How Convoluted Job Descriptions Destroyed Your ROI

[caption id="attachment_737" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Branch Movin': Not My Job[/caption] You may have noticed the tide swelling and tossing the recruiting fleet towards a more “scientific” marketing approach. “But we’re not marketers” You said to yourself. But was that ever really up to you? You are whatever it takes to fill positions. You’re a recruiter.  You’ve been trying everything old-school and have reached the point where you’re sending absurd bribes to...

Higher Workplace Productivity In 3 Easy Steps

[caption id="attachment_708" align="aligncenter" width="406"] Let's see he-AH. Away Missions, Warp Core Maintenance, Photon Torpedo Installation... When's My Earl Grey on Risa 3? What Do You Know Anyway? You're Just a Chai-AH.[/caption]   Productivity can be so elusive. These days we are so hampered by tasks piling up and gritty details competing for our time that it is difficult to improve. What if there were 3 simple ways to increase productivity...

Make A Decision Already! Try These 7 Methods

In recruiting and in business overall, these days it is so easy to get stuck in a loop of indecision. Amazingly, polls estimate that over 70% of workers become sedentary at work because of this very issue. It’s easy to put a ton of weight on making a decision and that in turn leads to a very time-consuming process of debating the merits of this or that. The process is...

Dave Ramsey: “Get the Rockstars and Keep the Turkeys Out” 12 Components to a Good Hire

“I am convinced the mistakes we have made in hiring have cost us hundreds of thousands--maybe millions--of dollars in lost productivity and in lost opportunity. I do know that as we have gotten better and better at attracting, hiring, and keeping rock stars, our life and profits have gotten considerably better.” (Ramsey, 135)   I Inspired Myself I was so inspired by my last post with recruiting advice from software...

Peter Thiel: ‘Talented People Don’t Need You’; Avoid These 3 Bad Answers to 1 Vital Question

Recently, I read Peter Thiel’s new book on startups called Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future. It’s a handy little book filled with powerful shorthand business advice,  philosophies, success indicators, failure indicators, as well as some entertaining anecdotes from the PayPal founder and venture capitalist who has built multiple breakthrough companies.   In the chapter Mechanics in Mafia, under the section title Recruiting Conspirators...

How to Game the Recruiting Game With a Gameshow

Sourcing through unusual channels... [caption id="attachment_645" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Moment of Victory For Three l33t h@x0rs and a Moment of Failure For Three pwned n00bs[/caption]   Here’s a little secret: use of gaming sites for sourcing is on the rise. By 'gaming sites' I mean sites where web developers play games only web developers can play. Games that require skill in coding to do. Coding-gaming hybrid sites where programming language skills...

Skill Trends Top 10s

Lets analyze skill trends in the 2014 recruitment wrap up so we can better understand what is happening for 2015.  In Demand The job postings are clear. IT job skills are the most frequently mentioned requirements for considering candidates. Indeed’s December 31 job trends report specifically cited that “‘HTML5’ is the #1 job trend - the fastest growing keyword found in online job postings - ahead of "MongoDB" in second...

A Recruiting Recap

Happy New Year’s 2015. We’ve come a long way. Now is a good time to reflect on where recruitment was 20 years ago and what to expect this year. Recruitment has changed a lot since the 90’s primarily due to advances in communication technology but also in part due to the impact of legal and economic shifts. “20 years ago was an entirely different world for a recruiter.  The pace...

Is a Lack of Principle Killing Your Best Hires?

“I can’t pinpoint exactly when the hiring process went off the rails, but I believe it began in the late 90s, when cost cutting became a mania and headcount was slashed to the bone, requiring every employee to do the work of many.” (Harvard Business Review). That’s Anne Kreamer talking about the hiring market in her November 3rd article titled The Rise of the Rude Hiring Manager. Maybe it’s because...

“Hank Is Such a Great Employee. Get Me Another Hank. No, Wait… Make That A Dozen Hanks.”

The president of Ryan Industries yelled this to his secretary, Gayle, between cigar puffs as he lined up his putt at the office putting green. Gayle scribbled this on her notepad and walked through the giant oak double-doors to inquire as to how she should narrow the search. As she opened her mouth to have a word with Mr. Ryan, his telephone began piercing her eardrums and he shifted his...

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