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Courtney McGann

Courtney McGann is the content creator and PR gal for Red Branch Media, an Omaha-based marketing firm. Red Branch Media was formed in 2006 as a simple consultancy. Today, the firm is a full-service B2B marketing agency, primarily focused on human resources and global workforce vendors. In the past Courtney has managed online communities, professional social outlets, marketing campaigns and event planning.
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Pearls of Wisdom from Leadership Greats

There is always something to be said from taking advice from those who have been there and done that. There is strength and efficiency in learning from successful people. Whether you completely agree, or think it's total bologna, these ideals and practices are part of what got these leaders where they are today. Find out what came out of the mouths of industry leaders. Phil Libin, CEO of...

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Thank You Cards, "Holiday Trees" and the Workplace

This is such a chaotic time of the year. Vacations, family and days out of the office make our time in the office that much more hectic and hurried. In the midst of all that is going on, there are a few things that we should take some time to reflect on, and work at for the betterment of the workplace. Whether you're a leader, or a problem solver at work, these are some actionable ways to make...

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The Most Expensive Piece of Paper you Own

Ah your degree, so much blood, sweat and Bartons went into obtaining that important documentation of your educational journey. Sleepless nights of studying and doubles at Applebee's finally got you to the degree promise land where jobs were to be plentiful and pay was to be high. Many of us got to the top of the mountain, only to find a lack of resources and opportunity. Our parents and...

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That Moment When They ask, "Do you have any questions for me?"

It's nearing the end of the interview and they ask the question, "Do you have any questions for me?" Your mind races. You either have some questions but don't want to seem arrogant or waste their time, or you completely forgot to research this interview basic that you knew was coming. If you as the candidate choose not to ask questions during the interview, you missed a great opportunity....

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Now THAT'S an Embrace of Technology!

In HR and recruiting we embrace technology to make our processes more efficient and effective. We also use technology to reach out to people, put the company culture on display and establish a brand. Well, this is where we can take a page from WestJet's book. They did a phenomenal job of using technology to humanize their brand and well...rock. Watch this short video (maybe not at work,...

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Why Did I Start this Stupid Company Blog in the First Place?!

They all say to do it—all the experts that is. They say that if companies put the time and effort into creating a blog, it could be a great tool in recruiting. The idea is that companies can share expertise, display the culture and build their employer brand with a fun and informative blog. Too many recruiters and hiring managers go into this endeavor with the "build it and they will come"...

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Are you Having these 3 Common HR Department Issues?

This one goes out to HR pros and management alike. We have some issues here, and I do mean we. I ran into an HC Magazine article that brought up some great insights into HR-management issues from both sides. I love niche sites like this, because the comments usually end up being just as interesting and insightful as the post! You Hired Them? Seriously, Them? The HC article states that 58...

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I Mustache You a Question About Your No Fun Workplace

As No Shave November comes to a close, I mustache you a question. How fun is your workplace? Last year, the average workweek for Americans was 46 hours. That is a whole lot of time in the office; it should be a place that workers want to be (or at least like being). Another question –Did you know that happiness in the workplace is taking a nosedive, year after year? In 2008, employee...

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How do you Solve a Problem Like Dwayne Bowe?

Here in Nebraska we don't have a pro football team, so many of us cheer for our neighbors, the Kansas City Chiefs (particularly this year). Having the best season since many of us can remember, it was a big deal when starting wide receiver Dwayne Bowe got arrested the week before the Chiefs' toughest game of the season against the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs were the last undefeated team...

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When Candidates Do Backgrounds Checks

Recruiters are all up in social profiles, scoping out LinkedIn and calling former employers, but two can play that game. More and more candidates are doing background checks on companies that they are interested in, and for good reason. Not only do candidates do research in order to wow an interviewer; they need to ensure that this company is a good match for them. Here's what candidates are...

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Facilitating Diversity in Your Workforce

For a lot of us, the term diversity usually makes us think exclusively of cultural diversity, but it means so much more than that. The idea of diversity in the workforce has come a long way since the advent of affirmative action laws, but there is so much more ground to cover. As we evolve to see diversity as more about individuals and less about quotas, race or creed, we can start to value the...

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Looking For A Job? You Should also be Doing This...

You've got your basic resume updating, job board checking and filling out dozens of online applications, but there are a few more things to consider. A successful and timely job search entails more than the basics. Gaps in employment, networking, new tech considerations and all around improvement of the job search will all play a part in finding the right position. Do something! While...

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