Dealing with Crazy Hiring-Manager Psychology after a Pandemic

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, COVID-19, Hiring Managers, Passive Candidates

“You know, KD, there are a lot of people looking for work out there now” <KD stares into the abyss.> “I’d like to see some more candidates.” <KD ponders whether anger management therapy is a thing.> “I think we’ll keep looking; I didn’t like the way she came back with a counteroffer. Doesn’t she know there are a lot of …

Black History Month? But I’m Not Black!

William J. Wiggins Culture, Diversity, employee experience

In years past I’ve had employees at my door every Independence Day, Memorial Day, Pride Month, Cinco de Mayo, and St. Patrick’s Day, even Movember, asking, “what are we doing?” “Is the office closing early?” All clamoring to offer ideas on how we would either celebrate, observe, or commemorate the most notable of events surrounding these days. But when it …

Chill Out: It Really Doesn’t Matter Where Your Kids Go to College

Kris Dunn Career Advice, Career Paths, College Recruiting

I’ve got a junior in High School, and you know what that means – time for admission envy, parental handwringing and everything that goes with along with that. Sarah’s going to Vanderbilt/Harvard/Stanford. Man, I wish my kid would have worked harder… I get it – we all want more for our kids. To the extent they’ve worked hard, we want them …

2020 Employee Referral Program Data! How do you stack up?

Tim Sackett Brand Ambassadors, Recruiting, Social Recruiting, Talent Acquisition

The Holy Grail of Hiring is Employee Referrals. Period. End of story. If you don’t get it, you shouldn’t be in the business of hiring people. Please do not pass go, do not collect $200. (Wait, is it still $200 for passing Go in Monopoly? You would think inflation would have adjusted that!) Drafted, an employee referral startup, apparently (Hey, …

Zoom Bathroom Breaks and Fake Commutes

Kris Dunn Communication, Organizational Development

On episode 48 of The HR Famous Podcast, long-time HR leaders (and friends) (and friends) Tim Sackett, Kris Dunn and Jessica Lee come together once again to discuss having to go to the bathroom during a video call, fake commute routines, and what to do for a one year WFH anniversary! Listen below (click this link if you don’t see the player) and be sure …

Are You a Loyal Employee?

Tim Sackett Culture, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Leadership

Does anyone really know what the hell it means to be “loyal” as an employee? A lot of executives when asked to describe the perfect employee or hire will constantly use this trait, “loyalty”. “I want a person who is loyal!” The number two trait is “someone who will actually show up”! So, apparently, the bar has gotten pretty low …

THE HR FAMOUS PODCAST: Let’s Argue About Whether Reference Checks Matter!

Kris Dunn References, The HR Famous Podcast

On episode 49 of The HR Famous Podcast, long-time HR leaders (and friends) Tim Sackett, Kris Dunn and Jessica Lee come together once again to discuss the importance of reference checks and a $15 minimum wage. Listen below (click this link if you don’t see the player) and be sure to subscribe, rate, and review (Apple Podcasts) and follow (Spotify)! 2:00 – Tim recently discovered that …

What Your Recruiters Should Do When a Hiring Manager Doesn’t Want to Interview Submitted Candidates

Kris Dunn Hiring Managers, Negotiation, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Working With Recruiters

Let’s talk about hiring managers. The good kind, the bad kind, and everything in between. Your recruiters do good work. Let’s assume that. Also, let’s assume that on the req in question, they’ve done good work and submitted candidates that the hiring manager should reasonably consider. But wait!! That’s a loaded assumption, right? Let’s talk about how you know as …

What is your Talent Narrative?

Tim Sackett Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Talent Strategy

Your talent narrative is your talent story. When you, or your CEO, or a hiring manager, sit in front of a candidate from entry-level, low-skill, to a c-suite position, what narrative are you sharing? Is it the same for all levels, does it adjust based on the relative value of the position, or maybe you’re selling a narrative about the …