Have You Hired Chris Stapleton or Florida Georgia Line?

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR

I live in Austin, home to many awesome live entertainment venues. In the past month I’ve been able to see many musicians and some wanna-be musicians for the first time. Going to see an artist for the first time is like the first few weeks with a new hire. You’re excited and probably nervous at the same time. What if …

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 …

Discrimination, A Hairy Situation.

William Wiggins Diversity, Dress Code, EEO, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Good HR, HR, Policies

Last month the New York City Commission On Human Rights banned discrimination based on hair. My elation that society had chipped away another chunk of the granite mountain that is discrimination immediately turned to shame, as I was left wondering why such a law was necessary in the year 2019 in the first place. This took me back to a …

I’m Getting Too Old For This $***

Ed Baldwin candidate experience, Change, Ed Baldwin, Executive Search, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Old School, Recruiting, Selection, Uncategorized

My pre-interview checklist. Hugo Boss suit. Check (although it fits a lot tighter than I remember it fitting a decade ago). Conservative tie. Check. Polished shoes. Check. Ironed and starched shirt. Check. Fresh shave, cleared hair out of nose and ears. Check. And perhaps most importantly, investing several hours getting to know as much as I can about the slate …

Call Me! The Lost Art of Picking Up The Phone.

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, candidate experience, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Generations, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, War for Talent

Gen X version: “Call me (call me) on the line Call me, call me any, anytime“ Millennial version: “Hey, I just met you, And this is crazy, But here’s my number, So call me, maybe!” Aside from the observation that Millennials are much coyer in their request for a call (“So call me, maybe!”) and those of us who identify …

The “Real Hire” Shows Up in November

Ben Martinez Candidate Pool, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, Holidays, HR, Influence, Interviewing, Leadership

Welcome to November. New month. Same game. October is gone and Halloween is over – take your mask off, no more trick or treating here. If you ate all the Halloween candy last night, get back on the path…we have work to do. When Halloween ends and November begins it reminds me of hiring. When it comes to hiring, once …

It’s as Simple as Hugging a Goat

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Interviewing, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy

Petting zoos are a staple at small-town rodeos. Chicks, bunnies, ducks, pigs – and of course, baby goats. I’m beginning to believe goats are the new avocados. Stay with me, here. For the last few years, avocados have been the “it” food. Smashed, sliced, spread – every way you can top toast with avocado has been featured on menus at …

Are You Ready for Generation Alpha?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Corporate America, Current Affairs, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Executive Search, Generations, HR, Onboarding, Paul Hebert, Recruiting

Boomers? Buh bye. Gen X? Gone – checking their 401K balances and investing in long-term nursing care options. Millennials? Busy packing participation trophies in their second rental locker and googling “where to get botox for my butt?” Gen Z (or C)? Heads down, checking Snapchat to block their Gen Y parents (yeah Gen Y and Millennials ARE that freaking old! …

Kiss My Grit: Why Grit Should Be a Consideration When Hiring

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Performance, Recruiting, Selection, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, War for Talent

Growing up in the 1970s, I watched the t.v. show Alice.  Each time over-the-top waitress Flo would tell diner owner Mel to “Kiss my grits,” I’d laugh.  I loved grits,  so as a kid couldn’t understand why she used the phrase as a put down or shove off as opposed to a wonderful invitation.  I get it now. GRIT, like …

3 Reasons HR Should Pay Attention to the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal

Kathy Rapp candidate experience, Change, Change Management, Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Food and Drink, HR, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Passive Candidates, Performance, Recruiting, Risks, T+D, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession, Training and Development

$13.7 billion buys a lot of organic quinoa. Lots of talk around Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and what it means for the grocery business, farmers, those whose jobs will be lost to automation, and the retail industry as a whole.  It’s a cocktail of doom and gloom mixed with the reality of capitalism and a twist of efficiency. So …