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Now Hiring: "Systems Guru" or Systems Administrator?

By: Casey Siewert Tuesday December 17, 2013 comments Tags: Company Culture, Job Descriptions, Referral Link

Your company is: uber cool, hip to the lingo, really values your company culture, and aims to attract and retain the BEST talent in the industry. Problem is:  for many reasons, finding those people always proves to be more challenging than you had initially hoped. What's wrong? You've got clever job titles, and hilarious job descriptions. After all, you want to make sure that your company culture bleeds through the job description so you only get the right candidates. Or maybe you just call your Systems Administrator something a little... Read More

Referral Link: A Recruiter’s Big Hug Elmo

By: Doug Hay Thursday December 12, 2013 comments

Referral Link: A Recruiter’s Big Hug Elmo

I am told by elves who know that Big Hug Elmo, Furreal Friends and the Uggly's Gross Electronic Puppet Pet are at, or near, the top of 2013's most requested kids' Christmas presents. So I thought I'd try to find out what is at the top of HR Recruiters' Christmas wish list. From the chatter on sites like ( ), and Mashable, , as well as conversations I've had with our clients, Employee Referral Linking Solutions are the HR equivalent of the Uggly's Gross Electronic Puppet... Read More

Doing the HR Laundry

By: Jerry Thurber Monday December 9, 2013 comments

Doing the HR Laundry

Doing laundry is only drudgery if it keeps you from doing something else. One of the many advantages of being a "basement-office entrepreneur" is you can do the laundry during the day, and today I thought about 4 lessons that doing laundry can teach us about building great HR software. (OK, it's a stretch - but hang with me here....) Lesson 1: Separate the Light from the Dark OK, this is no missive from a Jedi Master, but its roots are the same. Developers get so bogged down in the problems and exceptions that they... Read More

#ThrowbackThursday: The Paper Job Application

By: Jerry Thurber Thursday December 5, 2013 comments

#BlackFriday, #CyberMonday, #Giving Tuesday, #Throwback Thursday ... With all the recent #hashtag days going around, we thought we would give you a little laugh on this #ThrowbackThursday . Remember when we used paper applications to apply for jobs? You filled out what high school you went to, and what your most recent job experience was, all by hand in little tiny boxes on one (front-to-back) piece of paper? And then you messed it up... here's a hilarious short, stand-up segment about paper job applications. Remember that the hiring... Read More

Employee Referrals Work So Why Don't Employee Referral Programs?

By: Casey Siewert Wednesday December 4, 2013 comments

Employee Referrals Work So Why Don't Employee Referral Programs?

A friend I made through my kids' soccer team, a person I knew through social events in my neighborhood and a person I met doing some community volunteer work provided me with my last 3 job opportunities.  They all referred me to their companies that were looking to fill a position for which I was qualified. There is a universal belief amongst HR recruiters: people referred by a current employee for an open position make the best new employees. The discussions I have had with recruiters and HR directors over the last several months support... Read More

Thoughts for Thanksgiving

By: Doug Hay Wednesday November 27, 2013 comments

As we move into the holiday season, we at Innotrieve would like you leave you with these holiday thoughts: "Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day." -Robert Caspar Lintner "Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in." -Phillips Brooks "Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our... Read More

"Talent Shortage" or Hiring a Purple Squirrel?

By: Doug Hay Tuesday November 26, 2013 comments

With a national unemployment rate at 7.3%, some might think it would make sense to hold out for that purple squirrel you've already spent 6 months recruiting for:  someone with 5 years of experience in creative SEO tactics, strong Google AdWords analytics experience, 7+ years of experience in financial modeling, Six-Sigma black belt , forklift-certified Social Media Expert. Oh, and they have to jive with the company culture-- you can't have a bad egg. They MUST be out there somewhere. Truth be told, they may actually be out there.... Read More


By: Jerry Thurber Monday November 25, 2013 comments

Welcome to Innotrieve's blog.  This is your incubator, your laboratory, your classroom for all of those ideas you have to make HR processes more efficient, more cost effective and more relevant.  This is your forum to learn about the latest technology, share your thoughts and to engage with HR professionals of all experience levels, from thought leaders who push the technology envelope to front line folks who have hands on experience with today's processes and great ideas for the next big thing. We can also promise some fun. We'll sprinkle... Read More