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10 Common Sense Interview Tips

We coach our candidates extensively before interviews with our clients. However, recently, I’ve seen an increase in mistakes made by candidates. These mistakes are things we didn’t discuss with the candidates since we believed they were “common sense”. Below are some common flaws pointed out by hiring managers to avoid in interviews: 1. Put your […] Read Article “10 Common Sense Interview Tips”

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Does Anyone Care if You Have an MBA?

When I graduated with my BBA a few years ago, I was certain I was done with college forever. While friends were going on to law school or med school, I was already working. An advanced degree? Not for me. Flash forward three years later. I noticed that a well known automotive company had a new requirement for […] Read Article “Does Anyone Care if You Have an MBA?”

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Prioritizing Fitness: How to Stay Healthy with a Busy Lifestyle

Everyone has heard of the freshman 15. What no one tells you is that the same thing can happen when you enter the workforce and are suddenly sitting at a desk eight (or twelve) hours a day. Companies praise health and wellness – but how do you stay healthy and stay fit with a busy […] Read Article “Prioritizing Fitness: How to Stay Healthy with a Busy Lifestyle”

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Contract to Hire: The Real Story

It’s not uncommon for candidates to be skeptical of the contract to hire situation. There are pros and cons to this employment arrangement for both candidates and managers alike. So what’s the real story on contract to hire? Why do companies use it and how do you maximize your odds of getting hired in? Reasons […] Read Article “Contract to Hire: The Real Story”

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What Drives Me Crazy About Hiring Managers

Recently, I came across an article called “What Drives Me Nuts About Staffing Agencies”. I couldn’t help but think of the other side of the story. So, here are five profiles of hiring managers that have driven me crazy (and many of my staffing industry colleagues, I’m sure). 1. The Resume Hoarder: This manager thinks that […] Read Article “What Drives Me Crazy About Hiring Managers”

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Career vs. Family: Can Women Have Both?

Recently, Anne-Marie Slaughter (former director of policy planning for the US State Department) published an article that set off a flurry of media attention. The article, called “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All“, focused on the conflict of interest women face in having both a high-profile career and a family. As women continue to marry and have […] Read Article “Career vs. Family: Can Women Have Both?”

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Win4Youth: Ragnar Relay Success from Madison to Chicago

Team Adecco (also known as “Random Acts of Foolishness”) successfully completed the Ragnar Relay Race for Adecco Win4Youth. The team of 12 completed the grueling 200 mile journey from Madison to Chicago in just over 30 hours, placing eighth in the Corporate Mixed Division. The team persevered through a 100 degree heat index, aches and pains […] Read Article “Win4Youth: Ragnar Relay Success from Madison to Chicago”

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A Growing Problem: Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace

Nearly every employer drug tests for illegal drugs. However, if an employee has a prescription for a drug, they will still pass the drug test. With this loophole, prescription drug abuse in the workplace is on the rise. The problem tends to start on college campuses, where students seek out medications either for recreational use […] Read Article “A Growing Problem: Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace”

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Management & Job Design: How to Ensure Your Employees Actually Like Coming to Work

When I took on my new role as On-Site Manager, I inherited my very first employee-with-a-dotted-line responsibility. I’m not technically her supervisor; but she will look to me for training, guidance and new tasks.  They often say that people don’t leave jobs: they leave bosses; so I was intent on making sure that she would like […] Read Article “Management & Job Design: How to Ensure Your Employees Actually Like Coming to Work”

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The Side Effects of 24/7 Workplace Connectivity

In a time of 24/7 connectivity, do we ever really leave work? It’s a question that has been discussed more and more frequently. In the age of smartphones, iPads, text messaging, laptops, SYNC and webinars, many feel that they never really shut down. According to Extreme Jobs: The Dangerous Allure of the 70-Hour Workweek (Hewett and […] Read Article “The Side Effects of 24/7 Workplace Connectivity”