Paul Falcone’s Blog

Paul Falcone writes about critical HR topics, and his bestselling books and scores of articles have been profiled recently in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, CBS Money Watch, the New York Post, and HR Magazine. Visit Paul’s author page on AMA Playbook for blog articles on stimulating creative teams and increasing innovation, career change strategies, sample scripts for performance reviews and tough conversations, and more! His blog here covers such areas as Effective Interviewing and Hiring, Performance Management, Leadership Development, HR Essentials, and Career Management.

Creating a Vanity URL on LinkedIn in 5 Easy Steps

December 5, 2013
LinkedIn Vanity URL

There’s a common question in resume writing about including your LinkedIn address at the very top of the page under your phone number and email address. While there’s no general rule that says you should or shouldn’t include your …

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Helping Managers Agree Upon How to Score Employee Performance

November 29, 2013
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Unfortunately there’s no magic bullet that distinguishes a performance review scoring of a 5 from a 4 or a 3 from a 2, for example. What’s important, however, is that leaders within each division and/or department and across divisions …

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3 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Generate Meaningful Candidate References

November 29, 2013
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The critical part of effective reference checking lies in how you structure your call and set expectations, both with the candidate and the prior supervisors. It’s a lot easier than you think and yields outstanding results if you’ll follow …

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College Grads: Here’s a Crystal Ball to Your Future Career

October 6, 2013
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[quote style=”1″](Hint: Choosing the Right Industry Has Never Been More Important in Launching Your Career!)[/quote]

If you’re a recent college grad, the first questions you’ll be asked after graduation will focus on your (1) job, (2) company, and (3) …

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Tapping the Hidden Job Market: A Business Research Directory to Help You Identify the Dominant and Growth-Oriented Companies in Your Field

October 2, 2013

[quote style=”1″]Utilize this smart, strategic and proactive way to approach a job search, and you’ll really stand out among your peers because very few job candidates have the wisdom to present themselves in such a favorable light.[/quote]

Identifying the …

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Veteran-Friendly Employers and Other Resources for Ex-Military

September 30, 2013
Excerpts from Boots to Loafers

From John Phillips’ new book Boots to Loafers: Finding Your New True North

Due for release in late 2013

The goal of this website is to find new ways of giving back to the community, whether that’s professionally …

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Paul’s Interview with Mary Ellen Slater, Senior Editor of Smart Brief

June 18, 2013

Watch Paul’s interview with SHRM’s Mary Ellen Slater, senior editor of Smart Brief on 101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees. Paul addresses the factors that commonly prevent effective addressing of issues with employees such as avoidance, guilt-oriented communication, …

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Podcast for The Proactive Employer: ”Unleashing the Power of Performance”

June 17, 2013
Paul and co-author, Winston Tan offer this helpful podcast related to their recent book, The Performance Appraisal Tool Kit, published by AMACOM Books.
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