American Idol Accused of Racism

Meredith Soleau Candidate Pool, EEO, Meredith Soleau, Pop Culture

Who better than to report on the latest American Idol scandal than FOT's best karaoke star? Nobody! I should have tried out for the show. Hindsight is always 20/20. Anyway, in case you haven't seen it on the news channels, American Idol has a complaint filed against them at the United States EEOC, charging racism, from nine African American contestants. New York attorney, …

Job Titles That Say What They Mean

Paul Hebert Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Job Market, Paul Hebert, Pop Culture

Job titles have achieved heights of ridiculousness never before reached. Each company in an effort to “outcool” the next company have created job descriptions that have more value as talking points in an interview with Forbes than they do to the oth er employees in the company – or – to the most important person – the customer of that …

Crazy is Crazy

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Culture, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Personal Brand, Pop Culture, William Tincup

A few weeks ago my neighbor decided to cut down about 20 established trees in his front and back yard. Established trees. Red Oaks, Live Oaks, Pines, a gorgeous Magnolia, etc. I'm assuming some of these trees were here 50-75 years ago. His entire plot of land was covered in one huge canopy of shade. A rare sight in the …

Doomed – Counteroffers, Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger

Kathy Rapp Bad HR, Compensation/Cash Money, Kathy Rapp, Making Offers, Pop Culture

I'm sure you're wondering how I'll make the connection between counteroffers and the engagement of Avril Lavigne and Nickelback's frontman, Chad Kroeger. Wait….I already did.  I used the word “doomed“. If that isn't enough to convince you, here's a handy comparison list as you (candidate) or you (potential employer) or you (current employer) think about counteroffers and the impending nuptials …

I Quit My Last Job When I Went To Jail

Marisa Keegan Marisa Keegan, Pop Culture

One time Red Bull called out of the blue and offered me the chance to fly to California, have all the blood-pumping-energy beverage I guzzle into my greedy mouth, and interview for a position they wanted to create. I jumped on the opportunity. Not because I was trying to move to California to work for Red Bull (though I might …