Why the Candidate Experience Matters

You guys, I just finished a month of writing about the candidate experience for CareerBuilder’s Talent Advisor Portal. What is this all about? What is the candidate experience? The candidate experience is about fairness and communication. It’s about people in power — leaders, hiring managers, human resources professionals — giving a damn about job seekers and…

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Gaining Exerpierence with Executive Compensation

A good friend of mine is the CEO of a small (but busy) corporation. She told me that the single biggest differentiator between good HR leadership and inadequate HR leadership is someone who can speak the language of executive compensation. You see, executive compensation is different than “average joe” compensation. You get paid money. If…

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Two Ways to Learn About HR Tech

As the entire world knows, I will be forty years old in January. I’m not afraid of turning 40. I’ve never had more fun or more opportunity in my life. It’s good to be LFR. But 40 is something. Not only does it mean that I have a few life experiences under my belt, it…

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Deloitte Wants to Kill Your HR Department

Deloitte wants to kill your HR department. I am not joking. It starts with a casual conversation. Deloitte has done work with your colleagues in operations, IT and finance. It’s not tough to secure a meeting with your CEO or CFO. They know your industry, and they’ve done research in HR — which is nothing…

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HR Doesn’t Innovate

Edward Binney and Harold Smith co-invented crayons in 1903, which doesn’t seem that long ago. Fortune cookies were invented back in 1918 — but I have to admit that I thought fortune cookies were some sort of ancient Chinese dinner ritual. (This makes me mildly racist. Sorry, guys.) John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry built the…

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Company Culture is a Myth

For years, I’ve been saying that your company doesn’t have a culture. You are incorrectly applying the word “culture” to a group of people who behave a certain way because their lives are dominated by a few powerful figures in your office. That’s it. Your shitty software company or little marketing agency doesn’t have a culture…

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Predictive Analytics

A few weeks ago, Bill Kutik asked, “Is predictive analytics for HR the greatest shuck and jive since social recruiting?” Is Predictive Analytics for HR, the greatest shuck and jive since Social Recruiting? Read this t.co/BVcUcMenCV #HRTechConf — Bill Kutik (@billkutik) October 27, 2014 I don’t know how to answer that question in a polite way. Instead,…

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Marathon Monday: It’s Over #runoaks

Happy to report that these Marathon Monday posts are over. I’m pleased with the day. I had a great time, and the course was beautiful. This is weird to write, but there is nothing big to report. As with most big things in life, it’s all about preparation. You get what you give, whether it’s…

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The Taper

I eased off my running, this week, because my marathon is Sunday. The methodology in which I back off my mileage and get ready for my race is called tapering, and it’s boring as hell. You can google it if you want to learn more. I tried a new taper strategy. I spent a week…

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“I Have a Large Gay Following”

I have the weirdest conversations on the road. A blogger and I were talking about tone, story selection and narrative. She told me, “I have to think about all the issues that are important to my audience, and I have a large gay following.” I said, “Wait, what does that mean? Do you measure your…

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