Navigating Difficult Workplace Conversations

Oct 04, 2018


We all know that being a leader sometimes means having awkward conversations.

The great news is that with the right tools, they don’t need to leave you stumped.

Here are some tips for navigating 3 of the most difficult discussions you may encounter along the way:


SITUATION #1: Your employee shows great enthusiasm for an idea you know will not work.

Avoid: Shutting down their point of view entirely.

Try: Picking out one or two pieces that could be incorporated.

For example: “You know, I really appreciate your enthusiasm! Corporate may not see the value in this entire program, but they do like ideas on how to improve employee productivity. Let’s brainstorm around this and see what could be done.”

Read: How to Tell Someone Their Idea Sucks Without Hurting Their Feelings.


SITUATION #2: You need to deliver negative feedback.

Avoid: Focusing on the person and remain focused on the problem.  

Try: Complimenting the employee on something...

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Is Your Candidate Experience Human Enough?

Sep 06, 2018

Technology has changed everything that we do. Processes are automated, our time spent vetting candidates has been cut in half, and applicant tracking systems grade candidates for us automatically. It’s all incredible, but are we forgetting the necessary human touch?

According to a recent report from Globoforce and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), human resource leaders are once again focusing on a more human approach to recruitment and retention related topics. The full report can be read here.

Here are some ways you can build unforgettable candidate experiences:

Pre-Application: Create value before asking anyone to apply. Value can be built through highly personalized job ads, or a free resource to help candidates in their professional journey.

Relationship building begins here. Be sure to attract those you want in your community by speaking their language. Highlight your most attractive internal offerings to draw them in.

Need ideas? Read this ...

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Do You Know What it Takes to Stand Out Today?

Sep 06, 2018

Wow. Our latest event, ‘Get Your Professional Edge On™’ was a major success!

We were honored to receive insider secrets from significant authorities in the fashion biz including Red Carter, designer of his name-sake brand as well as Shenhav Kimhi, Digital Marketing Director of Crabtree & Evelyn and Britta Cabanos, founder of Inside Fashion Design. We also heard from David Brown, a 30-year NIKE veteran, and VP of Global Merchandising for Brand Jordan.

Curious professionals like yourself did a deep dive into the importance of:

Polishing Your Digital Brand – Your personal digital brand should now be focused on an all-encompassing online experience for hiring authorities. We need to go further than a polished LinkedIn profile these days. More hiring authorities are giving their focus to social media platforms such as Instagram. Ask yourself – are you happy with the persona on your Instagram, Twitter, and...

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The 5 Best Hiring Tools of Today

Aug 08, 2018

Attracting and hiring the best talent is a task that requires major strategy. With increasing candidate volume, and less time to manage it all, remaining focused on your hiring goals is a significant challenge.

Here are some tips to help you optimize your candidate experience while also saving you time:

LINKEDIN. We all know about LinkedIn these days but are you using its features to their peak ability? My favorite features of LinkedIn include:

Sponsored Content: Running ads from your company’s LinkedIn page allows you to speak directly to those already engaged with your brand. Because LinkedIn demographics are so precise, you can rest assured that your dollars spent, are highly targeted.

Sponsored InMails: Sponsored doesn’t have to mean impersonal. Promote relevant content, including job openings, directly to your ideal audience.

Recruitment Ads: According to LinkedIn, recruitment ads on their platform see upwards of 50x higher click through rates than just a simple job...

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Make Today's Hiring Tools Work for Your Job Search

Jul 26, 2018

It often feels as though companies have the upper hand when it comes to hiring, especially with all the fantastic tools at a hiring managers’ fingertips. Did you know there is a multitude of ways you can reverse engineer these tools, to your benefit?

Here are just a few of my favorite tips and tricks to making today’s best hiring tools work for you:

EMPLOYER REVIEW SITES. It’s a fact - hiring managers are checking you out on social media. Return the favor by visiting employer review sites such as GlassDoor, Great Place to Work, Comparably, Vault, The Job Crowd, and Kununu.

