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Do Job Descriptions Grow Around People, or Do People Grow Around Job Descriptions?

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 24, 2016

The Problem

Far too many employers get tangled up in defining their job descriptions. In particular, one common mistake is the belief that if one person had a particular set of skills, more people like them must exist. In other words, your star employee Karen had a particular set of skills, so there must be "another Karen" out there in the market---someone that could perfectly fit the Karen-shaped hole she left behind.

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Randstad Acquires Monster – What It Means for Job Advertisers

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 9, 2016


If you are one of the few organizations still posting jobs with Monster, what does the Randstad acquisition mean for you?

Let’s start with what happens to Monster. This deal is doomed. As famed investor Warren Buffet once observed, "When a management team with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact." Monster is a business with a reputation for bad economics (as employers spend less money on Monster and more money on job aggregators like Indeed and social media sites like LinkedIn.)  That's why it could be acquired for only $429 million, down from a peak market cap of nearly $8 billion.
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4 Hiring Process Questions That Improve Employee Retention

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 16, 2016

HR professionals often treat recruiting separately from employee engagement and retention, but recruiting and retention are two sides of the same coin, with the same basic ingredients. The right recruiting practices can also "bake in" long term employee engagement and retention.

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Better Job Descriptions: The Overlooked Hiring Process Step That Improves Your Business Outcomes

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 26, 2016

The only reason to hire is to achieve a business impact. Your hiring efforts should shorten the distance between having a job opening and hiring someone who makes a big impact. The first step on the path toward business impact is attracting the right candidates. In all likelihood, most job seekers first impression of your company will be your job description. But most job descriptions actually get in the way of your hiring and recruiting efforts.

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3 Reasons Your Recruiting Process is 15 Years Behind the Times

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 18, 2016

Do you use a smart phone? Read restaurant reviews on Yelp? Search for things on Google? Of course you do. Today, Google, mobile devices, and reputation sites are just part of your day. But 15 years ago, smartphones and reputation sites didn’t even exist, and Google was still largely unknown.  Unfortunately, the recruiting practices at most organizations are trapped in a time warp. Most HR teams recruit about the same way they did in 1999. But these now-familiar technologies have fundamentally changed your behavior...and the behavior of your current and future employees.

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3 Mistakes Hiring Managers Make With Job Descriptions and Postings

Posted by Mitch Corlett on May 6, 2016

Every time a dull job description is posted as a job advertisement, your hiring process is already headed down the wrong path. The language used in most job descriptions actually prevents candidates from understanding your job. This slows down your hiring process, wastes your time by interviewing the wrong people, and creates unmet expectations which can lead to high employee turnover.

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How Job Titles Affect Your Recruitment Advertising

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 5, 2015

Job advertisements rarely find all the people you're looking to attract.

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Decide where to post your job ads using this simple trick

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 20, 2014

Back in the olden days, people searched the classified ads for jobs and mailed in a resume. The tech-savvy folks would fax their application. Managers knew where to post their open jobs, and they all went in the local paper.

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How Technology is Changing Recruiting (video)

Posted by Bob Corlett on March 29, 2014

I'm often asked to give presentations to HR groups on trends in recruiting. Here is a video of the slide deck from my last presentation to the Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area (HRA-NCA).

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What's the Real Problem with Job Advertising?

Posted by Bob Corlett on March 28, 2014

We humans tend to confuse scarcity with value. We tend to overvalue what is difficult, and undervalue what comes easily. We overvalue what we don’t have and undervalue what we do have. You hear the mental confusion when a recruiter puffs up his chest and intones, "Good people don’t answer job ads."

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