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Gay Cop: ‘Believe It or Not, We Exist’

by Jul 23, 2014, 5:35 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 2.22.47 PMIn a new recruiting video below, a self-described “30-year-old white guy” tells you why he’s diverse: he’s a gay policeman in Texas.

Chris says that being a gay detective in Ft. Worth isn’t the big deal it used to be. And, he says, he hasn’t had a single problem at work. keep reading…

End the Shortage — Recruit STEM Women Who Are Working at Your Competitors

by Jul 7, 2014, 5:03 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 3.30.03 PMI almost broke out laughing when I came across an article in Fast Company magazine entitled Why You Can’t Find Women Engineers. This title reflects a common misconception among business executives about the shortage of technically qualified women at their firms.

This often-repeated “shortage statement” is only partially true, and if you believe it, you will never fill your firm’s diversity recruiting targets.

Let’s examine this shortage issue from a different perspective. keep reading…

Stop the Excuses — a Frustrated STEM Woman’s Simple Solutions to The Diversity Recruiting Problem

by Jun 25, 2014, 4:02 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 12.57.48 PMThere is a huge issue in the tech world where firms like Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo, and Facebook are having great difficulty recruiting technically trained diverse women (known as “diverse STEM woman” or DSW). As a STEM diverse woman myself living in the Silicon Valley, I know and have experienced firsthand the many barriers that diverse woman face. And because of my recruiting background, I have also concluded that individual firms cannot find enough women to fill these technical roles because they have continuously used the wrong recruiting approaches that fail to address the barriers that restrict the movement of the DSW between jobs.

If you are a male corporate leader working in the tech industry, you will benefit from reading this article. keep reading…

Diversity Recruiting – What’s Wrong With It? Pretty Much Everything (Part 2 of 2)

by Jun 23, 2014, 12:53 am ET

carousel_business_osdIn the first part of this series, I highlighted how a weak business case, not being data-driven, failing to segment your recruiting targets, and failing to effectively use employee referrals can severely reduce your diversity recruiting results. In this part II, I will complete the list of the common diversity program design errors and briefly highlight some recommended actions.

The Remaining 12 Most Common Diversity Recruiting Errors keep reading…

Media Eating Up Religion-of-job-candidates Story

by Jun 18, 2014, 4:53 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-06-18 at 1.36.41 PMA study published three months ago — March 24, 2014 — is quickly making the rounds in the media and social media. In brief, the paper says that in the southern U.S. states, only one religion is helpful for job candidates to have on their resumes. keep reading…

Diversity Recruiting – What’s Wrong with it? Pretty Much Everything (Part 1 of 2)

by Jun 16, 2014, 12:38 am ET

DOT diversityIn case you missed it, there was a great deal of publicity generated recently when Google’s Laszlo Bock openly announced Google’s diversity numbers. Even Google was disappointed in them, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. Almost every major corporation struggles with meeting their diversity goals as a result of a poorly designed diversity recruiting effort that hasn’t changed much since the 1970s.

As a corporate recruiting expert, I continually analyze recruiting approaches of all types, and in my experience, diversity recruiting is the worst-performing one among all recruiting sub-programs. In fact, when people ask me “what’s wrong with diversity recruiting?” I quickly respond with “pretty much everything.” It’s sad that such a high-impact and well-intentioned effort simply has little chance of success because of its many design flaws.

These design flaws are numerous and the top 10 most impactful ones are listed below. The remaining 10 high-impact design flaw factors can be found in part two of this series.

The Top 10 Highest-impact Diversity Recruiting Errors keep reading…

LinkedIn Says It Has Work to Do on Diversity

by Jun 12, 2014, 6:45 pm ET

You saw Google’s diversity figures.

Now it’s LinkedIn’s turn. keep reading…

Google Releases Diversity Numbers

by May 28, 2014, 8:44 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 5.41.04 PMGoogle says it is “time to be candid” about the diversity of its workforce. And with that, it’s out with numbers.

Laszlo Bock, SVP of People Operations, defends the numbers in a blog post (which has some interesting comments on it). keep reading…

Looking For Women IT Professionals? Stand in Line

by Jan 29, 2014, 5:47 am ET

Dice women in techAre there women in tech?

Yes, but the truth is, not many. Certainly no where near their proportion to women in the workforce. Women are barely a quarter of the IT professionals, yet they account for half the civilian workforce. Women earn 60 percent of the bachelor’s degrees, but fewer than 20 percent earn a degree in computer science. Twenty-five years ago, 37 percent of the computer science degrees went to women.

