Remote Control: On Working From Home

“What would work be like if you never had to leave?”

The question struck me as odd, particularly coming from a slick sign posted over the front door of a Fortune 500 company well known for its corporate culture.

That was after a tour of the place, where they showed off their themed conference rooms, goodie stocked break rooms and state of the art gym (replete with corporate masseuse), among a plethora of other inducements to ensure that, like a casino in Vegas, the average worker never leaves the house, so to speak.

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Video Recruiting & Hiring: Ready for Prime Time?

ImageWhile I was attending film school (a qualifier that probably severely undercuts the credibility of the rest of this article), I never ceased to be amazed at the fact that while my emerging oeuvre of crappy handheld shorts – always shot without any semblance of a budget, production design or, you know, an actual narrative story – left much to be desired, the actors and actresses appearing in them were almost always world-class.

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Marketing for Recruiters: A Handy Dandy Guide

There’s an entire cottage industry of consultants, analysts, prognosticators and gurus out there with the sole raison d’etre of forecasting the future of talent acquisition and what businesses need to do to today to more effectively compete for the top talent of tomorrow.

Of course, this speculation is about as exact a science as phrenology, and since it’s impossible to predict the future, the consultants have, well, pretty much invented it.

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How Recruiters Read Resumes

Let me be clear: I actually admire those who have figured out a way to monetize providing services to the unemployed. Most marketers would probably, conducting a SWOT analysis, point to the fact that categorically, those without jobs who are “actively looking” likely lack disposable income. But, you see, that’s capitalism in action.

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Social Media Can’t Fix What’s Broken

A couple years ago, I thought that social media, at least when it came to HR and recruiting, was an online bubble bound to burst quicker than you can say Second Life.

After all, HR professionals tend to suffer from stasis, and that’s slowed the growth of social media somewhat, but not the increasing awareness that we’ve got to do something different to really make a difference.

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5 Reasons Why Cloud Computing Matters in Talent Management

Chances are you’ve heard of the cloud by now, or even used the term yourself, but haven’t really stopped to give it a lot of thought.

If you’ve logged into Google, bought a book on Amazon, “liked” an article on Facebook or streamed a movie on Netflix, you’ve seen cloud computing in action — yet probably weren’t even aware of it.

Similarly, the convergence of cloud computing with HR systems is already ubiquitous, yet invisible.

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On Writing

If you’ve noticed I haven’t posted a lot of content recently, the truth of the matter is, I don’t write a lot of content that’s not copy I’m getting paid for.  Why?  It’s simple, really.  I hate writing.  But I have the curse of being able to do it cogently, and sometimes, eloquently. But the process is probably the worst thing in the world, because, well, there isn’t one.  I’d like to think writing is a craft, and it all comes down to discipline, but really, it doesn’t.  In the end, it comes down to motivation.

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Social Media Tool Time

What is the top driver for worker engagement, satisfaction and employee retention?

Numerous studies show that an employee’s relationship with their immediate supervisor or manager is key, a correlation that’s even more pronounced in the burgeoning ranks of the Gen Y workforce.

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Social Media & Diversity

My very first business trip ever, I went to Atlanta for the National Black MBA Association annual event, thrilled by the prospect of a transcontinental flight crammed in coach, a non-nondescript high rise hotel room and a 40 dollar a day per diem – a pretty sweet deal, I thought, considering I was completely unqualified.

It had nothing to do with the fact that as a white guy who went to film school, I was pretty much the polar opposite of a black MBA. I knew how to get around picking up the phone – a skill which is apparently now referred to as “social recruiting” and involved a lot of researching various professional associations and diversity organizations.

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