Month: May 2016

Must Be The Money.

When I was recruiting, the biggest lie I ever told candidates was that salary is dependent upon experience. If you ever see anything to the ‘DOE’ throwaway in a job ad, or if you ever hear a hiring manager or recruiter answer your comp question with either a lateral to HR (“we do a personalized […]

Your Sunsets Are Numbered!

I had a couple of things happen to me this past week. First, I traveled to the Cayman Islands for an HR conference and some vacation. I’m in love with the Cayman Islands. Great people, the most beautiful water you’ll ever see and mind changing sunsets.  I swam with Stingrays and Sea Turtles. I saved my wife’s life from dragged out to sea. I broke…

VIDEO: Tim Sackett on Real Life HR – Recruiting From The Trenches

Check out the video above as Dawn Burke riffs with Tim Sackett, President at HRU Technical Resources, on her latest post where she interviews corporate recruiters on their top takeaways/tools of the trade used in their day-to-day recruiting life. Tim dishes on the post and gives his opinion on the tools these “in-the-trench” recruiters reference, as well as what he really believes motivates a corporate recruiter versus an…

Develop Your HR Philosophy

I’m a natural cynic, which means that I don’t buy the hype around anything from pony rides to human resources conferences. If people are having fun, I’m skeptical. There’s a term for how I view the world. I’m a defensive pessimist. I try to figure out what can go wrong so I can prevent sorrow and chaos. Believe it or not, it’s a positive…

SimplyHired Shutdown – Latest News – Industry Reacts

Here’s what I know so far on the SimplyHired shutdown. The Mic has dropped. Emails went out on Friday afternoon to partners everywhere. Shutdown happens on June 26th. Employees were told Thursday that they will be losing their jobs. The company’s assets may or may not have been sold. One job board company I contacted said they asked but were told a buyer had already been found….

4 Tips for Improving Your Email Communications

Emails are still at the heart of almost all business communication, be it to make the first contact after an extensive job hunt or to continue a conversation. It is a vital skill to master, with many businesses saying that clear communication (oral as well as written) is more important to them than managerial skills! And if you think about it, that makes sense. 

Would You Be Willing To Pay For Interview Feedback? (Take Two)

“I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.” – Howard Marks Yesterday I wrote a post called Would You Be Willing To Pay For Interview Feedback that caused some people to lose their minds.  I asked what I thought was a simple question: Would you be willing to pay for interview feedback?  Not just normal, thanks, but…

The Tim Sackett Commencement Speech

It’s that time of year when universities and high schools go through graduation ceremonies and we celebrate educational achievements.  It’s also that time of year when you get bombarded with every great commencement speech ever given.  There is clearly a recipe for giving a great commencement speech.  Here are the ingredients: 1. Make the graduates feel like they are about to accomplish something really…

HR Should Deliver Value and Build Trust

Lots of HR professionals want to know how to deliver value and build trust in organizations. (Like there’s a ten-step plan for being a better human being, too. Whatever.) People are always looking to experts when the answers reside within themselves. Drives me crazy. In as much as a blog post or a conference can inspire you to live better, well, that’s great. But…

Why Employer Branding Is BS

I’ve sat on the sidelines and watch “employer brand” turn from some meaningless buzzword and amorphous, largely theoretical construct into something of a cottage industry. I have no problem with this, of course – those who can’t do, recruit, and those who can’t recruit run employer Instagram accounts and branded Twitter chats. Which is cool, but as more practitioners hitch their wagon to this…

Obama Steps Up Efforts To Open Employment Opportunities To Formerly Incarcerated People

As he nears the end of his presidency, Mr. Obama appears more determined than ever to create a path to employment for ex-convicts. On April 29th 2016, the President signed a memorandum entitled “Promoting Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals”. This memorandum is aimed at bringing together various stakeholders in order to remove the barriers which a typical ex-con currently faces as they…