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If You Think Wearing Google Glass to an Interview is Weird, See Al

by Jul 25, 2014, 12:26 am ET

Google GlassBeing so awesomely culturally plugged in, I can not believe me and my little Roundup column missed the Google Glass recruiting interview video from TMP Labs.

Cool as it is, and not so much a concept thing as entirely possible pretty much now, the TMP video gets beat hands down (and by 2.698 million views to 13,158) by a Google Glass interview video from Gonzaguetv. keep reading…

Disappearing Applications, 6-Minute Toilet Times, and HR’s Abundant ‘Faulty Practices’

by Jul 18, 2014, 6:13 am ET

toiletThis July is the kind of month Roundup lives for. It’s the silly season times three.

So far this month we’ve heard about:

Quixotic Quixey Pinup Pitch Is Perfect Publicity Ploy

by Jun 27, 2014, 5:50 am ET

Jobs on a pinSticking a Help Wanted sign in the window works for your dry cleaner, so, who knows, maybe Quixey, a Mountain View, California, startup, might be on to something. It’s using its Castro Street display window to pitch jobs, putting a little different spin on pinning.

The mobile app search engine company has (for now, anyway) a storefront presence on the downtown main street of this Silicon Valley community. With developers as hard to come by in America’s tech heartland as pirate gold, Quixey is used to a little guerrilla recruiting. The company already hosts a monthly programming contest where engineers compete to solve three problems. Winners get $100 and Quixey builds a pipeline. keep reading…

From 42 Floors, Turnaround is Fair Play

by Jun 13, 2014, 5:00 am ET

Tired of those annoying calls from persistent recruiters who want your business and call, and call, and, you know, keep calling?

Darren Nix, a founder of 42Floors, a commercial real estate search engine, got so fed up with calls from tech recruiters wanting to fill the jobs his startup had, that he turned to, what else, technology for a solution. keep reading…

Try Donuts and Coke’s Networking Bottle While Learning the Ukelele

by Jun 6, 2014, 4:12 am ET

Coke and doughnutsWith the impending arrival of the equinox solstice comes the inevitable half-year company retreat.

Many are the retreats those at the lofty level of director have been compelled to suffer through. All begin alike, with breakfast spreads of fruit (lightly sampled), muffins, and the quickly disappearing doughnuts — did I mention today is National Doughnut Day? Quick factoid: The average glazed doughnut has fewer calories than the average “healthy” bran muffin or bagel with cream cheese.

Thence (yes, I’m back to the company retreat topic) begins pronouncements of the day’s mission, which may then be followed by presentations. By the noon lunch, the walls of the meeting room are papered over with poster-size Post-Its upon which have been scribbled all manner of suggestions from those who actually have taken the leader at her word that, “There are no bad ideas.” keep reading…

Limited Language Recruiting and the Art of Haiku

by May 16, 2014, 9:41 am ET

tpfccdlfdtte pcaccplircdt dklpcfrp?qeiq lhpqlipqeodf gpwafopwprti izxndkiqpkii krirrifcapnc dxkdciqcafmd vkfpcadf.

Need a hint? It’s a Twitter recruiting message.

Another? It’s a simple (they tell me) substitution cipher.

Give up? Don’t care? Clearly you are not NSA material. (That would be the National Security Agency.) The agency may have its problems keeping its secrets secret, but the clever recruiters there sure know how to use Twitter. keep reading…

Long Hours; No Pay. 24 Apply Anyway

by May 9, 2014, 12:30 am ET

World's toughest job ad

If you saw that kind of ad, would you apply? Twenty four people did and were interviewed on video, which got posted on You Tube. Eighteen million views later, most of North America knows what the job is and who’s behind it.

In case you haven’t here’s a hint: “It’s not just a job. It’s probably the most important job.” One more, “If you had a life, we’d probably ask you to give that life up.” keep reading…

HR Manager: A Top 20 Job; Recruiter? As Good As a Doctor

by Apr 18, 2014, 12:48 am ET

best worst jobs from careercast-2014For your recruiting entertainment, today’s Roundup opens with a quiz: What do lumberjacks, newspaper reporters, garbage collectors, and flight attendants have in common?

