As every regular reader (Hi mom!) of my Roundup column knows, robot recruiters are coming.
Tech junkies already know that in all the bigger shops in the free world robots do most of the heavy recruitment lifting. We call these robots ATS or talent acquisition technology, but they’re bots.
What I’m talking about here are the other kind of bots, the ones like the lovable WALL-E or C-3PO. These are the ones on their way into HR offices of the not-too-far-off future. Every week these bots get smarter and more recruiter-like. (More than a few pissed-off candidates have responded to bot-generated messages in language that would get this Roundup an “R” rating.) keep reading…
One reason sourcing tech talent is such a challenge is that, let me put this delicately, too many of the most talented developers and engineers don’t like recruiters.
They really don’t like you. They blog about you in the most unflattering terms; suck is one I’m allowed to use. And they’re watching you. Recruiterspam.com is one place they track the emails you send them. And right now, the leader on the tech graph of infamy is Nicholas Meyler. keep reading…
Poor customer experience and air travel go together like poor customer service and banking. The only difference between today’s unhappy customer and last century’s is that social media has enabled the customer to tell the world.
So it’s no surprise that gospel singer-songwriter Natalie Grant-Herms took to Twitter and Facebook when a Southwest operations agent refused to allow her and her children to board when and how she wanted. keep reading…
Maybe not so much for apples and oranges, but BlackBerrys and Apples do indeed mix.
Within days of last month’s announcement of 4,500 upcoming layoffs by the sinking ship that was once BlackBerry, Apple threw a “career event” in a hotel a few minutes from the firm’s Canadian headquarters.
Sifting through the LinkedIn profiles of the mobile device maker’s engineering and operations professionals, Apple sent out personal invitations. The pitch: keep reading…
I just had my 1,000th conversation about Twitter at a recruiting (#recruiting) conference (#conference) and it went the way of 990 of them. Just like this:
“We’ve been doing social media (#social media, #networking, #social) for a long time (#time). We have a Facebook page. We’re on LinkedIn. We have a blog and we post all our jobs on Twitter.”
Twitter (#lovetotweet) has taken its place as one of the triple crowns of recruiting (#recruiting, #triplecrown,#racing): Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter.
No wonder Twitter is ready to IPO (#TwitterIPO).
Pushing all your jobs out on a Twitter feed is not social media (#spoilsport, #tiltingatwindmills, #whocares, #toomuchworktodoanythingelse). But pushing out all your jobs to your Facebook page (#Facebook, #page, #pushing, #pushyknowitall) isn’t much better.
Twitter is a broadcast medium (#broadcast, #TV, #medium, #spiritworld) that gets treated as if there was only one channel (#channel, #toomuchworktodoanythingelse). And those hashtags (#hashtags). Have you ever searched a hashtag (#hashtag, #search, #ever)? Nearly useless (#useless, #whocares).
And now, it’s not just me (#me). keep reading…
You know what they say: The resume may get you the interview, but it’s the interview that will get you the job.
And nowhere is that interview tougher than at McKinsey & Company. The big-time consulting company ranked first on Glassdoor’s annual list of the companies with the toughest interviews. It’s the third consecutive time for the company, which is one of those “distinctions” you aren’t going to see mentioned on the company careers site.
But no reason not to crow a little about that. Even the many who flunked the interview rated it a positive experience, which is a lot more (like more than two times the percentage) of those who thought the Paycom interview not only tough, but a real downer. More than half the candidates — many who didn’t get an offer, but some who did — rated the interview experience at HR tech firm as a negative. keep reading…
This week, we’re talking cool. Maybe it’s because Fall starts Sunday or maybe it’s because the coolest show in HR — HR Tech — starts a week after that. Mostly, though, it’s because this PR email came in about the coolest offices in the world, which really isn’t about the whole world, but the offices are, well, not like yours and mine.
First, though, is this advice from The Starr Conspiracy to the vendors who will be exhibiting at the HR Tech show in Las Vegas:
Don’t get caught with a pile of stress balls and a profoundly vapid event strategy.
