Good People Get Fired, But Is a “Failure Résumé” the Best Way to Cope With It?

John Hollon candidate experience, Career Advice, Communication, Email, Employment Branding and Culture, Job Market, Networking, Resumes, Selection, Social Media, Talent Acquisition 2 Comments

Here’s a workplace truism that’s hard to dispute: Good people frequently get fired. Steve Jobs got fired from Apple, eventually returning to build it into the highly profitable, trend-setting company that it is today. Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney, and Harry Potter author JK Rowling all got fired too. Pointing out all the famous people who once were “involuntarily terminated” is …

Institutionalized: Working for the Corporate Version of Obi-Wan Kenobi/Bill Belichick

Kris Dunn Business Development, Career Advice, Career Paths, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Pop Culture, Sports, Talent Management 8 Comments

There’s a dirty little secret about great companies. Some of them are so great, the experience you pick up actually doesn’t transfer easily to other opportunities. Here’s how this phenomenon plays out: 1– You join a great company early in your career. 2–You are fortunate to work for a master, think the Obi-Wan Kenobi or Bill Belichick of your industry. …

How White People Can Celebrate Black History

Kylie Quetell Culture, Diversity, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, Kylie Quetell, Leadership, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, Race, Training and Development 1 Comment

“Happy Black History Month!” Sometimes white people tiptoe around saying that. Wish you didn’t have to say it? Well, think about how black people feel. They probably don’t want to say it either. They probably wish that we learned about the history of everyone in this nation including African Americans. But nay, as a country we have failed to teach …

The Weeping Woman: A Candidate’s Experience

Katrina Kibben candidate experience, Communication, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, HR, Innovation, Job Market, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Social Media and Talent, Talent Acquisition 1 Comment

There’s something really special about an art museum. The way it demands silence and reverence. The colors. The ideas. Their allure isn’t only in the silence but the unique experience found in each and every museum around the country. Whether in Cleveland or Chicago the collections of art are so vast that in every new country or city, you can …

“New Collar” Jobs are all the Rage. How to Win the War for New Skilled Labor.

Guest: Rachel Bitte Employment Branding and Culture, HR Tech, HR Technology, Labor, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Sourcing, Talent Acquisition, Tech Talent, Training and Development, War for Talent, Web/Tech 0 Comments

Today, every company is a technology company. No doubt, you’ve heard the phrase before. As innovations like artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented and virtual reality, and blockchain infiltrate our everyday lives and the office, so grows the business need for skilled laborers to build and support these technologies. Amid the backdrop of this radical shift to tech jobs — and …

Fire With Grace

Ed Baldwin Ed Baldwin, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, Outplacement, Performance, Personal Conduct Policy 0 Comments

Grace is a word not often used in a business context. It should probably be used more. And even less so, grace is not something we typically associate with firing someone, taking away someone’s source of financial security, involuntarily. But we should. Because when it comes to firing someone, grace on the part of the employer is what’s needed most. …

Diversity–Are We There Yet?

William Wiggins Business Development, Candidate Pool, Change Management, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employment Branding and Culture, Employment Law, Hiring Bias, HR, Uncategorized 3 Comments

An auditor arrived for an ambush audit. He asked to speak with the individual who oversees HR–the receptionist called me. Minutes later I entered the conference room where I had her seat him. I extended my hand and said, “Hi I’m William Wiggins, I’m in charge of HR here, what can I do for you today?” He looked at my …

Need a New Year’s Resolution? How About Resolving to Hire More Older Workers in 2019.

John Hollon Benefits, Business Development, Career Paths, Culture, Diversity, Employee Development, Employment Branding and Culture, Generations, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Uncategorized 4 Comments

I’ve never met my Fistful of Talent colleague Rachel Bitte, but her recent post on the big changes recruiters had to make (2018 Was the Tipping Point For Recruiting) to deal with “the current job market reality,” tells me she knows her way around a recruiting department. I’m also sure her insights are spot on for recruiters and hiring managers …

Instill “Best-Practices” – You’ll Go Nowhere Fast

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR

I heard a great quote from Chuck Harris, long-time CEO of the South Hampton YMCA.  He’s been in the game a long time, about to retire actually.  Here is what he said: “Best practices is the new box of mediocrity.”  Oh I really love this. See there really aren’t best practices anymore.  Or if you do get to a point where you …

2018 Was the Tipping Point for Recruiting

Guest: Rachel Bitte Business Development, candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Communication, Email, Employment Branding and Culture 2 Comments

Unemployment rates haven’t quite reached zero (at least, not yet!) but with figures so low and the economy booming, it’s never been a harder time to be a recruiter. As we continue to see more job openings posted than people to fill them, we’ve finally reached the tipping point when it comes to hiring. As a Fistful of Talent faithful, …