Five hallmarks of excellent candidate experience for the 2020s

Last year was a year like no other. The pandemic nearly shut down recruiting in the Spring and dramatically changed how leading companies recruit, use digital technology, and communicate with candidates. Companies that ignore these winning trends to improve the…

The good, the bad, and the ugly of recruiting — and five components of success.

I have been involved with recruiting for more than 30 years and have never before seen a disruption in recruiting (and HR and leadership practices) as serious as the one in the past tumultuous year. I led recruiting and human…

Innovation in 2021 requires three talent strategies

The virus COVID-19 proved Plato was right: crisis is the mother of invention. McKinsey's new report on the Trends that Will Drive 2021 and Beyond identifies a wave of innovation and a new generation of entrepreneurs sparked by the pandemic as one…

COVID19 has changed recruiting strategies. Don’t be short sighted

The pandemic has changed investment priorities for recruiting organizations in 2020. Last year was all about improving the candidate experience. Today, the emphasis is on finding skilled and qualified job candidates. But without a focus on candidate experience and employer…

Get reliable talent and a tax credit: Hire vets! Free hour of consulting…

200,000 US veterans leave the military and enter the civilian workforce each year. Hiring veterans is a smart recruiting strategy. In addition, companies can earn a tax credit of $5,600 for hiring veterans and up to $9,600 for hiring long-term…

Four steps to reducing hiring bias, improved financial outcomes, and a $5 trillion U.S. economic stimulus

While championing diversity initiatives over the past 20 years, I have always emphasized how these actions will improve financial outcomes for companies. Now there is mounting evidence that by overcoming the racial wealth gap, which includes hiring biases, the U.S.…

Over 50 percent of job postings drive away applicants, especially women

Your job postings may be your worst nightmare, scaring off job applicants with jargon and needless clutter and driving away female applicants. If your job posting is more than 250 words and uses gender bias tones, it is time for…

Oct 28 – Driving bias out of recruiting, performance management, and promotions

Join me and the @SHRM NorCal community for a fresh look at how to take bias out of recruiting, performance management, pay and promotions. Enroll here. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the divisions in our national politics…

Job aggregators are sabotaging online recruiting. Tips on how to stop them.

Online recruiting is still under attack since I wrote this article a year ago. The system is breaking down and becoming rife with tech-savvy scammers. Job aggregators are ruining the job candidate experience and in many cases preventing job applications…

Five steps to retool your employer brand for 2021

Has your employer brand held up during the pandemic? Even companies with stand-up employer brands in February need to retool them in the pandemic age. For example, how has your brand changed regarding remote work, innovation, and your new role…