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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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Monday
Aug172009

Workplace Relations – Building Trust in the Workplace

Relations in the workplace are different from those that we create and develop in our day to day life. Just like our personal relations, our professional relations are also based on trust, faith, and respect. Both types of relations require investment of time. However, basic differences between our personal and professional relations are as follows:

 

1. Relations in the workplace are time-bound and can or cannot be permanent or long-term based.

 

2. Though based on common vision and focused on similar goals, relations at work-place require one to be competitive and sometimes even compete with one another to stay ahead.

 

3. There can only be a possibility of mutual trust, faith and respect and it cannot be one-sided.

 

4. People involved in workplace relations should have High Emotional Quotient and should be able to differentiate between personal and professional emotions.

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Friday
Aug142009

A Reading List to Build your Work Life Skills

For job seekers and career changers putting together reading lists, the choices are endless.

 

I’m devoting the next two columns to books that have come across my desk recently. This week I’ll focus on guides to building skills in your work life; next week we’ll look at books to help in your job search.

 

· “Being Strategic: Plan for Success, Out-Think Your Competitors, Stay Ahead of Change,” by Erika Andersen, St. Martin’s Press, 2009, $24.95. She outlines a step-by-step approach to developing a strategic mindset for workplace issues.

 

Recommendation: A good book to pass around your workplace to get conversation started about problem-solving.

 

· “Strategic Project Management Made Simple,” by Terry Schmidt, Wiley, 2009, $29.95. Here’s another look at strategy, within the framework of project management.

 

Schmidt outlines painstakingly precise steps for breaking apart a problem, identifying desired outcomes and accounting for assumptions and variables.

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Thursday
Aug132009

Social Network Candidate Screening - Top Concerns

In September 2008 Careerbuilder.com released their survey‚ “One in Five Employers Use Social Networking Sites to Research Candidates.” Below were the top concerns hiring managers responded they had when checking candidate’s pages.

 

41 percent: References to alcohol or drug use

40 percent: Inappropriate photos or information posted on their page

29 percent: Poor communication skills

28 percent: Bad mouthing of former or fellow employees

27 percent: Inaccurate qualifications

22 percent: Unprofessional screen names

21 percent: Notes showing links to criminal behavior

19 percent: Divulging confidential information about past employers

 

On the flip side; 24% of hiring managers in the study found content on social networks that helped convince them to hire a candidate.

(source: Mobility Magazine‚ February 2009)

 

Recently I read the above statistics. Since I’m a bit of a “numbers guy,” I needed to check it out.

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Monday
Aug102009

Anatomy of a Decision: 3 Basics Leaders Must Bear In Mind

An ostrich sticks his head in the sand.

 

Leaders can’t.

 

A deer gets paralyzed in headlights.

 

Leaders better not.

 

A turtle retreats into its shell.

 

Leaders seldom have the luxury.

 

And yet …

 

… many leaders are guilty of each one.

 

In the last few days, a giant story has played out on a grand stage, illuminated for all to see. And it is instructive for leaders everywhere.

 

You know the Michael Vick saga. Who doesn’t.

 

Frankly, I’m sick of it. I’m not going to rehash it here. It’s been analyzed to death in all media for over two years.

 

But now there’s a new twist most worthy of discussion. For sports fans and non sports fans alike.

 

For those living under a rock, unaware, I’ll take one quick sentence to recap the story, so the “new twist” makes sense…

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Wednesday
Aug052009

Younger Workers Getting The Axe; Older Workers Getting Jobs 

CareerBuilder says unemployed older workers are having a tough time finding jobs. A survey released last week says only 28 percent of workers over 54 laid off in the past 12 months found new jobs compared to workers 25-34 who are quicker at finding work. In that age group, 71 percent found a job within 12 months.

 

As a result, says CareerBuilder, 63 percent of the 55 and up group have applied for lower-level jobs, including entry-level positions and even internships.

 

That’s probably not much of a surprise to recruiters; 37 percent of them told CareerBuilder they have received applications for entry-level jobs from retirees and workers over 50.

 

What may well come as a surprise is the rise in older workers and the impact the recession is having on their ranks.

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Monday
Aug032009

Social-media skills become crucial for job hunters

If you can’t Tweet, you might get beat — in the job hunt, that is.

 

The landscape of today’s job market is shifting, and the shift favors individuals who are savvy in social media.

