The Career (and Life) Benefits of Going Global

Ed Baldwin Career Advice, Culture, Diversity, Ed Baldwin, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Travel, Uncategorized 0 Comments

I’ve had the really good fortune of traveling internationally for a good chunk of my career. It’s been a career filled with humbling and tremendous learning, derived from surviving the potent mix of immigration/border security lines, horrific plane meals, and profound cases of jet lag. In fact, I would go so far as to say that traveling internationally has played a …

Utilize Your Network as Free Consultants

Ed Baldwin Audacious Ideas, Career Advice, Ed Baldwin, Learning, Networking 0 Comments

Think about the best professional advice you’ve ever received. Where did it come from? A how-to YouTube video?  A TED talk?  Your spouse?  An executive coach?  Maybe a lawyer?  A book?  A keynote speech at an HR/talent conference?  Likely not. Or… from a fellow HR/talent colleague?  Yep, that’s what I thought. Networking is all the rage.  So are conferences, podcasts, …

7 Signs Your Employer Doesn’t Care About People

Ed Baldwin Bad HR, Career Advice, Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, Innovation, Job Seeker Advice, Old School, Recruitment Marketing, Seat at the Table, Uncategorized 8 Comments

As HR pros we all want to work for a progressive, forward-thinking company that values its people. A company that is recognized as a great employer – or dare I say one that treats their employees “as their greatest asset”. No HR or Talent Pro seeks otherwise. “Man, I just want to find a company where I’m a replaceable cog …

Strength in Unity

Ed Baldwin Communication, Ed Baldwin, Generations, in the news, Leadership

What do you remember most about 9/11?  It’s perhaps the most memorable day in our generation’s history. I suspect it will be mine. Here’s my story. I was working for an agricultural cooperative and I was responsible for a team of 430 men and women who sold agricultural input products to farmers. We were in the middle of our three-day …

Turning Severance Into Sabbatical, or at least a Productive Gap in Employment

Ed Baldwin Career Advice, Change, Ed Baldwin, Job Seeker Advice, Layoffs, Networking, Personal Brand, Uncategorized

In today’s dynamic world of work if you haven’t been laid off or made redundant at least once, it’s likely that you haven’t been in the workforce very long, you own your own business, or you just haven’t done enough progressive and envelope-pushing work to have been put on ‘the list’. So the experience of having an unexpected gap in employment …

Getting Change To Stick

Ed Baldwin Change, Change Management, Ed Baldwin, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation

Everyone is either leading change or trying to adapt to it. Very little in our world today remains constant. And yet, change is hard for all of us. Any change is hard, but large-scale change can be particularly challenging.  Change is in front of us every waking moment of our day, from the new brand of coffee you thought you would …

A Real Talent Strategy, Terminate Employment At-Will

Ed Baldwin Audacious Ideas, Benefits, Ed Baldwin, Employment Law

How much of your current time and energy as an HR pro these days is being put into creating a talent strategy for your company?  A strategy that differentiates your company from others by attracting and retaining the very best to come to work for our company, rather than the competition? Yeah, that’s pretty much what we are all working …

Kicking It Old School

Ed Baldwin Change, Ed Baldwin, Recruiting

There is an email that occasionally makes the circuit in the HR community.  The content of this email is an amusing excerpt from a 1940’s transportation magazine article entitled Guide to Hiring Women. The point of this forwarded email isn’t about how atrocious the recruiting practices of women were in the 1940’s, but rather to challenge its readers (recruiters, HR …

overqualified candidate

Hire the Overqualified to Maximize Talent ROI

Ed Baldwin Candidate Pool, Ed Baldwin

Virtually all companies want to hire the very best talent available.  Most have some version of this statement proudly displayed on their careers page. But we all know that there are constraints in terms of the price you can afford to pay for that available talent.  That’s the crux of achieving your company’s talent strategy, maximizing the talent you bring …

Your Candidate Experience Sucks, Fix It With These Changes

Ed Baldwin candidate experience, Ed Baldwin, Employment Branding and Culture, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing

Yeah, that’s right. If you’re a recruiter and your company is part of the chorus of employers that sing the ‘our greatest asset is our people’ mantra, then you owe applicants who show interest in working for your company something – you owe them a great candidate experience. It amazes me how many recruiting shops out there suck at creating …