3 Things Glassdoor Taught Me

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Social Media 10 Comments

About a year ago, I started to manage our corporate Glassdoor account. Seemed like the perfect responsibility for me to assume; I lead our Talent Acquisition department, I love to write, and my 17 years as a married man has accustomed me to baseless criticism. I kid, I kid. But yes, I took the wheel as the official Glassdoor voice …

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You Know You’re a Manager When….

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Leadership

I can count many blessings. Among those is the fact that not only do I have a great boss, I have two fantastic managers reporting to me. When you have strong people supporting your efforts, you can sometimes take for granted the fact that development continues for all of us – even those who are already at a pretty advanced …

My Resolution – No More Messengers in Recruiting

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Negotiation

It’s time for Talent Acquisition to own the “expert” role in the offer negotiation process. Before anyone snap-answers “we already do!” consider whether you are the messenger or if you are actually the negotiator. We all like to boast of “our” hires when a candidate is landed, and we take great pride in managing the relationship from resume to employee. …

Me & Chuck Muncie

John Whitaker Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Talent Strategy

If the name “Chuck Muncie” means anything to you at all, it probably indicates one of two things: You’re old. You’re a passionate fan of the NFL and its history of characters. I have the advantage of being both. But that still isn’t the reason “Chuck” has a significant role in my professional history. Nope, for me, that name still resonates loudly …

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), …

Closing Is What Matters

John Whitaker Innovation, Uncategorized

Oh man, that was really painful to watch. One shot down, one hole to go, and Dustin Johnson pipes two perfect shots that only a select few humans can even dream of. Striding up the 18th fairway, “DJ” had the walk of a gun-slinger—all he was missing was a six-shooter and a black duster. Unfortunately, in professional golf, you don’t make your …

Driving in The Fog

John Whitaker Recruiting, Selection

I love my guts. Seriously. I’m the first to admit that for much of my career, a large part of my success as a staffing professional and/or generalist relied on instinct, “feel,” or some other non-tangible determinant; and, frankly, I was good at it. I didn’t invent the term “gray area” as it relates to HR, but it is certainly applicable. …

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 …

Sympathy For The Devil

John Whitaker Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Culture, Employee Relations, Good HR, John Whitaker

Besides the distinction of being a kick-ass jam, the Rolling Stones classic tune “Sympathy for the Devil” offers an interesting discussion on the duplicity of human nature. We’re a funny bunch of monkeys, my fellow HR professionals… as “good” as we may strive to be, we still are not above using whatever means necessary to achieve the ultimate goal. Lie, …

Don’t Fall In Love

John Whitaker Retention

You’ve heard the meme before, “people don’t leave companies, they leave managers…” right? Sure you have, we all have—it’s repeated more times than you can count. Two things about that: Bullsh-t What about good managers? For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “good manager,” let me explain. These are people who trust your abilities. They inspire you. You …