Jessica Miller-Merrell's Blog (32)

HR Bloggers to Receive HRCI Credit

For the more than 108,000 certified human resource professionals, maintaining their Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) certification may have gotten a little easier.  Earlier today, HRCI announced that the organization has updated their recertification policy allowing HR professionals the opportunity to receive up to 2 credits…


Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on December 20, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Finding MY place

From our first day on this earth we're working and learning about finding our place where we feel comfortable, most ourselves. While I feel comfortable in my own skin, I'm facing a new and old kind of advisory which I thought I had left behind.

While I'm a shrewd competitor, I'm also one who is a very social and positive person. No, I'm far from Pollyanna, but I do always… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on July 5, 2010 at 1:02am — 1 Comment

Like Diamonds Comments Are Forever

I've been doing a lot of thinking and reflecting this week around social media comments and conversations. I'm always surprised by what people actually do and say on the internet via blog comments. Sometimes they are hurtful, malicious, angry, and just plain ridiculous. Other comments are inspirational, encouraging, relevant, and fun. All internet activity is trackable, searchable, and… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on June 23, 2010 at 4:24pm — 1 Comment

5 P's of Blogging

Last week I presented to a group of Restaurant Human Resources Professionals as part of the People Report Summer Camp Symposium in Dallas, Texas. The event was hands down the best conference I have ever presented at or attended. I led a session titled, "Blogging for Dummies."

Blogging is an interesting topic for Human Resources and Corporate… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on June 13, 2010 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Rebranding Transparency

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, transparency is defined as (1) : having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly or (2) : free from… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on June 9, 2010 at 10:41am — 2 Comments

5 Ways to Optimize Your Facebook Fan Page

Earlier today, I hosted a free teleseminar discussing 5 Ways to Optimize your Facebook Fan Page. Facebook is approaching 500 million users. A recent study tells us that 7% of American households have a Twitter account while 41% have a Facebook account. Facebook is the most accepted form of social media more so than LinkedIn.

If you missed the call, you can always call in and listen to the…

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on May 25, 2010 at 1:32pm — 5 Comments

The Cat Herding/HR Connection

Herding is a fine art. Sheep dogs do it. Cowboys too. Security at concerts and high profile events use herding as a part of creating order in confusing, stressful, and complicated situations.

“HR Professionals? Nope, I’m not buying it.”

Those were the exact words out of my mouth when I picked up this pin at a vendor booth at the Oklahoma Human… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on May 7, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

How HR Views Personal Branding

As someone who has worked as a Recruiter I understand how important social media is in finding quality job search candidates. I've used tools like chat rooms, online communities, blogs, Twitter, FaceBook, and even internet dating sites to source and place candidates. As a blogger, I have used Blogging4Jobs, my blog to develop an online personal and… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on March 31, 2010 at 4:40pm — 4 Comments

Validation--SXSW Halfway Recap

As Sunday comes to a close for South by Southwest, I'm taking the opportunity to look back and reflect over the last three days of the conference festival. For those of you not familiar with SXSW, it's an interactive festival held in Austin, TX that celebrates media, music, and film each year. More than 20,000 people will grace Austin…


Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on March 15, 2010 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Unofficial SXSW Tweetup

By nature it seems that the HR and Recruiting community is very social. We like to have a good time and sometimes we like to take those online connections offline at events, unconferences, or tweetups (twitter meetups). It's nice to have a beer with a social media someone who in many ways you know better than your sister or co-workers through their tweets, facebook, and blog. Even if you can't… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on March 8, 2010 at 11:16pm — No Comments

The Secret Law of Business Attraction

I've come to the conclusion that most of life is just like dating--the job search, climbing the corporate ladder, or working as a consultant. Generally speaking in life everyone is out to make a connection, a sale, more money, or their soul mate. The law of attraction is widely accepted and thought of in a romantic context. And since most business relationships require a form of emotion, attraction,…


Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on March 4, 2010 at 11:38am — No Comments

6 Timesaving Social Media Tools for Business

Time management is something that most of us struggled with long before social media. As we become more involved in the world of social media and the see the importance of building personal business relationships, managing your time both inside the social media space and outside as a business professional and human being becomes ever more important.

Once a month I host a free teleseminar where I discuss a topic related to social media. This month, I discussed “How to Manage… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on February 9, 2010 at 12:57pm — 3 Comments

Dry Powder Job Market (Part 2)

In Part 1 of "It's a Dry Powder Market," I introduced the dry powder theory. The dry powder theory is an investment term used to describe tactics investors employ during an economic recession where they maintain a very liquid amount of assets that are quickly… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on January 25, 2010 at 10:27am — No Comments

It's a Dry Power Job Market (Part I)

Is our economy recovering?

I'd like to think yes, but after viewing the most recent December Job Report, I'm not quite so sure. In the United States we had 85,000 new people file for unemployment benefits this last month. My concern for the economy and our reported… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on January 11, 2010 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Running with Scissors

Door-to-door salesmen, junk mail, telemarketers, urgent recorded phone messages, and Viagra emails.

Utter just one of these words to a family member of friend and chances are they will elicit words of anger, frustration, and just flat out negativity. Automatic DM's are no different. There has been a great debate on Twitter ever since the auto-DM (automatic Direct Message) was… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on January 4, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Top 10 HR Developments of 2009

For the most of us, the end of the year signifies an opportunity to think, reflect, and remember the life lessons, events, and topics that demanded our attention over the last 12 months. And professionals within the Human Resource and Recruiting industry are no exception. I think that I can speak for everyone that 2009 was a year many businesses, job seekers, and people in general would like to…


Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on December 21, 2009 at 3:11pm — 4 Comments

The Future of Social Media in 2010

crystalball Social Media, it's been a topic for more than a few conversations in 2009. From Oprah, to Iran, to Michael Jackson, and Starbucks, this has been the year that social media became mainstream. Quantcast reports that Twitter has grown from 6 million to 24 million from January-October 2009 while FaceBook boasts adding more than 1.5 million new users daily.… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on November 24, 2009 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

Should HRCI Add SM Compontent to SPHR Exam

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Like many of my fellow HR professionals this week, I have been busy reading all the fantastic blog posts related to the Human Resources (un)conference November 6-8th, 2009 in Louisville, KY. I have been blown away with the take-a-ways and conversation that HR Evolution has so far generated. I was particularly intrigued by our opening and closing sessions with regard to social media.

And then I had a thought. . .…


Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on November 12, 2009 at 4:29pm — 2 Comments

HR's Berlin Wall

germany-berlin-wall I find it fitting that the 20th anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Walls falls squarely one day after the end of the first ever Human Resource HR Evolution (un)conference.

The Human Resource industry is at an impasse. For years, HR has been the voice to deliver the message often controlled by the actions and… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on November 9, 2009 at 1:03pm — No Comments

The Future of Work

One of my favorite fellow bloggers is Chris Wilson who is also located in Oklahoma City. While his blog focuses on digital marketing strategies for businesses, many of his posts are relevant to those in the job hunt as well as the human resource industry. A recent post of his discusses, a revealing Slide Share presentation by Jeff Brenman of Apollo Ideas discussing the future of the workplace.

With Chris and Jeff’s posts in mind, it is important for us to understand that how we as… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on November 3, 2009 at 2:47pm — No Comments


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