Stop Selling Candidate Experience.


Fun fact: I own the trademark on the “slogan” (their term) candidate experience in the United States. I’m pretty sure that it’s unenforceable, but I’ve got the paperwork to prove that I at least paid the filing fee and was issued an e-mail confirming my registration was a success. Why did I pay $159 for […]

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Insane in the Membrane.


“Rip that mainframe, I’ll explain/why people like me is going insane.” – Cypress Hill Another day, another recruiting tool, and it’s always the same shit. This is the silver bullet that’s going to solve everything.  The problem with a quick fix, of course, is that these solutions almost never work over the long term, trading superficial style […]

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How To Make Friends and Manipulate People.


I grew up back in the day where the same maxims for career success still applied, and even contrarians (and smart asses) like myself knew that there were a few lines at work you never crossed. It’s the same sort of stuff that’s instilled in us from our earliest days, reinforced by our parents, teachers and peers. Be […]

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Latency Period for Life: True Confessions of A Fake Adult.


 “Are you all ready for today’s lesson? Listen to your teacher; repeat after me. I won’t grow up, I don’t want to go to school. Just to learn to be a parrot, and recite a silly rule. If growing up means that it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow […]

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Street Cred: Simple Strategies to Stop Sucking At Sourcing.


I started out my career in sourcing; in those days where active job seekers mostly started at the major job boards, finding the names and developing the contact information for potential candidates actually required skill. The task of building a pipeline or slating final candidates for a position through direct sourcing was made easier by […]

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Only Fools, Horses and One Lost American: Reverse Imperialism, Recruiting and #RecFest2


Last week, I went to London to talk about creating killer recruiting content at RecFest (that’s #RecFest2 on Twitter). I don’t normally write event wrap up posts, but I kind of feel like I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t, considering the topic, and the fact that I talked a ton about blogging. While I gave […]

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10 Candidate Experience Statistics Every Recruiter Should Know


With hundreds of employers voluntarily subjecting their hiring process to the intense scrutiny involved in being adjudicated by nearly 95,000 applicant responses, the 2014 Candidate Experience Awards did more than just open the recruiting books up at some of the world’s biggest brands. It also generated a ton of useful information for a cross-section of […]

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High Times.


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.


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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