 

“If you’re in advertising, marketing or communications, the more information you can put out to people where they want to see it, the better,” said Bob Van Rossum, president of MarketPro, a marketing recruitment company. “If you’re in one of those fields, it’s now required for you to be pretty savvy in the social media area, even if it’s not your primary focus.”

 

Atlanta job postings on a number of Web sites include Twitter and Facebook requirements for applicants.

 

A senior account executive position at Softscribe Inc. requires “5 years Tech PR Agency Record + Twitter.”

 

Mosaic Sales Solutions describes the “key characteristics” of its ideal Atlanta market training specialist as “an avid user of the Internet, blogs, Twitter and/or has a facebook page or other social networking account.”

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Thursday
Jul232009

A Pre-layoff Checklist for Worried Workers

What should you do when you suspect a layoff is imminent? A lot of advice focuses on working harder to keep your job. While that is not a bad idea, I have a feeling it may be too little, too late.

 

Since so many layoffs amount to the surgical removal of an entire department, the stellar efforts of one worker are often overlooked. Worse, repeatedly staying late and coming in early could distract you from the other steps you should be taking to prepare for a layoff.

 

That’s not to say that you should do less than you were hired for. Of course not. But if you’re going to make an extra effort, try to ensure that it will pay off.

 

In the meantime, see if you can find a pair of scissors. You need to cut out this column and put this list somewhere handy so you can check off these pre-layoff steps as you complete them.

 

Take Stock

· Survey you work arrangement and identify what access you would lose. If your workplace uses key cards, you

will not be able to enter the building. Your passwords will likely be disabled and you will not be able to use your

computer or voice mail at the office. That means no access to your e-mail address book and contact information

for internal and external colleagues.

· Itemize your company-issued equipment. What would you need to return? Laptops, cell phones and company

cars are the most common items; you may also be holding tools, keys or other items of value.

· Review your company-sponsored benefits. Health insurance is the big item; other things to look at include

disability and life insurance, professional subscriptions and memberships, and health club memberships.

 

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Wednesday
Jul222009

The Death of Twitter 

“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

Yogi Berra

 

You read it here first, folks: Twitter — at least as it is structured today — is going down. Oh sure, it’s easy to be a contrarian: simply watch where everyone is going and then head in the opposite direction. But the media attention on Twitter means we need to monitor its impact on social interaction — especially recruiting. That said, there are real reasons why the social media phenom Twitter is poised to become a victim of its own success.

 

The famous Yogi Berra quotation above actually contains a nugget of perspicacity: the “nobody” Yogi was referring to were people like him (e.g., ballplayers and other celebrities) who began avoiding a popular restaurant because it was too crowded. Probably one of the reasons so many diners flocked to the place was to see the celebrities who put it on the map. As soon as it became a destination for the tourists, the celebrities had gone on to more exclusive destinations.

 

Twitter grew at 33% in January; 55% in February; and 131% in March. And that was before Oprah logged on. With such a hockey stick growth trajectory, every person on the planet will have a Twitter account by the end of this year.

 

We know, of course, that this won’t happen. First, there is also a well-documented tendency for people to abandon Twitter accounts within a couple of months. Oprah has already gone relatively silent, for example.

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Tuesday
Jul212009

Where, Oh Where, Has My Application Gone? 

GETTING a rejection letter is a painful part of job hunting, but at least it means you’ve been noticed. These days, I’ve been hearing about more job hunters who respond to online job postings, only to hear nothing back from the company. Ever.

 

Was the position filled? Is the company just taking a long time to fill it? Did the hiring manager even see the application? You may never know.

 

Many recruiters and hiring managers do let applicants know where their online applications stand. (At a minimum, companies should set up an automated response system.) But before you get too angry at companies that ignore you, consider what they are up against.

 

First, the Internet has made it absurdly easy to apply for jobs. This means that unqualified people are clogging the system with their wing-and-a-prayer applications.

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Monday
Jul202009

Atlanta Slipping in Number of High-Paying Jobs

Metro Atlanta has been one of the fastest-growing regions in the country, but its income and job growth has not kept up with population.

 

That is the prevailing theme that has emerged from a six-month analysis by the New Economy Task Force of the Metro Atlanta Chamber that was to be presented to its board on July 16.

 

“We have grown our economy incredibly, but we are slipping on per capita income,” said Sam Williams, president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Our income growth is not holding up. We need to focus on the top of the pyramid for higher-paying jobs.”

 

The study, conducted by the Bain & Co. consulting firm, found that in the decade between 1998 and 2007, metro Atlanta’s per capita income growth was the lowest among the major 25 cities in the country.

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