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The Argument for Using Referrals and Recruitment Technology

Monday November 17, 2014 comments

Still not convinced all the new recruitment technologies that have come to market in the last 18 months are worth a look? Let me point you to a few recent articles/posts and then you can decide. 18 months ago discussion around recruitment technology and its efficacy was limited to recruiter centric blogs and communities. In the last 2 weeks The NY Times , and , all established media companies, have weighed in on the subject. ... 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


By: Casey Siewert Tuesday November 11, 2014 comments


Today is a day that we honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. I'm sure you can think of a few people off the top of your head that you should (if you haven't already) send a quick note to, thanking them for their service. If my grandfather were still here today, I would have called him to thank him, but also to hear some of his great stories. Burt served in the Navy as an electrician from 1951-1955. Back when [somehow] it was possible to pay someone to pass your swimming test. Yes, you read that right. He... Read More

Go Vote HR

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday November 4, 2014 comments

We are all sick and tired of the political advertisements, the robo-calls (thats one technology I wish theyd zap with a ray-gun), the mud-slinging and the unseemly pandering. But at the end of the day none of that matters what matters is that we make democracy work by exercising our personal responsibility to: GO VOTE I saw a great political cartoon in the local paper today (I live in Fort Collins, Colorado so LOCAL really means local. I think the vote for Homecoming King got equal billing this morning) but anyway the... 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

Paracosm: Fantasy and Invention In HR

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday September 16, 2014 comments

According to Wikipedia, Aparacosmis a detailed imaginary world , or fantasy world, involving humans and/or animals, or perhaps even fantasy or alien creations. Often having its own geography, history, and language, it is an experience that is developed during childhood and continues over a long period of time: months or even years. A lot has been written recently about how fantasy games or online fantasy worlds are being used by companies to bring out our creative juices. As human beings we are so bounded by our day to day, that it can be... Read More

When Accepting Resumes, Don’t Weed out the Weak Ones

By: James Dix Thursday September 11, 2014 comments

Theres a multitude of ways to waste time when looking for qualified candidates. Perhaps my personal favorite way to waste time is weeding out weak resumes: summarily dismissing weaker candidates based on resumes lacking specific buzzwords, arbitrarily tossing resumes for those who dont meet the minimum experience requirements, and generally slogging through gargantuan mounds of applicants. Heres an idea stop wasting time getting rid of weak applicants. When it comes to sourcing new candidates, therere many tools that are available:... Read More