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Finding a Job That Actually Relates to Your College Major

I’m an intern at Adecco Group this summer, and this fall I will return to Georgetown University to begin my sophomore year. Next spring, I will be required to declare a major; however, I’ve known what I want to study for a while – the growing field of Linguistics. I used to think I wanted […] Read Article “Finding a Job That Actually Relates to Your College Major”

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Recruiting Socially

Right before racing off to the Atlanta airport, I was able to catch the tail-end of a SHRM session titled “Is Social Recruiting Really Working?” The session was moderated by Steve Boese, a director of talent-management strategy at Oracle, and featured several HR, recruiting and social-media experts on the panel. One shared statistic was that […] Read Article “Recruiting Socially”

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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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Considering Employees with Disabilities

One of my favorite SHRM sessions was an enlightening discussion of best practices to successfully attract, employ and retain people with disabilities. Nadine Vogel, founder and president of Springboard Consulting, a Mendham, N.J. firm, was the presenter. She started the discussion by quoting a KPMG leader, who stated that “supporting people with disabilities in the […] Read Article “Considering Employees with Disabilities”

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Training Smart for the Games and Beyond

With less than a month until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, U.S. Olympic Hopefuls are kicking their preparations into a whole new gear! Across the nation, athletes are attending intensive training camps where they are immersed in training regimens specially designed by the best and brightest coaching minds to fine tune athletes’ […] Read Article “Training Smart for the Games and Beyond”

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Tom Brokaw: “We need an adult in here right now!”

Our coverage of SHRM 2012 wrapped on Wednesday with Closing Session Speaker and legendary NBC newsman Tom Brokaw. He kicked off his speech with a joke about having to follow Jerry Seinfeld, who was the featured entertainment on Tuesday night. “He’s the margarita; I’m the hangover,” he joked. Brokaw’s talk soon became serious as he […] Read Article “Tom Brokaw: “We need an adult in here right now!””

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The Skinny on Background Checks

At 2pm on Tuesday, I wandered into the “Top Ten Trends for Background Checks in 2012,” and not surprisingly, the place was packed. Even before the presentation started, audience members were peppering presenter Lester Rosen with questions. About 15 minutes into the start of the session, the actual presentation got underway. Rosen, a California attorney, […] Read Article “The Skinny on Background Checks”

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Four Generations in the Work Place

Many of the sessions I’ve attended at SHRM have addressed the unprecedented reality that today’s workforce consists of four generations.  Arthur Jackson, a Woodbridge, Va.-based consultant, led a discussion that was a deep-dive into this phenomenon and offered leadership techniques to use with the various generations in the workplace. Jackson’s session was hilarious from beginning […] Read Article “Four Generations in the Work Place”

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The Latest on Labor Reform

While most of the sessions I attended on Monday focused on the changing workplace and how businesses can adapt, my first Tuesday session had a different flavor. “Understanding Labor Reform’s Newest Front Lines” was led by Philip Miscimarra, a partner at a Chicago law firm. He represents clients on a wide range of labor and […] Read Article “The Latest on Labor Reform”

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Engaging Older Workers

How do you engage older employees in the workforce? Ed Redfern, the senior specialist of education and outreach at AARP, moderated a Monday afternoon session that answered that question. Two leaders from organizations that won the 2011 AARP Best Employers for Workers over 50 were on hand to contribute to the session as well: Deb […] Read Article “Engaging Older Workers”