The downturn offers a lot of benefits to recruiters, Jessica Lee writes. Among them: Finally having time to take care of postponed refinements and upgrades, and the relative ease of spotting talented workers.
Are you making these common mistakes when assigning work? Among the most common, according to Ron Ashkenas and Robert Schaffer: Lowering your expectations, offering vague goals and having too many goals.
Tory Johnson, CEO of Women for Hire, talks about how to turn unemployment into a blessing. She advises job seekers to remember they own their skills; connect with decision makers, not job boards; and volunteer to acquire new skills and have something to say when a potential employer asks what you've been up to.
Conferences can present a wardrobe challenge. To pack the right outfits, ask yourself who else is attending and what you'll be doing once you get there, advises the blogger behind Corporette. "Depending on the kind of conference and the location, we might suggest a pantsuit rather than a skirt suit -- you're not interviewing, and, after all, you're quite possibly doing glamorous things like manual labor."
High-performing teams often have minds of their own, which is the secret to their success and their potential downfall. John Baldoni offers advice for managing such teams while giving them the latitude they need to succeed.