Archive for the ‘What HR Really Thinks’ Category

Job recruiter If you have been interviewed by a job recruiter that didn’t know anything about your job or a hiring manager that was new to interviewing, this post is for you. After reading this post, you won’t have to worry about being cheated out of your job offer by a bad recruiter. Based on […]

Exiting employee vs HR department

Posted: by HRNasty in Climbing Career Ladder, Company Culture, What HR Really Thinks

How HR should treat an exiting employee Exiting employees and how companies treat them is a phenomenon we have all witnessed in the workplace. We have all seen the HR department turn teenager petty when an employee leaves a company for a new opportunity. The HR department is the group that can set the tone both […]

Promotion at work from Individual Contributor to Manager Last week we covered the mysteries surrounding a promotion at work and why climbing the career ladder can be so elusive. We shed light on the qualifiers that most of us do NOT think about when it comes to promotions: What is really being discussed behind the scenes […]

When to arrive for a job interview This week’s topic is a job interview no brainer to many, but I feel it is important. Based on a long history of conducting interviews, this is a topic that needs to be explained. Show up too early or too late to a job interview and it will be […]

Candidates have choices beyond the 401K When markets are tight for talent, employers add more benefits to the menu. (I consider Seattle’s job market to be tight.)  These could include free food, entertainment, flexible work schedules and unlimited vacations to name just a few. I found this downloadable info graphic What Top Talent Really Wants: The 10 Best […]

Cover letters get a bad rap. It’s unfortunate, because I would say that most of the folks that are hired include cover letters. Don’t get me wrong, I throw out a lot of cover letters. It isn’t because of a rule that states “Cover Letters are never read, so don’t write a cover letter”. That rule is a […]

How HR F’s-up an exit interview

Posted: by HRNasty in Climbing Career Ladder, Company Culture, What HR Really Thinks

Exit Interview I have a friend that is going through an exit interview process. She is leaving her current job for a new gig. Her current HR department is taking it personally. This friend is a VERY gracious individual and when I say doesn’t have a mean bone in her body, I mean it. She is […]

Positive attitude, career accelerator

Posted: by HRNasty in Climbing Career Ladder, Job Interview Tips, What HR Really Thinks

Positive attitude vs. Negative attitude A positive attitude is an asset and anyone that tells you otherwise sucks. All kidding aside, a negative attitude is one of the personality traits that will keep an individual contributor out of management. It doesn’t matter how technically proficient we are at the job. Without a positive attitude, the […]

HR professional brand

Posted: by HRNasty in Climbing Career Ladder, Personal, What HR Really Thinks

Professional brand I was recently asked to sit down with a small group of HR professionals and the intent was to talk about our professional brand as an HR professional. The session was a lot of fun and turned out to me more of a round table Q&A than me just presenting. The group was very insightful. I thought […]

Accepting the wrong job offer In the past 3 weeks, I have met with three different job seekers and I noticed a common thread. With each situation, the candidates DID NOT realize they were working against themselves in their job search. Frankly, I think that this phenomenon is happening with 90% of the candidates out there and […]

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