Decisiveness in hiring managers is key to recruiting top talent, but many -- about 75% -- lack this quality and are losing out on strong candidates, according to a Gartner report. Gartner offers three suggestions for improving this process, including having hiring managers -- and not just recruiters -- interact with potential candidates.
E-commerce website Etsy is associated with homemade or vintage goods, but many listings on the site include fruit that is difficult to find in the US, such as South Asian mangosteens, writes Lilian Min. Min also notes that Etsy's selling policies make these purchases far simpler than other channels to bring international fruit to the US.
Many of us second-guess our success, but we can use "imposter syndrome" to our advantage, writes Jessica Wildfire. "The trick is sifting through the criticisms that make you better, and the ones that simply paralyze you," she writes, adding that true imposters never experience self-doubt.
Check out sites such as Meetup.com and Eventbrite to find networking events related to your career goals, writes career coach Ashley Stahl. Prepare a pitch that focuses on how you want to grow professionally versus the fact you need a job.
The best cover letters convey a personal story about why you want to work there and how you'll solve problems for your supervisor, writes Amanda Zantal-Wiener. Research the employer's culture to discern if using extreme brevity or honesty will work to your advantage.
If you know a colleague is burning out, stop worrying about meddling and take action, writes Nurhaida Rahim, burnout recovery coach. Give them your full attention and support, resisting the urge to judge or fix the problem.
Conspec Builders uses mentoring, training workshops, leadership retreats and other techniques to develop leaders, says Charlene Teo, HR manager. "Building this 'leadership infrastructure' is expensive, but necessary -- or we may stagnate as we fail to grow and innovate," she says.
Rose M. Velez-Smith, global vice president of HR for Pitney Bowes, shares strategies for attracting, choosing and keeping talent. "Once it is determined that a candidate has the required skills for the job, you truly are faced with trying to determine how well they will fit into the culture of the organization," she says.
Sephora aims to improve the employee and customer experiences by taking surveys and following up on them, improving communication and treating everyone with respect, says Karalyn Smith, global chief people officer. "One thing we can do is shift the idea that HR is about transactions and 'resources' and instead recognize that HR is about people, so let's start putting people's needs and motivations at the core of our strategies and actions," she says.
Learn to become an effective global leader on your own time by connecting with people in other parts of the world online and taking a trip abroad once a year, writes China Gorman, America managing director for Unleash. "A very powerful way to expand your global mindset is to travel with a group of like-minded professionals to really explore a specific country," Gorman writes.
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