Time to Stick a Fork in Cover Letters? Only If You Want to Miss the Best Candidates

John Hollon Always Be Closing, Candidate Pool, Interviewing, Recruiting, Resumes 1 Comment

A couple of years ago, Fistful of Talent published a blog post of mine that not only created a huge reaction but was easily the most well-read article I’ve ever had here.  The title should tell you why: Looking Back at What May Be the “Balliest” Cover Letter of All Time.’ It was about a classic cover letter that the …

2020 Recruiter Tip…Interview Your Future Employer

Kelly Dingee candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Recruiting 5 Comments

For forever it seems, candidates have been directed to research companies before they apply, and definitely before they interview. Common sense, know before you go. And more and more, candidates are doing that, to survive that point in the interview when the recruiter, and subsequently the hiring manager turns to them and says…do you have any questions for me? Think …

THE HR FAMOUS PODCAST: e3 – Companies Get Frisky With Glassdoor, Changes to SHRM Influencer Program

Kris Dunn Culture, Employee Relations, Managing People, The HR Famous Podcast 0 Comments

In episode 3 of The HR Famous Podcast, long-time HR leaders (and friends) Jessica Lee, Tim Sackett and Kris Dunn discuss recent legal proceedings designed to force Glassdoor to disclose reviewer identities, take a look at the company involved by reviewing their Glassdoor page and activity, and talk about dramatic changes to the SHRM Annual Conference Influencer Program. Listen below …

Candidates Who Over-Talk May Need To Work Elsewhere

Dawn Burke Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Selection, Talent Strategy 6 Comments

“You talk too much. You never shut up.” – Run DMC To shut a candidate up or not to shut a candidate up? That is the question. A question, as an interviewer, I’ve contemplated for many years. A question I admittedly flip-flop on. But here is where I am with this now. Candidates, you need to control your explanations. You …

The Pretender, Part II

John Whitaker Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Leadership, Managing People 0 Comments

For those of you who read Part 1 of this series, here’s hoping you’ve forgiven me for taking subtle shots at Dirty Dancing, mullets, and Democrats. But in my own defense, I’m an equal opportunity antagonist, so you can be sure to see future digs at Footloose, the GOP, and whatever hairstyle Curt Gowdy has adopted for the day. If you didn’t read Part …

Is Hourly Recruiting More Difficult than IT Recruiting!?

Tim Sackett candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Hourly Hiring, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition 0 Comments

Let’s say you were an alien. You came to earth in your spaceship, the first person you met was me, and decided you want to be a recruiter just like me! So, I told you to go to some recruiting conferences and check out the profession and we would talk once you returned. A month later we meet for Diet …

THE HR FAMOUS PODCAST: e2 – McLovin: Workplace Dating and Hookups 

Kris Dunn Employee Relations, Employment Law, Leadership, Managing People, The HR Famous Podcast 0 Comments

NOTE FROM KD: Here’s a new podcast from me, Tim Sackett and Jessica Lee called “The HR Famous Podcast”. Take a listen and we’ll be back on a weekly basis. See player below (email subscribers click through if you don’t see it), and please hit iTunes, Spotify and Google Play to subscribe so you get notified whenever there’s a new show on …

Why do Great Managers Matter? A Statistical Lesson

Paul Hebert Influence, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Performance, Talent Management 0 Comments

My Bachelor degree is in statistics. Actually “Quantitative Business Analysis,” which is fancy for statistics. I loved the idea of using math to “predict” outcomes and prove hypotheses. My senior paper attempted to use a variety of statistical methods to predict the outcome of football games. I’m still not retired, so you can judge how well that analysis worked. Got …