In some specialties — cyber security, for one — men outnumber women 9 to 1. keep reading…

Recruiting Today’s Seniors — They Want and Need to Keep Working

by Jan 27, 2014, 12:03 am ET

I want and need to keep working.

So many retirees have said this to me lately. There are two reasons why they say it.

Some need to keep working because they can’t afford to stop working; they didn’t save enough, lost savings in the recession, have kids living with them longer, or have aging parents to care for. They don’t have the money to stop working.

Then there are some who want to keep working because they came from the most driven, focused, and work-minded generation in history. They have no lives out of their work and are afraid to stop working because they lack purpose, and without purpose we all quickly fail. They have seen it in their friends who finished work and many of them finished life at the same time.

So many retirees and older workers find themselves unsure of how to navigate this next chapter in life. Though retirement sounded appealing with a more leisurely pace, no financial worries and, little if any of this is happening. There is a new period in Boomers’ and seniors’ lives — I call it the retirement career. The hallmark of this time period is the need to continue to earn and/or the need to part of something important, valuable, and relevant. Both have ushered in a new look at including older employees in our workforce.  keep reading…

Why a Mobile Career Site is Vital to Reaching Diversity Candidates

by Oct 9, 2013, 6:34 am ET

al_dia_logoWhat if you built a diversity website, marketed it, but no one showed up?  This was the dilemma facing the Dallas Morning News. In an effort to reach the growing Hispanic market in Dallas, the News built and heavily promoted the targeted website “Al Dia.” Despite several months of promotion, traffic to the site was minimal, according to Russell Smeed, Dallas News sales manager. They were puzzled as to why this was happening, so they did additional market research into the Hispanic audience they were trying to target.   keep reading…

This Silicon Valley CEO Can Handle a Little Argument in an Interview … and a Little Gray Hair

by Sep 26, 2013, 6:14 am ET

Adi_HeadshotRather than make sure all interviewees are on the same page with the company, Adi Bittan, a startup co-founder & CEO, actually wants to see how they disagree.

Yes, Bittan, CEO of a company called Owner Listens, deliberately puts candidates in a position where they’re at odds with someone, just to see how they handle it.

Bittan and I talk about this in the video below. We also tackle why Silicon Valley seems to hire the young, and why she is more open to older workers.

Lastly, we talk about something she feels is a misperception about working parents. It’s about 11 minutes long, below. keep reading…

Is it Time to Adopt a Targeted Recruiting Effort Focused on Gay Candidates?

by Aug 12, 2013, 6:45 am ET

Unless you’ve had your head in the sand, you can’t have missed the fact that much of the world has recently become more tolerant of gay men and women. However, despite all this recent societal change, there has been no corresponding change in the corporate recruiting function, which seems unwilling to redesign its programs so that they can effectively recruit from the LGBT community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender). keep reading…

The Many Perils of Interview Handshakes — and Why They Cause You to Lose Top Candidates

by Aug 5, 2013, 6:15 am ET

You’ve probably had it happen to you at the start of an interview. You extend your hand and in return you get a wimpy handshake, a “fist-bump” substitute, or a wet clammy handshake that is an intermediate turnoff. Although weak hiring handshakes are quite common, to most they may seem like an insignificant part of interviewing. But everyone involved in the hiring process needs to take notice and be aware of the high negative business impact of handshake bias.

Screen Shot 2013-08-01 at 11.17.29 AMAssessing a candidate based on their handshake is a major problem because we know that many interviewers make an initial decision on a candidate within the first two to three minutes, and we know that the handshake and their appearance are the two most powerful elements that contribute to that powerful first impression. The fact that assessing handshakes is a major hiring decision factor is not just conjecture; research from Greg Stewart of the University of Iowa demonstrated that those with the best handshake scores “were considered to be the most hireable by the interviewers.” Handshakes also proved to be more impactful than “dress or physical appearance.”

Handshakes become a high-impact problem because handshakes occur in every interview, and a single bad handshake can immediately eliminate a top candidate, especially in entry-level jobs. You should also be aware that handshakes with women candidates leave a bigger impression and have their own unique set of biases. No one has ever been sued over handshake bias but the loss of top candidates as a result of it is real. keep reading…

Sacred Cows and Silly Practices Die Slowly in Recruiting

by Jul 29, 2013, 6:11 am ET

Recruiting is full of practices that seem to last forever. Unfortunately, many practices endure for years despite the fact that they add no value to the hiring process. I call these well-established practices “sacred cows” because many lon-gtime recruiters and hiring managers vigorously defend them even though both company and academic data shows that they should be discarded.

