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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 …

5 Ways to Tell If Your Recruiting Pro Is Giving You Self-Pity.

Ben Martinez ATS, Coaching, Email, HR Tech, Metrics, Recruiting, Social Media and Talent, Sourcing, Talent Acquisition, Working With Recruiters

Complaining will do nothing but make your “time to fill” metric exceed the 58-63 day period that is currently the industry average to fill a requisition. I have sat through or led enough recruiting pipeline report meetings to learn when a recruiter is “getting after it” and when they are just making excuses. Here are a few things to watch …

Before You Were Hired, There Was a Labelscar.

Ben Martinez Business Development, Communication, Culture, Hiring Managers, Leadership, Learning and Development, Offboarding, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Retention, Succession Planning, Talent Strategy, Working With Recruiters

Do you ever drive by a mall or old business and see a labelscar? You probably didn’t realize there was an actual term for what you saw. A labelscar is when a sign is taken off from a building, and the dust and fade marks still show in the shape of the old sign. Drive around many cities, and you …

That Company Has 3 Types of Workers.

Ben Martinez Ben Martinez, Business Development, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, HR, Performance, Recruiting, Retention, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Training and Development

People are wired to work and make things happen. You may or may not like your job, but you are there to achieve things for your company. That is why you should hire more people who actually love their work. There are three types of workers. The “job” worker. This is the person who hates Mondays, lives for the weekends, …