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New Favorite word: Badvocate

I believe the jury is still out on the "is social media a good thing or a bad thing for corporate recruiting" question.  Everywhere I turn, I see recruiting departments dipping toes, jumping in or even diving into social media.


But after reading an article on Mashable recently I think there may be an unintended consequence of this rather awkward entry.

Enter my new favorite word:…


Posted on March 7, 2011 at 11:00am

Job Board Logic

I remember in 1992 when the "world wide web" (the term internet had not been invented yet) was touted as a game changer for recruiting. And it was true.....for a time. There was Monster, then Careerbuilder but two was not enough, the job board industry realized that they could carve up the universe into bite sized pieces and convince recruiting departments that they had to be part of this movement in order to get closer to the talent they seek.

And millionaires were… Continue

Posted on October 9, 2009 at 1:50pm — 8 Comments

Zero Sum Game

One of the systemic errors that I see corporations and Recruiting departments making is that they are treating hiring as a "zero sum game".

The name comes from the fact that there are some games where the sum of the player's payoffs at the end of the game sum to zero. Poker is a good example. Imagine you and I play head's up poker. If at the end of the night I'm up $20 then, by definition, you are down $20. Our payoffs, plus… Continue

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 11:17am — 2 Comments

No War for Talent

After attending ERE last week, I'm convinced that there will never be another "war for talent".

Having lived through the first war for talent of the mid to late 90's during the boom, I can tell you that we were hiring as fast and as furious as possible. Companies were offering 6 month leases on Ferrari's as signing bonuses and the "war" was on. As employers, we literally battled at offer time against one another - upping the ante' until one of us blinked and lost the… Continue

Posted on September 17, 2009 at 3:17pm — 1 Comment

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At 4:44am on December 24, 2009, Hassan Rizwan said…
Merry Christmas!!
At 2:50pm on September 22, 2009, Aaron Scott said…
Phil- do you have any current white papers on candidate experience at the MBA level? I know of friends who didn't apply with certain F500 companies beacuse of their recruitment experience. I would be interested to learn more
At 5:44pm on December 4, 2008, Ambrose Regan said…
hey Phil, glad you joined--I really like this forum--very vibrant with good content.

Thanks for joining,
Ambrose Regan


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