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The Key to Retaining Top Talent: The 2 C’s

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Recently, I attended the M7 Economic Development Forum: Developing 21st Century Talent event. The subject? Yes – recruitment and retention. (Gasp!) The event hosted several leading Milwaukee area organizations, offering fascinating programs on addressing concerns about the current skills gap and the skill sets needed by changing business demands. At lunch, I had the opportunity to network with an HR Leader from the area who wanted to better understand how to get Senior Managers to be more accepting and willing

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New Job, New 401(k) – Now What?

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So, you’re fed up with your current job and you found the role of your dreams! Your cover letter impressed the recruiter, you nailed the interviews, and you start in two weeks! Now that you’re changing career tracks, what happens to your current 401(k)? While you can just take the money and run, there are several downsides to this scenario. Taking a lump sum withdrawal before retirement age incurs penalties, and before you can put your money towards tuition, a

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Talent Investment: Engaging Employees to Preserve Loyalty

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How do you know if your company is prehistoric? Have you kept up with industry trends? What about talent trends? While older generations might hang their heads and grind through a gray workday, the rising talent community will stay where there is a need. “When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Leadership expert, Simon Sinek I could probably fill this entire blog post with Sinek quotes – don’t

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Crafting A Cover Letter

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As a frustrated job seeker, it’s tempting to be dismissive of The Cover Letter. (Dun dun dun…) Do you really have to prolong the application process to tailor cover letters to every single job application? Do they even get read? While it’s simpler to send out batches of your carefully crafted resume and ignore the cover letter aspect altogether, please know that the C.L. isn’t going anywhere. Yes, there are some big companies that are so busy that they don’t

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COMPETITION FOR TALENT, WHAT’S NEXT? “Your next entry-level compliance staffer will be a robot.”

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In a society that is increasingly directed by advanced technology, there is a widening gap between worker skills and the positions that are being created. We foresaw this gap back in January, and the future is now. In our Technology Practice, we have received an increased demand for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotic Automation Process (RPA) Specialists, or RPA Configurators, Developers, and Enterprise Architects. Why is this happening? According to a Gartner report, business stakeholders are excited by the potential

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Are You Maxed Out?

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“Maxed out.” Whether it’s your time, your energy, or your line of credit, you’re spent just from trying to keep up. If you love what you do, you wake up with purpose and the daily grind doesn’t get you down. In our recent interview with Jeanne Patti, she pointed out how so many people sit and wait for a golden opportunity to find them, instead of pursuing the right role. “You’ve got to find what you love. If you haven’t

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Career Strategies: How to write a resume that will be read

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Today’s blog is inspired by an article I read from USA Today, about how to write your resume so that an HR Robot will read it. This article is spot on and echoes what I regularly advise our job seekers. In my career, I work with countless resumes. What I have found to be true is that many resumes that include tables, special features, or using the Header & Footer for contact information can backfire when you upload your resume. For

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Winning Executive Career Strategies

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I recently read an article about career strategies, and it inspired today’s post. I took some time to reflect on my day to day and the relationship dynamics I’ve seen in my line of work. One such observation frequently happens to executives: As professionals scale the corporate ladder, their schedules quickly become booked and they begin to detach from external networking and developing relationships with the recruiters in their market. However, there can be a sudden shift in the marketplace

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No Luck Finding Good Talent? This Might Be Why

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What is luck? Luck is being presented with the right opportunity at the right time, usually by what seems like pure chance. Richard Wiseman, a psychologist and author, spent his career studying luck and the actual beliefs and experiences of lucky and unlucky people. He discovered that, to a significant extent, people create their own good and bad fortune. Wiseman’s research study investigated the lives of 400 men and women who considered themselves to be either lucky or unlucky. For

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Do You Believe in Luck?

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What is luck? Luck is being presented with the right opportunity at the right time, usually by what seems like pure chance. Richard Wiseman, a psychologist and author, spent his career studying luck and the actual beliefs and experiences of lucky and unlucky people. He discovered that, to a significant extent, people create their own good and bad fortune. Wiseman’s research study investigated the lives of 400 men and women who considered themselves to be either lucky or unlucky. For

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