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Underneath It All: Don’t Speak About These 10 Biggest BS Buzzwords.

For an industry whose professional certification involves “competency based assessments,” there’s a surprising amount of incompetence when it comes to sorting out the product marketing buzz and BS coming from companies offering the coolest stuff you never really needed to fix a problem you didn’t know you had. Of course, where “best practices” are basically […]

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The Catch Up: Views on HR Technology.

I have been writing HR Technology Conference related preview posts for 8 years now. This realization depresses me. The best years of my life have been spent on, well, this. The nice thing, though, is that nothing has really changed since the first one of these I went to all the way back in 2009 […]

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Stoned Raiders: A Blunt Look at Randstad’s Monster Hit.

If you think Randstad bought Monster for its technology, think again. Here are some blunt thoughts on what it means for recruiting.

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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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Can It Be All So Simple: If You Want the Right Tech Talent, Buy The Right Tech.

We all know that salary is the single most important factor in determining whether or not a candidate will pursue a role and accept an offer. So if you’re paying under market, or your total comp package just isn’t competitive, than isn’t a damn thing in the world that a recruiter or candidate can do, […]

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Why Microsoft Bought LinkedIn.

While I’m generally pretty good at reading the M&A market in the HR Technology space, I admit that the announcement that venerable tech titan Microsoft was acquiring LinkedIn took me, like many in the industry, by complete surprise.  It is not an obvious fit, by any means, other than the fact that both are basically […]

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April Fools: Why Elevated Careers Is A Joke.

  The first time I heard eHarmony was making a jobs play was all the way back in the Summer of 2013; I even pushed back a flight home from SHRM to attend an ancillary conference where Dr. Steve Carter, eHarmony’s Chief Data Scientist, was speaking about using their matching software for recruiting for the […]

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Thanks, LinkedIn.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re probably sick of reading scathing attacks on LinkedIn by now. Hell, I am too, and I kind of invented the genre. I’m like the Fritz Lang of trolling this particular company, and by now you know just how many fundamental problems I have with their business model, data integrity […]

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Candidate Experience by Design.

We must accept that today’s job search and recruiting process happens exclusively online, for every position, for every candidate, for every sector (save the oddest of outliers). Paper applications are pretty much dead. Period. In fact, in the few searches where a pipeline candidate or referral is already identified prior to opening the requisition for […]

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Seen Work: A Dispassion Play.

This is a one act play about recruiting that was published on a Wordpress blog. As Off Broadway as it gets…

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