Innovation Requires Touch

John Whitaker Audacious Ideas, Employment Branding and Culture, FOT Reads, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, John Whitaker

Fancy yourself a recruiting innovator? Probably so if you’re stopping by a site like FOT, where the lunatic fringe is in full bloom. So many evolutionary thinkers here and so many great ideas, it’s easy to start feeling like you can change the world. And you’re convinced you’ve got the opportunity to make things happen for your employer. You hear leadership …

Fool’s Gold… Passive Candidates

John Whitaker Candidate Pool, HR, John Whitaker, Recruiting

“Passive recruiting” has been a buzzword in the Talent Acquisition world for as long as I’ve been in the industry. Not only is it described as the gold standard of a “strategic” Recruiting team, but “passive recruiting” started appearing as a job requirement for positions outside of the Human Resources organization. It’s a term with caché, baby. Which begs the question… …

Leftovers? AGAIN??

John Whitaker candidate experience, Candidate Pool, HR, John Whitaker, Recruiting

Even as kids we all realized something… when you ask “what’s for dinner?” and the answer is “leftovers,” Mom was out of time, patience, or energy. No matter the reason, dinner was going to be, as they say, “sub-par.” Edible? Sure, it’s edible, but so is tree bark. Leftovers just aren’t the same. But guess what? [metaphor alert] You just described …

There Has To Be A Better Way To Do VMS!

Tim Sackett Don't Feed the Vendors, Driving Productivity, Good HR, HR, Tim Sackett

Okay, I run a staffing contract IT and engineering staffing firm. Part of our business is making placements with clients who use a VMS (vendor managed service). It’s a highly growing field, for a number of very legitimate reasons.  A VMS is basically a middle man in between the staffing companies that support your company and you. The theoretical concept about …

All Hat, No Cattle

John Whitaker Recruiting

I’ll start by making one broad assumption, which seems to be commonly accepted in the world of Talent Acquisition: It’s a candidate’s market. (Just don’t try to tell that to someone who’s been unemployed for 6+ months.) This one simple dynamic has incredible ripple effects throughout the staffing community. The challenges are apparent (at least they are to a recruiter), …

Close The Damn Window

John Whitaker Diversity, Hiring Bias, HR, John Whitaker

Is your company still talking about Diversity as a Human Resources objective? We love to talk it, and we try to walk it; we promote it, and we love to include it in our mission statements and job postings. We tout diversity in our recruiting messages, on our website, and always manage to use images on our collateral material to …

Buyer’s Market Says, “Aim High”

John Whitaker Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Interviewing, John Whitaker, Recruiting, Selection, Talent Strategy

The candidate market right now includes an incredibly talented group of people, maybe more so than at any point in our history. One natural off-shoot of this condition is an increasing amount of over-qualified candidates throwing their names into consideration for jobs that may technically be “beneath” them. As a result, it’s a buyer’s market—Corvette models at Chevette prices. But we’ve been …

The Resume Wasteland

John Whitaker Candidate Pool, John Whitaker, Recruiting, Resumes, Working With Recruiters

“Man looks in the abyss, there’s nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.”  Wall Street, 1987 “Candidate sends a resume into the abyss, there’s no response coming back to him. At that moment, candidate gets more frustrated. And that is what keeps candidates in the abyss.”  …

“Fit” To Be Tied

John Whitaker John Whitaker

“Fit” is a term that’s giving me (for lack of a better term) fits. Anyone involved with the hiring cycle, whether it be staffing, the hiring manager, or even the candidate, has certainly heard the term “job fit.” Hell, I use it all the time. And it’s bugging me. It hit me today, reading through the August issue of Rolling Stone. Hidden among …

With Friends Like Me…

John Whitaker Employee Relations, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker

“Always drink upstream from the herd.” – Will Rogers One of the lesser-known pitfalls for an HR professional working as a Business Partner is one not normally mentioned when the topic of “HR Competencies” is discussed. At least in a corporate HRBP role, you can actually run into the complication of being too damn friendly. Truthfully, it can be a …