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Running a small business of your own, especially in the early stages, may mean dealing with very small profit margins and very little room for budget flexibility. So you may be managing your books and handling your financial reports on your own to avoid wasting money. And in fact, you may be spending a large… read the rest »

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By the time they sit down with you, most hiring managers have interviewed dozens, if not hundreds of candidates during their careers. They’ve said yes to several candidates and no to many more. And they’ve learned to identify a few clear patterns and red flags that signal a candidate just isn’t ready for a professional… read the rest »

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When you read management blogs and expose yourself to leadership advice, you hear one fact over and over again: Being a “boss” (or a manager) and being a leader are not the same thing. They may both be required of the same person (you), and you may move back and forth between one and the… read the rest »

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You’re looking for work in IT, and you’re attracted to a few opportunities (or more than a few) with contract structures. They aren’t permanent employee roles and they may not be full-time, but you like what they have to offer. Your only hesitation: You aren’t sure if contracting is the right move for you. You’ve… read the rest »

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You’ve reviewed a host of resumes and narrowed down the list, and now you’re working your way through the interview process and winnowing out all but the best sales candidates. One of them is presenting you with a conundrum. She has a fine track record, an appropriate education, and an appropriate knowledge of the sales… read the rest »

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Employers often hesitate to hand an employee more responsibility or a more difficult task that the employee can comfortably handle. If a task is too complex, a skill is too untested, the stakes are too high, or the employee doesn’t feel confident and assured of success, the employer will often pull back and hand the… read the rest »

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Light industrial employees depend on a safe workplace to stay productive, healthy, and onboard. Unsafe spaces and a weak safety commitment from employers are two common drivers of not just injury (that’s a given) but also turnover. So, keep your workplace safe and your workplace brand trustworthy! Do this by building a reliable culture of… read the rest »

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So, you took a leadership test to determine your “leadership style,” and you reviewed the results, nodded in agreement, and simply moved on after that. If your test indicated you’re a “top-down manager,” or a “collaborative coach,” or a “remote resource provider” or whatever your style may be, it’s possible you accepted this as truth… read the rest »

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Human resource management requires a variety of skill sets and aptitudes that draw on all areas of the brain. If you think HR managers crunch data all day, you’re right…but that’s not the only thing they do. Not even close. At the core of their responsibilities, HR managers help the company gain the highest possible… read the rest »

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When you interview sales candidates, you can easily determine years of experience and education level just by asking. And assuming the resumes you’ve selected from the pool are accurate, you can skim those documents for critical information about past employers and general sales records. But if all those generic, accessible metrics are more or less… read the rest »