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12 Human Resources Blogs You Need to Start Following

12 Human Resources Blogs You Need to Start Following

We all want to find the best human resources blogs. Everywhere you look online these days, you’ll see a so-called expert with a blog, providing advice about HR, recruitment, and careers.

It’s a positive trend. But countless keyboards all over the world have been worn out by people writing second-rate content. And the world of job blogs is not immune.

Thankfully, there are a few leaders in the field who consistently provide thought-provoking insights into the world of human resources, recruitment, careers.

Let me share with you a few industry voices who continually inspire me, challenge my assumptions and help me become a better employer and employee.

1. Liz Ryan: LinkedIn Influencer.

human resources blog

    Combining down-to-earth charm with high credibility and real-world human resources experience, Liz brings a human angle to the everyday issues which trouble employers and the people they hire. All content here is highly original and very relevant for the workplace of 2014, and beyond.

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    2. Switch & Shift Blog.

    human resources and recruitment blog

      Many of us lived through the bad old days of “profits first, people second” approach to human resources and recruitment. These days, a “people first, profits second” philosophy is the accepted new norm. The team at Switch&Shift are taking the conversation about careers, HR and job search to a new level. For them, profits come as a direct result of putting people first.

      3. RecruiterBox Blog.

      recruitment blog

        A frank and honest view of the state of the recruitment industry, this blog will appeal to junior and mid-level recruiters and junior HR managers who yearn for guidance in their career. If your recruitment process is failing, you’ll find concrete, precise tips to help you get things back on track quickly.

        4. Irene McConnell.

        careers and job search blog

          Irene is a human resources and recruitment veteran who strives to answer the question, “What will future workplaces look like?” She looks at the intersection of Web 3.0, social media, and technological advances to keep you up to date on job search trends.

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          5. Alex Malley: LinkedIn Influencer.

          employment and job search blog

            There aren’t many world-class CEOs who consistently blog about issues they’ve overcome as a way of teaching others to do the same (all while building a strong personal brand). Alex is one of those leaders. Reading his LinkedIn articles provides easy-to-digest yet powerful advice on topics such as successful leadership, effective hiring, and being a rising star in your organization.

            6. James Caan: LinkedIn Influencer.

            job search and careers blog

              The vibe I get from James is that he’s the kind of employer you might not always like, but will unequivocally respect. A serial entrepreneur with a knack for building high-performing teams, his lessons will be useful to jobseekers and employers alike.

              7. SmartRecruiters Blog.

              recruiter blog

                How do you close the deal with high value candidates? How can you use social media for recruitment? How do you harness mobile without getting overwhelmed? This blog is overflowing with cutting-edge ideas and advice that will be of particular interest to young, savvy recruitment professionals.

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                8. HC Online: HR Blog

                human resources strategy blog

                  Human resources professionals from Australia and beyond flock here for the latest industry news and analysis. You won’t find any stock articles here with headlines like “101 Handy Hints For Better Employee Retention.” This blog tackles global HR issues from a strategic perspective.

                  9. ERE.net Blog.

                  recruitment blog

                    A benchmark for what a modern recruitment publication should be like, ERE provides news and analysis with a the kind of flair and intelligence that, until a few years ago, only top-notch newspapers reached (before they got killed off by blogs like, well, ERE.com).

                    10. Lou Adler: LinkedIn Influencer.

                    ceo careers blog

                      There are two types of CEO bloggers. The first type writes prescriptive, detached advice. The second writes captivating and valuable stories based on their own life experience. Lou Adler clearly belongs to the latter group. C-Suite, middle managers and even junior hires will discover fascinatingly useful nuggets of wisdom in his short and to-the-point posts.

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                      11. TLNT.com Blog.

                      top recruitment blog

                        Human resources strategy, and politics, plus the legal side of human resources—it’s all here. Reading this blog has become a daily habit habit for successful senior HR professionals, and for a good reason. Apart from excellent discussion, it has a free webinar series that tackles difficult and niche-specific HR issues, head-on.

                        12. RecruitingBlogs.

                        professional recruiter blog

                          This is a recruitment blog for the young, up-to-date recruiter with high aspirations. Check out the Hiring Resources section of the site to stay on top of industry developments.

