Matt Charney's Blog (93)

Tattoos in the Workplace: An Inkfographic.

Added by Matt Charney on January 20, 2016 at 8:12am — No Comments

HR Technology Conference: Talking Social Recruiting With SHRM

I was kind of surprised when my friends over at SHRM reached out to me with a few questions about social recruiting; after all, SHRM is decidedly not a recruiting-focused organization, and that same membership that seems to actively work to block their employees social media access also is, in my experience, anti-social (at least when there's not an open bar involved).…


Added by Matt Charney on October 2, 2014 at 4:12pm — 1 Comment

Dude, Where's My Post? A Letter From The Editor.

I’m pretty relaxed about rules in general, and my biggest role  as Managing Editor within the Recruiting Blogs community is mostly to referee when the trolls come out from under the bridge (or away from their contingency firm bullpens).  The coolest thing about this site is it’s actually pretty self-sustaining and organic.  But sometimes, the deus ex machina factor kicks in and I've got to intervene.

Since I'm kind of sick of answering questions about why certain…


Added by Matt Charney on August 8, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Critical Condition: Pulling The Plug On HR

People have been foretelling the end of time since pretty much the beginning of it, and most of them are crazy – the ring a bell, stand on the corner in Times Square with a sandwich board and sackcloth kind of crazy.

But then again, some of those people are the foundation for major world…


Added by Matt Charney on July 30, 2014 at 12:25pm — 3 Comments

What I Learned From #SHRM14

Sure, the Society of Human Resources Management's annual conference in Orlando was over a couple weeks ago, but in the spirit of late adoption that infused the conference, figured that a stale post was, for the target audience, right on time.  It was my fifth straight SHRM conference, and what really struck me this year wasn't what had changed with HR, but rather, the fact…


Added by Matt Charney on July 8, 2014 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Hitting the Deck: The Problem With Powerpoint

It’s a widely cited fact, and to me, an unbelievable one: most Americans cite their biggest fear, by a wide margin, as speaking in public. Beyond the incredible insularity and egocentrism of this perspective (because Raiders fans, Anne Coulter and clowns do not, apparently, crack the top 10, and I…


Added by Matt Charney on July 1, 2014 at 9:08am — 3 Comments

The 5 Biggest Lies Recruiters Tell Candidates

One of the mainstays of the weirdly niched, highly specious world of recruiting-focused content seems to revolve around how candidates can often mislead, misrepresent or downright lie during the hiring process. These cautionary tales act more as aphorisms rather than actionable advice, and while the anecdotes change, the fact is, candidates fall far…


Added by Matt Charney on June 13, 2014 at 11:16am — 8 Comments

Social Recruiting & Employer Branding at #SBrandCamp

I think a lot of my work was inspired by Punk Rock HR, which was the only recruiting related blog I actually read when I was actually recruiting; I didn't want some pedantic professional "thought leadership" in the few minutes I had between meetings, interviews and phone screens.  The…


Added by Matt Charney on June 10, 2014 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

If I Were 22: In Which LinkedIn Provides A Prompt

LinkedIn seems to be pimping this #IfIWere22 thing kind of hard, which is cute, considering that basically puts this retrospective series already out of the most desired online demographic. But for those Golden Girls aficionados, 60 Minutes enthusiasts and Murder She Wrote fans who think that this is a social network, 22 sounds like the…


Added by Matt Charney on May 30, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Galactic Confederacy: Why LinkedIn Is Stealing The Legal Playbook from Lord Xenu

In January, LinkedIn filed a 17 page complaint targeting unknown defendants in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  This move was designed explicitly to force Amazon Web Services to discover, under subpoena,…


Added by Matt Charney on May 15, 2014 at 9:01am — 2 Comments

Staffing Meets Social: Why LinkedIn Is Suddenly Bullish on Third Party Recruiting

When Bullhorn radically revamped their product suite with a sleek new user experience designed explicitly to create end user efficiencies recently, it was a clear signal that the technology gap between third party and corporate recruiting systems was radically narrowing.  The cost of…


Added by Matt Charney on May 13, 2014 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Racial Profiling Aggregation: Meet Entelo Diversity

Sure, only 47% of the American workforce over the age of 16 are women (a gender disparity that’s been gradually closing over the past decade), but you wouldn’t know that from the looks of your average HR department. There’s a reason we…


Added by Matt Charney on April 30, 2014 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

What Talent Shortage? It's Not Them, It's You.