They are among the 10 worst jobs in the U.S., insists CareerCast, operator of a global  network of job boards. The reasons are straightforward: diminishing job prospects, low pay, or high stress levels or danger.  Or a combination of these. All crunched together in some fashion to come up with scores.

At the other extreme, the No. 1 best job for 2014 is mathematician. Good job prospects; average pay of $101,350; not much risk of injury; and, unless you mistake inches for centimeters, not a lot of stress.

Just behind mathematician on the “best jobs” top 10 is university professor. Or, more precisely, “University Professor – Tenured.” Average pay at $68,970 is decent, especially for working only part of the year. But that job security! Can’t beat tenure. keep reading…

If You Want Empathy, Talk to Your Dog, Not Your Manager

by Apr 4, 2014, 5:19 am ET

giraffe empathyEmpathy is not a skill recruiters and hiring managers include on job descriptions, which explains why it’s in short supply among American managers.

How do we know this? Because the leadership coaching and outplacement firm Lee Hecht Harrison did a survey asking workers about their manager’s empathy. “How would you rate your manager’s ability to demonstrate empathy for employee situations?” was the question. Virtually non-existent, was the answer of 52 percent of the respondents.

“Empathy isn’t a weakness, but fundamental to good management,” says Kristen Leverone, senior vice president for LHH’s Global Talent Development Practice. keep reading…

We Disclaim any Responsibility for This Post

by Mar 28, 2014, 12:01 am ET

contract lawyer adBefore you read this week’s Roundup, please pardon the legal fine print, which I will dispose of forthwith.

Because this week’s post deals with lawyers, who like venomous spiders, ill-tempered rattlesnakes, and dark, lonely alleyways, are all to be avoided, we hereby disclaim any intent to injure, defraud, defame, dispossess, (add your favorite legal disclaimers here) any organization, institution, business or person living or dead.

Now, to our story: It seems in Richmond, Virginia a certain contract attorney working for a staffing firm there got frustrated and decided to go public, posting an amusing (if you aren’t the staffing firm or a contract lawyer) help wanted ad on Craigslist.

The ad has been deleted from the site, but not before AbovetheLaw.com got a copy and posted highlights, beginning with the obligatory “We are currently seeking” part. And what is that was being sought? “Licensed attorneys for upcoming projects that will likely never materialize.” keep reading…

Everyone Loves Jeff (Due to Rounding)

by Mar 21, 2014, 3:01 am ET

Mirror, mirror on the door,

Who’s the CEO all adore?

Jeff Weiner,

says Glassdoor.

And he scores a perfect 100, the only perfect CEO on this year’s edition of Glassdoor’s list of the top corporate leaders with the best reviews. And maybe the only CEO ever with a perfect Glassdoor rating. keep reading…

Our Survey of Surveys You Can Use to Scam Bar Bets on Monday

by Mar 14, 2014, 6:10 am ET

St. paddy's dataHere’s a little known,and utterly unreliable fact about HR: 11.15 surveys of HR professionals and others who kind of slip in there are distributed on average every week.

On average .56 make it into posts on ERE. I calculated all this by Googling “surveys”  on ERE.net for the last year, dividing by 52, then multiplying by 20, which I guess is about the number of survey announcements my colleague Todd Raphael and I get each week.

Some of these are interesting. A few are even important.

This week, Roundup brings you a collection of surveys. You decide which category each belongs in.

First up is a survey from IIC Partners, the global executive search firm, which discovered that 80 percent of senior executives think they are almost irreplaceable. Now that’s not exactly the point of the survey, or how IIC put it, but it is one way of looking at the results. keep reading…

The Case of the Littering Job Seeker and the Embellished Resume

by Feb 28, 2014, 5:13 am ET

Today’s roundup is nothing more than a couple of videos strung together with a thinly disguised attempt to be instructional, mostly to avoid prosecution for intentional infliction of public humiliation.

But I gotta say, the videos were like watching a train wreck. You know it’s a disaster, but you just can’t help watching.

So, with that fair warning, I begin with an item out of St. Louis: keep reading…

Engineers Say Facebook is Dying and Won’t Last the Decade

by Feb 21, 2014, 5:43 am ET

Facebook death chartHere’s something you never heard at a recruiting conference: check your best candidate’s blood type before making an offer.