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                          Published on September 16, 2020

                          12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

                          12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

                          Today, with many companies going remote—at least until there’s a COVID-19 vaccine—technical proficiency is a vital skill for every interviewee to master. You may be asked to interview for a job on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. The way you handle yourself in the online interview (your interview skills) will say much about your ability to work from home efficiently.

                          Does your workspace look clean or cluttered? Is the area free from noise? Is your home office well lit?

                          Once hired, you may be asked to organize meetings on Zoom and other platforms. Along with mastering the technology, you will have to learn to follow certain protocols.

                          Now is the time to get up to speed on your technical skills. Learn which interview skills are needed for the particular job for which you are applying and practice them.

                          Online learning sites, such as LinkedIn Learning and Udemy, offer courses for free or a nominal membership fee. If you are a DIY type, make use of training videos offered through your particular digital tools.

                          Additionally, demonstrating that you have these 12 interview skills will help you land your dream job.

                          1. Organization

                          When you work in a brick-and-mortar office, some of the organizing is left to others. Your direct supervisor may host a Monday morning quarterback meeting where each worker reports on the progress on their tasks.

                          When you work from home, much of the organizing will be left up to you. To a much greater extent than before, you will need to develop a schedule and stick to it. Some tasks may be faster to complete from your home office where you don’t have other workers competing for your attention.

                          Conversely, you may find that some tasks that would have gone quickly in an office seem to take forever from your home computer. Your phone may ring a lot, which can distract you, or you may have kids and a spouse who inadvertently disrupt your schedule.

                          To do: Set a schedule and stick to it.

                          To discuss during your interview: Be specific. Point to the interview skill you utilized to create a schedule for a complex work project and followed it.

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                          2. Flexibility

                          You set a schedule for the completion of your tasks, but your prospective boss gets their work done between the hours of 2:00 and 8:00 a.m. Your West Coast partners are three hours behind your East Coast partners, and one of your partners lives in England while another lives in Australia.

                          Feedback and collaboration (see point 3) may need to happen asynchronously. Be the flexible candidate—the person who is willing to occasionally disrupt their schedule for the greater good of the team.

                          For extra credit: don’t just look up time zones, look up whether they observe Daylight Savings Time.

                          To do: Be flexible about meeting times.

                          To discuss during your interview: Highlight a time when you worked on a team where members lived in different time zones. Discuss your processes.

                          3. Collaboration

                          As recently as six months ago, before the pandemic raged around the world, collaboration wasn’t quite as essential as it is today. In a remote office setting, collaboration doesn’t just mean working well with others—but actually sharing documents and editing them online on time.

                          Several cloud-based tools, such as Google Drive, Basecamp, and Trello, enable the type of collaborative teamwork that most companies want today.

                          To do: Download the correct software and practice using it.

                          To discuss during your interview: Discuss how you worked remotely with a group. Share how you overcame certain challenges.

                          4. Poise

                          Murphy’s Law states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

                          When things do go awry, keeping your wits about you will demonstrate your consummate professionalism under fire. This will show your future bosses that you will be able to work well under the pressures of remote work.

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                          What could go wrong, you ask? You might be muted without realizing it—your Internet connection may not be robust, your headphones may blip out, your cellphone may ring, Zoom could have an outage. The list goes on and on.

                          To do: Make sure you have the most up-to-date versions of Skype and Zoom uploaded.

                          To discuss during your interview: Consider highlighting a time when a project did not go as planned. Demonstrate the interview skills that allowed you to rise to the challenge.

                          5. Communication

                          Your ability to handle online communication is one of the top critical skills you will need to thrive in today’s remote workplace. Download Slack if you haven’t already. Get used to toggling to a different form of online communication if one of your tools fails.

                          When it comes to the preferred format for your online interview, demonstrate proficiency by offering several different options. Give your phone number, Google Chat Hangouts name, and Skype ID.

                          To do: Familiarize yourself with video conference and online chat tools, such as Slack, Fleep, or Workplace by Facebook.

                          To discuss during your interview: Be prepared to share the online communication tools you’re using and examples of how you use each one.

