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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, may

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 minutes

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

Improve Employee Retention with Retention Interviews

The employee that you rely upon the most will leave you. They may not leave you holding the bag, but, one day, the person or the people who keep the whole show running are going to go on to the

Is Outsourced Recruiting Right for you?

It has been an interesting handful of years for corporate recruiting. The recession of 2008 has had an anemic and hesitant recovery and the markets have been volatile. Economic strategists can’t seem to reach a consensus on whether we’re pulling

A Song of Ice and Hire

Game of Thrones, the best-selling book and one of the best TV shows of all time, is about to begin its 6th season on HBO. While many fans of the series are gearing up for their yearly Game of Thrones

Why Your Millennial Employees Will Leave You

Young people don’t stay in their jobs for very long. This has been true since before you quit your first job, but the world at large seems fairly preoccupied with the fact that the Millennials are hopping jobs like there’s no tomorrow. From their

17 Most Ridiculous Resumes

A resume is a candidates chance to make a great first impression, and with the high level of competition, candidates need to do things to standout. Unfortunately that sometimes means you have to sift through endless misspellings or pictures of

Hiring in a Candidate Driven Market

Hiring in a candidate driven market is tough. A candidate driven market is one that is driven by the skills of professionals, not by the wants or plans of employers. While there are many factors that have led us to

Successful Succession Planning

Unexpected turnover is one of the most disruptive and costly parts of doing business. Though you have two weeks’ notice to start finding a replacement, usually, the difficulty of finding this replacement and the time that it takes to find

Employee Perks: Do they Work or Distract From Work?

Employee perks and benefits have been helping businesses to win over talent since their invention. Back in the day, a company health plan or 401K may have been quite impressive, but times have changed. In order to compete for top

Improving Customer Retention with Employee Retention

A high rate of turnover is bad for business. On the staffing side, a high rate of voluntary turnover means more money spend on sourcing, qualifying and hiring talented candidates. This cost is one thing, but paying for something that

Do You want to be a Successful Manager?

The difference between a successful manager, and one who is barely managing to hold it together, is the difference between a team that is successful and one that is barely making their target. In general, a successful manager is able

How to Improve Work-Life Balance for Employees at Your Company

For some people, work and life are indistinguishable. For other (sane) people, work is work and, no matter how much you love your job, doing too much work will leave you feeling drained. Now, “too much” will vary from person

Want to Increase Productivity? Plan for a More Productive Week!

If it ever seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day, you’re right. Between work, family, friends and that funny thing called “free time” you used to have, remaining productive can be an uphill battle. Remaining productive and engaged

Lessons in Hiring from “The Graduate”

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be fun to pull some lessons in hiring from a classic romance. Hiring someone is the same thing as starting a professional relationship with that person, so it’s important to be sure

5 Hiring Practices that Drive Candidates Crazy

The hiring process can be frustrating for everyone involved. On the employer’s side of things, hiring managers are consistently experiencing difficulty in finding candidates who are qualified for their company’s most important positions. These candidate searches routinely stretch over 30