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When an employee stops coming to work, do we have to formally fire them?

by ALISON GREEN on NOVEMBER 18, 2014 A reader writes: I’m the only HR person in a high turnover construction-related business. Prior to me, the supervisors handled (or didn’t, is more like it) all their hiring and firing themselves. We often have people quit showing up for work, and in the past supervisors would just never contact them […]

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Keeping Options Open is Key to Career Path

by John Rossheim “Most  workers don’t know where their careers are going,” says Andrea Kay, a career consultant. “A career path used to be determined by your manager; now it’s something you design for yourself.” Like the waning concept of lifetime employment with a single company, the notion of a career path often seems like […]

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What Recruiters Do

I should mention… I’m really wowed by the Interview Confirmation document you sent me. It goes beyond the usual recruiter confirmation, and moves into the realm of encouragement and mentoring. Thank you! When I was talking to you about what drives me and influences me, this is exactly the sort of thing I was referring […]

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Seriously, Do Not Lie About Your Salary as a Negotiation Tactic

While the best salary negotiation advice is to try not to divulge your salary history, or to push the hiring manager to state a range, many won’t play along. That’s because they know that the person who names a number first is at a disadvantage – and they’d prefer to be “Not It.” This is […]

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Big changes considered for Ontario workplaces

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government is about to get advice that could lead to a significant shakeup of the laws governing work in Ontario.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Treat Your Candidates Like Customers

During the hiring process, it’s important to treat potential candidates as you would your customers. The market is competitive and you really can’t afford to not make the best impression every time, right? What this means is: respond punctually, be respectful, and help candidates grow through feedback even if you don’t decide to move forward […]

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Recruiting: It Can Determine Business Success or Failure

It goes without saying that every company director and owner wants their business to be a success, but what makes one company more successful than the next? To borrow an analogy from nature: your business is like an ant colony. Whether it has 10 or 100 workers, they all work together to make it a […]

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Top 7 LinkedIn Profile Pictures You Should NEVER Use

We’ve all seen the really bad LinkedIn profile images and we kind of know what to avoid…. Or do we? Here is a list of seven pictures that must never be used on your LinkedIn profile: 1. Grainy or Pixelated: A picture that is grainy in any way is not only annoying, it just looks […]

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Have you ever hired a great candidate, only to have their evil twin show up for work?

During the interview process, you met an individual with great credentials who you knew would fit into your company culture.  This is not the person who is now working for you, and you find yourself questioning your ability to screen and hire. An initial interview can be compared to a first date.  The answers you […]

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Have you ever hired someone with a bad reference?

I’ve never been overly enthusiastic about references when I don’t know the person providing the reference. Because if I call random stranger and say, “Was Jane a good employee?” and he says, “No. She was a horrible psychopath.” How do I know whether it was Jane who was the horrible psychopath or the person with […]

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