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Mark contributes weekly to, exploring careers, education, the millennial and Z generations, the skills gap, and workforce development. He brings a fresh perspective to the conversation about today’s younger generations and what they’re truly capable of in our changing economy and workforce. Check out his latest pieces below.

How Skills-First Hiring Will Win Out Over More Traditional Hiring Models

Posted May 17, 2022 by Mark Perna

Skills are skills, no matter how or where they are acquired.

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5 Keys For Everyone To Unlock A Positive Onboarding Experience

Posted May 7, 2022 by Mark Perna

Only 12% of employees say their employer does a good job of onboarding. Here are five ways to do better—plus, some advice if you’re a new hire.

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7 Onboarding Pitfalls That Are All Too Easy To Fall Into

Posted May 1, 2022 by Mark Perna

88% of employees weren’t thrilled with their onboarding experience. Are one of these common onboarding mistakes hurting your team retention and performance?

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5 Huge Ways Companies Are Contributing To Their Own Talent Shortage

Posted April 24, 2022 by Mark Perna

It’s a war for talent out there—and companies need to change their hiring mindset if they want to win.

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Why Learning & Development Is Now A Competitive Differentiator

Posted April 17, 2022 by Mark Perna

More than half the workforce says they need more training to perform better in their current roles. How are companies responding?

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An Internship Advantage Is Powerful. Here’s How To Make It A Win-Win.

Posted April 13, 2022 by Mark Perna

Celebrate National Internship Awareness Month by rethinking the impact of internships—and the young professionals who power them.

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4 Research-Based Strategies To Make Skilled Trade Careers More Attractive To Gen-Z

Posted April 10, 2022 by Mark Perna

According to new data from Stanley Black & Decker, almost 80% of young people and their parents are worried about how they’ll pay for college. A career in the skilled trades could be the answer.

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The Life Of A Teacher And Why It’s Beyond Hard

Posted April 3, 2022 by Mark Perna

Overworked and understaffed, many of America’s teachers are at a breaking point. They need the gift of time and something even more precious: support.

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5 Tips On How To Handle Tough Conversations With Remote Workers

Posted March 27, 2022 by Mark Perna

Constructive criticism is hard to give and harder to receive, especially when you’re working remotely. Here are five ways to make it a retention opportunity rather than just a corrective moment.

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Why 78% Of Employers Are Sacrificing Employee Trust By Spying On Them

Posted March 22, 2022 by Mark Perna

Surveillance sends a simple message to employees: we don’t trust you. So why are so many companies forfeiting their human connection with remote staff in favor of monitoring them?

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