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By Dennis Published: September 24, 2009

We have previously discussed the phenomena of employers searching social network sites for information on job candidates. The September issue of IPMA HR News report on a CareerBuilder Survey that finds 45% of employers use social network sites to research job candidates, up from 22%.

Of those:

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Senior Leadership in the Federal Government

By Dennis Published: September 23, 2009

The Partnership for Public Service has done a lot of really good work on HR issues in government. In the most recent (September) issue of IPMA HR News Magazine, Bob Lavigna has an excellent article on senior leadership in the federal government. The main points of the article can apply to many organizations:

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Future Trends in Public Sector HR

By Dennis Published: September 22, 2009

The newest issue of HR NEWS from IPMA-HR includes an intriguing article on "What's on the Minds of HR Directors." My version of their summary is:

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New Job Page

By Dennis Published: September 15, 2009

Originally, I was going to post job openings that I received here in the blog itself. However, I found it easier to create a separate FaceBook page. So, if you are interested in both local and national job openings in HR, you can join my FaceBook group at DDoverspike Job Listing Home page.

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Workforce Planning in the Public Sector

By Dennis Published: September 14, 2009

I serve on an IPMA-HR committee that recently looked at Workforce Planning in the public sector. The 2009 IPMA-HR Benchmarking Committee Survey on Workforce and Succession Planning is now available on the website at: More than 300 members completed the survey which describes how workforce and succession plans are created and implemented. New this year: the report includes ten case studies from various agencies with workforce plans.

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Local HR Meeting for the Public Sector - IPMA

By Dennis Published: September 11, 2009

The fall series of meetings is starting. Start marking your calendars. The next local IPMA-HR meeting will be held on Thursday, October 22nd at 8:30am at the Brecksville Community Center. The speaker will be Karen Seidman, R.N., M.P.H., consultant to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, who has been working with the various aspects of pandemic influenza preparedness since June, 2006. She will review the basics of seasonal flu and pandemic flu and share current information about vaccine and antiviral medicine. There will be an opportunity to discuss issues and concerns related to pandemic flu in your business environment. Cost will be $10 for members and $15 for non-members which will include breakfast.

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On Writing Tests

By Dennis Published: September 8, 2009

From the Washington Post, a short article on the issues in writing employment tests. The article does not say anything new nor does it really spell out the issues, but it does highlight the continuing conflict between the demands of public sector testing for merit and security and the pressures for equal outcomes in employment results.

And is relevant because I will be giving a brief talk on related matters to an HR class at John Carroll on Thursday.  Always great to get back to John Carroll.

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From Our Friends at HR Tests

By Dennis Published: September 7, 2009

From Bryan Baldwin and the excellent blog at HR Tests.

Case in point: the state of Washington recently decided to abandon their efforts to implement SAP E-Recruiting after nearly three years and millions of dollars. The state will now go with a hosted solution which is estimated to be $700-800,000 a year cheaper (and hopefully much easier) to maintain.

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Friday Comic

By Dennis Published: September 4, 2009

Tim suggested this for the friday funny,

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Marshall Goldsmith��s Succession: Are You Ready (2009) Harvard Business Press

By Dennis Published: September 1, 2009

Marshall Goldsmith's Succession: Are You  Ready (2009) Harvard Business Press

This book is in the Memo to the CEO series. I previously reviewed the book by Steve Kerr on rewards and was highly impressed by Kerr's title in the series.

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