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Guest: Phil North Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Driving Productivity, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Recruiting

Say what you will about Amazon and their culture—they’ve got the foundation right and I freaking LOVE the company. Yep, I’m a fan and even if they worked me so hard my eyeballs rotted out of my head from reviewing resumes and my fingers fell off from endless Taleo clicks, I’d trade my time to be there. Why am I …

Recruiting Was Fine Until You Screwed It Up

Matt Charney Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, Recruiting

Every day, I’m lucky enough to get to talk to the people on the cutting edge of the recruiting technology industry; most of these are entrepreneurs who share a passion for their mostly cookie cutter products and the belief that, somehow, they’re going to help fix recruiting, which every single one seems to think is either “broken” or “a problem.” …

Be Deliberately Innovative

John Whitaker Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, HR, Innovation, John Whitaker

Here’s a tip for you, prospective job-seeker… grab a scratch pad and start describing your talents in terms of “innovation.” Look at your list. Now ask yourself this question— “Am I innovative?” If you are one of the 50% of Americans who do consider innovation/creativity as a strength, you could be selling yourself short if that competency is not readily apparent in your …

CAREER ADVICE: Never Let Your Boss Tell You How Other People Feel About You Without Forcing These 2 Questions…

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Kris Dunn, Leadership, Selection

Dateline: Somewhere in Corporate America. The Scene: A C-Level is telling the HR pro who reports to him what another C-level thinks about her performance (hint—it’s not glowing). The Mistake: The HR Pro in question thinks that since the C-Level reporting the feedback is supportive of her (it’s the other guy with the problem, right?), she doesn’t have to challenge …

Candidate Experience Is Not A Product

Matt Charney Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, FOT Reads, HR Tech, HR Technology, Matt Charney

Fun fact: I own the trademark on the “slogan” (their term) candidate experience in the United States. I’m pretty sure that it’s unenforceable, but I’ve got the paperwork to prove that I at least paid the filing fee and was issued an e-mail confirming my registration was a success. Why did I pay $159 for the rights to intellectual property …

How To Leverage Human-Centered Design In Your Employment Brand Strategy

Holland Dombeck McCue Always Be Closing, Candidate Pool, Employment Branding and Culture, Holland Dombeck, HR, Recruiting

I learned the back-story on LinkedIn Pulse today from the leader of an Innovation Lab I’m participating in. I didn’t fact-check, so here’s my historically accurate version of the story: Basically, these two sharp guys attending Standford created the news aggregator, formerly known as Pulse, around the time the iPad was first rolled out. The guys would approach coffee shop …

The 5 Best Cultural Fit Scenes from Hollywood…

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Culture, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn

Cultural fit. You know it’s real, but you hate it when a hiring manager who is an absolute dufus goes with the most general feedback possible: “I just didn’t think she was a fit.” Sure you didn’t. Could you be a little more specific? Was she not a “fit” because she had opinions you didn’t agree with? Because she started …

Top RECRUITER (Not Recruiting) Fails

Dawn Burke Always Be Closing, Recruiting, Selection

As a VP of People I’m responsible for lots of things. Although my People Team is responsible for all HR competencies (recruiting, training, comp, benefits, employee relations, culture) the tide of what we deal with swings back and forth. Some months are chock-full of employee relations issues; other months are training heavy… yada, yada. This month is recruiting. I’ve recently been …

Top 10 Questions To Ask HR Tech Vendors – #SHRM15 Edition!

Tim Sackett Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, HR Tech, HR Technology, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett

Kris and I got the opportunity to speak to a rather fun and active group at the SHRM National Conference in Vegas a few weeks back. Standing room only! We went live on Periscope with the “Pre-session” 15 minutes before the actual session for all those folks who came early to get a good seat. What is an HR technology …

Offer Declined: What To Make Of Candidates Turning You Down

Steve Boese Always Be Closing, Candidate Pool, Employment Branding and Culture, HR, HR & Sports, Recruiting, Sports, Steve Boese

The National Basketball Association’s player free agency period opened on July 1st, (this is the first day that players with expired contracts can enter into new contract negotiations with the league’s clubs for the new season), and as usual, the period has been a frenzy of recruiting activity… interviews, second interviews, offers, acceptances, and what I want to write about …