Taking a New Look at the Less-Than-Stellar Resume

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Companies today are complaining a lot about the trouble they are having finding the talent they need. But, according to business writer George Anders, the problem may not always be with the candidates but with the blinkered perspectives of the people doing the hiring. The problem may be that the businesses are looking for the… Read more »


Is Crowdsourcing the New Route to Pharma Drug Development?

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What’s wrong with the traditional pharmaceutical drug development process? Why is it so expensive and inefficient? Critics of the industry blame thinning drug pipelines, escalating development costs and a lack of innovation. Many pharma company executives blame increased regulatory scrutiny, burgeoning labor costs and downward drug pricing pressures due to the generic drug market. A… Read more »


Online Compliance Training Courses

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If you work in human resources, one of your responsibilities may be the oversight of your company’s online compliance training. Online training is now widespread, and many argue that it can be an effective way of learning. But do you know how well your online programs are working? Stephen Paskoff, CEO of a provider of… Read more »


The Jobs Are Still Out There

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Although the economy is growing, it’s doing so very sluggishly, with unemployment  still hovering around nine percent. For every job available, there are about four unemployed people, according to statistics. The news focuses relentlessly on layoffs and the long-term unemployed. As unemployment remains high, people become anxious about job security and the stability of their… Read more »


The Law of Unintended Consequences and Your HR Policies

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If you work in human resources you probably have experienced at one time or another one of the ironclad laws of human activity, one that economists have written about for ages – the law of unintended consequences. Simply put, it states that “actions of people always have effects that are unanticipated or unintended.” Economists and… Read more »


Intuition in the Job Interview

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When interviewing someone for a position, there is a lot riding on the decision. If you choose the right person, it can be a big boost for the company in productivity and revenue. Make the wrong decision, however, and you can have an even bigger headache, dealing with productivity problems, lost time and effort trying… Read more »


Some Up and Coming Green Tech Companies

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Venture capital firms have invested nearly $20 billion into hundreds of green technology startups over the past five years, according to Greentech Media, a San-Francisco based research and media company. What kinds of companies are getting this funding? Many of them are trying to tap into alternative sources of energy including solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal,… Read more »


How to Avoid a Bad Hire

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The hiring process often is one that is laced with tension. It can result in a good decision, where the new employee turns out to be just what you needed, someone who performs well and knows his or her job. But it can also lead to negative results, where the new person doesn’t work out,… Read more »


So, How Is the Solar Industry Really Doing?

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Is the solar industry as much of a success as it seems? Is it contributing to the energy supply in the United States? Does it have a promising future, or is it a bubble industry inflated by government subsidies and bandwagon investors? Recent published reports can shed some light on these questions. How Does the… Read more »


How a Staffing Firm Can Boost Your Career

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It sometimes happens in a career that you hit a dead end, that you find yourself in a job where you see no room for advancement or change. There are several different strategies you can use to try and address this situation. One is talking to your boss to discuss different options – taking on… Read more »