Playing The Guitar Is Good For Business

Ben Martinez Business Development, Culture, Dress Code, Hiring Managers, HR, Leadership, Pop Culture, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition

I learned how to play the guitar a couple of years ago, ironically at the same time, I decided to start my own business. I can play about three songs on the guitar before I have to seek outside help. With my recruiting and HR consulting business, I can handle about three clients before I have to look for outside …

Candidates “Ghosting” Job Interviews? Just More Proof of a Bad Candidate Experience.

John Hollon candidate experience, Communication, Employment Branding and Culture, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, Job Market, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing

Here’s a hiring trend we could live without – job candidates who are “ghosting” (aka, blowing off ) scheduled job interviews, or, failing to show up to work for new positions they had accepted. Last week, USA Today published a story that indicated that this new phenomenon was due to the strength of the job market and our near-record low unemployment. …

Your Secret Weapon In Candidate Interviews

Ben Martinez Bad HR, candidate experience, Culture, Digital Interviewing, Hiring Managers, HR Tech, HR Technology, Interviewing, Recruiting, Resumes

Listen – It is the hardest thing to do in an interview. It’s almost as hard as showing up to work after a late night eating grilled meats and watching fireworks. Happy Birthday, America. #4thofJuly Recruiters and hiring managers pay thousands of dollars to training firms to become the best interviewers. They buy pricey technology that is supposed to predict …

Sometimes You Just Need To “Burn” A Hire

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Tim Sackett

I love baseball. There is a concept in baseball where a pitcher will “burn” a pitch, here and there. Basically, it means that the pitcher isn’t actually trying to throw a strike; they are using this pitch to set up another pitch.  For all intents and purposes, the pitcher is wasting that pitch for the greater good. Have you ever …

Recruit Like A Marketer: A/B Test Your Job Descriptions

Holland Dombeck McCue Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, Holland Dombeck, HR & Marketing, Recruiting

If you’ve read it in a blog post once, you’ve seen it re-tweeted, re-shared and re-posted 1000x. Recruiting=marketing. Or to some degree, recruiters should adopt elements of marketing into their strategy for continued success. But any marketer will tell you, all that glitters isn’t gold. While it’s easy to want to do the fun, shiny and WOW factor things, most …

What We Mean When We Say “Talent”

RJ Morris Employee Coaching, Good HR, Hiring Managers, Leadership, RJ Morris, Talent Strategy

We catch a fair bit of grief in HR for using the term, Top Talent. The problem, of course, is that talent means different things to different people. Folks cannot articulate what top performers really do or they get caught up in using tired clichés. I’m gonna try to fix that for you. I think the challenge is that companies …

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 …

Want Affordable, Effective Workers Fast:  Hire “Brandless” Employees.

Dawn Burke candidate experience, Dawn Burke, Hiring Managers, Jobvite, Recruiting

Companies and agencies are continuously trying to find the “holy grail” of talent:  New hires who can do the job well and come at an affordable salary. As an HR pro, I don’t know how many times I’ve been told by hiring managers to find the best talent for the cheapest price possible.  Unfortunately, there have been a few problems …

5 Simple Strategies To Stop Sucking At Sourcing

Matt Charney Communication, Employment Branding and Culture, Hiring Managers, HR & Marketing, HR Technology, Recruiting, Selection, Social Recruiting, Sourcing

Sourcing is one of those skill sets that you continue to use even after you leave recruiting–and just as relevant if your new job, like mine, involves generating marketing-qualified leads. I’ve used dozens of Chrome extensions, CRM and ATS plug-ins, and I’ve experimented with pretty much every social network or search engine over the past decade or so. At the …

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So, Hiring Manager Hates Your Top Candidate: Eat a Chicken McNugget

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Hiring Managers, Jobvite

My pal and FOT contributor, Tim Sackett, wrote a blog post called Sackett’s Top 10 Fast Food Foods Of All Time. It spoke to me.  It spoke to my husband. The great equalizer for us all is fast food.  I’m not ashamed to say I love fast food.  I’m smart enough to only consume small quantities, but damn it, I’m …