It’s HR Rant “Square Dancin” Time, Y’all – Grab Your Partner and Dosey Doe!

Josh Letourneau Bad HR, Influence, Joshua Letourneau

Gather round the HR Tractor campfire, y’all – it’s time for a square-dancin’ rant or two.  Don’t be scared – just let your feet go and “Dosey Doe“.  It don’t have to be pretty the first time.  All you have to do is hop up from your chair, clap loudly, approach your partner and circle to the back, and then …

HR Looking for a Performance Boost? Learn to Embrace the “Edges” …

Josh Letourneau Candidate Pool, Joshua Letourneau, Social Network Analysis

If someone asked you to draw your personal network, you’d probably start with your own smiling face at the center.  From there, you’d likely start drawing in those you’re particularly close to (i.e. your “strong ties” or “1st degree”), with others (i.e. your “weak ties” or “2nd degree”) moving toward the outer area of the picture.  Collectively, your “weak ties” …

Hey FOT, Get Me Promoted Already! (And What the Bleep is Social Capital?)

Josh Letourneau Career Paths, Influence, Innovation, Joshua Letourneau, Leadership, Recruiting, Social Network Analysis

Most FOT readers I’ve run into over the last few years are unique individuals – they like to be entertained, but look for some substance under the veil of snarkiness, skepticism, and comedy.  And in that substance, many dive for insights; insights that can help fine tune a current program or initiative … maybe even find a nugget or two …

HR Tech 2010: “Social” Is Now HR’s Baby (Sorry, Marketing Department!)

Josh Letourneau Conferences, HR Tech, Joshua Letourneau, Social Recruiting

If there is one thing I learned during Tamara Erickson’s keynote at the HR Technology Conference in Chicago, it’s that “Social” just grew up. (For you hashtag lovers like me out there, it’s #HRTechConf).  We’re not just talking media anymore, Baby.  Yep, we’re goin’ big . . . Near the end of the address, there was a line that not …

“Betweenishly” Social Recruiting Through #HRFL10 (HR Florida)

Josh Letourneau Candidate Pool, Joshua Letourneau, Social Network Analysis, Social Recruiting, Sourcing

A couple months ago, I wrote about how Social Recruiting 3.0 would be all about leveraging interaction patterns and social behavior itself. There is no denying the “Why” – look at any company’s referral programs, or the fact that most HiPos’ come from employee referral as the source of hire, and it makes utter sense that we should try to …

Not Gone, But Forgotten: The Truth About Disabled Vets Returning to Work

Josh Letourneau Candidate Pool, Current Affairs, Joshua Letourneau, Recruiting

Today’s post is going to take on a more serious, impactful tone – my hope is that it touches the reader as much as it touched me to write it. As of early 2008, our number of Disabled Veterans had jumped over 25%, to 2.9 Million in total.  As of today, I can find no data (2010) on a further …

Social Cavemen, the Broken Web, and Recruiting

Josh Letourneau Candidate Pool, HR Tech, Joshua Letourneau, Social Network Analysis, Social Recruiting

The web is changing.  Sure, you already knew that, but the web has likely changed since you last considered what the change really meant.  “Back in the day” (say, two years ago), most of our time on the web used to be spent consuming content.  Not so much anymore.  We are actually spending significant amounts of time interacting with others …

Social Recruiting 3.0 – Fast Forward to the Era of Leveraging Conversation and Social Interaction

Josh Letourneau Joshua Letourneau, Social Recruiting

Social Recruiting.  Oh, no, not another Social Recruiting post, right?!  Not so fast. As I begin today’s post, I’d like to make you 2 promises in true FOT style: This isn’t a post about your Grandparent’s version of Social Recruiting. This will be unlike anything that’s been written as it pertains to Social Recruiting to date. Let’s start with a …

Watching the World Cup? If You’re in the Talent Game, You Should Be

Josh Letourneau Joshua Letourneau, Social Network Analysis, Sports

In terms of global sports, no event captures the captivating mix of raw passion and nationalistic pride quite like the World Cup.  National anthems, each country's colors on their team's jerseys, the thrill of the penalty-kick shootout, flying headers into the back of the net, the screaming of "Gooooooaaaaaallllllllll" (in any language), it all adds up to a game that …

In a Recruiting Slump? Get Yourself Some Warrior Mindset Juice!

Josh Letourneau Joshua Letourneau, Recruiting, War for Talent, Working With Recruiters

In the Special Operations world of the U.S. Military, the “Warrior Mindset” is highly revered.  Put simply, being able to talk the talk isn’t enough – you have to walk the walk.  Throughout the indoctrination process, regardless of what military service we’re evaluating, the goal is to weed out the Wolves from the ‘Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing’. The following is …