5 must-have apps for the HR professional

Posted on Fri, May 10, 2013 @ 16:05 PM

Mobile technology is here to stay and while you may not find many apps specifically designed for the HR professional, there are still hundreds of apps that anyone in the HRM field will find useful. If you’re a HR professional who is looking to boost productivity, stay organized, or collaborate with your team more efficiently, we’ve got five apps to help you out.  

HR professional turbo scanTurbo Scan ($1.99)
Have you ever noticed how long it takes to scan a single page on your desktop scanner? We have an HP All-in-One printer/scanner/fax machine and nothing tests our patience like this machine—especially when we have a twenty-page document to scan. But there’s more than time at stake when you use a desktop scanner: there’s also the fact that you have to be at your desk to use it. Skip all of this and give Turboscan a try.

Turboscan optimizes your iPhone’s built-in camera, turning it into a multipage scanner for documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards, and other text. With TurboScan, you can quickly scan your documents and store or email them as multipage PDF or JPEG files.

HR professional Good ReaderGood Reader ($4.99)
We love Good Reader for a couple of reasons. First off, it will successfully handle any document—huge PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and renderings of 100 MB and more—with great speed. HR professionals will also be happy to know that they can annotate their PDFs using typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings.

HR professional PrintfriendlyPrintfriendly (Free)
Technically, Printfriendly isn’t an app, but we use this website so often that it had to be on our list. How much paper and ink do you think your department wastes every day printing needless sidebar images and web page clutter? If you’d like to print clean pages and save paper, all you’ve got to do is copy and paste the webpage URL into Printfriendly. Now you can edit webcopy, change text size, and remove images. Once you’re done you can either convert your text to a PDF file, email or print it.

HR professional HR at your fingertipsHR at Your Fingertips ($1.99)
We’d never seen an app custom-tailored to the HR professional until last week when we stumbled upon HR at Your Fingertips. In addition to helpful walkthroughs on how to write an employee handbook, this mobile app also contains a law definition database and a common HR term glossary containing over 270 terms and definitions.

HR Professional CorkboardmeCorkboard Me ($5.00/month with a free, 30-day trial)
This app is perfect for HR professionals who are collaborating on a project. Want to share an idea? Simply type it up on a virtual post-it note and attach it to your team’s online “corkboard.” In addition to this, users can share PDFs, Powerpoints, sales plans—you name it. Drag and drop images directly on the board or add them to notes as attachments.


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What’s Holding You Back From Reaching Your Goals?

Posted on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 @ 14:03 PM

jocelyn giangrandeIf you're like the majority of the population, you probably made a New Year's resolution in 2013. It's nearly April...Did you keep it?

What if I told you that by doing just this one thing, you could increase your chances of keeping resolutions by 80%.  Would you believe me?  Well, it's true.

Most of us fail to do the one thing that is critical to reaching our goals.  What is it you ask?  Answer: Writing down your goals along with a plan to accomplish them.

Those who put goals in writing are 80% more successful than those who don't.  A famous study conducted by Harvard Business School involving MBA students from the class of 1979 proved it.  In the study, as sited in the book, What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School, by Mark H. McCormack, the graduates were asked 3 questions around goals.  They were as follows:

  1. Have you set goals?
  2. Have you written them down?
  3. Do you have a plan to accomplish them?

The researched revealed that only 3% of the Harvard class had written goals and a plan to accomplish them, 13% had goals but didn't put them in writing, and 84% had no specific goals at all.  When the graduates were resurveyed 10 years later, the difference the graduates' success was staggering.

The 3% whom had written goals with a plan to accomplish them, earned 10 times as much as the others combined!

The moral of the story: Put your goals in writing along with a plan to accomplish them.  This one step could get you on to the road to success.

Our monthly guest blogger, Jocelyn Giangrande, is a Marygrove Human Resource Management alumna who not only owns her own company, SASHE, LLC, but has over 15 years of corporate experience. Her career advice and guidance have been featured in Women’s Day, HR Magazine; she is also the author of What’s In Your Sandwich? 10 Surefire Ingredients for Career Success.

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5 of the most overlooked recruiting strategies

Posted on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 @ 15:01 PM

hiring strategiesEventually, most of us will have to go through the process of hiring a new employee. Knowing the policies, procedures and best recruiting strategies for finding the right candidate is important for several reasons. One is that it lays the ground work and paves the path that the employee will follow for the rest of his or her time with the company. To help you find your ideal candidate and avoid making a hiring blunder, we’re offering 5 dos and don’ts to get you on your way.

5 of the most overlooked recruiting strategies

Do plan ahead before you post the job
There are innumerable web-based recruitment websites and then there’s social media sites, too. Presuming that the Internet is a part of your recruitment strategy, the first thing you’ll want to do is review your company website. Most candidates worth their salt will peruse your website before they come to the interview. While you review your site, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does our website capture the culture and values of the company?
  • Is it easy to navigate and aesthetically pleasing to the eye?
  • Does it contain outdated material or is it missing information all together?
  • Does it give employees an overview of open positions and how to apply?

You might even consider putting together video shorts where current employees talk about their experience at your company. This will give prospective employees a far more authentic peek through the company’s walls.

