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Written by experienced HR professionals Sharon Armstrong and Barbara Mitchell, THE ESSENTIAL HR HANDBOOK is a quick and handy resource for any manager or HR professional who wants to create positive relationships between employees and managers, develop attractive and fair compensation packages, manage hirings and firings with minimal risk, and keep their workforce free of harassment and other unlawful discrimination. Buy your copy today!

And Hot off the Presses is THE ESSENTIAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW HANDBOOK, by Sharon Armstrong. Another quick and handy resource, it helps managers understand why a performance review serves as an important business tool, motivates personnel and increases productivity, helps a company achieve its goals, improves manager-employee communication, and reduces the risk of legal liability. Buy that brand new book here.

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IN THE NEWS: Reflektive's current blog offers Sharon Armstrong's thoughts on being present

June 2016, Reinventing HR—A blog by ReflektiveReflektive recently interviewed Sharon Armstrong for their current blog, Why Corrective Feedback Should Be Delivered In Person. Sharon shared her insights about being present when giving corrective feedback.

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IN THE NEWS: Sharon Armstrong Guest Blogs for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

May 11, 2016, ACFE INSIGHTS: NEWS AND ANALYSIS ON THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST FRAUD — The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners asked Sharon Armstrong to guest blog for their ACFE INSIGHTS. Sharon’s blog is entitled What to Do Before, During and After a Job Interview.

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IN THE NEWS: DC SHRM thanks Sharon Armstrong in their latest Newsletter

April 26, 2016, DC SHRM Newsletter—In the latest DC SHRM Newsletter, Sheila Thomas, VP Education Committee, touts Sharon Armstrong‘s guidance and support, and thanks her for her contributions to the Job Seekers’ Group.

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CATHY FYOCK: August Consultant of the Month

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Career Corner: What is the best way to explain a gap in your resume?

by Sharon Armstrong
owner, Sharon Armstrong and Associates
author, The Essential HR Handbook
January 2010

In the last issue of Career Corner, I asked for feedback from readers who had questions about any question they had regarding looking for a new job. Among them was “How should one effectively use social media in a job search?”

Here are a few more questions that intrigued me, and hopefully will provide some great insight for job seekers. Please keep them coming!

And this just in: My questions are being published on a new online magazine for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs called Be Inkandescent. Check it out! Who knows — your next question just might be posted on it. Send any career-related to me at Sharon@SharonArmstrongAndAssociates.com.

Question: What is the best way to explain a gap in your resume – meaning if you have been out of work for a period of time, due to whatever reason, how best to illustrate that?

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