Tag Archives: human resources

How to Accept and Grow from Criticism

Receiving criticism can be one of the toughest parts of a job. It is challenging to hear about your weaknesses that need to be corrected and how you should be building your strengths. Even though it can be uncomfortable, the best way to grow from criticism is by choosing to use that feedback in a positive way.

Everyone is a work in progress, so we all have improvements we can make.  When receiving criticism, it is important to keep the following in mind: (more…)

Should You Conduct Employee Background Checks? (Part 2)

There are a number of legal considerations associated with conducting a proper and fair background check. It’s not easy, so why should you bother? The answer is in the EEOC guidelines; you do a background check when there is a business necessity. As a business owner, you have an obligation to provide a safe environment for your employees and customers as well as a fiduciary responsibility to the company. Reasons for a background check include, but might not be limited to: (more…)

Legal Considerations for Employee Background Checks (Part 1)

Do you conduct background checks on job applicants? Have you ever thought of doing so? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions you need to be aware of the legal considerations.

There are a number of federal and state laws, along with local ordinances in some cities, which govern background checks. At the federal level there is the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states in part “…a person cannot be denied employment based on a criminal record alonethe decision to hire or not hire must be based on a business necessity…” Some of the points to consider include, but are not limited to: (more…)

How to Have Difficult Conversations in the Workplace

In every business, issues arise that involve having a difficult conversation with a coworker. Whether it’s letting them know that a deadline wasn’t met, discussing negative performance, or working out personal conflicts, these conversations will come up. Here are the Do’s and Don’ts from Rebecca Knight, who writes for the Harvard Business Review. (more…)

Dealing with Workplace Conflict

Whether you are in an entry-level position, or an upper level management position, at some point we all have to deal with workplace conflicts. Learning how to deal with the conflicts is crucial to creating a good environment to work in.

Follow these four tips to help handle conflict: (more…)

How Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile Work Together

LinkedIn recognizes that resumes are still the primary way to apply for a job – that’s why they offer an option to convert your profile to a resume and an option to attach your resume to your LinkedIn profile. Still, we often hear that having a well-developed LinkedIn profile is important for professionals. This is true. Your resume and LinkedIn profile should not be the same and are viewed differently by employers and recruiters.

How is LinkedIn actually being used by employers and recruiters? (more…)

New Job? Build a Positive Reputation

Starting a new job gives you the chance to start fresh with the organization you are joining. It’s important to build a good reputation during your first weeks of work. Follow these tips to make a good first impression on your new coworkers. (more…)

Developing Your LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great networking tool but if your page is not professional and up-to-date it can make a bad impression.

Here are some tips that will help you keep more connected with a professional page:

  • Make sure to include a photo and make it a professional one. Not having a photo can raise questions in people who are looking to connect with you.
  • Create a strong headline. Your profile headline will appear in search results next to your name. Use a headline that appeals to a recruiter and makes them want to check out your profile. (more…)

New Job? Communication is Key

Starting a new job is filled with unknowns. What is the company culture like? What is the management style? How will your boss communicate? Not knowing the answers to these questions can make the onboarding process a difficult transition.

Communication is the key to making the transition easier and starting off on the right foot with your new manager. Here are some tips: (more…)

Get In with the LinkedIn Crowd

LinkedIn is an online resume that is easily accessible for recruiters. It can also be a great tool to connect with co-workers and other professionals who post articles and blogs that you are interested in reading. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. Here are some of the stats: (more…)