Category Archives: onboarding

5 tips to communicate well with a hiring manager

Every head hunter wants to identify, attract and place the best candidates.  But how smoothly the whole process goes can depend on the personal relationship a head hunter or recruiter has with the hiring manager. It is it one that is too frequently overlooked. All parties have to work together to attract and hire the…

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6 sand traps that cause onboarding fails

“Start as you mean to go on” is one of those timeless great quotes and one that resonates over and over again. Working with executives in transition, I have pulled together a list of 6 major sand traps causing onboarding fails. They are the main stumbling blocks which new hires or newly promoted or transferred individuals regularly…

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10 Steps to Onboarding Success

New hires perform best when they feel integrated into a company and are relaxed, stimulated and having fun.  Onboarding success occurs when new arrivals are in a supportive but structured background. All research indicates that employees who are successfully onboarded are likely to be more highly engaged and stay with an organization for longer periods.…

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Post onboarding – when the honeymoon is over

There was a great post in the 3plus eGazine this week “How to disagree with your boss and not get fired” The guest author made a connection, which you don’t see very often in leadership posts. The writer linked the value of the interview and onboarding process to the presenting leadership issue. She (he?) referred to instances where these challenges can possibly be traced …

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7 reasons to stop candidate bargain hunting

As the Euro teeters at the edge of a European toilet, businesses are observing nervously on the side-lines and moving into conservative mode. Hiring freezes and protracted recruitment processes seem to be the norm. Open positions are reportedly over subscribed and many employers have their choice of top talent. Reports of organisations trying to bring in excellent talent at budget, lower than market rate salaries…

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Why reference seeking is a key skill

Resume / CV fraud has  always been around,  but  the recent case of Scott Thompson,  named Yahoo’s chief executive in January, illustrates how easy it is for even senior appointments to slip through the net without thorough due diligence. Everyone assumes that the previous company has done the necessary work especially when the candidate has a strong market reputation.…

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How fast is too fast? Speed interviewing.

Would you move in with someone you’d only just met? I was recently asked by a local journalist for a soundbite on speed interviewing. This is apparently one of the latest job hiring strategies to hit the job market and is seemingly being adopted by an increasing number of companies. The process, pretty much like…

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Will there be an end to copy/paste selection?

Bringing down the wall of rejection. Is the end of candidate cloning my pipedream? As a coach I insist that all candidates fully understand their transferable skills and can share their success stories in any situation whether it's on a CV , in an online professional profile, in a formal interview, at a networking event…

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Additional discretionary duties as required

Can you be too flexible? A contact of mine has recently started a new job. Everything went smoothly, the whole search process completed in record time, a contract was presented and signed, a draft job description included in the on boarding programme, a corporate manual and workplace ethics booklet 2cm thick, were all courriered over…

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When is lunch with a STUD not a hot date?

When it’s a Spouse Trailing Under Duress I’ve just had lunch with a STUD. No, this was not a hot date, but a perfectly correct meeting with a Spouse Trailing Under Duress aka …STUD. This is an affectionately humerous moniker given in Brussels to male partners following the careers of their female counterparts. Jim is…

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