Kazim Ladimeji

Kazim Ladimeji is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and has been a practicing HR professional for 14 years. Kazim is the Director of The Career Cafe: a resource for start-ups, small business and job seekers.

Success April 22, 2016
How to Hold Down 3 Jobs Without Going Insane

Things are really chaotic in the job market at the moment. The job-for-life is all but gone, and even the career-for-life idea is fading fast as organizations move from permanent, full-time workforces to contingent workforces composed of freelancers, casual staff, temps, and part-timers. For those of us who prefer the stability of traditional employment, this modern employment...

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Success April 21, 2016
5 Ways to Succeed as an 'Accidental Manager'

It's easy to believe that the typical manager is completely comfortable in their role, but that's actually not true. In fact, studies suggest that about 6 in 10 managers have had no formal management training. These people see themselves as "accidental managers" – people who just kind of fell into management without necessarily meaning to. This does not have to be a bad thing: The kind...

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The Innovators April 20, 2016
4 Ways to Lower Shopping Cart Abandonment Rates for Your eCommerce Business

If you're an eCommerce entrepreneur, your shopping cart abandonment rate – i.e., how often your customers put items in their online shopping carts without finishing the transaction and purchasing those items – should be one of your major concerns. Research from the e-tailing group suggests that about half of all eCommerce goods that got put into shopping carts last year were...

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Get Hired April 19, 2016
4 Tips for Job Seekers Whose Resumes Contain Glaring Red Flags

The act of preparing a resume can be fairly straightforward, assuming you can tick all the right boxes – e.g., a good education, some blue-ribbon achievements to brag about, and absolutely no red flags. But for you otherwise fine candidates out there whose resumes unfortunately contain a few warning signs that can handicap your application, preparing a winning resume can be a bit more...

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Inside Recruiting April 13, 2016
How to Respond When an Employee Says, 'That's Not My Job!'

It's bad enough when an all-hands-on-deck crisis hits your business; it's even worse when one or more of your employees responds, "It's not my job!" You can tell your rebellious employee(s) to "Just do it," and that may get you what you want in the short term, but that response will also lead to some negative long-term repercussions and resentment. You can only force staff members into...

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The Innovators April 12, 2016
4 More Serious Pricing Mistakes That Entrepreneurs Make

Yesterday, I talked about one of the major reasons why startups fail: financial incompetence, which is responsible for 46 percent of new business failures. One of the major realms in which entrepreneurs struggle is pricing. That makes sense: Pricing is a complicated issue with which many of us have little experience. In my previous post, I outlined four pricing mistakes that many...

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The Innovators April 11, 2016
4 Serious Pricing Mistakes Entrepreneurs Often Make

Why do so many startups fail? There are a lot of reasons, including weak products and zero innovation, but it's important to note that one of the major causes of startup failure is the poor financial abilities of many founders. In fact, a full 46 percent of startups fail due to "incompetence" in the areas of financing, accounting, record-keeping, tax payments, and pricing strategies....

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Get Hired April 8, 2016
3 More Types of Interviewer – and How to Impress Them, Too

Yesterday, I wrote about the fact that not all interviewers are the same. Proper interview preparation requires more than anticipating the types of questions you'll be asked – it also requires anticipating the types of interviewers with which you will meet. In my previous article, I explained four types of interviewer – the C-level executive, the hiring manager, the agency recruiter,...

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Inside Recruiting April 7, 2016
4 Types of Interviewer – and How to Impress Them All

When preparing for interviews, it's typical to anticipate the questions you will be asked and ready your answers to these questions. That's a sound strategy, but it it's important to remember that the questions you will face – and the answers you should give – will depend, in large part, on the type of person interviewing you. For example, agency recruiters will ask different questions...

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Get Hired April 6, 2016
Can't Get a Full-Time Job? Try a Portfolio Career Instead

Do you feel like it's harder than ever to find a good, old-fashioned 9-5 job these days? Does it seem like the market is overrun with freelance work, short-term gigs, temp positions, and part-time opportunities, but woefully short on full-time employment? You are not imagining things: The job market has shifted dramatically. As companies look for ways to stay flexible and...

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Get Hired April 5, 2016
How Your Attitude Can Land You a Job You Aren't Even Qualified For

Most, if not all, job seekers have been turned down by an employers because they were unqualified for a role at least once in their lives. This may seem like the natural way of the hiring world, but some new research is challenging the practice of making hiring decisions based solely on technical qualifications. As it turns out, most bad hires are not candidates who lack the necessary...

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Inside Recruiting April 4, 2016
The Truth Behind 5 Recruiting Urban Myths

Thanks to the viral, gossip-laden, and overloaded nature of today's information ecosystem, much of what you take as truth in recruiting may actually be urban myth – and that could be undermining your search for talent. By uncovering the truth behind these urban legends and making sure your hiring process is built on reality, you can create a more effective hiring process. Here are...

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