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Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, announced today the appointment of Cheryl Johnson to the post of Senior Vice President of Talent. Ms. Johnson holds more than 16 years of progressive HR industry experience, which includes several executive-level appointments.

Ms. Johnson previously led talent management for retail chain Ulta Cosmetics. Prior to her time with Ulta, Ms. Johnson served as Divisional Vice President of Strategic Talent Management for Sears Holding Company and also spent time as Vice President of Human Resources for Fossil Inc.

 

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Friday
Mar202009

LEADERSHIP – What Makes a Good Leader

It goes without saying that good leadership is crucial to any successful business. But, what makes a good leader and how can someone develop himself or herself into a good leader if they are not one to begin with? The answer is that there are many factors that contribute to good leadership. And, whether someone is naturally a good leader or not, anyone can become a good leader.

 

GET TALKING

 

One of those factors of good leadership is communication. Communication is one of the most key elements of leadership. Good communication skills need to be learned to effectively become a good leader or manager. When communication occurs, as a leader, you will be able to accurately convey your ideas and thoughts to those that work for you. In fact, simply being able to convey these things in the first place, much less accurately, puts you in the right direction for leadership. If employees have no idea what is on your mind, your leadership is going to falter. Employees are not typically mind readers.

 

If there is a problem a certain employee is experiencing, good communication can filter the problem out. You, as a leader, can dissect the problem and offer solutions in various ways. Ideas that are given to employees work both ways, as well. Employees can give helpful feedback and generate new ideas to you that help the company as well, when good communication is present.

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Wednesday
Mar182009

Layoffs are not a Panacea 

As in previous recessions, layoffs are the order of the day. The statistics convey the grim tale: unemployment at 7.6%, 3.6 million jobs lost in the last 12 months, about half of them lost in the last 3 months. For many companies, layoffs are the only way to survive this tough economic climate. However, for many others we believe it would be beneficial to seriously consider other alternatives for the following reasons:

 

There’s not that much fat to trim: In the face of increased global competition, American companies responded by creating a leaner workforce. Recent studies show that more than 60% of employees work over 40 hours a week and 45% of managers work over 70 hours a week. In addition, with the widespread use of technology such as Blackberrys, many employees are expected to be available 24/7. Studies show that overworked employees make costly mistakes and are less productive overall. Taking an already stretched workforce through the layoff process has detrimental effects that could easily outweigh the financial benefits of layoffs.

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Tuesday
Mar172009

Communication Tips for Professionals

Most humans by nature have a fascination with their own voice - which often manifests itself in a desire to keep on speaking. However, there is a great deal of difference between speaking and communicating, with the latter requiring considerable application of effort. People with good communication skills know what to say at exactly the right time, at what place and to whom. More importantly, they know when not to talk at all, and just listen. There are certain key characteristics that depict whether a person is a good communicator or not - one of them is being a good listener. It might be possible that you are able to communicate your views and thoughts to another person in the best manner, but when it comes to listening to others, you happen to be a complete failure. In most people, the quality of listening is closely related to their grasp of information, and with the ever changing situation in business environments today, excellent listening skills have become an imperative for success.

 

Here are some tips that will help you to improve your listening skills:

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Tuesday
Mar172009

How Many Resumes Do You Have?

If you’ve been job hunting for any length of time, then you’ve probably received a call from a headhunter asking for a revised resume with a few “tweaks” (and he/she needs it within the hour). The requested revision is usually to highlight some experience or skill that is not clearly (or prominently) presented in your resume.

 

It’s not unusual to have several resume versions, each of which is targeted to specific job functions (but all of which should be accurate representations of your experience). While it is unusual to have resumes with completely different skill sets (it’s doubtful that you will have a Doctor’s resume and a Chef’s resume), it is not unusual to have resumes that highlight different skill sets. To avoid the pressure of having to revise your resume “on the fly”, it makes sense to create your resume versions at the start of your search process.

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Monday
Mar162009

Responding To Career Setbacks & Job Loss

While career setbacks are often unavoidable, they are not insurmountable or irreparable: with a good mix of planning, networking and optimism, you can find yourself a new position or find a way to circumvent obstacles to growth in your current role.

In order to regain your momentum (and earning potential), you will need to think strategically and assess your situation objectively. Below, we outline some things you should think about if you are currently facing employment problems, or just want to be prepared.

