Let’s Get Promoted!

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You are a professional with a plan. You are a dedicated worker and great team player. You are “on board” in doing what you can to make your company the best that it can be. Now you are preparing to ask for a promotion.

Being that you take your career seriously and like to put yourself in the best position to accomplish your goals, you want a game plan. How do you best position yourself ...

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Actionable Steps To The Top

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Though African-Americans, Hispanics, and Indigenous people represent roughly 30 percent of the population, they fill only 3 percent of senior management positions at American corporations and nonprofits. For minorities entering the corporate world, these numbers, in addition to other obstacles that they face, may make breaking through to the top seem impossible. It is not. There will certainly be challenges, but let’s discuss a few ideas in the effort to create a game plan.

First ...

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7 Common Interview Mistakes Made By Candidates

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You have made it through the process to being one of the final candidates for a position. The interview is your opportunity to demonstrate that “I am the best candidate for this position. Let me tell you why.” Any hint or red flag that might indicate you are a bad hire will put you out of the running. Employers cannot afford to make bad hires. With reviewing resumes, reference checks, interviewing, training and more—hiring a replacement is ...

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About Team Robinson!

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When people find out that as principals of Robinson-Robinson & Associates Sam and I are also a husband-wife team they ask, “How can you two work together?” Or sometimes the response is, “I could never work with my wife/husband.” We never thought too much about these comments until I read a Success.com online article (2013, Dec.) by Emma Johnson entitled, How to Make Husband-Wife Business Partnerships Work. In it, she quotes Marion McCallom Hampton, Ph.D., ...

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How I Was Drafted Into My Life’s Work

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I recently had a conversation with a colleague who asked how I got into the Human Resources profession. The answer is the military.

I got drafted into the US Army after graduating from college. I went through basic training at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, and then got assigned to a Military Assistant Advisory Group (MAAG) in the Panama Canal Zone. The base was located on a mountain overlooking the Canal and Panama City. ...

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Challenges and Strategies For Up-and-Coming Minority Executives

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You have done all of the right things. You have gone to the “right” schools. You have excelled in your professional career (with the sterling performance reviews to prove it). You seem well-positioned to take the next step: getting a shot at the top executive jobs and boardroom position that non-minorities seem to get when having a track record that is similar to yours. But you do not get that opportunity. You get passed over again and again. What to ...

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7 Core Competencies Needed To Succeed In All Levels Of Management

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For the executive looking to excel in his/her current occupation with an eye on advancing in their career, the following are 7 competencies that set highly effective leaders apart.

1. The Ability To Inspire And Motivate Others.

From middle manage up to the senior levels of a company, a leader must have the ability to inspire and motivate those under his/her leadership, and in some cases, those above him/her in the corporate hierarchy. By ...

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Actions To Stay Positive During Your Job Search

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Going through a protracted employment search can drain the best and most positive of us. The ups and downs of the process and the uncertainty can play on your mind, but there are some surefire ways to keep your spirits up until you do land that great opportunity!

1) Stick to a Routine

Get out of bed at an appropriate hour, shower, and dress in something more than pajamas. Have a “Start time” and ...

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Personality Traits That Employers Are Looking For

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Current research suggests that you can have the perfect resume and still not get the position that you interview for. In fact, 80% of employers are looking for a cultural fit over executive skills.

From data collected from over 1,200 companies, here are the 5 personality traits that employers are looking for most:

Professionalism

A first impression trait, the employer will begin making an evaluation of you from the time that ...

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How a Good Executive Search Recruiter Collaborates with Job Seekers

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Recruiters are the gatekeepers to your dream position. A good executive search recruiter makes the difference between simply having a job and having one that is a good fit. In order to collaborate well with them, it’s important to know a little about how a good executive search recruiter works. Being prepared for what they are looking out for, will make sure that you won’t be caught off guard when you receive a call from them. Here ...

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