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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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Why Outplacement Counseling is So Critical in Your Job Search

By Lorraine Russo

Believe it or not, there was actually a time when companies felt bad about cutting their employees loose. I know you might find this unimaginable now, but there really was a time when draconian, across-the-board layoffs were truly difficult decisions for some companies.

While scary, my first experience with being “displaced” was, in the end, a highly-positive one and opened dozens of doors for me. You see, this job loss resulted in my first and only exposure to outplacement counseling, and it changed the way that I would search for – and get – just about any job I applied for.

How did I do that? I’m going to give you little background on this, so please bear with me as I lay the groundwork for why outplacement counseling is so important.

In the mid-1980s, I worked for Mercantile Stores, a national retailer headquartered in New York City. I had my first professional job there as a technical writer, and was a loyal and happy employee for nearly seven years. One of the neat things about this company was that it literally started as a small dry goods store in the 1800s and evolved into a national department store chain (similar to a Macy’s type of department store). As they grew, they retained (and insisted upon) a “mom and pop” culture and treated their employees with dignity and respect.

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Re-recruiting Can Keep Good Employees On Board

Even in the worst job market in a generation, forward-thinking business owners know they can’t afford to take their best employees for granted. No matter what the unemployment figures are, great employees are always in demand.

A recent survey conducted by Robert Half International bears this out. Even in the current high-unemployment environment, four out of 10 (39 percent) senior executives said employee retention is their greatest staffing concern, and another two out of 10 (22 percent) named recruiting.

“Companies that lose top performers may not only experience declines in productivity, but they also incur significant costs in replacing these professionals,” said Robert Half International CEO Max Messmer, author of Human Resources Kit for Dummies.

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Excellent and Effective Resume Writing Strategies that Bring Results

In today’s tough economic climate, the competition for jobs is fierce indeed, which is all the more reason we need to be using effective resume writing strategies that work!

Here, we are not going to show you how to put your resume together; instead, we will share five excellent resume writing tips that you can use.

Tip #1: Know the job and company you are targeting.

Do your research before you start or update your resume. Look up the company you are applying to, and learn everything you can about it. Search online, talk with people in the industry, and make notes. Learn their mission statement, what their goals are, and how they are perceived in the community.

Notice that when you are researching the company, you are likely to see a few things or facts that stand out or are repeated. Also, this type of research could bring issues to the surface that you might not have noticed or learned about earlier. In fact, you might also uncover some information that might make you uncomfortable about the company, showing you that they may not be a good fit for you. Remember, even though you are focusing on their needs, and how you can benefit them, using effective resume writing strategies means that it has to feel good to you too!

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How You Begin Determines How You End.

In the movie “Cinderella Man”, Russell Crowe plays an aging boxer making a dramatic comeback.

It’s the Great Depression and Crowe’s character, Jimmy Braddock, once a mighty champion, has lost his way.

Well into his comeback, a reporter asks Braddock (I’m paraphrasing, I may not have the quotes dead-on):  “You’ve lost before.  What’s the difference this time?”

Braddock says, “I know what I’m fighting for.”

“What’s that?” asks the reporter.

And what follows is what I consider the most memorable and inspiring line in the whole movie …


That said it all.  He was fighting to feed his kids.

It gave him the strength to look defeat straight in the eye and say, “Okay, one more round.”

He was able to overcome failure because he had the energy and passion to achieve his goal of putting milk on the table.

Several years ago, I heard an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger, before he became California governor, and the reporter asked (again paraphrasing): 

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Job Searching and Staying Marketable in a Recession

Job searching is never fun, nor is it something that is particularly comfortable for the majority of people out there. It can be frustrating, but ultimately, it can prove to be an extremely rewarding experience. There are additional challenges that exist, however, when it comes to job searching in a recession.

The term recession is likely to be as frightening to many as a job search. Because of this, it’s important to remember that there are ways to simplify job searching in a recession. Whether you are currently employed and concerned about the possibility of a layoff or you are unemployed and eager to find work, the following tips will help with job searching in a recession.

