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Charley Hughes

Charley Hughes has successfully placed a wide spectrum of job seekers into career-advancing positions during his eighteen years as an Information Technology Recruiter, and now works exclusively with EDI, EAI, and eCommerce professionals across North America. Charley makes his home in Ohio with his wife of 29 years. He and Amy are the proud parents of two grown sons.

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Two Quick Thoughts: Inbound and Outbound Management

Posted by Charley Hughes on Aug 15, 2017 3:12 PM

Inbound and Outbound Management

Two Quick Thoughts

My Dad sparked my desire to fly real airplanes by introducing my brothers and me to remote control model airplanes as kids.  Some of those training flights went well. Others not so much. Memories  of tediously built model airplanes hurtling earthward as father and son wrestle over the controls have become dinner table lore retold at holiday gatherings. Dad says “Ok, let me help”.  Son says (while running away with his back turned or so the story goes) “No, I got it, I got it, I……thwwaaackkk!”. Over time, Dad began to recognize when to step in and help and when to let us (literally) spread our wings and fly on our own.

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Revisiting Integration Consulting Contract-to-Hire Arrangements

Posted by Charley Hughes on Apr 26, 2017 11:09 AM

Revisiting Integration Consulting Contract-To-Hire Arrangements

Back in 2010 I wrote an article about navigating contract to hire arrangements. Since that article appeared one question forwarded to me involved a contractor who received a contract extension instead of being hired or “converted” as a full time employee.

So what should you do if you find yourself in a similar situation? Here are a couple of key questions to consider to aid your understanding of what is happening.

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The Then and Now of E-Commerce

Posted by Charley Hughes on Nov 23, 2016 10:48 AM


Two Quick Thoughts

I’ll make my two thoughts especially quick because I know it is a shorter week for many.   In the spirit of the season here are two things to consider before you plunge headlong into this Thanksgiving’s tryptophan induced coma.

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Two Quick Thoughts: Challenge and Discipline

Posted by Charley Hughes on Sep 7, 2016 10:30 AM

Every four years the world turns its attention to the Summer Olympic Games and the athletes who inspire us. Is your favorite part of the Olympics the opening ceremony, closing ceremony, an event like swimming, track, or gymnastics? Or, as a manager of people is it instead the

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Two Quick Thoughts Timing - Understanding When to Hire

Posted by Charley Hughes on Jun 29, 2016 2:33 PM


Think about the planning required for changes affecting the platforms, applications, and data within your department.   Many leaders start by updating an architectural diagram to validate current state, before creating a visual document illustrating future state.

But what about your department’s organizational chart?  Regardless of staff size, do you have a plan on paper that reflects your team’s current state and creates a roadmap for what it will look like in the future?

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