The Starr Conspiracy is a cool marketing firm that works only for HR vendors and which had an Airstream trailer for a booth at one HR Tech show. It put together a show guide: “Burn After Reading: The Vendor’s HR Technology Conference & Exposition Manual.” It offers bits of wisdom about the four essentials of the show: keep reading…
For today’s roundup we tackle two important subjects: The behavioral interview, and thinking inside the box.
Indeed you read that correctly. We go inside the box with Ikea to assemble a team of sales associates, warehouse workers, cashiers, oh, shoot, the entire collection of workers it takes to make one of those gigantic blue and yellow warehouse cum showrooms operate.
But as that is actually instructional, we’ll start off with interviews. keep reading…
Today’s Roundup is about attraction. Both kinds.
What do you mean, “What do you mean both kinds?”? (Grammar police are investigating that questionable mark usage.) This is about recruiting, so the first kind is that between hiring manager and Ms. or Mr. Mostly Perfect Candidate.
What is it that led the hiring manager to offer the job to X instead of Y, both of whom have the requisite skills, experience, ability, and talent?
X has a better sense of humor than you. keep reading…
Can geeks be good programmers and developers and network admins, and also be good looking?
Everyone in The Social Network was, but that’s Hollywood and Facebook. LinkedIn thinks no, and so did a bunch of IT and hacker-types, who, we are lead to believe, complained about the good looking women Toptal used in its job ads.
Now, this is the same group that rushes to download games like SoulCalibur, whose central character is the very busty, not to mention anatomically improbable, yet stunningly iconic Ivy Valentine. But never mind that. The harrumphing over the use of “suggestive” models in Toptal’s ads prompted LinkedIn to block the ads and lock out Toptal, creating a public kerfuffle when the developer networking site’s CEO blasted the action on the company blog. keep reading…
News flash: Men, it isn’t just your feet that bad shoes are killing. Who knew that choosing your shoes unwisely could kill your chance at getting a great job?
Before I get into the sole of this post, please know this is serious stuff to Allen Edmonds, maker of men’s business and casual shoes. How many other shoe companies do you know would commission a survey of 1,037 working men and women on the subject of professionalism in footwear?
The company must have broken down the respondents into hiring managers, and young male execs, since one of the key findings was that 80 percent of the managers consider the shoes worn to an interview to be “extremely important.” keep reading…
In today’s roundup we tackle the complicated and totally interrelated issues of lunchtime neighborhood shopping and the retention rate of hourly workers.
And then we’ll grab a beer.
But first, there’s the matter of office gangs. Got your attention with that one? Actually it’s about the workplaces where 43 percent of employees say cliques exist. (A clique is a gang you can leave without fear of your life.)
CareerBuilder’s survey de la semaine says your colleagues who were high school athletes, class clowns, or geeks are the most likely to wind up in a clique. And just like high school, these cliques exert their own peer pressure; 19 percent admitted they “Made fun of someone else or pretended not to like them.” Almost half went out drinking with the group, which, according to 46 percent of the surveyed workers, counted a boss in the gang. keep reading…
Welcome to the halfway point of summer. Are you tired of your intern yet?
If there’s a survey on that, I haven’t seen it, though there’s a survey about almost everything else. But from my own experience, this is about the time my colleagues would confront me with, “How much longer before this kid goes back to school?”
(I managed our intern program, but, corporate life being what it is, played no part in hiring the interns, which, I am legally bound to say, we paid.)
What reminded me of that is this video, which has absolutely nothing to do with student internships, other than that the female lead in this little novella is so very much like an intern I knew. keep reading…
Are you a rockstar recruiter? Can you sell a Facebook developer on a future with My Space? Or charm an NSA gatekeeper out of a list of cryptanalysts with top secret clearances?
