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Nov 8

At 4% Unemployment, 2nd Chance Hires are Looking Very Attractive!

I’m a big fan of 2nd chance candidates. Candidates who were fired, terminated, let go, etc. for many various reasons, most of which come down to wrong job fit, the wrong personality fit with their boss, wrong skill fit, etc. I don’t have actual numbers, and I wouldn’t believe any study who told me a […]

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Nov 3

What Does Talent Taste Like? When Recruitment Marketing Keeps it Real…

So, have a Coke and a Smile wasn’t good enough, the college recruiting folks in Coca-Cola’s Italian team had to get ‘creative’ and go off script. Here’s how that ended up (hat tip to Jim D’Amico for finding this pic!): So, I’m not exactly sure from this ad who is tasting the talent. Maybe this […]

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Oct 23

You almost never go wrong when hiring pretty people!

What do you think of, in regards to smarts, when I say: “Sexy Blond model type”? What about: “Strong Athletic Jock?” What about: “Scrawny nerdy band geek?” My guess is most people would answer: Dumb, Dumb, Smart – or something to that context. In HR we call this profiling and make no mistake, profiling is […]

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Oct 2

Are You Hiring Raw Talent?

Last week I got invited down to Rock Ventures (Dan Gilbert – the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans – yeah that Rock Ventures) to do the closing keynote for their HR and Talent Summit across the family of companies in Downtown Detroit! Fun, fast-moving culture. Seemingly every CEO of the 130 Rock […]

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Sep 27

What if you and your competitors recruited talent together?

Think about most U.S. cities. What do they have in common? I travel all over the U.S. and to be honest, it’s all starting to look a lot alike! Every city has a mall or three. At these malls, you’ll find the same restaurants. Chilis, Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Bravo, steak places, some random Japanese hibachi […]

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Sep 20

Do you pay your employees more for referring Diverse candidates?

I know a ton of HR Pros right now who have been charged by their organizations to go out and “Diversify” their workforce.  By “Diversify”, I’m not talking about diversity of thought, but to recruit a more diverse workforce in terms of ethnic, gender and racial diversity. Clearly, by bringing in more individuals from underrepresented […]

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Sep 11

Do Recruiters Still Need to Make Phone Calls?

I spoke at CareerBuilder’s Empower last week and in my presentation, I harped on the talent acquisition pros and leaders in the room on why 100% of us are not using texting as a primary first form of contact with candidates. The data is in. Texting works! It works better than email by a mile, […]

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Sep 8

Where do you find the best recruiters?

Logical Argument (that I had with someone recently): Best Recruiters = Best Companies to Work For Rationale: The best recruiters bring in the best talent, the best talent makes the best companies. Illogical Argument (but frequently factual): Worst Companies to Work For = Best Recruiters Rationale: If your company is the worst company to work […]

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Aug 18

Are You Hiring Weaker IT Talent If You Get Above 12% Female on Your Staff

So, Stack Overflow came out this week with their annual Developer survey. This survey is the real deal when it comes to IT staffing and data. Over 64,000 IT pros responded to the survey! That’s a giant data set up on hiring trends! You can download the survey results here: Free Guide: Recruiting Developers in […]

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Aug 17

Recruitment Marketing Isn’t About Automation

Look, I love everything Recruitment Marketing (RM). It takes two things I’m very passionate about Recruiting and Marketing and puts them both together. I love the creativity and science behind how do you get someone interested in some thing, more specifically how do we get a person interested in coming to work for us. Recruitment […]

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