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.
The amount of time it takes a job candidate to accept a job is related to how well a recruiter has done his or her job, Jessica Lee writes. If the talent is a good cultural fit, has the right skills, understands the role and is in line with the salary, "then making a job offer and sealing the deal should be easy as pie," she writes.
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.
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.