Why Some Projects Will Always Fail
by Alexandra Levit - Mar, 2015
Accomplished project managers understand that it’s not always smart to play it safe. Most people with project management experience are familiar with Cobb’s Paradox. The term was coined when Canadian Martin Cobb was serving as secretary of the treasury board in the mid-90s and famously asked the question: “If we know why projects fail and we know how to prevent their failure, why do they still fail?” In his recent art...
President Obama and the OFCCP: Looking Ahead to 2015 and Beyond – Part III
by Ahmed Younies - Mar, 2015
In our last two posts, we examined key actions taken by the OFCCP in 2014 through the lens of President Obama’s ambitious agenda. While some OFCCP actions have reflected Mr. Obama’s priorities, others have actually resulted directly from Executive Orders. Between the OFCCP’s actions, Mr. Obama’s Executive Orders and statements of his priorities, what can we project for the federal contractor community in 2015 and beyond?...
The OFCCP's Proposed Regulations on Sex Discrimination and What They Mean for Contractors
by Carmen Couden, Esq. - Mar, 2015
On January 30, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) published its proposed rule regarding updates to the current guidelines governing discrimination on the basis of sex. According to the OFCCP, the proposed changes will not actually change existing requirements for federal contractors but will, instead, replace the current sex discrimination guidelines (which have not been updated since they we...
A Quick Look at the OFCCP’s Enforcement Data for Fiscal Year 2010 to 2015 – Part II
by Dr. Hossein Borhani - Mar, 2015
In the previous part of this article (Part I), I reviewed some of the enforcement data the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has made available to the public. The data can be accessed here. It is provided in two parts; one dataset that consists of closed Compliance Evaluations and another dataset called Compliant Investigations data. I provided some information about the first...
Choosing an Affirmative Action Plan Structure
by Chris Lindholm - Mar, 2015
Introduction In a time of changing laws and a pervasive fear of OFCCP audits, it is always a good idea to make sure that people have a good understanding of the basics in compliance and how internal decisions affect Federal contractors. For decades contractors have told me that when it comes to affirmative action “A plan is a plan is a plan,” meaning they are basically cookie-cutter reports and all AAPs are basically the same...
Tips on Responding to New Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing
by Bill Osterndorf - Mar, 2015
When the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) begins an affirmative action compliance review, it sends the organization subject to the review a letter that requests various types of information. This letter is referred to as a “scheduling letter.” The scheduling letter includes an itemized listing of specific information that OFCCP expects will be included when information is subm...
Your Resume Is Your Brochure
by Robin Schlinger - Mar, 2015
I have a friend in marketing who often counsels companies that their brochures and websites are their “resumes to the world,” letting customers know how great the company is. By the same token, you should view your resume as your brochure to the world, or at least that part of the world consisting of recruiters and hiring managers. Think about a brochure, maybe for that car or home you always wanted, that really drew your a...
3 Ways to Master the “Why Should We Hire You?” Interview Question
by Lisa Rangel - Mar, 2015
Interviewing can be stressful – especially if it’s been awhile since you last did it. You prepare ahead of time by researching the company, the position, the contacts with whom you will interview and the challenges the company may be experiencing. You rehearse answers to expected interview questions outlining your accomplishments and the stories behind them. You are ready to knock them dead for your upcoming executive intervie...
If You’re Trying to Sell, You’re Not Doing Your Job
by Alexandra Levit - Mar, 2015
The most effective way to get anything from anyone is to figure out what that person needs and how to be useful in helping them get it. When I took the Dale Carnegie class many moons ago, I remember the instructor saying that the worst thing a door-to-door salesperson could do is show up at a prospect’s house and launch into a speech like this: “I want to sell you a new vacuum cleaner. I saw this thing pick up dirt off m...
Perfect Your Memory for Names
by Carole Kanchier - Mar, 2015
Do you remember people's names during and after interviews? Do you recall the names of business associates at large gatherings? Remembering names is an appreciated courtesy you can extend to everyone at work and elsewhere. You’ll gain respect, popularity, and networking skills. You'll advance your career. Try the following: 1. Mental set. Before attending a meeting where you’ll meet new people, mentally prepare yourse...
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