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Resumes with no names
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Recently I have been receiving a number of resumes from candidates with just a first name and an email address or no name at all. I know some recruiting companies do this to stir interest, but why…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Slouch Jan 4, 2010.

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New Year, New Decade, New Recruits!

In my experience, November, December and January have always been the worst of the worst as far as number of candidates in my funnel. But I take heart in the fact that very soon all of the year-end bonuses will be paid out and relocation weather will be here (in the Midwest).

What do you do in January that helps you get through the last of the annual dry spell? How do you attract qualified candidates this time of year? I make a checklist of things that really help build credibility and the candidate funnel.

1. Clean up your existing database of candidates. Remember that Holiday Greeting you sent out in December? Use the information garnered from that exercise to update your notes, email addresses, phone numbers in your database so they are current when you really need them.
2. Establish or update your personal metrics. Old saying I tend to live by: “If you want to improve it, track it!” Whether it be exercise logs, food diaries, expense tracking, or candidates hired, tracking progress in those areas that are key to your success are very important.
3. Sharpen the Saw. Stephen Covey is one of my favorite time-management evangelists and every January I take a look at my personal mission statement and planner and tweak it to reflect my current situation and roles.
4. Reconnect with your network. The holidays are over and its time to get back on LinkedIn, Google, Twitter, etc. Remember that key contact you met at a holiday 401(k) mixer? Enter her information in your contact database and see if she is on any of your social networking sites– its now or never because come March, you will have no idea where her business card ended up.
5. Clean out your desk. Check the record-keeping policies at your company and dump the old stuff. Plus, how many salt packets and straws do you need anyway?

This is just a list of the big rocks that I hit every January. If you have any key tasks that help you gear up for the year ahead, I’d love to learn about them. So do me the favor of commenting on my first ramble, won't you?

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Jumping up and down on the CEO’s desk screaming, “HR NEEDS A SEAT AT THE TABLE!” won’t get you there

I know, amazing.  Guilty as charged, right here too.


Let me back up…If your organization is tactical in nature and responsive to every fire the C-level throws at the HR department to fix, then that is precisely what you will get – every fire and nothing more.  If you are responsive, but also focused on autonomous mastery of the HR discipline, consistency of purpose, and include everyone in your organization in this transformation –  the C-level will come to you for that…


Posted on June 10, 2011 at 11:02am

The Four-Fifths Rule and How to Calculate

How can I check my recruiting process for adverse impact?


First, I commend you for stepping up to the plate and taking action to eliminate discrimination at your company.  Second, please check with your law team because I am not an attorney.


Very easy to do, not always easy to fix.  Adverse impact is defined by the EEOC as a substantially different rate of selection in hiring, promotion or other employment decision which works to the disadvantage of members of…


Posted on March 21, 2011 at 3:00am

Experience and Pay – An Inverse Relationship?

I recently was asked by an executive level candidate if I had noticed a shift recently in employers’ preference for “less experienced” candidates.  I had to answer yes – since 2001, I have seen a noticeable shift in some industries, except for maybe engineering and highly technical positions.  Not only is there a bias towards hiring employees who have less experience on the…


Posted on March 20, 2011 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Don't Let Unprofessionalism Bite Down on the Company's Bottom Line


I recently had lunch with an old colleague of mine who is in the front lines of the job search market.  He also has a recruiting background and was telling me of his woeful and harried efforts to find a job.  Sharp guy, leader, knows his stuff and could work circles around most newbies in a heartbeat.  Trouble is, there just aren’t many jobs out there for seasoned professionals.


To add insult to injury, a Corporate Recruiter called him last week on a job he’d applied…


Posted on February 15, 2011 at 5:39pm

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