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 0 Comments

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 …

Student Loans Suck

Kylie Quetell Benefits, Candidate Pool, College Recruiting, Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, Generations, Internships, Recruiting, War for Talent 0 Comments

The Evidence I recently fell upon an article from 2017 that discussed the weight of student loans on young workers. My conclusion? Student loans suck and businesses can use this to their advantage. While the sample size was small (approximately 500 participants), I believe the data from the article to be pretty close to accurate. Here are my faves: 56% …

“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 1 Comment

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 …

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 …

Your Next Recruiting Goal Should be to Make Candidates Feel “Seen, Heard, and Remembered”

Guest: Rachel Bitte candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Generations, HR, Networking, Pop Culture, Rachel Bitte, Recruiting, Resumes, Social Networking, Social Recruiting, Sports, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, War for Talent

Earlier this month, I joined hundreds of talent acquisition pros in downtown San Francisco for Jobvite’s annual Recruiter Nation Live event (full disclosure: I’m employed by Jobvite). In addition to exchanging some new stories, the best recruiting practices, and winning strategies with our peers, I also had the great pleasure of speaking on-stage with the incredible Molly Bloom. In case …

3 Talent Trends HR Shares with The Winter Olympics

Kathy Rapp A.I., Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Contingent Workforce, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Harassment, HR, HR & Sports, Innovation, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Risks, Sexual Harassment, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, War for Talent, Women in the Workplace

Ahhh.  The Olympics.  The beauty.  The drama.  The similarities to our work world. The 2018 Winter Olympics are just beginning, but the anticipation of great competition and hyper-sports analogies are in full blast.  And all the Tonya and Nancy memories.  Seems like just yesterday. Therefore, it’s only fitting to highlight the talent trends between our HR lives and the Olympic …

Why Resumes Need to Retire

Kathy Rapp Kathy Rapp, Resumes, War for Talent

I spoke at a conference 5 years ago in which I declared, “resumes suck”.  The context was about over-inflated resumes filled with key words, and on the other side, employers who dismiss great talent based on a piece (or 10) of paper.  In short, resumes needed to be retired and replaced with a more dynamic way of matching talent with …

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 …

Fear and Loathing for Talent Pros from the Fed’s Beige Book

Steve Boese Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, HR, Job Market, Recruiting, Steve Boese, War for Talent

Because I often have nothing more interesting to do in my spare time, I like to peruse the Federal Reserve Board’s Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions, known more informally as The Beige Book. The Beige Book is issued eight times per year, and consists of a collection of “anecdotal information on current economic conditions” by each Federal Reserve …