1. Take an inventory of your skills. Whenever you are searching for a job, it’s important to make sure that you know your strengths and that you are able to identify the areas where you could be stronger. While job searching in a recession, if you are aware of the potential for growth in a given area, you may want to make an effort to develop those skills - particularly if they will make you more marketable to employers.

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New Study Reveals Secrets to Finding a Job

Most career advice is highly subjective, offered by experts rather than researchers. A new study, however, suggests that there are methods and activities that can maximize your chances of success.

Researchers at the University of Missouri studied the efforts of 327 job seekers, ages 20 to 40, and found that developing and following a plan at the start of your job search, and having positive emotions later in the job search had a significant impact on success.

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How to Fire an Employee and Not Pay For the Unemployment Claim

Firing an employee can be a stressful situation for a small business owner. It can also be a very big disaster for a small business’ finances if handled improperly. This article pertains to firing an employee for cause; that is, a deliberate action or pattern that is against the company’s best interests.

In many states, an employee fired without cause is eligible for unemployment insurance compensation that is paid out of the business’ contributions to an unemployment compensation fund. If there are insufficient contributions, the business is billed for the unemployment costs. For business owners, this probably seems unfair and unreasonable. It is true that unemployment laws in many states strongly penalize business for letting employees go.

To avoid the problem of a business assuming the burden of unemployment compensation, make sure you establish a strong case that the employee was fired for cause. Do not, of course, change the facts and lie; this will only make matters worse.

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“Damage Control” Thank You Notes

By Peggy McKee, the Medical Sales Recruiter

Did you just flub your job interview? Were you awkward? Did you forget some critical piece of information that will make them want to hire you? Or did you make some other kind of job interview mistake? Whatever it was–it just didn’t go well, and you know it. But you still want the job. What do you do?

You send a thank you note.

It’s probably your only shot at damage control–your one last “Hail Mary” pass, but if it’s your only chance to fix whatever the problem was, you should take it.

On a good day, thank you notes are very important to your job interview process. On a bad day, it may be your only hope. Thank you letters show your great attitude, highlight your communication skills, and give you a chance to provide more information about why you’re a perfect fit for this job. In this case, a thank you note also highlights your ability to take in information (the interview) and provide feedback on whatever the problem was. You’re responding to an issue in a timely fashion (e-mail it, please), which is only going to improve the hiring manager’s perception of you. The ability to turn a negative situation around is one of those intangible skills you’ll need in medical/healthcare sales, and a situation like this is your chance to demonstrate it.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.


Why Your Resume Gets Tossed

The average recruiter sees 5,000 resumes a year. Any legitimate reason she finds to make one disappear makes her life that much easier — and yours that much harder. Here, top-level recruiters reveal how candidates blow their chances to get a foot in the door.

Numbers Don’t Add Up

If accomplishments can be quantified, do it — but use discretion. Brandishing borderline performance numbers signals a lack of experience and bad judgment. “Phrases like ‘managed a budget of $500,000’ or ‘led a team of two’ might catch my eye in a bad way,” warns Olaf Weckesser, a former recruiter for McKinsey & Co. Better to spin it as “managed company’s largest budget.”

Adds Alexandra DeMarino, a Citigroup recruiter: “If a small number is impressive, you absolutely have to put it in context.” Because you can’t provide context for academic numbers, don’t include GMAT scores below 650 if you’re targeting a top firm. DeMarino suggests bragging about nothing less than a 3.7 GPA.

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What You Should Consider Before You Agree to Take a Pay Cut

As a result of the economic downturn, many employers have asked their employees to take a pay cut so that they can reduce their overheads and keep trading. If you have been asked to take a pay cut, then you need to consider the following:

Asking employees to take a pay cut is a drastic measure. It should only be considered when all other cost saving measures have been implemented and the only remaining alternative is to make employees redundant.

Your employer should consult you fully about any proposed pay cut. They should tell you how much of a cut they want to make and over what period the reduction is required. They should be required to produce figures to justify the particular amount of pay reduction being requested.

In deciding whether to accept the cut or not, employees need to consider the following:

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