UNDERSTAND YOUR SKILLS

The first crucial step when planning a career change or pursuing new employment is to take stock of what you know and what weaknesses you have. For example, if you are a great analyst but a poor communicator, then look for a role where you can utilize your analytical skills but won’t have to give many presentations. At the same time, if you know your presentation and writing skills need work, start looking for opportunities to speak more. Informal meet-ups of peers and professional organization events are both great ways to build your speaking skills (and network).

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Friday
Mar132009

How To Write A Cover Letter And Get The Job You Want

When you apply for the job, you have to make sure that you can market yourself properly; doing this alone tells a lot about yourself. Most businesses deal with some kind of marketing. Even though the position you may be applying for doesn’t require marketing skills, a hiring manager would be able to see a lot of potential in you when you manage to sell yourself to them.

This is because a company or a business is a shared environment. Ideas can come anywhere, as their potential employee, you should be able to provide good ideas that can help develop the company and push it further to success. This can be seen in your cover letter, believe it or not.

Numerous applicants fail to get a job not because they are not qualified, but because they fail to get the attention of the hiring manager. You can do this without even having to face them; this is done through a very creative and well-written cover letter.

So how is an effective cover letter done?

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Thursday
Mar122009

Motivation: The A to Z Steps To Motivated Success

Motivation is the key to all success. There are many factors in life that determine the amount of motivation we have at any given time. Pain can be a motivator as well as pleasure. The degree to which we desire to have something or some situation is another motivator. Desire and determination has the ability to spark our motivation into a particular path. Ultimately it is what is inside us all that determines our level of motivation in live.

With the countless negativity’s the world brings about, how do we keep motivated? Try on the tips I prepared from A to Z…

A - Achieve your dreams. Avoid negative people, things and places. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Consume yourself with the motivation to achieve tremendous results from everything you attempt

B - Believe in your self, and in what you can do. Motivation comes from within, if you trust in your abilities you will come out on top.

C - Consider things on every angle and aspect. Motivation comes from determination. To be able to understand life, you should feel the sun from both sides. Never say never, there is a way of accomplishing anything if you keep an open mind and never give up.

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Wednesday
Mar112009

5 Insider Tips You Must Know for Writing Your Executive Resume

If you’re an executive searching for your next opportunity in today’s hotly competitive market, you’ve probably found that the task of marketing yourself is unlike any other.

How do you sum up a long, storied career in just a few paragraphs? What is the best way to differentiate yourself on paper—and to get others to focus on this value?

Standing out among the pack requires an intense emphasis on your natural leadership abilities, the impact you have on your employer’s businesses, the feedback you get from colleagues, and the hard skills that you bring to the table.

This information comprises what is known as a “personal brand,” and it has become the cornerstone of a successful executive resume in the employment arena.

Here are 5 insider tips that can help bring out your personal brand—and get your resume to open more doors for you:

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Tuesday
Mar102009

Economic Scorecard

One could argue that each of us has a piece of responsibility in the economic calamity that surrounds us, whether it’s walking from a mortgage, to shopping too much. And in turn, our individual actions can contribute to the turn around. The same is true of business and our employers. The question becomes what are each of us doing, in our daily job, to ensure we contribute to turning around this financial situation. Working in global logistics I have the opportunity to review many service providers, either incumbents or those in an RFP. One way I try to raise awareness on the contribution to the economy is by adding a section in my RFPs that scores - ‘candidate supports American economy’. It doesn’t have a huge value in a candidate scorecard, but it’s there. Generally we look for actively choosing to employ and retain talent (ie, a US-based IT department gets full score), to actively managing from the US, to taking actions to improve beyond staff reductions, etc. This scoring allows for discussion among my staff and my management about how the economy relates to us, our jobs, our vendors, and our perceived contributions. And, the scorecard affords the opportunity to discuss it with the vendor, and their management. We want to support companies that support the US and ensure our dollars stay here.

 

By Anonymous

Monday
Mar092009

Become an Effective Manager through Genuine Recognition 

One of the most powerful attributes of an effective manager is not something often taught in management courses.

It’s the ability to genuinely recognize and acknowledge team members for a job well done.

You may be thinking, “Of course you can learn that, I saw a whole book on ‘1001 ways to reward and recognize your team’”. And you’re absolutely right, but the keyword I’m focusing on is ‘genuinely’.

Have you ever had someone say, “Sorry” and they may as well not have bothered because it was the most inauthentic apology you ever heard? In fact it wasn’t an apology at all; it was just a word without any feeling to support its meaning.

Authenticity can’t be taught, it’s a personal attribute that comes from within. But even if you’re on the ‘cold fish’ side there are certain things you can do that make a difference and most actions don’t cost a cent!

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