The more you know about your potential employer, the more data you have in your arsenal during your interviews. It’s time candidates more thoroughly vet their future employers before signing on the dotted line; wouldn’t you agree?

JOBSCAN. Word clouds, optimization, and algorithms, oh my! is a tool that uses the same smart algorithms applied by the world's’ top...

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Get Your Professional Edge On

Jul 25, 2018

We are so excited to Get Our Professional Edge On with you!

Join us for Knowledge and Networking in NYC!

August 14th, 6pm-8pm

The Yard, Herald Square

Chat with the best INSIDE Fashion, including Britta Cabanos, David Brown, Shenhav Kimhi, and Red Carter, about what it takes to succeed in fashion today and what it will take 5-10 years from now...

Looking forward to seeing you!

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Are You a Modern Hiring Manager?

Jul 05, 2018

Are you a Modern Hiring Manager?

Major players such as Google and Apple are turning their backs on top-down organizational models to create a more sustainable, flat business structure. This restructuring means fewer levels between staff and the organizations’ top leaders. Companies now generate a culture that promotes employee involvement in decision-making and growth efforts.

With these changes, comes a significant shift in the traditional hiring manager role. As a hiring manager, you are now a people leader, not just HR. This is exciting news! Whether your organization is still hierarchical or working to embrace a more horizontal approach, you can do your part by embracing your role as a modern hiring manager.

Dr. Dave Ulrich says in his book, HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources, “HR professionals play three roles: Storyteller, Strategic Interpreter, and Strategic Facilitator.”

In his book, Dr. Dave Ulrich goes on to...

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How to Ensure Long-Term Job Retention

Jun 18, 2018


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.3 million US residents currently struggle with long-term unemployment. Although unemployment rates may be static the past few months, we are still seeing major economic strain, mass layoffs, and inequality when it comes to hiring and firing decisions.

I have spoken with thousands of job seekers, and I hear the same thing again and again, “Amy, I don’t know why I lost my job. I thought I was doing everything right.”  I know that it is not only hard to get a job, but it’s also equally as difficult to KEEP your job through these changing times.
Here is the secret: staying relevant.  

These are some ways to ensure that you remain relevant in today’s employment climate:


Offer Innovative Ideas- If the organization you work for is looking to make a broad sweep to save costs, the best way to ensure that you are kept is to keep your eye out for cost savings and present your ideas to the...

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Proven Strategies to Retain Your Best People

Jun 15, 2018


According to, the cost of hourly employee turnover is about 25 percent of their wage. Salaried employee turnover costs can range from 1.5 to 14 times their annual salary. The scariest fact of all is that this is a conservative estimate!

Let’s say that your average employee earns $80,000/year. At 1.5 times their salary, we are talking $120,000 of cost to your company, per employee lost.

What could your company do with that $120,000? I know what I would do - most definitely hire another Search Associate, onboard a Marketing Coordinator and sneak in a surf vacation.

What if you took a fraction of that money and invested it into your employees as a pre-emptive strike to keep them? Now that $900 e-course they asked to take, but you said no, doesn’t seem so costly, does it?

Here are proven strategies to keep your best people because; frankly, you cannot afford to lose them to your competitors.

Excitement - You want your employees to be excited...

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School’s Out for Summer: How to Attract Top Notch Interns

May 02, 2018

Summer is internship season! There are many benefits to hiring an intern, and if you want to attract the best-of-the-best, I can help you to get the ball rolling.


In addition to my 6 tips for attracting the right intern, I have a fantastic BONUS for you at the end of this article so keep reading, doll!


Pay Them. It’s important to understand that having an intern doesn’t mean having someone working for you, for free. There are still laws surrounding pay and, if you want to attract the cream of the crop, you need to be competitive. You are best to position yourself as a generous employer so that you can attract the right people and keep them!


Connect with a Recruiter. You may think it’s crazy to pay a fee to a recruiter for finding your rockstar intern, but digest this for one sec. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers reported converting an average of 51.7% of their eligible interns into full-time hires....

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