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Started Oct 31, 2009

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Achieving Organizational Alignment – Getting all employees to move in the right direction

Achieving organizational alignment is a strategic HR activity that can deliver significant benefits to an organization. Alignment is more than ideal state. It is imperative to ensure the organization is successful in getting all employees to move into the same direction, to achieve the vision of the organization.

Alignment is one of the power words in an organizational change consultant’s toolkit. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t use or refer to alignment.

Some years ago, I…


Posted on August 14, 2011 at 5:00am

It’s time to change your recruitment ads to be “gender smart”

Many organisations in Australia, particularly listed companies, are focusing on gender equity at board and executive levels. A gender balanced organisation is not just an outcome by achieving gender ratios, as there is also a need for a process to develop a more strategic approach.

Recent research by Roy Morgan Research highlighted specific gender differences for buyers of packaged…


Posted on July 8, 2011 at 3:30am — 9 Comments

HR and Social Media - Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Social Media has become an integral part of the way we live and work. It is hard to imagine that it is only twenty years since the Internet was created. According to Nielsen research, social network traffic grew by 43% from June 2009 to June 2010. Social network activity now dwarfs online games, email and search as the number one activity. Every single day more people are also now turning to their social networks, as the preferred way to find jobs.

Managers need to realise that social…


Posted on March 31, 2011 at 7:15pm — 4 Comments

Finding Top Talent by using Social Media Strategically

Companies will be able to attract top talent more effectively by leveraging social media using four key strategies. Though many companies are keen to explore social media, there is an underlying wariness as policies are trying to control the flow of information. This article provides an overview of social media and the potential application to… Continue

Posted on July 22, 2010 at 2:19am

Why are you wasting your time with reference checking?

The poor cousin of the recruitment process is the obligatory reference check. Too often it is nothing more than a perfunctory procedure to conclude an exhausting number of interviews.

Most reference checks are the outcome of a telephone conversation, as most recruiters will attach little weight to any written references. Many companies have policies prohibiting managers from providing written references,…


Posted on July 5, 2010 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

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At 7:28pm on September 28, 2010, Chaser said…
Thank you Charles, enjoy your evening.

At 1:46pm on August 17, 2010, Laura Machan said…
Hi Charles,

Thanks for your great comment on my blog.

I have discovered that blogging is a good exercise for recruiters. Just like candidates sending resumes, you keep posting but you never really know if anyone is reading your material.

All the best,

At 7:43am on November 11, 2009, Slouch said…
Hi Charles, Thanks for that message. Maren Hogan is the one who designs all those graphics. I'm glad you contribute great stuff here and I'm glad you notice things getting good. Have a nice day today.
At 8:23am on October 14, 2009, John Hughes said…
Thanks for the invite Charles.
At 6:15pm on September 1, 2009, Fay Robin Samios said…
Because I recruit in a very specialised area where registrtation with a professional board is required I have to be very specific in phone screening. Despite the shortage of candidates in the area and this only gets worse with time it still is very difficult to tell a candidate that their skills are not a match or they have not worked in the area for the required period of time. In what I do clients are never an issue to many of those just candidates
At 6:14pm on August 23, 2009, Craig Sanderson said…
Hi Charles,

Hope you had a good weekend.
I am a member but not a serious one I suppose.
I see you have posted quite a few articles. I will have a read through.
See you on Wednesday.



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