You might have a shot at an appearance on Top Recruiter. (Assuming the FBI doesn’t get you for that little bit of NSA rusing.) The job req isn’t at all detailed. But anyone who has watched the online-only show will immediately see that it helps to be attractive, talk in clever sound-bites, and pretend you’re only goal in life is to help the jobless get work. keep reading…
Like Rube Goldberg, whose name is a synonym for unnecessarily complex systems, Jason Goldberg appears destined to have his name linked to business startup controversy.
The serial entrepreneur, whom you may recall as the founder and CEO of ill-fated Jobster, is back in the news, defending his latest venture Fab from “blatant misrepresentations” in a Bloomberg article published this week.
“I don’t usually make it a habit of taking to my blog to rebut press stories,” Goldberg writes, and then goes on for almost 1,600 more words doing just that. Well, not actually rebutting, but more explaining.
Oh my how Bloomberg misunderstood and misrepresented his memo threatening to not pay employees who didn’t upload their photo to the company website. keep reading…
If you left your dog home when you went to work today, shame on you. All Fido’s furry pals are enjoying national Take Your Dog to Work Day today.
What do you mean you didn’t know? You remembered Talk Like a Pirate day last September when you wore that eye patch. And that powdered sugar on your shirt two weeks ago could only have come from your National Doughnut Day celebrating.
So what are you, like that career coach Dan Galloway who says keep dogs six miles away, let alone take them to work.
Heck, if you have brought your dog to work today, who knows, you might have gotten them a job. keep reading…
With all due respect to Lou Adler, the world now knows how to discover his “hidden job market.”
Call the NSA. Skip the networking with the hoi polloi and just cozy up to a spy who works IT for the agency.
As we all now know, the National Security Agency is tapped into every phone call and every email we all send and receive. (Which explains why those Nigerian businessmen and royalty have so much trouble getting their millions out of the country. But that’s another story.)
So who better to know who’s hiring, what the jobs are, and how to get directly to the hiring manager than one of the agency’s network admins? keep reading…
Who are the fattest workers?
Yes, yes, I know. That is so politically incorrect, but CareerBuilder started it. In 2005 the careers company did a weight gain survey discovering 47 percent of workers admitted to gaining weight on the job.
That percentage hasn’t much changed over the years, though this year only 41 percent admitted to putting on the pounds. Before you go buying into that statistic, look up “social desirability bias,” which may also explain why CareerBuilder’s polltakers reported that 59 percent of the 3,690 workers taking the online survey claim they work out regularly; 45 percent said they go to the gym three times a week. keep reading…
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Remember George Costanza from the old Seinfeld show? He had problems with jobs and women, which makes sense to anyone who believes job seeking is like dating, which is pretty much most everyone who has done both.
For you doubters and naysayers, proof is on the way from none other than eHarmony. Late next year, the company, which insists it takes a “scientific approach to matching,” will launch a career site employing the same principles as its dating site.
A company executive told The Washington Post, “We have 29 dimensions that we match on for marriage. It would not surprise me if we have even more for a worker relationship.” Relationship-seekers answer about 200 questions before eHarmony computes a profile and does its magic. Not coincidentally, among the questions are a number related to work and career.
With eHarmony jumping into the job matchmaking business, it just goes to show you what intimate lifestyle site Lelo said about a healthy sex life making for a healthy career. keep reading…
We pause now, before beginning our workday, before we plunge into this post about Mars and Monster, to pay homage to television’s most real unreality comedy show, The Office.
The show’s finale aired last night, ending nine years of episodes that anyone who has ever worked in an office, especially a sales office, would instantly recognize as real life snippets slightly disguised. At one point or another, we’ve all had a boss or known of a boss as quirkly lovable as Michael Scott.
And what The Office did for — or is that to? — HR, but cast it as the stereotype of itself. Toby, the mild-mannered, accidental HR representative of corporate in the Scranton branch office, will forever be who every viewer of working age will picture when HR comes a’calling. (Unless they think of Catbert, who inhabits the opposite end of the HR spectrum.) keep reading…