Candidates: How to Avoid the “Maybe” File

Recruiters get flooded with applicants even during times of low unemployment. To keep up, many organizations have implemented applicant tracking systems that enable frantic HR staff to at least issue form letter rejections to those candidates who clearly miss the mark. Receiving one can be disheartening, but at least you know where you stand. Perhaps a more frustrating predicament is when a […]

Time for a Career Change?

December is a popular time to review the past, take stock of one’s accomplishments, and map the future. Often this is as simple as generating a new goal list – a plan of attack to help expedite your journey down the current path. Sometimes however, your reflection will spark the desire for a bigger change. Before you commit it’s important […]

Feeling Anxious at Work? Rope-a-Dope Your Brain

There are a host of strategies to aid those who occasionally experience career induced jitters. Classic techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and adopting a quiet state of personal gratitude can work wonders…assuming you have the presence of mind to engage them early on. The trouble with these traditional approaches is that they’re hard to leverage if you’ve already shifted […]

Before You Quit

Most of us have indulged in the quitting fantasy. We envision barging into our manager’s office and bellowing a triumphant oration that culminates in a “take this job and shove it” decree.  We believe our defiant declaration will win back our professional soul and right all that has been made wrong…by our boss, by our colleagues, and by the fleeting nature of chance […]

The Three Cs of Leadership

To say that competencies models are complex is like saying space is big. The statement is accurate, but not helpful. Of course, the time required to understand the complexities of either topic is more than the average hiring manager can invest. If you need to search the vast reaches of the candidate universe for someone with leadership potential, you’ll likely […]

Should You Hire Someone Who Didn’t Graduate College?

If they can do the job, then as a CHRO, I’d say: Absolutely. I certainly value formal education and for some roles it’s mandatory. (I wouldn’t hire a self-taught brain surgeon.) In most cases however, college is but one path to competence…and it’s not always the quickest or most financially sound road to travel. A good way to evaluate candidates and to eliminate […]

How Job Seekers Can Leverage Innovation

More than ever we are trapped in a sea of sameness. Want proof? Simply head to the grocery store and check out the 20 odd types of dental floss on display. Regardless of the space, from physical products and services to creative endeavors and even potential romantic partners, the choices are endless. Turns out there are plenty of fish in the sea. […]

The Power of Purposeful Collaboration

Collaboration takes work. Whether you need to walk across the hall or call around the world, stopping your activity to conduct research, investigate complimentary projects, or even ask for input can seem a painful proposition when customers are demanding results … yesterday. It’s no wonder that collaboration shares a similar fate to most New Year’s Resolutions. (Remember those?) Like working out, […]

The Problem of Candidate Exaggeration

Hiring managers aren’t expecting candidates to outright lie on an application or during an interview. It happens of course and unscrupulous applicants are weeded out by a series of HR-endorsed process checks. Exaggeration of accomplishments however is far more common. And while they are difficult to spot on a resume, gaps in knowledge, skills, and competencies appear quickly during an interview. So how […]

How to Deal with Salary Issues

Ah, the dreaded salary question. Candidates hate it. Hiring managers flub it. Even seasoned recruiters can get tongue tied when trying to navigate the increasingly sensitive legal waters surrounding the issue. It’s not surprising. Laws are changing and in many states you can no longer ask about a person’s salary history. On the surface this seems beneficial to candidates […]