There's a lot of people out there talking about the skills gap out in my chosen line of work.  Apparently, somewhere along the way, women decided that the necessities of stuff like going through a horrific physical transformation in order to ensure the survival of our species, around the same time that high schoolers figured out that majoring in liberal arts involved way…


Added by Matt Charney on April 24, 2014 at 4:43pm — 3 Comments

5 Crafty Ways To Repurpose Content

Writing great content doesn’t always come easy.

In fact, the content creation process takes a great deal of time and effort, so it’s important to make sure you get full usage from everything you generate.

While people will stop clicking on your social posts if they always contains the same content, there are a number of stealthy ways to repurpose it across…


Added by Matt Charney on April 24, 2014 at 11:44am — No Comments

300 Million Ain't Nothing But A Number

LinkedIn announced last week that they’d reached a milestone of 300 million users, which is pretty impressive, considering that means that their online population pretty much parallels that of the United States.

This comes about 5 quarters after reaching 200 million users in January 2013,…


Added by Matt Charney on April 22, 2014 at 8:30am — 26 Comments

Visualize It: Get A People-Centric View of Your E-Mail Life With Immersion

Immersion, out from MIT Labs (so you know it’s gotta be legit), claims to provide a “people centric view of your e-mail life,” which, according to their website, provide “a detailed description of our personal and professional history” that’s “older than the web.”  

By logging in through a secure server through…


Added by Matt Charney on April 14, 2014 at 12:31pm — 6 Comments

99 Problems, But A Pitch Ain't One: How To Get Press For Your Recruiting Product

This week at the HR Tech Tank, a startup incubator & networking event for startups and emerging technologies in the human capital management and recruiting space, one of the major topics that emerged as front of mind for attendees echoes that of entrepreneurs everywhere. Once you’ve got a great product, how do you get people to notice?

Getting the word out means…


Added by Matt Charney on April 8, 2014 at 6:13am — 2 Comments

Evil Empire: LinkedIn Legal Actions Set Dangerous Double Standard

Sell Hack has one employee who spends most of his time working at a completely unrelated startup, has no budget and doesn’t even warrant a company profile on Crunchbase, since it’s got no budget, no capital backing and no plans for monetizing its services.

By contrast, LinkedIn is a blue chip, NASDAQ listed global corporation, with a valuation in the tens of billions of dollars,…


Added by Matt Charney on April 4, 2014 at 10:06am — 2 Comments

LinkedIn Files Lawsuit Against SellHack; Why 800 Pound Gorilla Is Scared of A Startup

SellHack is one of those rare tools that actually delivers as promised, meets a real recruiting need and actually lives up to the hype - which isn't easy to do, considering the amount of buzz and word of mouth that this emerging startup has built up in a relatively short amount of time.  What makes SellHack really unique, however, is the fact that unlike so many other point…


Added by Matt Charney on April 1, 2014 at 11:54am — 2 Comments

15 Recruiting Related Blog Topics

If you're actually on the front lines and have something to say, don't let not having an idea keep you from getting your voice out there.  We're all sick and tired of hearing about "authenticity" and "transparency" from marketers, but if you actually make placements or hires for a living, you can actually achieve what marketers can only talk about.  

Here are 15 blog post prompts to put in your pocket if you ever decide to get started.  And the…


Added by Matt Charney on March 31, 2014 at 4:14pm — 1 Comment


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