A New Recruiting Wrinkle: Paying Everybody as if They Worked in San Francisco

John Hollon Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Compensation/Cash Money, Executive Search, Uncategorized

Here’s the latest recruiting wrinkle in job listings: Posting an ad where the company is completely up front about what the position pays — even if it is $181,000 a year. Jeff Hyman, a long-time executive recruiter and author of the bestselling book Recruit Rockstars, recently flagged me to the fact that project management software company Basecamp was looking for …

Today’s Job Listings: They’re Silly, Pretentious, and Have Gone off the Deep End

John Hollon Candidate Pool, Compensation/Cash Money, Employment Branding and Culture, Job Boards, John Hollon, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Talent Acquisition

I’ve seen a LOT of job listings over the last few years, so I shouldn’t be surprised at any of the preposterous skill requirements that some hiring managers seem to be looking for. But then I saw this one. I could hardly believe what was listed as the No. 1 required skill for a position as Advisor to the President …

The Hassle of Performance-Based Pay

Kylie Quetell Compensation/Cash Money, Hourly Hiring, Managing People, Metrics, Payroll, Performance, Performance Reviews, Policies, Training and Development

Are performance-based pay structures worth all of the hassle? It feels like the amount of effort that goes into these pay structures might not be worth the squeeze.  Typically performance-based pay requires the measurement of key performance indicators. That means that I’m paying someone to measure all of the “stuff.” That’s fine for me because as we know, you can’t …

Get Ready for Gen Z – the Next Wave of Talent

Guest: Rachel Bitte Candidate Pool, Compensation/Cash Money, Digital Interviewing, Diversity, Generations, HR & Marketing, Recruitment Marketing, Social Recruiting, Talent Strategy, War for Talent, Workplace Flexibilty

Move over, millennials. There’s a new kid in town. Heralded as the most diverse, best-educated generation yet — it’s clear that the Generation Z population (those born after the mid-90s) is much more than simply the “little brother” as they start trickling into the workplace. By next year, Gen Z-ers are expected to make up one-fifth of the workforce. So, …

HR at Home–A Guide to Advising Friends & Family

Corey Burns Career Advice, Coaching, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, HR, Resumes, The HR Profession, Training and Development

When I chose to march down the HR career path, I didn’t anticipate I’d become the “go-to” for all HR and career-related questions from family and friends. Don’t get me wrong, it’s as a privilege to be someone that family and friends can lean on in this area. But while it’s a privilege, it can be exhausting and quite tricky …

Negotiating Rates, Closing Recruiters, and Knowing Your Value.

Kelly Dingee ATS, Career Advice, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Hourly Hiring, Kelly Dingee, Making Offers, Negotiation, Recruiting, Selection, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Working With Recruiters

Hands down, salary is always the most sensitive part of any recruiter/candidate conversation. A little more than a year ago, I wrote about how important it is to know what you want to be paid. I still think that is vital for each and every job seeker to know so that they are able to answer the question… “What is …

Is Your Degree Better Than Mine?

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Career Advice, Change, Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, Executive Search, Graduation, Hiring Bias, HR, Resumes, War for Talent

Nothing like a juicy scandal involving prestigious universities, wealthy parents, and vlogging teenagers to tank workplace productivity this past week. Come on. You know you were watching Olivia Jade showcase her luxury Christmas haul vs. banging out that metrics report! Here’s the deal. More and more there are discussions around the “value” of a 4-year degree to both graduates and …

Workplace Fairy Tales: Why There’s No Such Thing as “Unlimited” PTO

John Hollon Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Holidays, Managing People, Policies, Retention, SHRM, Vacation, Work Life Balance

It drives me crazy when I hear people touting “unlimited” PTO. That’s because “unlimited” time off is really just one big fairy tale. I know, I know; that sounds harsh, because there are a number of companies that will defend “unlimited” PTO to the death, and on the surface, it sounds like a good idea. But what often gets lost …

Student Loans Suck

Kylie Quetell Benefits, Candidate Pool, College Recruiting, Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, Generations, Internships, Recruiting, War for Talent

The Evidence I recently fell upon an article from 2017 that discussed the weight of student loans on young workers. My conclusion? Student loans suck and businesses can use this to their advantage. While the sample size was small (approximately 500 participants), I believe the data from the article to be pretty close to accurate. Here are my faves: 56% …

Does Money Buy Happy Employees?

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Performance, Talent Strategy

Recently, I was lucky enough to go to a private screening of a new documentary, “Pursuing Happiness.” The director, Adam Shell, shared wonderful stories of the people he interviewed in his attempt to find the happiest people in America. “Who is the happiest person you know?” was the question he and his production partner posed. My friend who hosted the …