                          6. Good Computer Hygiene

                          Setting up a backup system for your computer files is one of today’s crucial requirements for working in the digital age. Storing documents that can be shared by team members is also an efficient way to work together on presentations, articles, and reports—although studies show nearly one-third of employees avoid them because of the time it takes to find documents.

                          Be prepared in your interview to indicate your experience utilizing this technology, describing how you organize and store files using cloud-based collaboration tools. How do you keep track of links and tabs? Do you use Dropbox? Google Docs? Confluence? Others?

                          To do: Take inventory of the cloud-based document sharing and storage systems you know and use.

                          To discuss during your interview: Describe the document sharing tools and backup systems you utilize—both for personal protection and professional file sharing.

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                          7. Proper Meeting Etiquette

                          Today, presenting yourself virtually has its pros and cons. While you only have to show a professional persona from the waist up (make sure to straighten up your office space behind you), you must boost your energy to show that you’re engaged in the discussion.

                          Make your voice as upbeat as possible. Have your talking points at the ready and be careful not to ramble on, as long virtual meetings easily become tiresome. Use the mute and chat features to avoid interruptions.

                          To do: Once you know the meeting platform, make sure you have it mastered before your interview.

                          To discuss during your interview: Offer to share your screen to show an example of a work project— while at the same time demonstrating your prowess with video conferencing tools.

                          8. Respecting Feedback

                          In the age of working remotely, there may not be as many systems in place to obtain feedback (such as yearly performance reviews). Workers may need to ask for feedback, while managers may need to give more feedback than usual as the team adjusts to working off-site. Respecting feedback is on top of the interview skills list that you should learn.

                          Taking a proactive approach with giving and receiving feedback and incorporating it into your work style is a desirable quality that your employers will note.

                          To do: Reflect on the positive feedback you’ve received from past employers to bolster your confidence.

                          To discuss during your interview: Share a time when you received feedback that made you grow in the job. If you’re a manager, share a time when you gave feedback to an employee who needed to better their job performance.

                          9. Project Management

                          Staying on task with projects has evolved far past a to-do list, with electronic tools that can track time, manage team workloads, and even do the client billing. While your prospective employer may have its preferred project management program, your experience with any of the various options—whether it’s Basecamp, Teamwork, Smartsheet, or another—will be applicable.

                          To do: Know which project management software is likely to be used by the industry in which you’re interviewing, and familiarize yourself with its features.

                          To discuss during your interview: Highlight a project management feature that is particularly useful in helping you excel in your work, and explain how you utilize it.

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                          10. Staying up to Speed

                          Employers expect their remote workers to be technically proficient so that technology runs smoothly and doesn’t create work disruptions. Bosses count on remote workers to know enough about their systems to manage them without relying on the help of overworked IT staff.

                          To do: Make sure you have a fast internet connection and have a back-up plan, such as a second computer or other tethered devices.

                          To discuss during your interview: Note that you are diligent about keeping your computer and software up to date.

                          11. Attention to Cybersecurity Issues

                          “Virus” is a loaded term these days. Spreading a computer virus in your company, however, will not only bring productivity to a halt, but it will also make you a pariah. While working from public places using free Wi-Fi (with uneven security provisions) has waned, in pre-pandemic times, coffee shops accounted for 62 percent of Wi-Fi security breaches.

                          To do: Keep antivirus software updated and don’t download software without verifying its authenticity.

                          To discuss during your interview: Emphasize your awareness of cybersecurity risks and your care in taking necessary safety measures.

                          12. Teamwork

                          Work relationships now mostly happen in virtual settings, yet employers value team-oriented workers.

                          Being a part of a team gives you a sense of connection and shared purpose. A well-honed team understands how mutual reliance makes the sum of its parts greater than when individuals act on their own, improving the end product.

                          To do: Take stock of your attributes as a team player and where you can cultivate skills that will enable you to work more collaboratively.

                          To discuss during your interview: Inquire about the company’s culture and how it encourages a sense of community despite working remotely.

                          Final Thoughts

                          Preparing for remote positions available in today’s job market will mean honing your interview skills to highlight your technical abilities as well as your adaptability. By adhering to these To-Do’s and perfecting your online interview skills and charisma, you will rise above the competition and win over any prospective employer.

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