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Getting Fired Is Becoming Part of the CEO Lifecycle

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:00

The recent rash of CEO departures, presumably involuntary, punctuates a growing trend of Boards of Directors making changes at the top with an urgency not seen in earlier decades. The Wall Street Journal recently noted the trend with the headline: “The Angst of Endangered CEO: How Much Time Do I Have?” (public access here).

Adopt a Robot

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:00

Okay, I will admit that I didn’t know much about AI or machine learning before Spring 2017 SourceCon: We Control The Robots. Fortunate for me, I had a chance to interview Summer Husband and do a write up on her presentation. She is the director of data science for Randstad. As she explained to me the science behind machine learning, I became convinced that this is the future and that we as sourcers need to add machine learning to our sourcing toolbelts. So adopt a robot. Let me tell you why you should.

How a Job Search Is Like a Marketing Presentation

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:15

“I have some ideas as to how I am going to approach this and would like for you to take a look and give me your thoughts.”

Business Leadership Isn’t Just About How They Lead the Business

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 08:45

Bad behavior at the top is apparently “in.” In just the last few months we’ve seen all manner of examples of respected and not so respected leaders behaving badly, Uber’s former CEO Travis Kalnick being the poster child.

ATSs Are Jumping Into Bed with Google for Jobs and Job Boards Should Be Nervous

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 07:38

When Indeed launched a little over 10 years ago, job board content monopolized its search results. Scraping content from places like Monster and CareerBuilder was convenient, because Indeed could grab a lot of jobs with minimal challenges. Indeed could bang out about a dozen sites and have itself a robust index for consumers.

More AI, More Candidate Experience, More Startups, More Funding

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 00:01

What I’m hearing:

Gamification Isn’t Playing Games; It’s Making Work More Fun and Workers More Engaged

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:30

Employee engagement can often be one of the more difficult metrics that human resource leaders are tasked with growing in their day-to-day work. While it can be one of the more crucial elements of workplace culture, HR leaders struggle to find new ways to keep employees engaged.

Sourcers, We Need Your Help! It’s Time To Complete The 2017 State of Sourcing Survey

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:00

It’s become a yearly tradition for us at SourceCon to conduct a survey of talent acquisition professionals to get a clear picture of the current “State of Sourcing.” With that in mind, it’s time to launch the 2017 survey.

Could Better Tech Help Public Agencies Recruit Millennials?

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 09:45

The biggest generation in U.S. history is now the largest generation in today’s labor market, yet in the public sector, millennials are a minority.

Reduce the Trauma of a Layoff Or Firing With an Offboarding Plan

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 08:38

Staff reductions involve multiple moving parts. You make gut-wrenching decisions about who’s being let go, HR drafts severance agreements, and your legal department assesses compliance with federal labor regulations. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Need More Strategic Thinkers? Here’s How to Hire Them  

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:48

What firm doesn’t need to be strategic? In fact, what could contribute more to the success of an organization in today’s fast-changing world of business than having a large cadre of strategic thinkers? As a result, CEOs would love to have as many of them as possible at all levels of the organization. And when polled, in a survey of executives, a whopping “97 percent of the time” they selected “strategic thinking” as critical to their firm’s success.

What You Can Do to Prepare the Next Generation of HR Leaders

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:10

One of our greatest assets in the field of human resources is our next generation of thought leaders. As we undergo significant changes in our industry and prepare for a new world of work in the information age, there is no better time to start focusing on how we lead the next generation through these uncertain times.

Combining Common Sourcing Tools to Create a Sourcing Solution – Part 3

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:00

Sourcers are keen on the advantages of sourcing tools, but many are still learning the power behind combining sourcing tools to achieve optimal success. This is the third article in a series of posts on how you can combine tools to create sourcing magic. The second installment can be found here.

If You Do Background Checks, Here’s What You Need to Know to Avoid a Lawsuit

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 10:00

“Double, double toil and trouble…” Although Shakespeare surely had something else in mind, it’s easy to see how these words could conjure images of compliance woes.

Don’t Give Up Quality For Speed In Volume Hiring

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 08:40

What’s the price of cheap? Getting a lot of junk that costs plenty in the long run.

Why HR and Marketing = A Killer Employer Brand

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 07:38

There’s an un-level playing field in the war for talent today, as employers face a rising competitor: flexible work arrangements offered via the gig economy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well as workforce analysts like Ardent Partners and Staffing Industry Analysts predict that anywhere from 40-50 percent of the total workforce will be comprised of flexible labor by 2020. People can find work in more ways than ever and they are embracing the flexibility opportunities like never before.

After Decade of Declining Classified Revenue, We Should All Applaud Latest Effort to Slow Death of Journalism

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 17:47

Newspaper ad revenue in 2016 amounted to $18 billion, down from $50 billion just a decade ago. Google it. Of course, googling news is part of the problem, much like stumbling upon content via Facebook.

The Game Has Changed: Building A Grid of Sourcing Alternatives

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:30

For those of you that don’t know, Tron is a Sci-Fi movie in which humans enter the computer world. These humans are known as “users,” while the residents of the computer world, or The Grid, are deemed “programs.” The Users work with the other Programs (i.e. Tron) to win against the evil dictator Master Control Program (MCP). For some reason, this reminds me of the recent “tool” wars with Chrome, LinkedIn, Google Jobs, Indeed, new AI and APIs talk, and the takeovers of Monster and Careerbuilder. The whole game is changing. And as we figure out what extensions we can and can’t use on certain professional networks, there are users here that can show us more tools and programs on the Grid. Users in the sourcing community, The SourceCon speakers, writers, the gurus, your teammates, and most importantly, you. Your thoughts, your ideas, and thinking yourself out of the situation can be the key to unlocking the information you need.

In the Tech Culture Convulsion, Where is HR?

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:45

Over the July 4th holiday weekend while many Americans were thinking about BBQ and fireworks, Silicon Valley’s tech scene was experiencing pyrotechnics of a different sort. The industry that strives to disrupt is in the midst of being disrupted due to high-profile revelations regarding widespread mistreatment of women. As a result, several titans of tech, including Uber’s founder and now former CEO Travis Kalanick and several high profile venture capital leaders, are finding themselves without a job.

The Most Important Question You’ll Ever Ask a Hiring Manager

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 10:21

How are those hiring manager “intake” meetings going?