You Don’t Know A-Players From Your A-Hole

Laurie Ruettimann Candidate Pool, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Laurie Ruettimann, Learning, The HR Profession, War for Talent

Lots of buzzwords out there in the new, fast, bold, dynamic, disruptive world of human resources. The one buzzword that’s been around for many years? A-players. As in, “I need to get me some A-players for my B-company so we can turn this horrible organization around and pay our C-Suite more money.” Hooray for A-players! They have the potential to solve all …

5 Ways to Botch a Hiring Decision

Kathy Rapp Always Be Closing, Candidate Pool, Counter-Offers, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, Kathy Rapp, Recruiting, War for Talent

The tide has turned.  It’s officially a candidate’s market, which means you need to be even more on your game when it comes to hiring decisions.  Think you’re going to woo that mechanical engineer with a 9/80?  That’s sooo 2010.  A sign-on with a year pay-back clause?  Whatever. Harvard Business Review ran this post spelling out the habits of bad …

Recruiting Is Not the Dirty Part of HR.

RJ Morris Audacious Ideas, Business Development, Candidate Pool, Good HR, HR, Recruiting, RJ Morris, Talent Strategy, Tim Sackett, War for Talent

The HR content machine, Tim Sackett, wrote over at his blog a few weeks ago about the need for corporate recruiters to aggressively go after talent in the market. Tim, as most professional talent acquisition folks do, scoffed a bit at the term “poaching,” which many people use to describe this. The fact of the matter is that I don’t …

5 Secrets From LinkedIn’s Recruiter Certification Test

Tim Sackett Bad HR, Change, Corporate Social Responsiblity, Don't Feed the Vendors, FOTNation, Influence, Kris Dunn, Profiles, Recruiting, Social Recruiting, Sourcing, Tim Sackett, Trench HR, War for Talent, You Want Me To Pay For What!?

A few weeks back, LinkedIn (LI) made a big splash at their annual Talent Connect conference when they launched their new LinkedIn Recruiter Certification. Immediately, everyone in the recruiting industry wanted to know what this “certification” was.  The high interest comes from the huge void in the recruiting industry for a legitimate certification that rivals HRCI’s PHR, SPHR and GPHR …

The Future of Recruiting Tools

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Change, Don't Feed the Vendors, Employee Referrals, Good HR, HR Technology, Innovation, Recruiting, Resumes, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Recruiting, Sourcing, Tim Sackett, Trench HR, War for Talent

What tools are you currently using to find candidates? -Resume databases – probably 90% of recruiters (internal and external). -LinkedIn – probably 75% of recruiters with professional type openings. -Facebook – probably 15% of recruiters (this will change quickly – agency recruiting folks are already heavily involved in Facebook search). -Google Boolean searching – 5% or so – we in …

Are You Trying to Shave Off Squared Edges to Make Talent Fit?

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, War for Talent

Houston is blessed and cursed right now and I’m not just talking about the Texans.  The city is booming due to the vibrant oil and gas industry; and the booming also means talent is scarce. A recent gathering of Houston’s CHRO’s had some oil and gas leaders bantering about talent, specifically the challenge of changing demographics alongside current leaders.  An …

Hiring is Broken

Steve Gifford Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Candidate Pool, Current Affairs, Hiring Bias, Interviewing, Job Market, Labor, Recruiting, Steve Gifford, War for Talent

Our system for hiring employees is broken.  What’s more, I’m not sure that anyone knows how to fix it. Take a look at a very scary chart from the St. Louis Federal Reserve. So, of everyone who is currently unemployed, almost 40% of them have been out of work for more than six months. This has never happened in any …

High Potentials That Move Faster Than You

Steve Gifford Change, Innovation, Leadership, Organizational Development, Steve Gifford, War for Talent

Your organization moves at a certain pace.  Your high potential employees, though, move at a faster pace — that’s probably why you identified them as high potential in the first place!  Unfortunately, without the rest of the organization following along, the effort may fall flat. I’ve been thinking about this recently because this month marks the ten-year anniversary of the …

Legislative Gridlock: Yes, It’s a Talent Issue

Steve Gifford Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, HR, Leadership, Policies, Recruiting, Steve Gifford, War for Talent

Sequestration, filibuster, campaign finance… Congressional dysfunction isn’t just them, it’s how *we* manage them! Consider the recruiting pool a member of Congress.  Technically, you only need to be a citizen and over 35, so the talent pool is pretty large.  Realistically, though, it’s hard to run for Congress if it’s your first time in elected office.  You’re probably a local …