5 Simple Strategies To Stop Sucking At Sourcing

Matt Charney Communication, Employment Branding and Culture, Hiring Managers, HR & Marketing, HR Technology, Recruiting, Selection, Social Recruiting, Sourcing

Sourcing is one of those skill sets that you continue to use even after you leave recruiting–and just as relevant if your new job, like mine, involves generating marketing-qualified leads. I’ve used dozens of Chrome extensions, CRM and ATS plug-ins, and I’ve experimented with pretty much every social network or search engine over the past decade or so. At the …

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First In, First Out: Why Recruiters Need To Bear Down In A Bull Market

Matt Charney Current Affairs, Matt Charney, Recruiting

If talent acquisition is a leading economic indicator (and since job growth certainly is, one could argue so too is the state of our profession, by extension), then it seems like the good times in recruiting will continue for the foreseeable future. Despite widespread economic uncertainty and political upheaval, unemployment remains at historic lows, and hiring demand almost unilaterally outstrips …

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The Wild West of A.I.

Matt Charney A.I., Matt Charney

While I’m skeptical about the use of AI for recruiting and hiring (save machine learning, which is an altogether different if occasionally congruent construct), I kind of love the explosion of bots that’s occurred over the last year or so. Let’s be clear: these are not artificial intelligence, for reasons I’ve explained already (click here if you’re interested). Some of …

HR Tech is Child’s Play When You Talk to CyberSecurity Candidates

Matt Charney AsiaPac, Matt Charney, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Science, Sourcing, Talent Strategy, Trench HR

So, we’re pulling up to #BSidesLV (after attending, I’m still not sure what the hell that means), and I’m about to swipe my card through the taxi meter when suddenly, the screen goes black. Suddenly, some Linux instance popped up (I know because it was written on the bottom of the screen), although I have no idea what the hell …

Why Employer Branding Is BS

Matt Charney Employment Branding and Culture, HR, Matt Charney, Recruitment Marketing

I’ve sat on the sidelines and watched “employer brand” turn from some meaningless buzzword and amorphous, largely theoretical construct into something of a cottage industry. I have no problem with this, of course – those who can’t do, recruit, and those who can’t recruit run employer Instagram accounts and branded Twitter chats. Which is cool, but as more practitioners hitch …

Matt Charney answers Why “Employee Engagement” Is The Successories Poster of HR

Matt Charney Matt Charney, Worldwide FOT

Employee engagement is one of those perpetual trending topics in HR and recruiting, probably because for years now, pundits and practitioners alike still haven’t figured out how to confront what seems to be a fairly endemic case of malaise and apathy perpetually plaguing our workforce. I’m not sure why it is that talent leaders and recruiting pros can’t to have a …

The 5 Biggest Mistakes (Almost) Every Recruiter Makes

Matt Charney Always Be Closing, Hiring Managers, HR, Matt Charney, Recruiting, Social Networking, Social Recruiting, The HR Profession

Recruiting is never easy, but for some reason, many talent acquisition professionals make it somehow much harder than it really needs to be. The fact that recruiters inherently work in silos and are largely forced to figure out the intricacies of talent sourcing and screening independently means that we tend to all make the same mistakes. For the most part, …

You’re Boring Me

Matt Charney Audacious Ideas, Culture, Current Affairs, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, HR & Marketing, Matt Charney, The FOT Soap Box

My freshman year of college, I lived in a high-rise dorm in the middle of the hood. I loved every minute of it. My favorite part, however, was the fact I could see the Hollywood sign from the window of the shared bathroom. Every morning I looked out and thought to myself how awesome it was to be so close …

Pack Up Your Pipeline: Reefer Madness & Recruiting

Matt Charney Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, HR, Matt Charney, The HR Profession

There are few topics more taboo in the strange sweater-and-swag-filled world of HR than smoking weed, or “ingesting marijuana,” if you’re an employee handbook or an SPHR.  While stuff like pre-employment testing and after-hours activities among workers were in heavy rotation, Bogarting much of the coverage, what was passed to the left hand side was the fact that, like cell …