The Most Interesting Recruiting Stories of the Week

Welcome to “The Most Interesting Recruiting Stories of the Week,” a weekly post that features talent acquisition insights and information from around the web to kick off your weekend. Here’s what’s of interest this week:

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The Myth That Most Americans Hate Their Job

“Resignations are rising because people are seeing more job listings, not because they’re feeling more Marxist,” says this article from The Atlantic. “If you cut through the rhetoric and the vibes, three distinct narratives emerge. (1) Americans don’t want to work anymore.
(2) Most Americans hate their job, and the pandemic made them really hate their job.
(3) The Great Resignation is a reflection of that job hatred. All of these stories are wrong.”

Employers Increasingly Tie Recruiter Pay to Candidate Experience

According to HR Dive: “Establishing benchmarks can be an uphill battle for employers, but the concept of accountability can be key to improvement, said Talent Board’s Kevin Grossman.”

Legislation Banning Hair Bias Gains Momentum

Laws banning hair discrimination “continue to gain momentum nearly two years after California became the first state to enact the CROWN Act, which stands for ‘Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” according to CNN. “The legislation bans race-based hair discrimination and seeks to ensure protection against bias based on hair texture and protective styles. So far, at least seven states have officially banned raced-based hair discrimination.”

How the Pandemic Made Me Lose My Ambition

“I have abandoned the notion of ambition to chase the absolute middle of the road: mediocrity,” begins this article from The Cut. This, unsurprisingly, comes after the past two years — two years filled with intense pandemic parenting coupled with working full time. I want to ‘just be, man,’ and won’t let concerns like success or climbing the corporate ladder stand in my way. The new dream is simply no goals, just vibes.”

Tech Companies Want HR Execs in the C-Suite. Finding Them Is the Hard Part

“There’s no doubt it’s a candidates’ market for top HR leaders, and some executive recruiters say chief people officer is the toughest job to fill right now,” explains this story from The Information. With searches taking longer and longer as the pool of experienced executives gets tapped out, that’s leaving tech companies short-handed.”

Inside Amazon’s Failed Attempt to ‘Buy’ the Seattle Pride Parade

“Amazon, headquartered in Seattle, wanted to go big with its corporate sponsorship of the city’s Pride Parade. It was prepared to give organizers $100,000 to sponsor the 2022 event, which will be held in June. For context, the tech behemoth donated roughly $42,000 in total to Seattle Pride from 2009 to 2019,” according to Quartz at Work. Read on to see what happened next.

Is Employer Branding HR or Marketing?

Check out this conversation with talent strategist Laurie Ruettimann and employer branding leader Susan LaMotte about what employer branding really is. And what it is not.

Most Recruiting Strategies Are Only Half Right

What’s a “switcher strategy”? What’s an “upgrade strategy”? And are you deploying both to maximize recruiting efforts. Check out this ERE article by Tracey Parsons to find out.


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Vadim Liberman is editor of ERE.net and TLNT (the devil wears TJ Maxx) — a workplace renegade advancing how we think, work, and live. He has previously worked as a strategy consultant to HR and recruiting tech companies at The Starr Conspiracy, as a talent management professional at Prudential, and as senior editor of The Conference Board Review, a magazine for business leaders. Vadim loves to talk about all things HR, talent acquisition, and Bravo TV shows. Bring it!

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