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Holla Back.

Today over at RecruitingDaily.com, which, as my day job, has replaced this site as the repository for most of my bylined content, Derek Zeller wrote a post about the proliferation of recruiting and HR “influencer” lists. As I edited and formatted the post (which was pretty good, by the way), I started thinking about my […]

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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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You’ve Probably Already Read This Already.

One of my contributors recently complained, after about six months of blogging, that it was becoming increasingly difficult to say things about recruiting that they hadn’t already said before. I couldn’t agree more. My friend Maren Hogan wrote a great post yesterday about how so many blog posts are more or less redundant, since they’ve […]

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What The Candidate Experience Really Looks Like

I write a lot about candidate experience, because employers can’t get enough of this stuff. Me, on the other hand, really wish we could stop just saying shit that’s common sense and treating it like some sort of breakthrough best practice. “The longer your job application process is online, the fewer people are going to finish it” […]

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Career Coaches and Resume Writers Can’t Find A Real Job, Either.

As the old saying goes, those who can’t do, teach; this, as we all know, is complete BS, because those who can’t do, in fact, become consultants. But in recruiting and HR, those who can’t become consultants (which is easier to get into than the University of Phoenix) do something far more insidious: they become […]

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Even Haters Have Some Love To Give.

I once received some sage advice once from Matt Weiner, the creator of Mad Men, when we were trying to break my habit of binge writing, a habit which had gotten me into a little bit of trouble on a pretty painful rewrite. “You only have 5 good hours of work in you in a […]

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Frienemies With Benefits: How HR Ruins Recruiting

One of the hottest of hot button issues in human capital these days seems to be the categorization of the recruiting function and whether or not it belongs in HR in the first place. It may seem superficially pithy, but it’s a dialogue with drastic ramifications for the future of both recruiting and candidate engagement. […]

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I’m a Blogger, and That’s OK.

When I went up to pick up my press pass at HR Technology this year, I was told, instead, that I had been issued a blogger badge. This makes sense, since, well, I run a blog, but thought that the distinction between press and blogger was interesting. This argument, of course, has been going on […]

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The Real Source Con: Packing Pipelines and Smoking Hashtags

My very first job title ever was as a “sourcing analyst,” which had the necessary gravitas at the time to make me not feel bad compared to my B-School buddies who selected, rather than scrounged, for their gigs. This role was, essentially, how sourcing is still largely defined: name generation and verification. My job was […]

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Peculiar, MO: A Recruiting Roadtrip

They say you can’t go home again, and that’s only a little true. Truth is, I’m not even sure where home is, anymore, other than maybe that familiar, recurring HR conference circuit road I’ve already done a half dozen laps on. I’ve got a hell of a name badge collection, by the way, and likely […]

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