My Taylor Swift Letter To The Exec Who Rejected Us

RJ Morris Always Be Closing, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, Pop Culture, Recruiting, RJ Morris

I had an executive turn down an offer from us quite a while ago. My initial, immature reaction: “Bastard.” I’m kidding, of course. A little. I was angry and hurt. The division leader who teamed up with me for the recruiting effort called me after the rejection and said, “What do you normally do in this situation?” I replied, “I don’t …

Kobe Bryant and Paying Above Market Compensation

Guest: Kent Pritchett Compensation/Cash Money, Executive Search, HR & Sports, Making Offers, Performance, Salary Caps, Sports, Talent Strategy, Total Rewards

If you follow professional sports, you probably know by now that Kobe Bryant returned to the NBA in December, played six games, and has been back out with injuries since then.  Bryant hasn’t really made any substantial on-court contributions to his team—the Lakers—since tearing his Achilles tendon last April (while my game is not quite as high-flying/scoring-centric as Kobe’s, this is the injury I …

Challenge the HR You Know

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Executive Search, HR & Marketing, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Recruiting

If you caught a few ads during the Super Bowl on Sunday, you probably noticed Lawrence Fishburne reprising his role as Morpheus from “The Matrix” for a Kia ad.  The ad was introducing the K900, Kia’s new luxury sedan. If you’re like me, “Kia” and “luxury” don’t find themselves in the same sentence, which is why this commercial actually rocked …

Recruit Me Like You Mean It!

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Change, College Recruiting, Executive Search, Good HR, Hiring Managers, HR, Innovation, Job Fairs, Job Market, Recruiting, Resumes, Social Recruiting, Sourcing, Sports, Tim Sackett, Travel, Trench HR, War for Talent, Working With Recruiters

Have you guys ever seen a top level athlete in high school get recruited to play college sports?  I'm not talking about your best friend Mary's son, Billy, who hit .338 his senior at Northern High and is getting a partial scholarship to St. Mary's Western Community College.  I'm talking top 100 kids who have offers from USC, Notre Dame, …

Daddy, where do CEO’s come from?

Steve Gifford Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Employee Coaching, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Insourcing, Leadership, Seat at the Table, Steve Gifford, Succession Planning

Not HR, sweetie.  They don’t come from HR. Today’s posting is of the “food for thought” variety, rather than a checklist of ways to up your talent game.  I have no clear answers.  What I do know from observing outside and inside is that there are certain career paths in our companies that can lead to the corner office.  Ours …

Are Your Job Ads Cursed Like Nike’s?

Kathy Rapp Communication, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Recruiting, Social Recruiting

Nike is pulling yet another athlete’s ad campaign as news surfaced about Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius.  It seems Oscar is under scrutiny after being charged for murdering his girlfriend, who died from gunshot wounds. If the circumstances weren’t bad enough,  Nike’s ad featuring the double- amputee had the tag-line “I am a bullet in the chamber”. Some believe Nike might be …

WEBINAR: Give FOT 60 Minutes, We’ll Give You A Clue On How to Recruit On Facebook

Kris Dunn Business Development, Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Change, Communication, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Good HR, HR, HR Technology, Influence, Innovation, Interviewing, Job Boards, Job Market, Recruiting, References, Resumes, Sourcing, Trench HR, War for Talent

That’s right – we’ve got a FOT Webinar coming up on February 2nd.  We call it “Social Recruiting MacGyver Style! No Money, a Paperclip and Facebook – all a Real HR Pro Needs to Recruit.”  Cute.  Jaded.  We’d like to you register, but first let’s manage expectations related to what you’re going to get. If you’ve already advanced your recruiting …

Facebook IS the Future of Recruiting

Tim Sackett Candidate Pool, Executive Search, Job Boards, Recruiting, Social Recruiting, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett, War for Talent

FOT01 himself, Kris Dunn, and I have been talking about the future of recruiting.  So much time is spent on job boards, LinkedIn, mobile, social, referrals, networks, etc., but Kris and I are simple folk – we need idiot-proof HR types of things. One thing we both agree on is whomever figures out recruiting on Facebook – is THE winner. …

An irritated sourcer? Is that a good thing for an ATS vendor?

Kelly Dingee Executive Search, Kelly Dingee, Recruiting, Sourcing

I am so irritated. Over 96 characters. 100 if I’m lucky. I almost always tell recruiters to search their Applicant Tracking System (ATS) first when seeking candidates.  My advice isn’t new and I get really grumpy when people say they don’t want to or there’s nothing of value in there.  I think there is and I think they just can’t …