Candidate Experience

Two Things: Recruiting Guts and Glory

“You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, Know when to fold ‘em, Know when to walk away, And know when to run…” –Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler” I knew something was wrong the moment the two men sat in front us on the bus. I was only a freshman in college, but I knew that… more Two Things: Recruiting Guts and Glory

Two Things: From the Incremental to the Monumental

“The whims and vagaries of team life sometimes are not so much fun, but more often than not, there’s a great feeling of brotherhood amongst everybody that works together.”  –Geddy Lee, Rush Have you felt that kind of harmonic convergence in the workplace? Brotherhood and sisterhood. A deep sense of interconnectedness and shared purpose that moves you forward.… more Two Things: From the Incremental to the Monumental

Two Things: Skilling Up and Filling Up

I remember when I was choosing the cover art for my book, Tech Job Hunt Handbook. I couldn’t help thinking, “How am I going to fill-in the middle?” That’s the toughest part. Filling the middle. Developing coherent career guidance for technical professionals – from the job search, to the interview, to the hire. But I did… more Two Things: Skilling Up and Filling Up

Two Things: Employer Greatness and Perpetual Salvation

There we were — discussing the factors that make “great” employers so special. I couldn’t resist asking how organizations on Fortune Magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” compare with those featured in Jim Collins‘ best-selling books, Built to Last and From Good to Great. Similarities? Differences? That’s a tough question to answer in any given length of… more Two Things: Employer Greatness and Perpetual Salvation

Two Things: What’s Your Culture Tattoo?

It was tattoo day at work. Seriously. Tattoo day. Everyone on our team was encouraged to display meaningful “appropriate” tattoos and the stories behind them. Any form was acceptable — permanent body art, decals, even hand-drawn creations. Sure, this sounds a little hokey, like “Hawaiian shirt day.” But that’s the charm. It’s a simple, lighthearted way… more Two Things: What’s Your Culture Tattoo?

From Pleasing Things to Career Plans (and back again)

At first, it was simply the gathering of everyday natural things that pleased her: leaves, flowers, sticks and rocks. These pleasing things, found in our front yard and the back, as well as other parks around town, down by the sea, up in the mountains, and other realms of her ever-expanding world, were gathered with… more From Pleasing Things to Career Plans (and back again)

When It Comes to Candidate Reproach

From out of the din, a frustrated voice. The first time I didn’t hear it; didn’t see the e-mail. Then, the voice called out the second time. I still didn’t notice. Then, a third time. That’s when I noticed, when the level of disdain, still restrained, was palatable. All in the form of tweets directed at… more When It Comes to Candidate Reproach

And that’s why smarter working is the smartest

That was refreshing. Sitting there comfortably in my home office nook, speaking with a global healthcare customer about the future of work and the fact that recruiting “local” means “anywhere” for many professions and job families — the way work gets done becomes about how and when it gets done, not where. Where the proverbial “battle for… more And that’s why smarter working is the smartest

The Candidate Experience and Missed Opportunities

This article was originally published at Recruiting Trends. When it comes to push and pull, employers have got the marketing model down. At least, that is, when it comes to talent acquisition broadcast and attraction. From their career sites to social media to search engine optimization, employers promote their brands and jobs and attract the… more The Candidate Experience and Missed Opportunities

Go Ahead and Roll Your Big and Gaudy Candidate Experience Dice

On a plane bound for Boston and corporate training with my new employer Peoplefluent, I’m reading the chapter in Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In where she discusses social science’s “bias blind spots,” and how the more our bias actually rears its ugly when we think we’re truly being objective in activities like recruiting and hiring new… more Go Ahead and Roll Your Big and Gaudy Candidate Experience Dice