Cangrade Welcomes Gunjan!

A huge Cangrade welcome to Gunjan Aggarwal, SPHR. Gunjan is the Global Head of Talent Management, Organization Development and Staffing at Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, and brings over 14 years of experience in senior HR roles across US, UK, Switzerland and India to the Cangrade team (full bio is here). We are absolutely thrilled to have one of the best practitioners in the world sharing her real hands on experience ...
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Why are manhole covers round?

Some time ago I mentioned interview questions used by Thomas Edison. It is quite safe to say that Edison company back then was what Google is now. So what does Google ask (or used to ask) their candidates in the job interview? Well, it actually seems to be well in line with Edison's tradition. Questions like "Why are manhole covers round?" became a whole-mark of being interviewed by Google. Here ...
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Long silence broken

Actually it was not silent at all. In fact it was so packed with events, meetings and plain old work that updating the blog kept being pushed out to a better day... So, this is a better day, and here are the main news: We would like to welcome on board Dr. Greg Willard. Greg has extensive experience in Cognitive and Neuropsychological Research and he joins forces with the rest of our team ...
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Cangrade at Mass Innovation 12/14/2011

Check us out: Thank you to everyone who came out to see us. The event was packed and we all had a blast! We really enjoyed connecting with some awesome and influential people in the Boston entrepreneurial scene. A huge thank you to Bobbie from Mass Innovation, a massive shout-out to everyone who stopped by our table and saw us present, and a big hug from me personally to the ...
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On-line resume: give it a character!

The idea of on-line resume is almost as old as the Web itself. After all what can be more logical than to let the World know who you are and what you can do (professionally speaking). As some of you might recall the use of this was somewhat limited to academics and geeks (which are not necessarily two distinct groups). Now skip 10 years forward and you have the social networks ruling the cyber ...
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Check us out in Waltham, MA on December 14th!

This is our page: http://mass.innovationnights.com/products/cangrade We are excited to be in the running to present Cangrade at Mass Innovation Nights on December 14th. If you can make it to the IBM Innovation Center in Waltham, MA, stop by and say hi. If you can’t we plan to have some really cool videos to show you Don’t forget to vote for us here: http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/december-14-2011-mass-innovation-nights-min33 ...
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Skill in the resume is worth two in personality?

This is one of the statements that we have grown to accept as an axiom: "good skills make good employee".  More so, we now live in the world so complex that skills become more and more specific and narrow. We dig deep but not wide. Every skilled worker is focused on just a handful of skills. It takes years to acquire the new skills... Or is it so? Well, I'm a no expert in nuclear physics or ...
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Jobs, Character Proxies, Credit Scores, and “Counterparty Risk”

To everyone waiting for part 2 of the Resume SEO post, I have to apologize…. It will be coming soon, but a different topic grabbed my fancy a few days back when a friend of mine wasn’t hired for a job because, she believes, her credit score was in the dumpster. Have you noticed that most times that you are going through the final stages of a job application, they ...
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What is the lightest wood?

Nothing new under the sun. It turns out that psychometric tests has been used for candidate evaluation for almost a century. Here is a very interesting example of a Test that was used by Thomas Edison to evaluate his candidates. So, "What is the lightest wood?" - no wonder Einstein failed the test... - I'm sure we will do a little better than that. Wander what Cangrade Einstein would get ;) ...
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Resume SEO

Now that we are telling people about Cangrade, we are getting a lot of feedback and opinions.  One of the best new terms that I encountered lately and now one of my favorite is “Resume SEO”.  SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a concept developed to promote websites on major search engines (like Google), to optimize the website by including certain keywords and other  criteria that Google “likes” so that the ...
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start early and do it often

I continue to have offbeat discussions with friends on mine and casual encounters about how they hire people also what we are doing at Cangrade (just to remind: what we do is putting together the best of science and technology to match people and jobs). So here are the factors that people seem to consider in hiring (with no regards to the order): Skills Motivation Right personality (whatever that means) ...
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“human resource department” vs “personnel department”

This question crossed my path a little while back why is it that years ago we called the group of people who managed people the “personnel department”, and now we call the same people with the same job the “Human resource department”? It could just be a naming convention thing... names for things tend to change for no apparent reason other than fashion – B2B became Enterprise, SaaS became Cloud ...
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toothless hiring

Today I had to visit my former dentist in Perth - an old high school buddy of mine. While in the dental chair but with my mouth still not plugged we went through the normal small-talk flow talking about kids and so pediatric dental services, week-ends, movies and stuff. Finally he asked me what am I doing these days. I gave him my normal elevator (well, in this case rather ...
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culture shock

I was speaking with a buddy today about the how cultures in the work place differ from one place to another.  A while back my buddie's company hired a senior management guy who came from a company best known for making microwaves, washers and driers, but they have a huge money management wing as well… and they are the prominent punch line of one of my favorite TV shows, also, ...
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Hello Cangrade Blog!

We, people of Cangrade starting this blog to share with the World our thoughts on how to find the best people to hang around with and choose the right company. Off we go! ...
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