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Capitalizing on Career Management as a Recruitment and Retention Strategy
Thursday, April 8, 2010, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm EST, 2 pm Atlantic, 6 pm Zurich, 7 pm Istanbul
As a career development practitioner, employment counsellor, or HR professional, you already know the importance of career management. Perhaps you struggle, however, to make a compelling business case to sceptical employers. In this tele-interview, Dr. Roberta Neault will share case examples to illustrate how investing in a career management initiative can positively impact an organization’s bottom line, enhance employee engagement, and stop the revolving door of employee turnover.
Exercise / Activity: What's Working, What's Not
In preparation for the tele-interview, please download and complete “What’s Working? What’s Not?” with your own organization in mind. If you are a career practitioner, rather than a human resources consultant, either reflect on your workplace or conduct an informational interview with a hiring manager or HR professional in a local business (and consider inviting your informant to attend this tele-interview with you!)
Dr. Roberta Neault, President of Life Strategies Ltd., is an award-winning career consultant, specializing in customized initiatives for individuals and organizations. She serves as editor of the Journal of Employment Counseling, is a counsellor-educator, and with her team at Life Strategies, developed the fully online, GCDF-approved, Career Management Professional program. Roberta speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to career management and is consulted often for career-related radio, TV, magazine, and newspaper segments. Her books include Beyond the Basics: Real World Skills for Career Practitioners and Career Strategies for a Lifetime of Success. Nearing completion is Career Flow, a book co-authored with Drs. Spencer Niles and Norman Amundson. Recently completed, in partnership with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Employment Services, is a comprehensive and freely available web-based toolkit to support cultural diversity within the workplace: Supporting Employers Embracing Diversity (SEED).
- Extended Bio: http://www.lifestrategies.ca/aboutus.cfm
- Website: www.lifestrategies.ca
- Supporting Employers Embracing Diversity Toolkit – email: email@example.com
- Career Management Professional Program: http://www.lifestrategies.ca/pdf/cmpp_flyer.pdf
- If you’re collecting CEUs to maintain your GCDF credential, note that all CMP courses are pre-approved for 20 hours of CEUs.
- Books: Book flyer (attached below)
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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell live and recorded tele-interviews. Our guest speaker today, Dr. Roberta Neault, is President of Life Strategies Ltd., a Canada-based counselor educator and an award-winning career consultant. She serves as editor of the Journal of Employment Counseling, is co-developer of the Career Management Professional program, and is author of several books for career practitioners, including Career Flow, an upcoming book co-authored with Drs. Spencer Niles and Norman Amundson. Roberta recently completed, in partnership with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Employment Services, a free web-based toolkit, Supporting Employers Embracing Diversity (SEED). This toolkit is linked to Roberta's powerpoint that is posted in her Careerwell Web Page. Welcome Roberta!
I'm interested in the title of your talk today. You mention "career management as a recruitment and retention strategy." What do you mean by that?
- In the title of your talk today, you mention "career management as a recruitment and retention strategy." What do you mean by that?
- How would you define "career management?"
- Employers are laying off workers constantly. How can career management help employees become employed and stay employed?
- In the exercise you provide for listeners, you mention six factors for that employers can evaluate to determine what's working and what's not in their hiring strategies: (a) attracting, (b) recruiting, (c) screening, (d) selecting, (e) retaining, (f) engaging. Could you explain how they can evaluate each strategy?
- Can these strategies be adapted beyond hiring to client relations, for both large companies and small businesses, both for-profit and non-profit, including educational institutions?
- How can career practitioners, both within organizations, as consultants to organizations, and as private practitioners, apply these strategies?
- Could you tell us a little bit about Career Flow, a book that you co-authored with Drs. Spencer Niles and Norman Amundson?
- In the powerpoint that you made available to listeners, there is a link to your recently completed and freely available web-based toolkit to support cultural diversity within the workplace: Supporting Employers Embracing Diversity (SEED). For listeners who have not yet viewed your powerpoint, could you explain what is in the toolkit and how it can be of value for employers, career advisors, employees, prospective employees and other target audiences?
- How can listeners access these and other materials that you have developed?
- You are from Canada. How is the Canadian government supporting employers to become involved in the career development of their employees?
- What did your research reveal about how government is being supportive to employers in other countries? What are rapid response initiatives?
- What are the insider language of employers that career practitioners need to know about? Struggle of one-stops have to get their clients into training within 3 months and jobs shortly thereafter and drop-out rate in training programs and in subsequent jobs.
- How can governments be more responsive to employer realities of 2010 - working across states and across countries to training eligible employees in other states and countries?
Thank you Roberta. I don't know how you do all that you do, but we certainly appreciate all you good work!
Careerwell will publicize for subscribing organizations' onsite speaking engagements of past and future Careerwell speakers so Roberta, you are welcome to send me announcements to post and listeners, you are also welcome to send me information on Careerwell speakers that you feature at your onsite events.
Upcoming April Tele-Interviews...
- April 15, 2010, Shawn Rosenmoss, Mayor's Office, Department of the Environment San Francisco, Creating a climate of sustainability in the workplace
- April 22, 2010, Yves Lemusi, Using the latest technology and research to get your next job or promotion
Upcoming May Tele-Interviews...
- May 13, 2010, Sunny Hansen, Weaving Our Lives into Meaningful Whole with Integrative Life Planning (ILP)
- May 20, 2010, Dick Gaither, Overcoming the 12 Myths of Maturity: 35 Ways to Conquer Age Bias and Answering Over-Qualification Questions
- May 27, 2010, Linda Sollars, Overcoming Barriers to Job Search & Workplace Effectiveness
For Careerwell Tele-Interviews, this is Dr. Sally Gelardin.