Category Archives: Finding Great Employees/Recruiting

New Hip Hooray!

My husband has gone through more airport security scanners than any other person I know. He spent his career traveling the globe and now that he’s retired, that hasn’t changed too much. Only now, the wands will be waving and … Continue reading

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Some Assembly Required

Lots of things happened in 2004. The final episode of Friends aired on NBC; Ronald Reagan died at the age of 93; a little company named Facebook was launched in Cambridge. And, the newsletter below was published in December of … Continue reading

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HIT THE HIRING REFRESH BUTTON

When an employee leaves unexpectedly, especially one that you particularly like and who has been doing a good job, it’s easy for a manager to view hiring a replacement as an un-pleasurable, possibly daunting, task. Someone you like must be … Continue reading

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4 Tips to Quickly Qualify Candidates

WHO DOES YOUR JOB? Years ago, when I told my now 98-year-old mother that I was headed up to Maine for a few weeks of vacation, she sweetly asked me, “Who does your job when you go on vacation?” My … Continue reading

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Four Ways to Spot a Diamond in the Rough

CERTAIN THERE WILL BE UNCERTAINTY Whether you’re hiring someone for a senior, strategic position or for the lowest level position in your company, there is always an element of uncertainty when you make that final decision about who gets the … Continue reading

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Eating Salad with a Spoon

A while ago I found myself forced to eat my lunch salad with a spoon. Have you ever tried to eat salad with a spoon? Probably not, I’m sure. But, if you did try, you’d see it’s pretty damn hard … Continue reading

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

In the summer of 2000, a Boston-based, $240,000,000 software technology company was looking for a Regional Sales Director. They were a “hot” local company with a very good reputation for their products and their company culture. But, the market for … Continue reading

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Put a Wrinkle in Your Hiring

Would you hire a candidate who was 70 years old? That’s a loaded question, I know. And I really don’t expect you to give me the answer. But this country just hired someone who is 70 years old for a … Continue reading

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Ain’t Interested in the Interest

KEEP SALES COMPENSATIONS SIMPLE I love to shop at Nordstrom’s. Everything in the store is presented attractively and the salespeople are numerous and helpful — a perfect combination. Now if I could knock down some of their prices, I’d really … Continue reading

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Hold Your Nose and Hire? Please Don’t!

The current market for qualified candidates to fill your open jobs is pretty “tight” right now, speaking in recruiter terms. In Massachusetts, we have a 4.2% unemployment rate. There are many, many open positions, at all levels and in all … Continue reading

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