3 ways to reward and engage your best talent

157006973Talented employees are the leaders behind successful companies. To tap into your best employees and optimize their skill sets, employers need to strive for employee engagement consistently. When your top talent loses engagement or feels that their work is undervalued, they begin to seek out other opportunities. Here are three things you can do to engage your best talent and keep them happy as they move the company forward.
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Five rockstars of the job market

151329130test2014 has shown signs of particular growth – all of which results of key factors, including shifts in the economy and significant current events.

The job market continues to hold strong in a few key industries: healthcare, finance, computer systems and information, and employment services. Although this list isn’t exhaustive, these industries will continue to play a big role in the 2014 job market and the future of the job market altogether. Many positions in these industries require new support roles or other professions that are attainable through a certification process; job seekers should approach large industries with an open mind and consider breaking into new industries through a surplus of emerging support roles.
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The one thing you must do at every job interview

Top 5 things your human resources department wants you to knowThere are countless rules and tips about what to do and what not to do during a job interview. If there’s one critical thing that every job seeker must do to stand out and to be taken seriously, it is simply ask questions. When you don’t come prepared with thoughtful questions, it says a few things, including: 1) you are underprepared, 2) you aren’t excited about the job or the company, and 3) you’re not visualizing your day-to-day role within the company.

Here’s how to craft questions that will impress your future employer.

Long-term goals

Learn more about the long-term goals for the role you’re interviewing for. Questions like, “what are 2-3 major accomplishments that you’d like to see come out of this role in the next six months?” show that you are aiming to make an impact and hold yourself to a high standard.

Company Culture

Ask your interviewer to describe the company culture and values. By expressing an interest in the heart of the company and going deeper than day-to-day tasks and items that only impact your role, show that you can think big picture – and prove that you care about the company itself. Asking an interviewer about company values demonstrates an important level of maturity and consideration. Moreover, if you are truly seeking a perfect job match, you can learn a lot by asking this question.
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The benefits of a liberal arts degree

463246905reTOne misconception about liberal arts degrees is that they don’t translate into jobs after college. On one hand, it’s true that a liberal arts degree means you won’t know the exact profession you’ll look for or accept after graduation. On the other hand, having a more broad skill set is a huge advantage in many cases. In today’s job market especially, a liberal arts background can translate into many opportunities that one may have overlooked otherwise.

Without a specialized occupational degree like accounting or engineering, graduates are able to look into top hiring industries rather than wait for a position in the industry that pertains to their degree. Job seekers who are willing to be open-minded and have patience while navigating the job market without a set plan will likely be rewarded with a variety of opportunities and the ability to craft a long-term career in any number of fields.

The annual Emory Career Center survey of liberal arts majors found that “85 percent [of the graduating class] had definite plans in place before graduation.” The same study reports that employers appreciate liberal arts backgrounds for a variety of reasons; “They can think critically…They have a well-rounded background…They’re analytical, well-spoken,” says Justin Leemis of Triage Consulting group.

Employability of a liberal arts grad

A liberal arts degree may not guarantee every liberal arts job seeker employment right out of college, but it will continue to bolster your career trajectory in the long-run, often making you a more desirable candidate for promotions or other opportunities, thanks to certain traits that are cultivated within a liberal arts education, including strong communication skills, reading comprehension, cultural understanding, and analytical abilities. These traits are undeniably valuable for any career path. The ability to process and synthesize complex information – one of the key skill sets of most liberal arts majors – is something that can be difficult to come by in today’s market.
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What it means to be an agile marketer

180409629testIf you hang out with corporate techies, you undoubtedly hear about “agile development” – the approach to developing software that relies on responding effectively to change rather than following a rigid plan to get the best results.

Yet more and more, the term “agile” is being tossed around in the marketing department – and with very good reason. The agile approach makes sense in myriad ways for marketing in an era of rapid change, fast-evolving consumer expectations and fierce competition. Agile marketing allows for dynamic creativity, as well as the ability to quickly respond to changing market conditions.

Specifically, there are some key principles that set agile apart from traditional marketing approaches and campaigns. Among them:
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Celebrating National Nurses Week: May 6th-12th, 2014

ADO_nurseweek_statuscrop (2)National Nurses Week is a yearly event to honor and celebrate our nurses. It was originally celebrated in October, 1954 to recognize the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. Nightingale is considered the founder of nursing. In 1990 the American Nurses Association expanded it into a yearly national event, and it now takes place between May 6 and May 12 each year – the week of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This year, Nurses Week 2014 is celebrating the 160th anniversary.

The modern purpose of Nurses Week is to recognize and appreciate the contributions that nurses make within their communities. It is the biggest health care event in the U.S., and celebrations are organized throughout the nation to recognize and honor the 2.7 million registered nurses, 1.4 million nursing assistants, and 740,000 licensed and vocational nurses, and the indispensable work they do.

The number of nurses in our nation is already impressive, but their numbers are projected to further rise in the coming years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects there to be 3.2 million registered nurses, 1.8 million nursing assistants, and 921,300 licensed and vocational nurses by 2022.

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