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High Times.

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I go to a bunch of HR conferences, and all of them, unilaterally, have one common item on their respective agendas: drinking. Whether that’s in the guise of a “networking event,” a “cocktail reception” or the many ancillary vendor-sponsored parties which inevitably occur with every show, the social component of every conference (and the most valuable […]

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Recruiting Wasn’t Broken Until You Came Along.

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Every day, I’m lucky enough to get to talk to the people on the cutting edge of the recruiting technology industry; most of these are entrepreneurs who share a passion for their mostly cookie cutter products and the belief that, somehow, they’re going to help fix recruiting, which every single one seems to think is […]

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Running Numbers: The Social Recruiting Shell Game

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As someone who’s more or less grown up with the commoditization and corporate adoption of social media, and as someone who gets paid to do this stuff, I’ve seen a huge shift in the way analytics play a role in informing that particular marketing function. In fact, because it’s more or less a fire hose […]

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Refer Madness.

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Here’s the thing; as sexy as we make social out to be, and as much emphasis as we put on concepts like talent communities and targeted content, the fact of the matter is that what’s new and what’s next isn’t always the most effective when it comes to generating results. In fact, according to the […]

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Career Coaches and Resume Writers Can’t Find A Real Job, Either.

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As the old saying goes, those who can’t do, teach; this, as we all know, is complete BS, because those who can’t do, in fact, become consultants. But in recruiting and HR, those who can’t become consultants (which is easier to get into than the University of Phoenix) do something far more insidious: they become […]

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Frienemies With Benefits: How HR Ruins Recruiting

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One of the hottest of hot button issues in human capital these days seems to be the categorization of the recruiting function and whether or not it belongs in HR in the first place. It may seem superficially pithy, but it’s a dialogue with drastic ramifications for the future of both recruiting and candidate engagement. […]

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Big Data, Small Minds: The Real Math Problem in Recruiting

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Every time I hear someone talk about anything involving stupid, specious concepts in recruiting, which is to say pretty much the entire response to that “join the conversation” cliché in our little industry, I get a little nauseous. I’m no etymologist, but I’m pretty sure if you can’t define a buzzword without using another buzzword, […]

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Caveat Emptor: How To Stop Getting Screwed By Software

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For a market that’s both historically underserved and largely inexperienced in software selection, making this challenging, yet critical, decision for recruiting and staffing seems like more trouble than simply sticking to spreadsheets. Spoiler alert: it’s not. You just need to know what you’re looking for – and ask the right questions. Which is why staffing professionals […]

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Pity The Tool: The Limitations of HR Technology

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If you think about the myriad steps required in full cycle recruiting, the fact that we’re so focused on that very small slice of stuff that happens before a candidate even actually applies underscores how much of the talent acquisition conversation seems misplaced. In fact, until a candidate is actually captured in an ATS (or […]

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Candidate Experience: Rage Against the Machines

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We talk a lot about the marketing and recruiting overlap in our industry, a discussion that’s largely theoretical – like almost every trending topic in an industry desperately searching for professional validation. If you’re one of those talent practitioners still denying the fact that recruiting and marketing have become more or less indistinguishable need to […]

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