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Blog posts from December 2013

Escape from cubicle jail

Escape from cubicle jail
I came across a great article that opens the discussion of how to further your career as an Engineer and set yourself up for your ideal future. In "How to Escape the Cubicle Lifestyle that Most Engineers Live," Anthony Fasano, P.E., submits a long list of good ideas, but his last one really stood out for me. Basically, this last bullet asks, What are you doing to better yourself during your free time? I believe this is a...

2013 Toys for Tots Drive Success

Doherty and Animal Adventure team-up with Toys for Tots Doherty | The Employment Experts and Animal Adventure joined forces with Toys for Tots to help ensure less fortunate children have something to smile about this holiday season. Doherty coordinated their 7th Annual Toy Drive for the Toys for Tots organization this year. Over the years, the employee-sponsored donations for this cause have steadily grown…but this year, Doherty’s employees wanted to make an even bigger impact by adding a special partner to their circle of toy givers. Animal Adventure designs top-quality plush for many of...

Are you oversharing with your recruiter? Why less is more

Are you oversharing with your recruiter? Why less is more
If you are talking to a recruiter and prefix your sentence with, “I know you probably don’t need to know this, but . . .,” it probably isn't necessary to tell them this information. One word: Stop. Stop oversharing with your recruiter, hiring manager, and interviewer. Recruiters are subject to employment law As human resources professionals, we are legally bound to prevent certain things from influencing our hiring decisions, such as a candidate's race, sexual orientation, religion, or marital status. But, there are many gray areas also off limits to HR that you may not be...

"Ban the Box" law goes into effect in Minnesota January 1

"Ban the Box" law goes into effect in Minnesota January 1
In June, Governor Mark Dayton signed a new Minnesota law that goes into effect January 1. Minnesota's "Ban the Box" law prohibits private employers from inquiring about a job candidate’s criminal background until after the candidate has been selected for an interview or has received a conditional offer of employment. Public employers have operated under this requirement since 2009. To help our clients navigate and comply with the new legislation, we've put some links together that explain the law, the allowed exceptions, and the resources available to employers with questions or concerns...

Are you truly ready to leave your current company?

Are you truly ready to leave your current company?
So, you’ve made it all the way through the interview process in flying colors, the company loves you and you’re nearing the home stretch. In fact, they want to offer you the position. But now, you’re starting to second guess yourself and the position that you thought you wanted so badly. You begin to ask yourself, "Am I truly ready to leave the company I've been with for so long?" Jumping ship and diving into the unknown is always a scary thing. Job offer drama I recently worked with a candidate who made it all the way to the job offer. She had been with her current company for ten years...

What makes you happy in your job? 7 questions to ask yourself

 What makes you happy in your job? 7 questions to ask yourself
Do you know what would make you happy in your work life? You might think it's about having a high salary, but there's more to it than that. If you're not sure if you love what you do, ask yourself some of these questions: Enjoying Your Work. Do you like the actual day-to-day tasks involved in what you do? Are you excited to get to work? Work-Life Balance. Do you have a long commute? Are you able to leave early for appointments and take time off occasionally? Feeling Connected to the Organization. Does upper management know you by name? Do...
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