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Sweet, Sour or Spicy in the Recruitment Selection Process

By: mprinz Tuesday May 17, 2016 comments

The future of interviewing could depend upon which snack your candidate chooses and how much they drool. For years, employers have searched for the answers: What makes a great employee? How do you know if a candidate is empathetic or merciless, outgoing or introverted? How do you know if theyll fit the position youre looking to fill? As humans, we tend to over complicatethings. Sure there are online personality tests and empathy and job-fit and more. The problem with each lies in their subjectivity. Its not that difficult for a desperate... Read More

The Search to Hire Smarter – Is there a Missing Link?

By: mprinz Sunday May 1, 2016 comments

The first evidence of commerce dates back to the Stone Age with the trading of obsidian and flint. Someone discovered rocks had value and acquired help to unearth, move and market them. The first manager probably clutched a club while directing where to dig and where to drag. Whats impressive: this happened about 8,000 years before the wheel made its debut. That someone then communicated the value of the stones to others from afar and shortly thereafter a trade route grew. Even back then, there had to be a mutually beneficial reason... Read More

A Stock Market of Labor Resources?

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday November 10, 2015 comments

The way labor moves about from one job to the next and the way companies find, recruit and hire labor is the technological equivalent of buying pork bellies in the slaughter yards 100 years ago. Wingham Rowan, the founder of a British company called Slivers-of-Time recently spoke of A New Kind of Job Market at TED in London. In this talk he asked what would happen if stocks and bonds were traded by a person who got up each morning, outlined the key requirements she needed, posted it on several websites, then waited patiently for someone... Read More

The New Employment Economy

By: Jerry Thurber Thursday November 13, 2014 comments

In several blog posts over the last year we have referred to The New Employment Economy. So what is it? In a nutshell it is the future. Anybody over the age of 35 has grown up in a world where they mostly understand work as a commitment to some organization or company that lasts for 8 to 10 years (maybe more) and you move on one or two more times before you retire. The company takes care of your insurance (increasingly less so) provides you with a career path, some on-the-job training and regular raises that maybe gets you a bit ahead of... Read More

Sourcing = Trick or Treating

By: Casey Siewert Friday October 31, 2014 comments Tags: Employee Referrals, Sourcing

Sourcing = Trick or Treating

When you were younger, likely you joined the rest of the neighborhood kids by trick-or-treating on Halloween. Once you got a bit older, you knew which houses had the best candy, and which ones handed out FULL-SIZED CANDY BARS , and then those that handed out toothbrushes in lieu of candy. However, in all my memories of trick-or-treating, I still went to every housebecause, even though I knew that certain houses were known to hand out toothbrushes, I loved looking at the great mixture that I had accumulated at the end of the night. ... Read More

Who Are You Connected To? It Might Get You Hired

By: Jerry Thurber Wednesday October 29, 2014 comments Tags: hr innovation, hr trends and ideas, social HR

In the not too distant future, will people hire you based on the strength of your connections in Linked In and other social and professional networks? Is it happening today? Should it ever happen? Hire me I know HR Margo! (With all apologies to Margo for admitting that we are connected on Twitter) There is a constant struggle to find high-performers in any organization. Companies have tried all sorts of things to figure out how to beat dumb luck as the best way to find that special person who is able to contribute more than any of... Read More

Skills Path is the New Career Path

By: Jerry Thurber Wednesday October 22, 2014 comments

Stop worrying about a candidates career path. For certain types of positions (and that number is growing) there really is no need to be overly concerned about where a candidate worked and how long he/she worked there. In the new employee economy it is all about Skill Path, not Career Path. What is Skill Path? Skill Path is the development of an increasing set of capabilities and/or a deepening level of expertise: regardless of where you worked. How have you advanced as a software developer, a health care provider, a manager or leader? Are... Read More

Crowd HR, Can it Be Far Behind?

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday October 7, 2014 comments

Business (and working for a business) is basically akin to a dictatorship: sometimes a benevolent dictator (we call these employee centric companies; they win awards such as the Best Place to Work) and sometimes they are full blown autocratic dictatorships (we call these companies shareholder driven and they win accolades for returning good shareholder value). Though they may not admit it, HR works well within this structure. Face it: HR has always been about control. HR likes things neat and tidy. HR likes rules, consistency, playbooks. They... Read More

Company Branding to Attract Talent

By: Casey Siewert Friday August 15, 2014 comments

Do you recruit based on job qualifications alone, or is the best person for the job one that would fit into your company culture? Can your most sought after talent identify with your brand? Are your emplHere are some great ideas on how to sell, and the benefits of selling your brand to attract future employees . And, because its Friday: here are some hilarious horrible recruiting videos: ... Read More

News flash: Top Talent Isn’t Looking at Your Job Postings

By: James Dix Thursday August 7, 2014 comments

News flash: Top Talent Isn’t Looking at Your Job Postings

As the battle for top-talent gets more intense every day, there's one simple fact that recruiters need to keep in mind: the most talented people don't look for jobs - they get offered jobs. When do you suppose the last time Pearl Jam had to demo an album before it went on sale? When do you suppose the last time Kevin Spacey had to audition for a role? At a certain point, talented people are sought out and have the luxury of being choosey, and this applies to every job in every industry. If you're not one of the recruiters actively... Read More