7 Insights Into Recruiting While Growing A Tomato Garden

Ben Martinez Recruiting, Talent Management 0 Comments

Growing tomatoes is a humbling experience. It takes patience and care. You will put forth a lot of effort to grow your own tomatoes and save $3.89 but if you look deep into what you are doing, there are lessons to be learned, even with recruiting. Like robots in recruiting, I can outsource the work with automatic bubbler sprinkling systems …

Leadership 101 – Nobody wants to be told what to do

Ben Martinez COVID-19, Learning and Development

You will live a miserable life trying to control people by telling them what to do.  There is a time and place for inserting yourself into someone’s life or telling them what is needed to make their life better. The silver lining of all this work from home is that we have learned how to trust ourselves to get the …

You Might Need to Wake Up From Your Dream

Ben Martinez Career Advice, Change Management, COVID-19, Leadership, Talent Strategy

Times are strange.  The other day, the CHRO of a former F500 employer reached out to get the password for an 9 year-old Twitter account. Somehow, I remembered my password and got them what they needed. No thank you from them. I guess they had a dream they should have done something with that Twitter account and got what they …

Complainers and Braggers in a COVID-19 World – There’s No Time For It

Ben Martinez Change, Change Management, COVID-19, Leadership, Managing People, Uncategorized

We are truly living in a strange and unique time right now. Everyone is dealing with COVID-19 and fighting the good fight while keeping a social distance in their own way. Some people are complaining, while others are bragging about how ready they are.  We are going to learn a lot – work from home, home school, social distancing, layoffs, …

Every Recruiting Process is in Disorder until you Organize it

Ben Martinez Always Be Closing, Ben Martinez, candidate experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition

What is disorder? Disorder is a messy desk, dirty house, a body that needs to be showered, work that is not in order. When you woke up today was everything in order? Were the dishes done, work happening and no dogs barking? Did I mention kids? If you have kids, was everything in order with their lives this morning? Beyond …

7 Controllable Things Any HR Pro Can Do To Make Their Company Better

Ben Martinez Ben Martinez, HR (& Life!) Advice

There are scores of tips for HR pros to help make their companies better – be more strategic, be disruptive, be an advisor, etc. Being all those things is good, but it takes focus. Here are seven controllable (but not always easy) acts any HR pro can do that trumps a Master’s Degree and will make their company better. Get off …

Adjusting Your Attention Is The Key To Getting Great Results

Ben Martinez Ben Martinez, candidate experience, Change Management, Communication, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Hiring Managers

If you run a coffee bean company (which I do), expect more bags of beans to be sold and when Barry complains about doing more work (e.g. more bags of beans to fill), you will need to listen. If you recruit and hire people (which I do), expect that someone (e.g., other Barry) at your client company will spam your …

4 Reasons Why Startups Struggle at Recruiting

Ben Martinez candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Culture, Hiring Managers, Talent Acquisition

In 2019, 63% of startups claim that access to talent as their most critical issue and I don’t see the talent issue getting better in 2020… There are reasons and theories as to why, but here are my top 4 reasons why startups struggle to find top talent. 1–They do not look hard enough and settle for the brother and sister-in-law discount.  In the …

Simplify Your Start-Up Hiring With These 3 Steps

Ben Martinez Ben Martinez, Candidate Pool

Too often, I work with founders and executives who are desperate to find good people. They either spend too much time on recruiting, which takes them away from their core work (i.e., building or selling a product, raising money, etc.) or they spend too little time on recruiting and have few good people in the pipeline. Whether you are growing …

More Candidates are Rejected than Hired.

Ben Martinez Communication, Hiring Managers, Recruiting, Resumes, Selection, Talent Strategy

Many of us only hear about the interviews, offers and hires when it comes to recruiting, but more candidates are rejected than offered. For every 1 hire, 46 people were reviewed, 12 were phone/video screened, 3-5 were interviewed, and in the end, one person is ultimately hired (stats from an actual CFO role I worked on). What’s the only action …