How Recruiting Can Manage Change And Be A Partner

Many people will insist that the most important part of having a corporate recruiting team is to have a clearly defined structure, utilize metrics to drive business decisions, and to gather as much buy-in as possible throughout the organization to move initiatives forward. Most of that is absolutely correct. But what about when all of your best laid plans start to…..change? While having the clearly defined structure is important, it’s key to remember to be flexible and open to integrating ...

Recruiters, Why Don’t We Scrum More?

Timely. Detailed. Manager. Feedback. When you read that, you have one of two likely reactions. They are probably either “I’m sorry, what did you say? Was that English?” or “Oh, you mean when a manager says ‘hmmm, Not a fit’”. Let’s face it, regardless of whether you are an internal or external recruiter, getting timely and detailed feedback and information is usually a challenge. Feedback and a solid heads up can very much resemble the purple squirrel we’re all always ...

Employer Brand Measurement: Introducing Source of Brand

If there’s one thing that corporate America drills into your head again and again, it’s ROI. Especially during budget season. And while I don’t miss those complicated Excel models, I’m constantly reminded of the importance of measures. You need an argument for making one investment choice over another. As a former boss always reminded me, “data drives decisions.” The problem in our line of work? The data is often flawed. For example, human resources has been relying on “source of ...

Dissecting the Tribe

Judging by the retweets, comments and direct messages, my post A Member of the Tribe–over at HRExaminer–resonated with folks. Seems we care about culture but we don’t know how to define it, grasp it, understand it.  Several you wondered about the job seeker role in this. If companies are bad at defining and communicating their own culture, can job seekers figure it out on their own?

Why HR Matters to Start-Ups

A whopping 80% of start-ups experience human capital issues, which either support their success or accelerate their demise.  Strong workforce and HR plans not only help to define a start-up’s culture, but also protect its most important assets: its people.  What every start-up (and small business) must know is that for its value proposition to be strong, and differentiated, there needs to be a solid framework in place to grow your workforce.

Talent Fit: An Art or a Science?

Google and Facebook, two of the hottest employers today are not only popular for their technologies, which bring people together, but also for their unique business models.  Candidates globally are vying for the opportunity to work at either firm.  Google alone can receive up to 75,000 applications in one week.  Given no shortage of qualified candidates, these two firms put applicants through a gauntlet of interviews and tests; to not only decipher technical prowess, but more importantly fit.  The way ...

Covering Talent Issues: A Reporter’s Perspective

I sit on the Board of our local talent acquisition non-profit group, RecruitDC. And since the inception, we’ve been lucky enough to have exceptional keynote speakers at each of our sell-out conferences. This year, with so many economic and government factors affecting our local talent landscape, we’re taking a different approach. Washington Post reporter Sarah Halzack will lead a panel of executive HR leaders to address some of these issues.  Halzack, a Capital Business Reporter and Web Editor for the Post, has ...

Why You Should Care About Candidate Experience

We’re marketers. That’s what we are. Talent acquisition is about promoting opportunities. Driving brand loyalty. Evaluating customer sentiment. Participating in the conversation about our brand. Whether you like it or not, if your game is talent, your playing field is strangely similar to a marketer’s. And that because it’s all about the experience.

Why You Should Care About the Jobs Report


Another day, another jobs report.  That’s what it may feel like.  In talent acquisition, we spend so much time thinking about  jobs to fill and plans for our own organizations, that we don’t often pay much attention to the larger picture. Sure, we listen to the jobs reports, we grimace when the numbers aren’t what we think they should be, and we move on.  What can you do? For starters, you can care.

Why Employer Brands Need Personal Brands

When companies think employer brand, they’re thinking big picture. They start by trying to get a sense of their reputation in the marketplace. What do job seekers think about their employment opportunities and the employment experience? Most employers look for a story to create (and hint, it’s usually the one they want to tell.) But Oscar Wilde once said “society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.”  He’s right. That’s the real employer ...