Understanding Critical Skills Shortage as a HR Management Risk

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Respected human resources professional J. Melissa Cooper functions as a managing partner of HirePerfect, which she cofounded. J. Melissa Cooper is experienced in managing the shortage of critical skills and other HR risks.

Critical skills shortage is perhaps one of the most common HR risks. Lacking an efficient workforce to drive your organization, work for a subsidiary, or implement strategic corporate policy can seriously hamper a company.

Companies that are newly formed, looking to tap into emerging markets, or planning to retire their aging workforce all face a critical skills shortage. Experienced HR professionals assess such shortages via a multi-step approach that involves analyzing the organization as a whole, assessing each of its positions, and both quantifying and prioritizing identified risks in terms of their potential severity and likelihood of occurrence. A contingency plan is then established for the company to ensure its smooth operation in the event of risk exposure.


Dress for Success’ Young Executives for Success Program

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After leaving a secure corporate position outside of Boston, J. Melissa Cooper plunged into the unknown world of freelance writing. Starting from scratch and later founding RezBiz, LLC, with only $700, J. Melissa Cooper built her bootstrap company into a multimillion-dollar enterprise before joining Dress for Success to empower young women entrepreneurs through the Young Executives for Success (Y.E.S!) program.

Launched in New York City as a volunteer branch of Dress for Success, the Y.E.S! program is now present in several countries across the globe. Y.E.S! hosts networking and social events aimed at offering mentorship and support to female professionals.

The group’s members include mid-career women between the ages of 25 and 40, representing companies as diverse as Bank of America, GE, Nike, and Intel, as well as entrepreneurs leading small businesses. The members, who are potentially next-generation leaders for Dress for Success, volunteer five hours a month to host special sittings and evenings, lead development workshops, provide pro bono services, and organize fundraisers for affiliate programs.

Elements of an Effective Resume

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J. Melissa Cooper cofounded the resume writing firm HirePerfect in 2009. She continues to serve the company as managing partner. J. Melissa Cooper has prior experience with Talent Inc. and RezBiz LLC.

Composing a resume can be a difficult task. While a professional resume writing firm can assist in the creation of an effective resume, individuals should understand a few of the most important characteristics.

Most importantly, job seekers should never forget that a resume is essentially a marketing tool used to sell their skill set and experience. With this in mind, a resume should place the most valuable pieces of information up front while providing all relevant work experience and education in a neat, concise manner.

Secondly, job seekers must work tirelessly to perfect their resume down to the smallest details, such as spelling, grammar, and aspects of basic formatting. Any potential employer who comes across a typo or spelling mistake will likely assume the writer plans to put forth the same amount of effort in their work.

Finally, a resume should demonstrate aesthetic appeal. Fonts and colors should be easily readable, and resume writers should use distinct headings so that a reader can move effortlessly between sections such as employment history and education.