Lake

Founder of Deep End Talent Strategies-keeping job seekers and employers connected to what the other side needs and wants in today’s job market.

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