Real Dialogue at the 32nd Annual ILG National Conference
by Debra Milstein Gardner - Aug, 2014
The 32nd Annual ILG National Conference in Washington, DC celebrated 50 years of civil rights. For those of us in attendance, it also celebrated another year of hearing great presentations by keynote speakers, seeing old friends, and meeting new colleagues. The 50-year anniversary of the civil rights movement was highlighted throughout the conference, starting with the first keynote speaker, Martin Luther King III. Mr. Ki...
Square Peg in a Round Hole: Practical Issues for LGBT Enforcement
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - Aug, 2014
On July 21, 2014, President Obama issued an amendment to Executive Order 11246 adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the list of protected bases covered by that order. The Department of Labor was directed to prepare regulations within 90 days to implement the amendments. The Department notes, in a fact sheet on the new amendments, that many contractors already have voluntary, internal prohibitions against di...
Getting Everyone on the Same Page
by Bill Osterndorf - Aug, 2014
The 2014 National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) conference was held in Washington, D.C. during the first week of August. At the conference, much of the focus was on recent initiatives by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) concerning veterans, individuals with disabilities, and compensation. OFCCP released revised regulations for veterans and individuals with disabilities dur...
Do Your Colleagues See You the Same Way You Do?
by Dale Kurow, M.S. - Aug, 2014
Have you heard the saying that goes something like this: if you don’t know who the office jerk is, it’s probably you? You might be a well-intentioned manager that feels like a team player, but there might be something about your approach that prohibits your employees and colleagues from agreeing. Columbia Business School suggests those who are rough around the edges at work don’t necessarily know it. “Finding the middle...
The Optimist’s Creed
by Dorothy Montgomery - Aug, 2014
Every once in a while, I come across a quote that speaks to me ever so profoundly. The Optimist’s Creed is one of those quotes. It was first published in 1912 by Christian D. Larson, a highly influential early New Thought leader and author. Larson believed that people have tremendous dormant powers which could be harnessed for success with the proper attitude. I hope the Optimist’s Creed inspires you to be the best you -- yo...
10 Things to Take Off Your Resume
by Adrienne Erin - Aug, 2014
Finding employment is a difficult job in and of itself. Having a resume with unnecessary details will only make that job harder for you. When an employer sees your resume, it reflects who you are and whether you might be qualified for the job. However, there are many things that will make them think the opposite. Your resume should show your best attributes, so avoid these items to reflect that: 1. Objective Statements...
Test Your Job-Hunting Knowledge
by Carole Kanchier - Aug, 2014
Mike has emailed 500 resumes over the past few months, but still has no responses. Is your search coming up empty? Are you knowledgeable about appropriate job-hunting strategies? Answer True or False: 1. Responding to want ads is a waste of time. 2. Effective job hunters devote many hours to research. 3. You need to sell yourself to get the right job. 4. Executive Recruiter is another name for employment agency....
Are You a Creative Employee?
by Georgia Adamson - Aug, 2014
If you think you aren’t a creative employee, you might want to think again. And if you aren’t being creative in some way, can you change that? The tendency is to think of creative employees in terms of fields such as graphic arts, marketing communications, and such–in other words, either visual or written creativity that’s an essential aspect of the individual’s job. Those of you who don’t work in such fields might be convi...
Factors for a Successful Career Choice
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Aug, 2014
When exploring career options, it's important to take several factors into consideration, including your skills, interests, work values, personality, and lifestyle. Skills - You're no doubt good at a lot of things, but what are you both good at AND enjoy doing? These are referred to as your motivated skills. Interests - Are you interested in animals, helping people, the outdoors, or leading? Or maybe you're creative and...
Has Your Network Abandoned You? 10 Tips To Win Them Back
by Rob Taub - Aug, 2014
Running out of ideas on how to stimulate your network? Are your one time ‘good contacts’ harder to reach today? Let me be blunter: Has your network abandoned you? How often you can use your network contacts and for how long, is entirely up to you. If you leave that up to them and it becomes “work” for them, expect contact to be infrequent at best and short-lived. FACT: It’s human nature to want to help others (we just do...
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