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What Starling Murmuration Teaches us About HR

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday January 14, 2014 comments Tags: hr innovation, hr trends and ideas

Starlings are small birds that occasionally fly in huge flocks that shift and undulate through the sky. If you've never seen a video of Starling Murmuration take a quick look at this link:  Starling Murmuration . These birds move about in perfect unison acting as several independent minds moving in concert to create a collective mind that serves the larger purpose. Corporations have a similar goal - at least on paper. They want everyone to work together to achieve a common direction. They create strategic plans, mission statements,... Read More

Best Responses to the "Tell Me a Joke..." Interview Question:

By: Casey Siewert Tuesday January 7, 2014 comments Tags: Hiring, job interviews, Recruiting

Best Responses to the

Have you ever been asked in an interview to tell a joke? This could pose to be a real problem if you don't have a clean, non-offensive joke in your back pocket. In fact, whether you've been asked this in an interview or not, its always a good idea to have a clean, non-offensive joke in your back pocket. Here are some great ones that we found: " Two antennas met on a roof . They fell in love and got married. The wedding wasn't much, but the reception was great." "A woman proudly told her friend, 'I'm responsible for making my... Read More

Digital Recruiting is Not Mission Impossible

By: Jerry Thurber Thursday January 2, 2014 comments Tags: hr innovation, hr trends and ideas

Digital Recruiting is Not Mission Impossible

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic  wrote an HBR Blog called  Digital Staffing: The Future of recruitment-by-Algorithm  where he started out by mentioning that "Americans are now spending more time on social networking sites than on all other sites combined" and that "As a consequence of spending so much time online, we now leave traces of our personality everywhere (and that) these online behaviors are of increasing interest to recruiters and employers, who are desperately trying to translate them into "digital reputations" and use them to find... Read More

5 Words That Drive Recruiters Nuts- "Hey I Know That Guy!"

By: Doug Hay Tuesday December 31, 2013 comments Tags: Human Resources, Referral Link

After spending 4-5 weeks attempting to fill an open job, a recruiter dreads hearing these words as they introduce the new employee around the office on their first day, "Hey I know that guy! Bob and I worked together at ACME, he is great!"  If the veteran employee would have introduced Bob to the recruiter through the current employee referral program, think of the time, money and effort that would have been saved. So Why Don't Employee Referral Programs Have Higher Participation Rates? "Referrals are our best source for new... Read More

Will you Find Your Next Hire Using "Social Evidence"?

By: Jerry Thurber Thursday December 19, 2013 comments Tags: Big Data, Hiring, Human Resources, Recruiting, Referral Link, Social Evidence

Do really talented people spend time on the internet? There is evidence that they do. So if these really smart people are out there leaving an electronic footprint - can you use it to find them when you need them? Can this information be used to find contractors, consultants and your next great new-hire? Linked In is betting you can. So is Facebook and... That is the idea behind Social Evidence based recruiting. Jamey Jeff the co-founder of  Remarkable Hire  wrote in a blog post entitled  What is Social Evidence? How it will... Read More

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