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Recent Lawsuit Casts Doubt on Unpaid Internships

On Tuesday, Manhattan’s Federal District Court ruled against Fox Searchlight Pictures in favor of two interns employed during the filming of “Black Swan”. These interns had a pretty standard experience: they got coffee, they answered phones, they did heavy lifting

May's Sleepy Employment Numbers

If April showers bring May Flowers, and Mayflowers bring pilgrims, then the logical next step is May’s national employment statistics from the BLS, obviously. May’s numbers were virtually the same as April’s, that is to say, virtually the same as

Email Headaches and Micro-Management

Managers have a lot more of an effect on the productivity of their employees than they sometimes realize. A manager’s policies on methods of communication—specifically email and instant messaging—can sometimes hinder the productivity of their employees. For instance, if a

Qualities for Employees in the Matrix

The influence of globalization on business has subverted the classic ladder-style hierarchy that once reigned as the organizational standard. Employees may report to people on a daily basis who they will never meet in person or be switched constantly from

Walmart's Employer Brand Nightmare

Over the past year there has been a lot of focus on employer branding, both in recruiting and more broadly in the business world. You can scrutinize your methods for searching, hiring and onboarding, and still come up puzzled as

Cutting Corners Isn't Worth the Time You Save in Recruiting

When things get hectic at work, the first tasks to be overlooked are usually what you’d consider minor. Waiting until tomorrow to do the dishes, ignoring spam, putting off a few cold calls. No big deal, right? Well, classifying neglected

Seeing the Errors in Your Job Postings

When writing job postings, there is a lot of pressure to describe the job in a way that “sells” candidates on the position. Unfortunately, this usually entails a lot of general, wishy-washy nonsense about the fun aspects of the company

Facebook Faces User-Generated PR Nightmare

Monitoring your social media image is important. Little things, such as “liking” strange organizations or funny, distasteful pictures that your friend posted, create a link between you and the offending material. Indeed, it is the very nature of social media

Easy Steps to Candidate Retention

When you’ve zeroed in on a candidate, it can be easy to let your guard down. The person can be professional, engaged and seem hungry for the position, only to back out at the last minute. This isn’t because you’re

Cooking Up Positive Employment Branding

For those of you who who don’t watch “Kitchen Nightmares” with Gordon Ramsay, (the hot blooded Brit who doesn’t take any ______,) it’s a reality show in which Chef Ramsey visits the most disastrous and decrepit restaurants in America and

Why Cubicles Aren't so Bad After All

For those of you who work in an open-plan office, you know that the layout, unfettered by chest-high walls, is often given to its own set of problems. In theory, the open plan exists to facilitate the free flow of

Recruiters Spend 6 Seconds on Each Resume

We all know that getting a job is tough, but simply knowing that the process will be “tough” does not quite prepare job seekers for the hurdles of the modern job hunt. First of all, there is the sheer volume

Network for Your Net Worth!

Networking is important no matter who you are. Creating and maintaining a strong network is just as important to job seekers as it is to small business owners. Even large business owners would not be able to maintain their place

Crafting a Strong Employer Brand

Building a unique and defined employer brand is more than just a tool for marketing; it can be an opportunity to take a good hard look at your company’s culture and objectives. By investing the time and effort necessary into

Engagement in Generation Y Employees

Dealing with low employee engagement can be tricky. Fostering motivation is even trickier. How do you know whether an employee is coasting because they feel discouraged by a lack of clear-set goals (something you can fix), or because they are

Job Seeker Preferences Rule Job Board Success

General job boards have seen better days. Sites that still boast name recognition are slipping behind as more specialized job boards and professional social networks like LinkedIn lead the way. Take Monster for instance. Though it is still a household

Job Seekers Buried by Bad Credit

When making a new hire, it’s important to figure out what kind of person you’re bringing on board, both inside and outside the office. The inside part is easy, accessible through their resume and their presence during the interview. What

Prospects Still Uncertain for College Grads

For those of you with kids about to graduate college, or you recent graduates who have metamorphosed into job seekers, you’ll be interested to know that job prospects in 2013 are looking to be as scarce as last year. Unfortunately

How Big Data Predicts Job Performance

In 2013, data is king. The usefulness of analytics in hiring models has been vetted and is here to stay. But with this expansion of the role of Big Data in hiring comes a necessary focusing or narrowing in on

Demand For Nurses Higher than Ever

Do you ever wonder why the expression goes “nursed back to health”, instead of “doctored back to health?” The reason could be that, since the advent of modern medicine, it is the nurse who takes charge of the well being

Social Networking and the Future of Hiring

The integration of social media into the recruiting process was a turning point, leaving the old ways of doing things behind. This development of the web presence of candidates has been a useful, if sometimes controversial tool for screening candidates.

Holding Out For Perfect Hires

Settling for less than you want is never the right course of action. Unless you’re settling for less debt, conventional business wisdom says to stick to your guns and hold out for a better deal. While this can make your

Visa Debate in the Tech Industry

People with degrees and training in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM for short) are some of the most sought-after job candidates on the market today. STEM jobs have also come under the national spotlight recently in the congressional debate

US Economy Adds 165,000 Jobs in April

Analysts were surprised by April’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which was contrary to many projections of doom following March’s uninspiring numbers. And speaking of numbers, 165,000 jobs were added in the month of April. Getting back