Don’t simply post your job on Monster or Careerbuilder—this isn’t a recruitment strategy
Why? Because these websites are completely oversaturated. Remember, Monster and Careerbuilder aren’t the only venue for finding candidates. There’s also social media websites like Facebook and LinkedIn. True, there was a time when the average Facebook users were teens and college students. Not anymore. These days, it is a hotbed for marketing your product and company; it’s also the perfect venue for finding prospective employees. How do you use Facebook to find your ideal candidate? Try this:

  • Start a company page
  • Garner a following by developing relationships with users. Don’t talk at them though. Instead, ask them questions and invite them to comment on your products. Welcome their feedback and find out who is passionate about your product.
  • Hold contests and product giveaways: tell readers if they share your post that they will be automatically entered into your contest for a chance to win fill in the blank here.
  • Post videos of employee interviews
  • Show viewers what your company is all about. What makes you unique? What are your values?

Do start a company blog
Five years ago, Technorati, a blog trafficking firm, estimated that every day, 175,000 new blogs and more than 1.6 million blog updates make their online appearance. That doesn’t even include the 63.2 million blogs already out there. Blogging is a relatively new phenomenon, but it is certainly a popular one. We’ve never been fans of following the masses, but we do recommend that you jump on this wagon. Why?

  • It’s an easy way for your company to directly engage with clients, prospective clients and employees. Talk about your company, your products, and as with social media sites like Facebook, invite readers to comment and critique
  • Blogs make your company feel much more human because you will be having ongoing conversations with readers
  • Blogs are a cheap way to extend the reach of your company far beyond tangible borders

Don’t forget about LinkedIn!
You’ve started blogging and engaging with folks on Facebook. Now head over to LinkedIn and you’ll see what you’ve been missing: It’s sort of like a Facebook, but for professionals and a lot of them, 175 million to be exact! There is lots of information on how to prepare your business page, create a network and post positions. We recommend that you check our Ryan Pinkham’s article, “How LinkedIn Can Help You Find Your Next Great Employee” to get you started.

Do network with business contacts
Everyone loves bandying around the word “network,” but there’s a reason for it: It’s perhaps the most effective way to find candidates. Ask around. Do your employees or hiring managers know folks working in similar positions at another company? Do those friends of friends of friends know anyone who is qualified and interested in the position? Contact your clients and ask the same questions.


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5 Steps to Make Linked In Work for You

Posted on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

Linkedin Job SearchWhen it comes to social networking, many professionals say they don’t have a clue if they are doing it right.  And those who do use it don’t always feel that they are getting anything out of it.

The truth is, social networking/media does work.  In fact, I received speaking engagements, clients and job leads all from Linked In.  How?  By following these 5 simple steps.

Step1:   Make an eye-catching profile.  Believe it or not, your profile is the most important real estate on Linked In.  It is (or should be) your mini commercial.  Make sure it outlines in a succinct way, what you do, whom you do it for and what results you’ve achieved.  You should also keep in mind that your public profile (if you select “full view”) will show up on Google searches.  Therefore, you want it to encourage others to seek further information about you and to make a connection.

Step 2:  Use keywords throughout your profile. Be sure to use relevant keywords for your industry or profession.  Many recruiters and professionals conduct keyword searches.  You want to make sure that they find you.  A great way to find keywords is to look at the profiles of others who do the same work as you.  Check out job postings by recruiters on Linked In and see what terminology they use.

Step 3.  Update often. Be sure to update your status often with relevant information.  A great way to drive business is to include updates on things you’re working on, when you obtain new business accounts or your recent successes.  Whenever a client of mine is successful in obtaining a job due to us working together, I include that in my updates.

Step 4: Don’t be bashful about including your past. The mistake I see often is when new users put only their current company in their profile. By doing so, they limit their ability to connect with people from the past. Be sure to include past companies, education, affiliations, and activities.  You will be surprised how much your connections will grow by doing so.

Step 5:  Join groups and participate in discussions. It’s worth it to join groups as long as they are relevant, professional and about helping the members.  I have joined groups in the past where the members were all trying to sell to each other.  I hate that.  Instead find groups where the members are about supporting each other.  Then get engaged by sharing your expertise.  I love helping others solve problems.  By doing so, it led to an opportunity to co-author a book!

Big Tip:  Be sure to post your photo!  There is nothing worse than receiving an invitation to connect by a faceless person.

If you want to obtain the true benefits of Linked In, you must socialize and get involved.  Think of it this way, if you went to a networking event and didn’t talk to anyone, would you be surprised when you didn’t gain any new contacts?  The same is true with social networking.

Most of us post our information and wait.  If only it were that easy.  Unfortunately, this tool doesn’t take away the “work” out of networking.  However, it does do its job in helping you connect to the world if you so desire.

Check out these other helpful links for tips:

10 Linked in Tips for Professionals

7 Ways to Get More Out of Linked In

50 Linked Tips, Many Which are Awesome

Linked In for Job Seekers

Our monthly guest blogger, Jocelyn Giangrande, is a Marygrove Human Resource Management alumna who not only owns her own company, SASHE, LLC, but has over 15 years of corporate experience. Her career advice and guidance have been featured in Women’s Day, HR Magazine; she is also the author of What’s In Your Sandwich? 10 Surefire Ingredients for Career Success.

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2 Office Infographics to Brighten Up Your Thursday Afternoon

Posted on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

Although we usually blog about the more serious side of Human Resource Management, we thought we'd lay low this week and share a couple of our favorite office infographics with you. Click on the thumbnails to view a larger image.

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 If you're looking for affordable human resource masters programs, learn more about Marygrove College's online Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management (HRM) .  You might also be interested in knowing that we have reduced tuition by 19 percent for the 2012-2013 academic year!


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