Havana Hiatus

You guys, I’m ready for my November hiatus. Last year, I ran a marathon. Then I spent the month of November in Australia and Rome. This year, November is just as glorious. I went to the ear doctor, Walmart, and Petsmart. But life is about to get a little exciting. I’m off to Havana, next…

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Lee Hecht Harrison

I’m taking the day off. If you need something to read, check out Nick Corcodilos’s piece on Lee Hecht Harrison. (They are an outplacement company that misappropriated some of Nick’s materials over at Ask the Headhunter®.) Crooks, liars or fools? You pick.

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Why Do HR People Have Back Pain?

You probably have back pain. I don’t know math, but it feels like 100% of the people who work in HR have back pain. What’s up with you people? (Yes, you people.) If you work in HR or recruiting, your back hurts. Fine, okay, my back also hurts. Shut up. Here is what I’m thinking.…

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Great HR Writers Deserve Some Recognition!

The team of writers over at The Hiring Site will spend the month of November looking at the concept of recognition. If you treat your best workers well, through a whole host of logical practices, you might retain exceptional people who do good work. And if you keep your marvelous employees happy, you might make…

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Free HR Learning Opportunities

A few weeks ago, BambooHR asked me to speak at a virtual summit. What’s a virtual summit? Well, it’s an online learning event for “HR People Who Don’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too.” (Just kidding. I wish it were that awesome.) An HR summit is an event where a bunch…

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Be an HR Public Speaker!

People ask how I built a career as a speaker and writer. It was easy, actually. I worked hard, took a risk on smaller events that led to bigger events, and I never said no to an audience — no matter how big or small. I hate sounding like an old woman who walked uphill both…

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Crapplicant

Just last week, I heard several mature and qualified recruiters use the word crapplicant at a technology conference. (Jerks!) Crapplicant is an offensive term used by recruiters to describe applicants and candidates who suck. You know the stereotype. The old dude who sends his resume to your database for every job on your website. The…

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The Mending Pile of Your Life

I pulled my husband’s favorite shirt out of the dryer, and it had a big hole in the armpit. I said, “Looks like this shirt needs to go into the mending pile.” I always have a small pile of clothes — socks, shirts, pajamas — that need a little TLC. I’m not a natural seamstress,…

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HR Tech 2015 with a Vengeance

It’s HR Tech 2015 week. In my little community, which is nearly a $100b industry, that’s a big deal. My first HR Tech conference was back in 2008 or maybe 2009. These events can be expensive and difficult to justify in even the most generous of circumstances. Not everyone can attend, so you can follow…

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