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...

Into The Mind of the Resume Writer

What’s the mindset of someone writing their resume? Fear? Despair? Anxiety? Desperation? Resume writing is not fun. It’s not enjoyable in any way. People write resumes when they absolutely have to. In the best case scenario they may be hopeful and excited about the prospects of a new career. New horizons and greener pastures await. But In my experience, the resume writer is often thrust into a situation of need...

Social Profiles For Love or Money

We had a conversation the other day about how professional social-web profiles are really pretty much the same thing as dating profiles on Match.com or Plenty of Fish. I decided to take this notion a step further and actually do some research on the topic. To determine how closely the two really are, I chose two dating expert’s blogs and compared their profile tips to the blogs of two career...

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"...

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...

Email Prediction Engine Now In Talent Feed

Two weeks ago, HiringSolved probably changed the world of hiring forever because of a novel addition. The new Email Prediction Engine will improve the sourcing by an order of magnitude. We are very excited about this new innovative technology and expect it to accelerate the progress of the hiring market. It is the first thrilling step in a slew of smart features that HiringSolved plans to release in the new...

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...

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