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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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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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