Sackadamus Gives His 2013 Predictions

The Annual Sackadamus FOT Predictions have become legendary, primarily, for their uncanny accuracy and for the simple fact no one is willing to go out on such a limb within the industry.  Back in 2009 – it was I who predicted the takeoff of Video Interviewing/Video profiles!  I also predicted Healthcare reform would go nowhere, so 50/50 seems to be a good odds in this predicting game!  So, here it goes – Tim Sackett’s 2013 Predictions for the HR/Talent Industry:

  • FOT Contributor/Cynical Girl Laurie Ruettimann will begin the next phase of her career by opening a boutique HR consulting practice focusing on helping HR ladies who have cats fighting depression (the cats, not the ladies – it’s a given the HR ladies have depression).
  • In 2013 FOT will actually jump into the millennial pool and welcome on our first HR Millennial writer, primarily because all of GenYs and GenXers want someone new to make fun of, and let’s face it, there is nothing funnier than listening to Millennials talk about their HR experience.
  • SHRM National comes to Chicago in 2013, but the bigger news will be of a small, but boisterous boycott of SHRM in Chicago by none other than Matt, aka Bruno, Stollack who hates Chicago, but loves SHRM.  Matt
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    will get through this week by accepting free PBR from who tames down their annual party to just handing out free PBR.

  • FOT finally signs an international sponsorship agreement with Nike in 2013, after a long drawn out battle between Nike, Addidas,  Converse and Pro Keds for the right to outfit the FOT crew.  Steve Boese will test the rights of the agreement by refusing to wear Nike at the 2013 HR Technology Conference so he can wear his ‘lucky’ Chuck Taylors during his first run in the show.
  • Some HR Lady will release a 50 Shades knockoff called – 50 Shades of Harassment – it will go on to be a SHRM Bookstore best seller, selling 37 copies.
  • Facebook figures out a Recruiting platform – and/or LinkedIn buys BranchOut and figures it out for them – way too much talent interacting on FB to just leave it alone.  And FYI,  your Facebook page isn’t recruiting on Facebook.
  • The Job Boards? Still not dead.  Why? Because the majority of ‘job seekers’ still go to a job board to find a job and most corporate HR/Talent Pros still don’t know how to pick up a phone and actually recruit passive talent.  As long as ‘Post and Pray’ is the primary recruiting strategy of corporate talent acquisition – the Job Boards will live.

So, what predictions do you have for the upcoming year?


FOT Background Check

Tim Sackett
Tim Sackett SPHR, is the ultimate Mama’s Boy!  After 15+ years of successfully leading HR and Talent Acquisition departments for Fortune 500s and smaller technical firms, Tim took over running the contingent staffing firm HRU Technical Resources in Lansing, MI. Serving as the Executive Vice President, Tim runs the company his mother started over 30 years ago, and don’t tell Mom, but he thinks he does a better job at it than she did!  Check out his blog at Because he's got A LOT to say, and FOT just isn't enough for him.


  1. Gen Y writer you say??? coughcoughpickme!!coughcough

  2. Steve Boese says:

    I am sticking with the Converse. Unless Puma comes in with a strong offer,

  3. Derdiver says:

    The first prediction mad me laugh so hard people came in to my office!! Happy New Year!!!

  4. Miles says:

    I’m a Millennial who works in HR. Why is it funny to listen to me talk about my HR experience? And why are GenX and GenY making fun of us?

  5. akaBruno says:

    I don’t hate Chicago, per se. I hate any conference that takes place in a city where the average price of a reasonably good hotel exceeds $225 a night

  6. Suzanne Rumsey says:

    Aren’t Gen Y and the millennial s the same?

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