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Looking for Business-Ready Candidates, Companies Turn to Finishing Schools of Commerce

July 30, 2004
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This month, corporate recruiters will have the chance to court liberal arts, science and engineering majors fresh from summer “finishing schools” teaching Business 101. The intensive courses run by B-schools at Dartmouth, Stanford and elsewhere attract well-heeled kids looking to pick up accounting, marketing and management basics before they begin work.
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An Inside Job At CNA

July 30, 2004
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In early 2003, CNA's management ordered a complete overhaul. First on the to-do list: bring recruiting in-house. The company coached hiring managers to work strategically with recruiters so that hiring needs are met. The results: CNA's recruiting team filled 2,000 new positions and saved $3.5 million last year. It aims to hire 2,000 more people this year.
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Who’s Hiring from Business “Boot Camps”

July 30, 2004
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A chart with information about a few of the programs for college grads aimed at preparing them for business careers.
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Who’s Hiring from Business “Boot Camps”

July 30, 2004
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A chart with information about a few of the programs for college grads aimed at preparing them for business careers.
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In Just a Year, Cash-Balance Plans Go From Panacea to Pariah

June 1, 2004
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In the wake of a court ruling and a lack of legislation, companies are bypassing cash-balance plans, once seen as an answer to traditional pensions.
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Low-Cost Leader

May 29, 2004
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Costco's CEO spends 200 days a year in the field, walking through stores and scouting locations.
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Cash-Balance Lawsuits

May 29, 2004
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A chart of six corporations and a short summary of what each is dealing with on the cash-balance issue.
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Screening Out Bad High-level Hires

May 3, 2004
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Organizations that once considered a recruiter's recommendation, interviews with senior staff, and some sold references and perhaps a good skills test are now requiring the finalists for top-tier jobs go through even more vetting. Blame it on the fear factor.
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