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This Is Why Your Startup Plan Needs To Include HR

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Startups get a lot of advice. And for good reason–there are millions of decisions to be made as you begin the journey of building a company.

Some of the advice is clear-cut, and some less so. One of the most confusing piece of advice is perhaps the question of when and how a company should add HR or People functions.

There are a lot of reasons why this is particularly contentious territory:

  • Tech companies often prize a relaxed environment (think: hoodies and office kegs) that blurs the line between work and social.
  • Admittedly, HR doesn’t have the best reputation. It’s often associated with liability or the times when things go wrong.
  • Startups generally pride themselves on being fast-moving, driven by philosophies like “done is better than perfect” and “move fast and break things.” They don’t want to get too bogged down by heavy policies and procedures.

As a result, tech startups with 100 or fewer employees have half as many HR professionals as same-size companies in other industries, according to data from PayScale.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.fastcompany.com

If you’re only thinking about it when there’s a team conflict, it’s probably too late.

The go-to interview questions these 28 Australian CEOs always ask job candidates, and why

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

There are a number of job interview styles, from a structured meeting with a list of questions, to a more relaxed setting with free-flowing conversation.

 

Either way, in most cases CEOs have at least one go-to interview question that they believe reveals everything they need to know about a candidate.

 

Some go for serious, thought-provoking questions. Others believe that culture-focused queries will let the potential employee open up.

 

We asked 28 Australian CEOs of their number one interview question that they ask job candidates, and asked them to explain why they use it. Here’s what they had to say.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.businessinsider.com.au

We asked 28 Australian CEOs of their number one interview question that they ask job candidates, and asked them to explain why they use it. Here’s what they had to say.

This Is The Key To Finding A Mentor At Every Stage Of Your Career

Posted on June 29th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

We get it, finding a mentor can be difficult and time-consuming. But when you do find one (or two), they can save you from making costly mistakes that can set you back in your career. Simply put, having a mentor will improve the quality of your decisions and provide opportunities that won’t be available to you otherwise.

 

There’s this idea that that mentors are older people with established careers and well-honed skill sets who provide guidance to younger mentees, but this isn’t always the case. The key to success is selecting the mentor who best suits your needs at any given stage of your career: entry level, middle management level, or executive level. If you’re an entrepreneur or creative person, you can think of these stages as early career, mid-career, and advanced career.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.fastcompany.com

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