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Rage Against the Machine: A Recruiting Rant.

I’m currently reading a dense David McCullough book (an oldie but a goodie), The Path Between The Seas, which won a Pulitzer back in the 70s and is a compelling read for anyone with a sadomasochistic interest in the intersection of American imperialism and global capitalism, intermixed with minute details on things like maritime engineering, […]

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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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40 Recruiting Buzzword Definitions, Zero Bullshit.

’m just going to jump right into this one; no one wants content or complexity in their content, therefore, leads are just kind of a waste of space. Everyone wants sound bites, instead – 140 characters or less, preferably. So if you hate reading, love infographics and think critical thinking or subtext kind of suck, […]

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Running Numbers: The Social Recruiting Shell Game

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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Big Data Doesn’t Always Add Up.

I will admit that I am not a leader in any way, shape or form. I have managed as many as a dozen direct reports at once, but the problem is, I’m a solipsist, you see, and would rather execute on my own shit than operationalize others’, which is pretty much what management is. I […]

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

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

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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Pour One Out For These Dead Recruiting Trends, Homies.

Recruiting and HR pundits sure seem to like writing obituaries.  Hell, there’s an entire cannon of posts, white papers and corporate copy on the death of any number of human capital-related themes.  Reading through this generic genre, everything from job boards to resumes (false) to LinkedIn (true) are either dead or on life support. Most […]

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Why Big Data is A Big Deal for Recruiting & Hiring

Big Data is a big deal these days. And for good reason. “Recruiting is becoming a science”, to use LinkedIn Talent Management VP Dan Shapiro’s words, as more and more companies are highly investing in the latest technologies. While we’re all interested in what the future holds for the use of Big Data in recruiting, here are my thoughts […]

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