What do your candidates Google?

Ben Martinez Audacious Ideas, Ben Martinez, Google for Jobs, Recruiting, Selection, Talent Acquisition

Seriously. Find out. Ask your next prospective hire if you can see what they Google… Relax if you are the one who has something to hide on Google. Even with Google’s hiring product Google Hire, they will not release this information to an employer. If you really want to dig deep into someone, ask a sales rep for his/her last …

Disruptive Career Growth Through Vengeance Or Transformation

Ben Martinez Ben Martinez, Career Advice

A career happens the day we learn how to make a dollar for ourselves, which can come at almost any age when you count lawn mowing, babysitting, paper route type jobs. If you take the traditional route – graduate college, then work – you can get fooled into thinking your career is outside of your control until one day you …

Relationships Are Not Happening On Apps (Dating Apps Excluded)

Ben Martinez Ben Martinez, Performance

There continue to be many HR Tech tools and apps sprouting up that claim to make it easier to give feedback and guidance to people. While I’m a big fan of more transparency, when it comes to conversations about performance or just giving clear guidance, these conversations…wait for it…should happen in person. The HR Tech tools out there sound good …

7 Controllable Things Any HR Pro Can Do To Make Their Company Better

Ben Martinez Ben Martinez, HR (& Life!) Advice

There are scores of tips for HR pros to help make their companies better – be more strategic, be disruptive, be an advisor, etc. Being all those things is good, but it takes focus. Here are seven controllable (but not always easy) acts any HR pro can do that trumps a Master’s Degree and will make their company better. Get off …

3 Ways To Tell If Someone From The “Speaker’s Circuit” Is Legit

Ben Martinez Ben Martinez, Conferences

A few years back I became aware that there was a “Speaker’s Circuit” for HR people. The more I became aware of it, the more it sounded like a wonderful place to be. You have done everything in your career and now you are being paid hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to travel the world and…..speak. I later …

Be Curious About Your Competition… Then Follow Their Clues

Ben Martinez Ben Martinez, Employment Branding and Culture

It’s easy and feels good to talk about your competition and blame them for the reason your life is a failure. I get destroyed by my competition on a regular basis. With Sumato Coffee, I study our online competition, follow the clues they leave behind and go for a different angle. With consulting, I study what big consulting firms are …