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Pat DiDomenico

We packed up the Soapbox this summer and trucked down to Atlanta for America’s annual gathering of all things HR … the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference. In no specific order, here are 10 of the best nuggets of wisdom dished out by the speakers … 

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Employers are being flooded with résumés and that means two things: Each résumé is getting less eyeball time and applicants are ramping up the creativity to grab your attention. That creativity leads to a lot of home runs and some dramatic strikeouts. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, here are examples of good creativity … and some that misses the mark.

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Figuring out if applicants have the technical skills to perform a job is relatively easy. What’s more difficult is finding out whether a person has the personal characteristics that would make them successful AND someone co-workers wouldn’t go nuts working alongside. Here are 20 behavior-based interview questions to help you narrow in on a candidate’s attitude …

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Yesterday’s admission from Yahoo’s CEO Scott Thompson that he fudged the academic credentials on his résumé is another warning to employers to think of résumés like used cars … something is being sold, and you need to adopt a “buyer beware” attitude before you drive away. Don’t shrug off minor exaggerations. They tell a lot about character and level of effort. Here are seven more ways to spot the liars …

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In what transgender groups are labeling as an “historic” and “landmark” ruling, the EEOC said on April 20 that job discrimination against an employee or applicant based on the person’s gender identity is unlawful under the the federal job discrimination law …

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Good news for employers: If you weren’t looking forward to displaying the new pro-union poster from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on your breakroom wall, an April 17 court ruling says you don’t have to … at least for several months.

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Great employees don’t automatically make great managers. Supervising people requires a completely different skill set than actually performing the work at hand. And becoming a great boss requires hard work and honest self-analysis. The following 20-point checklist will help managers take stock of their people skills …

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As if Facebook weren’t enough of a pull for daydreaming office workers, March Madness makes working hard even harder. But the annual NCAA basketball tourney isn’t the only reason workers are signing up for office pools. Employees told online job-search site CareerBuilder.com that employees in their workplaces had placed these unusual bets …

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Even after the start of 2012, the model FMLA certification and notification forms provided by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) still carried an expriation date of Dec. 31, 2011. But now the DOL has released new forms that won’t expire until Feb. 28, 2015. These “updated” versions, however, did not include any substantive changes, only the expiration date. That was somewhat of a surprise because the DOL did not use this opportunity to fix a pair of key shortcomings on the forms …

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Sometimes, HR pros go to bat for employees. But what happens when HR sticks out its neck and, in turn, gets it chopped off? Can HR professionals claim illegal retaliation if they’re fired for speaking out in support of an employee?

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