Time to Stick a Fork in Cover Letters? Only If You Want to Miss the Best Candidates

John Hollon Always Be Closing, Candidate Pool, Interviewing, Recruiting, Resumes

A couple of years ago, Fistful of Talent published a blog post of mine that not only created a huge reaction but was easily the most well-read article I’ve ever had here.  The title should tell you why: Looking Back at What May Be the “Balliest” Cover Letter of All Time.’ It was about a classic cover letter that the …

Candidates Who Over-Talk May Need To Work Elsewhere

Dawn Burke Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Selection, Talent Strategy

“You talk too much. You never shut up.” – Run DMC To shut a candidate up or not to shut a candidate up? That is the question. A question, as an interviewer, I’ve contemplated for many years. A question I admittedly flip-flop on. But here is where I am with this now. Candidates, you need to control your explanations. You …

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 …

Efficiency Recruiting Is Like An Impossible Burger; It’s Got No Meat

Dawn Burke Always Be Closing, Bad HR, candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Dawn Burke

Here is the scene:  This week, my hubs and I were on a travel jaunt and after 3 hours in the car I was desperate for a latte’ (unsweetened almond milk with lots of cinnamon and Splenda on top). Since we were somewhere in the middle of “where the hell?” and “did we almost run over a possum carrying a …

Amazon’s New Hiring Commercial Gets One Thing Really Right!

Tim Sackett Always Be Closing, candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture

It seems like the world has a love/hate relationship with Amazon. We LOVE Amazon Prime and get all of our stupid stuff next-day, but we tend to want to grind them on their employee experience and hiring practice. It’s quickly becoming holiday season and Amazon probably needs to hire three hundred million people, so they have a new commercial out …

Are You Brave Enough To Teach Leaders To Not Treat Everyone Equally?

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Culture, FOT Reads, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Kris Dunn, Learning, Learning and Development

Leadership slang time, people. Let’s give you a term you can text your fellow HR/Talent pros in response to hearing that they’re stuck in a time-suck they shouldn’t be in. The term/acronym? NINA. “No Influence, No Authority.” NINA refers to people who really can’t get things done in an organization, and it’s position/situation specific. Consider the following: – Authority is downward sloping. People with …

Your 5-Point “My Careers Site is Ok” Audit

Katrina Kibben Always Be Closing, candidate experience, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture

“Did you see our careers site?” I mumble, “yes,” knowing what they are going to say next. I get the question every time.  “Well, what do you think of it?”  I use the same answer every time, too: “Do you want the explicit truth or the polished answer?” I usually laugh when I say this to break the awkward silence …

What is the best day to post your job?

Tim Sackett Always Be Closing, ATS, Candidate Pool, Uncategorized

It’s a blocking and tackling-type of a question in talent acquisition and recruiting, right? Most of us believe it’s part science and part art. “Well, Tim, that all depends on…” No, it doesn’t. It depends on data and the Appcast data from their 2019 Recruitment Media Benchmark Report says this: Yep, it turns out Monday is the day. Then on …

The Five Most Important Things To Do To Show The World You’re Freaking Awesome at What You Do.

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Career Advice, Coaching, Communication, Job Seeker Advice, Kris Dunn, Networking, Personal Brand, Profiles, Social Media

Professional awesomeness. You’ve got it. The world needs to know about it. I’ve mentioned in the past that you need a plan if you want real career traction. Some of my rants have focused on the reality that you have to be willing to tell the world about everything you’ve accomplished. If you don’t do it, no one else will. Now here’s …

Is it Time to Fail, OR is it Time to Fill?

Ben Martinez Always Be Closing, Communication, Hiring Managers, job postings, Making Offers, Metrics, Negotiation, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Working With Recruiters

More often than not, work takes longer than we think… In recruiting, “time to fill” is the number of days between when a job posting is approved, and the day the offer is accepted by the candidate. I’ve seen average time to fill rates range anywhere from 41 days to 62 days. Sometimes waaay longer. The problem with focusing too …