Category Archive for: talent acquisition

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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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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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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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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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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