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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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Ludicrous Rollout: Swag Don’t Come Cheap In HR Tech

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I’m not generally one to call for austerity, considering I often find myself the beneficiary of vendor largesse. But at last week’s annual HR Technology Conference, I noticed that an industry more or less emerging from macroeconomic famine might be enjoying the bull market feast just a little too much – and are recklessly spending […]

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The Real Source Con: Packing Pipelines and Smoking Hashtags

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My very first job title ever was as a “sourcing analyst,” which had the necessary gravitas at the time to make me not feel bad compared to my B-School buddies who selected, rather than scrounged, for their gigs. This role was, essentially, how sourcing is still largely defined: name generation and verification. My job was […]

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Fashion Faux Pas: Funkyzeit Mit HR

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If you’ve seen me at a conference, this is going to be hard to imagine.  But when I was immersed in the world of Fortune 50 HR departments, the professional equivalent of a home ec class, I thought the best way to fit into a world where I was an obvious interloper was by simply […]

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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: The Daft Punk of HR Tech

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In his immaculately researched, incredibly detailed corporate biography “Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company,” author Michael Malone writes of Moore’s Law, “The equation proved so precise that it captured the entire Zeitgeist … And even after the integrated circuit itself is obsolete, it is possible […]

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Communicative Diseases: Why We Suck At Engagement

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The direct connection between disengaged workers and a disengaged recruiting process, where applicants continue to get sucked into the “black hole” of communication and even candidates in process are often left wondering where they stand in the search, should be obvious. So too should the fact that improving the candidate experience is inextricably intertwined with […]

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