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Which Walking Dead Character Would be Best at Your Office?

Have you ever thought about how it would be to work with the cast of your favorite TV show? You know, brainstorming with House MD, sitting around some brunch with the cast of Entourage or even exploring the universe with

How to Hire Engaged Employees…Not Zombies!

With Halloween quickly approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about one of the scariest phenomena in the working world: employee disengagement. Today, disengagement in the US workforce is nearly as widespread as an outbreak of

Building a Better Mousetrap: Writing Job Descriptions to Capture Candidates

Sometimes, making a great hire can feel like chasing a cartoon mouse that’s always out of reach. Whether there’s a lack of qualified pros in your area, a high demand for specific skills in your area or you keep losing

Using an Interview Scorecard to Streamline Interviewing

Creating an interview scorecard is a valuable exercise for your entire hiring team. Not only will creating a scorecard improve the speed of your hiring, but it will also focus the attention of your hiring team on the skills and

RPO: The Hiring Solution for Your Small Business

No matter what your small business does, you need employees to do it. The only problem is, people have plans of their own and those plans aren’t always going to involve working for your company. Whether your employees have dreams

Gamification and Hiring: Level Up Your Candidate Engagement

Gamification: is one of those buzzwords that just won’t buzz off. Like the selfie and having an app for that, gamification is here to stay for the simple reason that people like it and respond to it. People like to play

6 Companies to Copy for Your Social Recruiting

Even though we’re told not to copy from our first day in school, “borrowing” from the best is how most companies come into existence and it’s how all companies stay in business. If we didn’t borrow ideas from the competition,

Using Technology for Learning at Work

Usually September’s arrival means school is back in session. If you’re a student, you’re trying to wrap your head around new concepts, like how much of your life will be spent in school (15-29% for Americans, depending on the degree).

You Need to Identify and Develop Talent Inside your Company

When we talk about “identifying talent,” we’re usually talking about identifying this talent on the job market. Whether you’re a soldier on the front lines of the “war for talent” or are wandering from one dry “talent pool” to another,

5 Steps to Make your Office Awesome (Without Going Broke)

Each year, best-in-class employers spend thousands and even millions to keep their best people happy. The food is catered, the chairs are ergonomic, the gym has experimental exercise equipment and the team-building exercises are better than most people’s summer vacation.

Do Your Employees Have a Future?

The days of starting work in the mail room and ending up in the board room are over. Today’s innovation economy relies on specialized talent to keep the wheels turning and that sort of skill level doesn’t come with your

4 Ways to Ruin your Work/Life Balance

No matter if you’re a CEO, a freelancer, or a regular 9-to-5er, everyone has to work. That being said, not many people like to work. They may like the money they get in exchange for their time or the satisfaction

Getting the Best Results from the Best Job Boards

There are a lot of job boards out there, and reaching the talent that you want to reach will require you to understand your hiring needs and track the results of the job boards that you use. Job boards give

Quality of Hire: The Only Metric that Matters?

The quick answer is YES! If you want to take our word for it, we thank you for the vote of confidence, but you still need to know why! The “Churn and Burn” model of hiring (emphasizing speed and cost

Hiring Hiring Managers

Question: Who tows the tow truck driver? Answer: A tow truck driver. Question: Who delivers the mail man’s mail? Answer: A mail man or a mail woman. Question: Who hires the hiring manager? Answer: A hiring manger.   Hiring managers aren’t delivered to your company via

Hiring Manager Satisfaction: The Canary in the Coal Mine

Back before the advent of modern technology, 1987, British coal miners were still bringing caged Canaries with them into the tunnels to warn of any deadly gasses released during excavation. Canaries, being tiny birds, were hit more strongly by these gasses and would

America’s New Hiring Metrics

  In honor of The 4th of July, apple pie, barbecue, fireworks and all the other fun things that you enjoyed over the weekend, we thought we’d talk about everyone’s favorite subject: hiring metrics. Hiring metrics, like an un-lit firework,

Can’t Get No (HIRING MANAGER) Satisfaction

  Satisfaction can be hard to come by. While many products claim to be satisfying, satisfaction isn’t as easy as eating delicious chocolate or buying a sweet set of sneakers. These things might make you very happy for a few

Hiring Managers and Recruiters: It Takes Two to Alley-Oop

Whoever you were rooting for in Sunday night’s NBA playoffs, you have to admit that it was a good series. Both finalist teams had history making seasons: the Warriors setting the record for consecutive victories in the regular season and the

Hiring for Fit: Does it Really Matter?

Well, when you need a new pair of shoes, how do you choose the pair to wear? They say if the shoe fits wear it, but they also say that the shoes make the man and that these boots are

How to Ruin your Candidate Search

Just because you go to the trouble of writing a job description, doesn’t mean anyone will take the trouble to read it. Right now, demand for talent is at an all time high.  Skilled, employed professionals, AKA passive candidates, are

Candidates are People Too

What is a candidate? The dictionary defines a candidate as: “a person who applies for a job or is nominated for election,” but also, “a person taking an examination,” and “a person or thing regarded as suitable for or likely

Stop Using Resumes as a Barrier to Entry

When was the last time you updated your resume? If you’ve been holding the same position for many years, it may have been quite a while since you dusted off your trusty old Resume.doc. Then again, if you’ve been grinding your

Cat Herding 101 – Recruiting in 2016

Early in my career I had the pleasure of working with Electronic Data Systems (EDS). During the height of the first dotcom bubble we hired a brilliantly creative advertising firm (Fallon) that produced an ad originally aired during the 2000