The need to identify and then kill these sacred cows was reinforced recently by some compelling research data revealed by Google’s head of HR, Laszlo Bock. For example, extensive data from Google demonstrated that five extremely common recruiting practices (brainteaser interview questions, unstructured interviews, student GPAs or test scores, and conducting more than four interviews) all had zero or minimal value for successfully predicting the on-the-job performance of candidates. But despite this hard data, practices like brainteaser interview questions will likely continue for years.

Recruiting Has a Long, Checkered History of Silliness keep reading…

3 Companies Hiring Return-to-work Moms

by Jul 11, 2013, 6:03 am ET

ge indiaSabbaticals used to traditionally be for teachers and academics, but many companies have also offered them as part of their benefits packages. Thousands of women have seized upon this benefit and exercised their right to this extended leave of absence and are now looking to get back into the workforce.

With the economy improving but with a diminished talent pool, companies are now reaching out to these women. The advantages to a company when hiring them are numerous and can save them thousands of dollars in the recruitment and hiring process.

Women returning to the workforce after a sabbatical have a renewed energy and a commitment to succeed.  Because of their communication and relationship-building skills they can reach across that generation gap and mentor young colleagues. Their expectations for an employer are much different than from a young person just starting out. These women are more interested in flexibility of work hours and sometimes being able to work from home.

There are however, some considerations when interviewing someone who has been out of the workforce for a while. Some concerns to address in an interview: keep reading…

You’re Religious? You’re Hired!

by Jun 25, 2013, 5:35 am ET

Tim Tebow-PRN-099734The New England Patriots say that Tim Tebow’s “spirituality” was a factor in his hiring … as a football player. Yes, his spirituality.

Sure, a person’s personal life can play a role in hiring. But we don’t always admit it. Ron Katz and I talk about this in the video below. We also get into how Tebow’s signing may be a sign of the times in terms of:

  • The blurring of work and life
  • Employers’ greater knowledge of job candidates’ personal lives
  • The tension between hiring for “fit” and hiring for diversity

It’s 11 minutes, below. keep reading…

Develop a Recruiter Scorecard … Because Champions Demand That You Keep Score (Part 2 of a 2-part series)

by Jun 17, 2013, 6:07 am ET

How to develop a recruiter scorecard for assessing individual corporate recruiter performance

Champions insist that you keep score. If you understand that concept, you will ensure that in addition to function-wide metrics, you will supplement them with a scorecard for assessing the performance of each individual recruiter. Everyone knows that corporations are measurement crazy, so I have found that by not measuring something (in this case recruiters), you are inadvertently sending a message to executives and employees that whatever you are doing is not strategic or even important (because if it was, we would measure it).

So unless you want to purposely send a message that “having top performing recruiters doesn’t matter,” you have no choice but to develop an individual recruiter scorecard. In order to do that effectively, you first need to understand the foundation design principles for individual scorecards and then you must select the actual measures that you will use in your scorecard. In part one, I introduced the concept and provided three examples of what a scorecard might look like. In this part two, I will cover the design details and a list of the measure to consider for your scorecard. keep reading…

Stories From a New-Grad Recruiter: Working Gen Y Values to Your Advantage On Campus

by Jun 14, 2013, 6:13 am ET

The War for new-grad talent has never been fiercer. More and more companies are turning to universities as their main pipeline to build up their workforce of amazing engineers, designers, and quants. However, many companies who haven’t been active in campus recruiting for the past few years may be surprised to find that the game has dramatically changed.

Remember when you thought pizza and soda at an information session was enough? Now, it’s pizza and soda delivered to your dorm room during finals week with a personalized “good luck” note and invitation to interview. More than ever, companies are adapting to, and even embracing gen Y values in their recruiting processes to sign the best students from top-tier schools.

Jane Graybeal wrote a great piece titled “Valuing the So-Called Me Me Me Generation”,  summarizing three key ideas around gen Y. While some companies may work against these “me me me” values, a handful have worked with them to get some of their best hires. Let’s take the three concepts that Graybeal summarized and apply them on a more practical level — specifically on how university recruiting programs are staying competitive on campus: keep reading…

A Recruiting Ad Contest … With a Catch

by Jun 10, 2013, 6:56 pm ET

wit-header_01A new contest for the best recruitment advertising in 2013 comes with a twist: the ad being submitted has to focus on hiring women. keep reading…