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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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Things Done Changed: The Everyday Struggle of Applicant Tracking Systems.

“And now the shit’s getting crazier and major; Kids younger than me, they got the SkyBrand pagers; Going Out of Town, Blowing Up; 6 Months Later, All the Dead Bodies Showing Up.” -The Notorious B.I.G. There is no single piece of technology that’s more universally despised throughout recruiting’s rank and file than applicant tracking systems. […]

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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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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

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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Smart Phones, Dumb Recruiters.

While candidate experience is largely seen in the strategic and process purview, and mobile tends to be seen largely through the lens of recruiting technology, the fact remains that making a meaningful change to candidate experience means first making a meaningful change to their mobile experience. As outlined in previous posts, customers are consumers, and […]

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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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Caveat Emptor: How To Stop Getting Screwed By Software

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

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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