(You were expecting we’d start with the Facebook death thing? That’s what we call a teaser. Patience. It’s coming.)

If it’s B negative, you’ve got a pessimist on your hands. They might be the exactly right person for a job in disaster planning or safety officer; not so much for sales, unless fear of the failure they expect keeps them motivated.

How about an O? In the U.S., blood banks give those donors the top-tier treatment. In Japan, where this blood typing thing is totally out of control, Os are considered curious, generous, sociable, if a bit stubborn and flighty. keep reading…

Love Is in the Air (and HR Is Sniffing It Out)

by Feb 14, 2014, 12:07 am ET

Jim and Pam The office weddingIf you need yet another reason to know why everyone outside of HR thinks Catbert is not a fictional character, look no further than this data point: “32 percent of HR professionals say employers have the right to prohibit workplace romance between employees.”

On this, the most romantic day of the year, a full third of HR monitors are poised to swarm the office back stairways and broom closets, and snoop amongst the flower arrangements for evidence of co-worker love. Had Toby been the Evil HR Lady Jim and Pam would never have married. keep reading…

Guess Who’s Going to Quit Sunday Afternoon?

by Jan 31, 2014, 5:35 am ET

Go Daddy teaserLast week, Roundup informed you of the “Quit Your Job” app from The Ladders. Who knew then that Go Daddy would up the ante just a week later?

Sunday, around 4:15 p.m. PST / 5:15 p.m. MST (you centralians and right coasters figure out the time yourselves), some gal (this is a Go Daddy production after all) will quit her job before a TV audience that will be somewhat north of 111 million. The teaser video is here. keep reading…

How Much Pizza Must You Eat Before You Use the ‘Quit Your Job’ App?

by Jan 24, 2014, 1:54 am ET

Glassdoor logoGlassdoor has its annual list out of the oddest of the oddball interview questions candidates get. Compared to previous years, this year’s list is tamer, less weird. Some of the questions even make a kind of good sense.

For example, Mckinsey & Company, the big, global consulting company, made the list with this: “If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?” Reasonable enough for a candidate who might be working on advice for a Fortune 500 company at some point.

Now last year, Clark Construction made the list, asking, ““A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?” Google was also there with one of its famous (infamous?) brain teasers: “How many cows in Canada?” keep reading…

Coming Up: Take Your Parents to Work and Get Them to Do It For You Day

by Jan 17, 2014, 12:03 am ET

First we had Bring Your Daughter to Work Day. Then the boys wanted equal time so now we have the tongue-stumbling Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.  As the childless Millennials crept into the workforce, they began bringing their dogs to work, which led to Take Your Dog to Work Day.

In the last couple of years, as childless and dog-less Millennials infiltrated America’s workplaces and tried to explain to mom and dad (with whom they were still living) just what they did as a UI architect, someone decided how cool it would be to have a Take Your Parents to Work Day.

But now (and I took the long way ’round the mountain to get here), now we’re hearing reports of the kids bringing mom or dad, or sometimes mom and dad to the job interview. keep reading…

2014′s Coming Post-It Corporate Holacracy

by Jan 3, 2014, 12:25 am ET

sticky notesHave you considered remaking your company into a Holacracy using plenty of Post-Its?

This is a task only for the most stout-hearted of HR pros, who should probably have a fully-funded 401(k) before rising at the table they just joined in 2014 to suggest doing away with the table all together.

What, you ask, is a Holacracy? And what does it have to do with Post-Its? keep reading…

Sing all You Want, but Hang Up the Phone First

by Dec 27, 2013, 6:31 am ET

Voicemail by errorIf you are one of those unlucky recruiters staffing the office during this hiring interregnum, today’s roundup was written with your entertainment in mind.

Mostly, you can thank GeniusHR for collecting this most amazing list of employee and employer blunders and antics. For some reason, the software vendor chose a fictitious “annual report” as the vehicle for sharing these stories, all of which prove the maxim that no matter how dumb or lame a thing is, someone will do it.

I’ll share two of the more stunningly incredible complaints — anonymized to protect the guilty — that GeniusHR includes in its top 10 list: keep reading…