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Giving Away Free Books

I've received a number of books lately, and thought the best way to pass them out was posting them on the blog for you.

Hrtrouble

The first is something called The Trouble With HR, and it's written by Johnny C Taylor, Jr, and Gary Stern.  I have not read it, as the book came from a publicist, but it does cover some favorite topics of the online employment world, which revolve around HR difficulties.

Personally, I think a lot of the problems with Human Resources are structural (mixing recruiting and benefits, failing to understand HR's role in protecting the company from law suits).  It has conflicting duties, and that makes for difficult roles to fill.

Taylor and Stern argue that good HR departments keep employees around longer, and that can be shown as having a measurable monetary value for the company.

So, if you're in St Louis, and you'd like to get a free book, simply leave a comment below about something you love about Human Resources.  Winner is who I choose based on whimsy that day.


Stories From The St Louis Market

Unemployment in St Louis was measured at 9.9% in June 2009 by the RCGA.  Those are pretty scary numbers, and the big questions are not only when they will taper off, but if they will remain permanent. 

Jobseekers have plenty of stories about being unfairly treated, but employers have just as many about candidates that just don't seem that interested in taking jobs.  Rather than complain, I want to focus on stories about people who did get employed.  I want to hear from companies who are growing, and who found those employees that are helping them succeed.

If you have a story, or know of one, contact me at socialmediaheadhunter at gmail with the subject St Louis Jobs.  These don't have to be social media stories, but instead should be descriptions of how you got a job, or how you hired.

Free publicity - on a blog that will put your company on the first page of Google.  What else could you ask for?