THERE IS NO SPOON

#thereisnospoonfriday – Top 5 Movie Heroes!

This is a great time to be a comic and movie dork. With the Avengers: Age of Ultron about to roll into theatres, Batman v. Superman on the horizon (cannot wait!) and TV series like Daredevil and The Flash currently getting good ratings, life in nerdland is good. For this week’s #thereisnospoonfriday, I turn my…

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There is no spoon Friday inaugural post: Top 5 Baseball Movies of all time

Since Fridays are awesome, I thought I would introduce a new feature to the Red Pill Talent blog, “There is no spoon” Fridays. Much like Neo in “The Matrix” had to realize that there was, in fact, no spoon to become “the one”, we too are realizing on Fridays that there is a weekend ahead…

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Debunking the counteroffer mythology according to recruiters

From a recruiter’s perspective, we have been taught since day one of our careers to demonize the counteroffer. It was as if the recruitment industry as a whole got together at the dawn of time and invented the “Counteroffer Boogeyman” that all of us were told scary stories about around the campfire and none of…

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Referring to yourself in the third person – it’s real and it is most definitely not fabulous

Ed is writing today about something he has seen all too often recently. Ed has noticed a new (and disturbing) trend of referring to yourself in the third person in your LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Business bios and just about everywhere else. Ed wishes this would stop. Unless you have a professional bio writer, Ed thinks…

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Time to kill the “passive candidate” mentality

Companies seem to really like pain these days. How else can you explain this nonsensical current fascination with “passive candidates”? It doesn’t take Nostradumus to predict what happens when companies take the stance of “we must have passive candidates and active candidates are not what we are ideally looking for”. The result is a lot…

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Why most companies suck at dealing with resignations (and why that is bad stuff for your employment brand)

Breaking up is never easy. We’ve all often heard the analogy of the employee/employer relationship as a marriage, and much like many divorces, when/if the time comes for one of the parties to leave it usually is messy and emotional, with lots of collateral damage even to friends and colleagues afterwards about whose “side” to…

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Employment Branding is the new black – but are companies missing the point?

I am amazed every day at the new found relevance employment branding is seeing in the corporate world. Three years ago the very term “employment branding” would have elicited confused glares or marketing department snickers. Today, there is literally an entire industry sprouting up around it. Every day I am seeing articles and blog posts…

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The mystery of “culture fit”

The Sphinx in Egypt. Stonehenge. The popularity of the “Twilight” movies. All great mysteries, but the biggest mystery in the world of Talent Acquisition has always been “culture fit”. Lots of people think they know what it means and how to identify it, but as the great Inigo Montoya in “The Princess Bride” so eloquently…

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Do we have to have a “prime” in our careers?

I just had a major “I am getting old” moment. I was reading a list of “The Top 25 Songs of 2014” and as I browsed through their list it was not so subtly dawning on me that I didn’t know any of these songs. Not a single one. These were apparently major hits this…

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Back to the Future- a look at Talent Acquisition in 2020

I don’t need 1.21 gigawatts and a time machine made out of a Delorean to reflect on what has been easily the most amazing year personally in my career. I left one of the best jobs I ever had http://linkd.in/1JIIgjt to start my own business, Red Pill Talent (www.redpilltalent.com). The launch went great, and the…

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