Aren’t Business Cards Dead?

Kris Dunn Culture, Kris Dunn

I know, I know.  I’m a little bit cynical and yes, the world hasn’t gone digital enough yet to eliminate the business card.  But I’ve been at my current gig for over three years, and haven’t had to reorder off the initial order of 500 cards.  Of course, I’m not in a business development role right now, or I’m sure …

Blackberry/Facebook/YouTube Junkies – The Hyperconnected…

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR Technology, Kris Dunn

There’s a new study out by Nortel on how people work and play.  They’re adding a new term to the mix – the hyperconnected.  The premise?  Companies are facing an onslaught of "connectivity devices" in use by their employees.  While some companies choose to restrict the use of connectivity/community-based devices/technology, the pressure is on to allow employees to connect when …

The Scott McClellan of Your Workplace – Here’s How to Tell if Your Employees Think He’s Legit…

Kris Dunn Culture, Kris Dunn, Leadership, Retention

First up, this isn’t a political site; it’s a site about all things talent.  So, I’m not providing a political opinion on the news of Scott McClellan (former Bush press secretary) writing a scathing book on issues within the Bush Administration. Instead, I’m here to point out that every workplace has their Scott McClellan(s).  Not whisteblowers – those folks speak …

The Connection Between Weezer and Your Employment Brand…

Kris Dunn Culture, Kris Dunn

What’s with these homies dissing my girl? The new Weezer CD is out.  Not ordinarily fodder for a Talent site, but I couldn’t resist after bouncing around their site to see if they were touring, etc.  Here’s the deal – Weezer gets the web, and more importantly, they get how to use the web to collaborate, bring their marketing down …

New Recruiting Campaign – Keyword “Google Killer”….

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Culture, Kris Dunn, Sourcing

WOW – I love it when a company is in a competitive situation, and lets it all hang out, even with something as image restricted as the recruiting process. What’s gotten me thinking about this?  This freaking cool ad from the Euros within Microsoft, as reported from Valleywag: "After more than a decade of trans-Atlantic antitrust scrutiny, one would think …

Facebook Has A Prom – You Weren’t Invited…

Kris Dunn Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Retention

This is going to make your annual employee appreciation luncheon look a little stale: "It’s true: Facebook held a prom for its employees in San Francisco last night at the Metreon. The shopping mall-cineplex’s fourth floor was tastefully decorated with white flowers, and the gathered Facebookers were dressed up — and so youthful, you might think it was an actual …

Controlling Employee Turnover – Does It Help to Throw “Cold Water” on the Candidate?

Kris Dunn Culture, Interviewing, Kris Dunn, Onboarding, Retention

Everyone knows that realistic job previews are the way to go with your candidates – unless the environment you are selling is a total crapamatic 400…at which point you might want to think about a new gig/company/client/<fill in the blank>… But I digress.  Back to the point.  Realistic job previews – GOOD.  Selling candidates without providing any real world data …

Rejected Candidates with an IQ of 115 – Will They Ultimately Make Google Uncool?

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Culture, Interviewing, Kris Dunn

I’m on the record as agreeing with Former Netscape wonderboy, Marc Andreessen, that it’s dangerous to view Google’s approach to Talent as too special.  A focus on the PhD is OK at times, but when you have to have the heavy academic pedigree to get any job at a company, you’re going to miss out on some COLD BLOODED killers …

Can You Tell If a Company Is On Its Deathbed Based on Job Postings?

Kris Dunn Culture, Interviewing, Kris Dunn, Sourcing

Throwing up a careers site says something about your company.  It could say thousands of things, including the following: 1.  We’re hip, and you want to work here…2.  If we were a person, our nickname would be steady Eddie.  You’re not going to get a Matchbox Twenty show in the lunchroom, but we make payroll and have Blue Cross….3.  Damn, …