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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A LinkedIn Talent Connect Photo Recap

Just got back to Boston after an incredible few days at the LinkedIn Talent Connect conference in San Francisco. I had the amazing opportunity to be the host of the Live Stream for the folks watching at home. As a major fan of all things Talent Acquisition and someone who loves to see what others…

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“We’re not in Boston anymore, Nomahhh”

I recently was visiting a client in Silicon Valley (stay tuned for more on them in future posts) and had the opportunity to visit LinkedIn HQ and the nearby Google HQ. Now – a bit of background first. I was born in Boston and worked almost all of my professional career on the east coast…

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