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  • NEW RELEASE: States Could Save $73 Billion by Negotiating Medicare Drug Prices

    Washington, D.C.- State governments could save as much as $73 billion cumulatively over the next ten years if the federal government  were to negotiate Medicare prescription drug prices, according to a new issue brief by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). 

  • Email addiction: Why the enterprise can't break free

    Atos CEO Thierry Breton caught a lot of flak last year when he announced he wanted his employees to give up email, but he may have been on to something.

    Kids these days don't use email -- digital market research company comScore found that use of Web-based email dropped 31% among 12- to 17-year-olds and 34% among 18- to 24-year-olds in the period between December 2010 and December 2011.

  • The purpose of background checks

    The success of recorded human civilization has been built in part upon individuals living and working in harmony with one another. The modern world of the 21st century is far removed from the tribes and clans of ancient history but individuals still need to work together in order to accomplish survival objectives.

  • What to do when a recruiter goes dark - Part 2

    Amy AlaLast week I introduced you to a job seeker asking for advice on how to handle a “missing” recruiter. This candidate (I interviewed him – he’s good) was frustrated after following instructions and getting zip / zero / nada in response. Check out Part 1 here. My advice to our friend? Here’s a portion of the email response I sent –


  • It's time to fix the Family and Medical Leave Act -- here are some suggestions.

    Dear Congressperson:

    I know you are busy, but I am hoping you can take a few minutes out of your sequester stuff to help with the Family and Medical Leave Act, as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, as amended again by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, as amended yet again by the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act of 2010.


    Unresolved conflict is like blood-letting: immediate pain, a big mess, then, a slow draining while no one does anything - or worse yet, they sit around and silently watch it happen. The results can be fatal. Slow seeping losses cannot be ignored. On the job or in the family, they can also be deadly. We have to wake up and stop the bleeding.

  • TheLadders sued for multiple scams in U.S. District Court class action

    Ask The Headhunter readers have been asking for it for years, and it’s finally happened. A consumer protection class action was filed against TheLadders on March 11, 2013 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, for:

  • Liability or Asset – The Marisa Mayer Edict

    It has been an interesting week between Marissa Mayer's clamp down on telecommuters at Yahoo and Sheryl Sandberg's pitch that women sabotage their own careers.In both arenas there seems to be a criterion missing. That criterion is how do you view your human capital in your organization - are they a liability or are they an asset? Let's look at the two events separately:

  • Your Facebook Likes may reveal more than you probably like

    Expressions of approval on the social network can accurately predict personality traits, sexual orientation, and intelligence, researchers say.

    Facebook users' Likes on the social network may be unintentionally revealing their personality traits, sexual orientation, and intelligence, according to a study published today.

  • Advice to Job Seekers of a ‘Certain Age’

    The job search process can be frustrating, but for job seekers who are middle age and older the process presents additional challenges.  Often, their higher salary requirements provide stumbling blocks for employers trying to work within defined budgets.  As a result, flexibility is key for the experienced job seeker looking for their next great role.

  • Recruiters: Poor Client Development? Try Doing the Opposite in Marketing Your Recruiting Services!!!

    When I opened my recruiting firm in 1990... well... I kinda, no I did... SUCK!  In my first year in this business I only cashed in $23,000 personally.  Even if you adjust for inflation, maybe if you're kind, we come up with $50,000 in today's dollars.  I did everything the wrong way... client development, time management,prepping, closing, training, leading, etc.

  • Five Keys To Effective Management

    For over thirty seven years I have been working with, observing, coaching and training Managers in our industry as well as in the client companies for which we provide our services. Some have struggled in their role and found it difficult if not impossible to properly adapt to a management function. Others struggled and yet learned and grew to be successful managers. And of course, there were those who already were effective managers and sought to develop new skills and approaches that would make them even better.

  • International Women's Day, Labor, And The Right to Strive

    Today is International Women’s Day and my Twitter feed courses with feminist politics, links to causes involving women and girls, and high-minded wishes for a world without base misogyny and cruel sexual exploitation.

  • Which comes first? The candidate or the client, the Chicken or the Egg?

    Recently a colleague and I were discussing our different work styles.  By working from the mindset of the client and the job order are the most important part of the fill to hire equation he has been extremely successful.  I on the other hand have achieved similar success with probably less effort.

  • "And By The Way, Are You A Criminal?"

    Getting the answers, without violating the new EEOC guidelines
    According to some studies, over 90% of employers conduct criminal-background checks for some job applicants and over 70% of employers conduct background checks on all potential new hires. This includes many hospitality-industry employers. Most decision-makers want information about criminal behavior and other related data before bringing a candidate into the organization. 

  • California offers Free and Discount Phones to Eligible

    Going through a rough patch financially? As you cut your monthly bills to the bone, it may be tempting to decide to go without cell phone or Internet service. But, as we all know, this is often the time, we need the tools of Technology, and not having them can often put you at a disadvantage.

  • 5 Tips to Ensuring Your Resume Produces Top Results

    A professionally written resume is an important component to any job search. The overall effectiveness of the document however depends on certain variables; such as how/how often the resume is used, the types of marketing/submission strategies, and the continued relevance of the resume’s content. Concentrating on these important aspects (and others) ensures the resume will produce the all-important interviews that we strive for.

  • OFCCP: Issues Directive On the use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Hiring and Employment Decisions

    1. SUBJECT : Complying with Nondiscrimination Provisions: Criminal Record Restrictions and Discrimination Based on Race and National Origin

    1. PURPOSE : The purpose ofthis Directive is to provide information to federal contractors and subcontractors and federally-assisted construction contractors and subcontractors (contractors) and to OFCCP personnel about: (1) the circumstances in which exclusions of applicants or employees based on their criminal records may violate existing nondiscrimination obligations; (2) the Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 31-11 issued on May 25, 2012 to the American Job Center network and other covered entities in the public workforce system by the Department ofLabor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Civil Rights Center (CRC); and (3) the Enforcement Guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 25, 2012.

  • Study: What's Yours Is Mine: How Employees are Putting Your Intellectual Property at Risk

    Symantec Study Shows Employees Steal Corporate Data and Don’t Believe It’s Wrong

    Companies failing to adequately train employees in intellectual property theft awareness

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - February 6, 2013 - Half of employees who left or lost their jobs in the last 12 months kept confidential corporate data, according to a global survey from Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC), and 40 percent plan to use it in their new jobs. The results show that everyday employees' attitudes and beliefs about intellectual property (IP) theft are at odds with the vast majority of company policies.

  • What is HR Excellence?

    We had in one of the first posts here asked you to define what you thought HR Excellence was. From the level of responses I am assuming ( I know the problems with assumptions) that you are having a hard time coming to some sort of consensus. So let me tell you what I feel the components of the definition of HR excellence are:

HCX Facts

Growth in women's share of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations declined to 27% in 2011from a high of 34% in 1990. While women make up nearly half of the workforce, they were 26% of the STEM workforce in 2011.

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