Tom Bolt's Blog (14)

The Pervasive Post and Pray Pathology

The corruption of our thinking began with learning things that we are unwilling to unlearn. Beginning with inventing the wheel and discovering fire, we eventually came to worship better technological advances. Often we found that automation alone was not the answer, but we failed to understand why.

Nobody who is a recruiter today would…


Added by Tom Bolt on July 29, 2015 at 10:43am — 8 Comments

Broken Promises by a Recruiter

One of the hardest things to do as a recruiter is to deliver on expectations. Notice that I didn’t say delivering on promises. Say this out loud: “But you promised!” Did you hear that in a child’s voice punctuated by a mini-tantrum-induced foot stomp? That scenario comes from a common memory that may have…


Added by Tom Bolt on March 11, 2014 at 10:14am — 9 Comments

The Future of Recruiting is Happening Now

A few years ago I speculated about the future of recruiting. I consulted my Magic 8 Ball for clues to the future and it warned that life as we know it would evolve into one where a Recruitment Processing Outsourcing (RPO) model would become more…


Added by Tom Bolt on March 4, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

A Pocketful of Invisible Nose Magnets

(Reposted from Make HR Happen July 11, 2012)

I should be ashamed of myself. My kids actually believed that I had a pocketful of invisible nose magnets. Every time, without fail, when I would put my hand into my pocket and then extend my hand with the thumb and two…


Added by Tom Bolt on July 12, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

How to Make a Bad Hire

(Reposted from Make HR Happen 7/9/2012)


There is a lot of talk about how to make effective staffing…


Added by Tom Bolt on July 10, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The True Meaning of Passion

(Reposted from Make HR Happen 6/15/2012)

I wrote an article last week where I mentioned that one of…


Added by Tom Bolt on June 22, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Four Reasons Why Recruiters Need to Look for a New Job

(Reposted from Make HR Happen6/19/2012)

Recruiters come in all shapes, sizes and varieties but they all have one thing in common: They all need to look for a new job. Whether the recruiter lives on a large corporate org chart or is an…


Added by Tom Bolt on June 20, 2012 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

The Three Essential Key Elements for a Great Hire

(Reposted from Make HR Happen 6/6/2012)


Quality of Hire as a metric receives a lot of attention. Theories abound about the importance of QoH and how to measure it. There are 998 different theories about QoH. That number (that I just made up) is about as real as most of the…


Added by Tom Bolt on June 7, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Candidate Experience – Part 2: People Interacting with People

(Reposted from Make HR Happen 5/30/2012


This is the final installment in a three part series on the candidate experience. It began with the ending: The Candidate Experience – Part…


Added by Tom Bolt on May 31, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Hire a Hero

This is a re-post of an article I published in October 2011 "Hiring Former Military is a Smart Move." It seems fitting on a day designated as Memorial Day that we not only remember those who have served but also the special needs of returning heroes and their families in a challenging employment environment.

Every civilized country has given deference to…


Added by Tom Bolt on May 28, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Candidate Experience – Part 1: Sourcing and the Thrill of the Chase

(reposted from Make HR Happen5/23/2012)


In case you missed the first installment in this series (No, Part 1 is NOT the first installment) then you need to understand the logic of presenting the candidate experience in this manner. Using my Star Wars damaged brain I started the story with the…


Added by Tom Bolt on May 24, 2012 at 10:47am — No Comments

The Candidate Experience – Part 3: Transition to Employee

(reposted from Make HR Happen 5/21/2012)

No, you didn’t miss the two preceding parts of this series. They will come later. It appears that most of the discussion whirling around us is about improving the candidate experience during the recruiting and interviewing phase. I contend that Part 2 is important, but there is also…


Added by Tom Bolt on May 22, 2012 at 8:54am — No Comments

The SOPA-Like Mentality

(reposted from Make HR Happen 1/18/2012)

I feel like I am crossing some sort of cyber picket line by even thinking about posting something about the SOPA protest happening with major players in the online community today. It is uncommon for me to directly comment on political matters because I am basically an advocate…


Added by Tom Bolt on January 18, 2012 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Tea Leaves and Technology

The centuries-old art of tasseography, or reading of tea leaves, is at risk of extinction. The mysteries of having someone with a psychic gift discover meaning in the remnants of a cup of tea has already been eroded by our instantly accessible media. A quick online search not only reveals the tea leaf patterns for anyone to interpret, but also gives instruction on how to prepare the cup of tea…


Added by Tom Bolt on January 16, 2012 at 2:39pm — No Comments


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