Archive for September, 2010

The Makings of a Successful Season

will-s-0209Making good use of the calendar to springboard your way to a new job.
As the dreadful summer heat of Houston begins to relent, my head begins to fill with visions of professional and college football teams taking the field in hopes of what will be a championship season.

The average football season lasts about four to five months with the balance of the year focused around recruitment, training, and planning. Coaches and players are keenly aware that in order to be successful from September through January, they need to be extremely effective in how they use the calendar from February through August.

If you are challenged with the pressures of a trying job search, your use of the calendar can be paramount in landing a new job. Continue reading ‘The Makings of a Successful Season’

Feeling “Blah” and Job Searching

Claudia Many of us have those “blah” days, where the world seems a little bit harder to deal with, however, many have those blah days every day, and are currently unemployed. There are plenty of statistics out there that say that unemployment, depression, and anxiety go hand in hand. After seeing and reading those statistics and hearing individual stories, I understand how unemployment, the economy, and job search can take a toll on a person’s psyche. Continue reading ‘Feeling “Blah” and Job Searching’

Smoking Breaks Decoded

Lisa BoganyMultiple employers called into the Employer Services Central Office this summer to ask one question: “Do I have to give employees who smoke an extra break?” Some employers even wondered whether smoking is a protected disability that must be accommodated under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The answer to both questions is “no.” After receiving an influx of calls from employers this summer regarding employee smoking breaks, I decided to use this blog as a way to “decode” fact from fiction. Continue reading ‘Smoking Breaks Decoded’

Preferred but Definitely not Required Part 2

danny-0509A look at the top employer job sourcing mistakes.
I addressed two issues under this topic in a past blog and now present you with one more issue. The topic of providing documentation that demonstrates eligibility to work in the United States, the I-9 form documentation. This form is often misunderstood and poorly administered, especially by smaller businesses that do not always have a Human Resource content expert readily available on staff. Continue reading ‘Preferred but Definitely not Required Part 2’