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New 3D Printed Nasal Swab Provides Better Accuracy than Current COVID-19 Testing Standard in Initial Study

Metal and carbon fiber additive manufacturing machinery maker Markforged, has announced that it is partnering with Neurophotometrics, a maker of scientific optical instruments, to produce Fiberflex Rayon, a 3D printed nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs for use in diagnostic testing for COVID-19. According to the companies, the new 3D printed swabs successfully detected the...

How to Tell Your Story on LinkedIn

Your LinkedIn page is often the centerpiece of your online career persona, yet most of us barely consider what we’re offering there. We serve up a motley buffet of achievements, experiences, identities, missions, and passions for readers to shovel through. Or we go the other way and set a sparse...

Managing Uncertain Talent Acquisition Needs

Organizations, and arguably the human species in general, systematically strive to avoid risk and uncertainty. We like to know what to expect, so we can plan and be well prepared for the opportunities and challenges on the horizon. However, the world and market climate today is highly uncertain, and this...

Strategically Preparing to “Reopen” Your Company’s Doors

Published April 14, 2020 The COVID-19 global pandemic has hit communities, businesses, our country, and the world like a hurricane. However, because some founded optimism appears to be in sight, companies must start positioning themselves for the gradual reopening of the US and global economies. There are still many uncertainties,...

Technical Recruiting in the Age of COVID-19

P.T. Barnum’s mantra, “The show must go on,” rings especially true today. Virtually overnight, COVID-19 has turned our world on its head. Many large gatherings, including trade events that were staple recruiting opportunities for many companies, have been canceled. International travel now formally restricted. Many companies are restricting or banning...

4 Ways to Systematically Assess Soft Skills

Soft skills have always been important, but they’re increasingly vital. The rise of automation and artificial intelligence means that hard skills alone are no longer enough to be successful. Additionally, the valuable life span of many hard skills is shrinking, but soft skills will stay relevant for the long haul....

Video Interviewing Tips

Video interviewing is relatively new to many of us and can be a little intimidating. In-person interviews require us to present ourselves professionally, be engaging, and instill confidence. Video interviewing requires all of the same skills and considerations as in-person interviewing, plus several additional factors. For example, before your video...

How Can You Objectively Assess for Culture Fit?

When assessing for culture, it’s critical to avoid applying unconscious bias. The question is not whether you want to have a drink with the candidate, but if the candidate possesses the qualities prioritized by your company. Hiring candidates who are a poor culture fit for your organization can cost you...

4 Ways to Keep Networking While Social Distancing

Ready for a glimmer of good news amid the general gloom? How about this: Even if you’re one of those outgoing types who’s used to growing your professional network face-to-face, at the kinds of events and gatherings now called off for the duration, you can still maintain your connections—and cultivate...

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