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Articles by Heather O'Neill

Feds Consider Taking Ex-Offenders Out of the Box

December 7, 2011
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The EEOC may ban the question of criminal records on job applications while some states and municipalities already have ‘ban-the-box' legislation in place. One company executive insists the initiative isn't a bleeding-heart issue but a sound business decision.
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Best Practices for Conducting Criminal Background Checks

December 7, 2011
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From the National Employment Law Project's guide Criminal Background Checks: A Best Practices Guide for Employers:
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Building a Sales Team Starts With the First Impression

October 24, 2011
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Success is the bottom line, but before the first call, experts say look at a candidate's appearance and pay attention to your initial reaction. Once they're on the team, train, train and train some more.
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Six Sales Force Pitfalls

October 24, 2011
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Video Interviewing Cuts Costs, but Bias Worries Linger

October 5, 2011
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One recruiter says that since incorporating online interviews she has cut spending from about $10,000 per search to roughly $500. Yet an employment lawyer advises clients to proceed with caution when using it.
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Picking the Perfect Personality Assessment Tests Grow in Popularity

July 24, 2011
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Personality assessments have been gaining popularity in the past decade, with a May 2011 study finding that more than 80 percent of the companies it surveyed employ some type of assessment either during the hiring process or when making talent management decisions internally.
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Job Market Slowly Easing as College Grads Trade Books for Briefcases

June 21, 2011
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Google, like thousands of companies both large and small, is finding their ‘great people’ on college campuses nationwide in bigger numbers than in the past two years, career counselors say. Certainly the recession hit hard across all campuses but the uptick in hiring has been noticeable, they add.
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Corporate America Embracing Their Version of the Peace Corps

May 24, 2011
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Overseas corporate volunteer projects are proving to benefit both the employer and employee. Several companies are sending bands of highly skilled employees to foreign countries on a variety of volunteer projects.
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Home Improvement Retailers Staff Up for Their Holiday Season

April 14, 2011
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As the snow melts and days get longer, the home improvement bug hits homeowners every spring, which in turn spurs retailers such as the Home Depot and Lowe’s to go on a seasonal hiring binge as customers mend broken fences, and spruce up their lawns and gardens.
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Focusing on the Core

April 8, 2011
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New players are shaking things up in the human resource management software world by challenging traditional ‘core HR’ powerhouses with systems that some say add functionality and, in many cases, cost less.
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