Posts By: Andrea Ballard

The Unique Challenges of an HR Job Search

You’re an HR professional and you’ve decided it’s time to change jobs. Maybe it’s something happening within your company causing you to switch, or maybe it’s something inside of you telling you it’s time. Either way, this is one time where things should be easy, right? After all, you’re a professional in Human Resources! Finally,…read more

Hiring Introverts in your Organization

Introverts are getting a lot of attention lately. Articles touting the power of introverts are being published left and right. With as many articles as I was seeing, I figured there must be some information out there about how we in HR can find, hire and promote more introverts. Well, I was wrong.

I am a People Person. You Got a Problem With That?

I started working in Human Resources a bit by accident. One of my first tasks was to hire an entry-level HR Assistant for our department.

Once I had a good stack of resumes and cover letters, I took them to the senior recruiter and asked for her assistance in selecting candidates to interview. She went through the stack in about 2 minutes, ruthlessly culling people from the pile.I asked her what criteria she was using to separate the Yeses from the Nos.

“Oh,” she said. “I get rid of anyone who says they like people or they’re a people person. Well, I am a people person. And despite her advice, I have remained one because I think HR is the perfect place for people who like people.

Is the Paper Resume Dead?

In January, the Wall Street Journal posed the question “Is the Paper Resume Dead?” As it turns out, the answer is “No.” Using information from HR recruiters and managers, as well as tracking sales of high quality paper stock at Staples, the author concluded that a paper resume is still a necessity, especially at places like career fairs.

It’s a confusing time to be in HR and experience the transition from paper resumes to employees who have a social media presence – perhaps even a brand! Employees and job candidates also suffer from the same confusion.

Taking Time for a Career Check Up

The old saying about the cobbler’s children not having shoes can apply to HR professionals and their own careers. How many of you put yourself last on the list when it comes to career planning? Are you so busy counseling everyone else that you’ve forgotten to take a good look at your own needs?

Monday Morning Barometer

Weekends rock in our household. We sleep in and whoever sleeps the latest is the winner – we’re trying to convince my daughter that sleeping late is a good thing. There’s time for pancakes for breakfast and cozying up in a sleeping bag with a movie in the middle of the day. Regular rules fly out the window and everything seems to slow down. And then Monday comes.

Change Your Story to Excel in Office Politics

You can be authentic and sincere and succeed at office politics. Office politics won’t go away just because you ignore them. Just change the name of the game so you can win – or at least have more fun trying!

National Boss’ Day

October 16 is National Boss’ Day. Who was your best boss? What did they do that you remember and value?

An HR Embarrassment

Despite good intentions, almost every HR behavior my job-seeking friends complain about is something that I’ve done at one time or another.

Nursing Mothers Get A Break

If you went back to work shortly after your child was born, and tried expressing breast milk at the office, you know it can be a struggle. Government regulations have been providing more support for employees who are breastfeeding.