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Talent does not equal experience

One consistent theme in my career wherever I have been is what an early mentor of mine used to (tongue in cheek) call the “Bo Derek syndrome”. I know I am dating myself with that reference, so for all you younger generation folks it is a reference to the movie “10”. In short, the lead…

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Loyalty goes both ways – what we can learn from Jon Lester about employee retention

As a lifelong Red Sox fan, the news last night of Jon Lester signing with the Chicago Cubs stung. A lot. My first reaction as a fan was to place the blame squarely on Lester himself. “We drafted him!” and “we treated him so well when he was here, what happened to loyalty?” were some…

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Chemistry in hiring – why hiring people “like you” is the wrong science

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Chris Farley and David Spade. Abbott and Costello. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. All impressive duos/teams that did big and impactful things together (or in the case of Walter White and Jessie Pinkman – at least made tons of money together). Yet in each case…

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My Top 5 Albums of All Time

My top 5 movies of all time http://redpilltalent.com/the-top-5-movies-of-all-time-according-to-this-movie-geek/ post certainly got some great (and very passionate!) discussions going. There were very strong advocates for Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, Back to The Future, Unforgiven and many others in a lot of the commentary I received. All solid choices and I love all of those movies, but…

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Why I don’t care about some short term stints on a resume – and why you shouldn’t either

Years ago when I started my career in Talent Acquisition, one of the first “lessons” I was taught was to look at the time period of how long someone stayed at a company on their resume. The prevailing thought was that if the person was 1 – 2 years at a company a few different…

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The top 5 movies of all time according to this movie geek

A lot of readers have commented since I started my blog that I tend to reference a lot of movies in my talent acquisition posts. This is of course very true – and intentional. I believe most of what is out there today in the recruiting blogosphere is way too dry and not entertaining. Great…

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How not to suck at candidate experience

A friend of mine recently entered the job market after not having looked for a job in 5 years. She had reached out to me for some advice and we got to talking about her experiences thus far. While I know that “candidate experience” is a big term these days in the world of Talent…

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There is no “super suit” handbook. What recruiters can learn from “The Greatest American Hero”

“With great power comes great responsibility” In the movie “Spiderman”, Uncle Ben gives Peter Parker (Spiderman) this sound advice. While he was not aware Peter Parker was indeed Spiderman, Peter learns a valuable lesson from this quote – that while these powers are an amazing gift they also now come with an obligation to use…

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(Insert Controversial Blog Title Here)

Small but brief rant. I am an avid reader, and I particularly love that LinkedIn has opened its publishing rights to everyone and anyone. While not all professional writers (myself included – I would call myself a “hobbyist” at best), I love reading the perspectives and commentary on issues of the day from people in…

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Interviewing Tips – Halloween Edition

For those of you who read my posts, you know that while I like sharing a lot of tips and tricks I have learned over the years, I just cannot do it without incorporating some sort of geeky passion of mine. As it is Halloween time and I am a massive horror movie fan, I…

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