Category Careers

Bersin’s New Report — Almost Perfect

by George Blomgren Bersin by Deloitte recently released their newest report, HR Technology for 2015: Ten Big Disruptions Ahead. As always, this report showcases the cutting-edge, strategic perspective Bersin is known for, and the report is almost as comprehensive as it is insightful. Gamification and big data, mobile and the shift in HRMS to usability […]

Is Two Weeks Notice Really Necessary?

by George Blomgren I had a friend who recently received a job offer. His new employer asked him if he would be willing to skip two weeks notice, and start 5 days later. He agreed and gave notice. His new employer immediately retracted their job offer — they wouldn’t hire someone who would do that. […]

Career Management for HR (and everyone else)

This is advice for HR professionals in Wisconsin. And every other worker, in any field, anywhere. Over the last several years, I’ve done quite a bit of HR recruiting in Wisconsin. And I’ve heard a number of complaints from employers about the HR talent pool in the dairy state. I’m convinced there is both a […]

The Lost Art of Courting Candidates

by George Blomgren Recruiting for a local electrical contractor, I recently lost a candidate (she withdrew) after she showed up for two one-hour interviews and learned that the employer had tacked on a third. The employer didn’t think it was a big deal — it was the end of the day. In contrast, the candidate […]

3 Reasons You’re Missing The Best Candidates

by George Blomgren This article is inspired by a fantastic article written by Dr. John Sullivan. My version covers some different territory. Employers often talk about the cost of bad hires. But we don’t talk about the cost of missed hires — the great employees we fail to recruit/hire. In a talent shortage market, that […]

Every Day, You are Scaring Away Top Talent. Here’s How.

by George Blomgren How much are your open positions costing you? Many businesses report that unmet talent acquisition needs are the primary obstacle to growth & productivity. They blame job boards and recruiters, internal and external. They blame the government and schools. Most of all, they blame job seekers and “skills gaps.” To be sure, […]

Your Newest Employees Are Your Most Vulnerable

by George Blomgren I used to know a headhunter who specialized in recruiting candidates away from new jobs. His success reflected his belief that employees in their first 30 days in a new job were the easiest to recruit. If this is true, a lot of employers are sitting on a significant risk, one that […]

Are Your Hiring Expectations Ridiculous?

by George Blomgren Admission: the following story is absurd. So, why are these sorts of requests a typical part of a recruiter’s day? The phone rings — a call from a client. “Our Controller is leaving. We need to replace her ASAP.” “When you say ASAP, what did you have in mind?” “The end of […]

4 Hiring Criteria You Should Immediately Abandon

by George Blomgren Finding & landing really great talent is hard enough. One way to make it considerably more difficult is to supplement truly important requirements with ones that really don’t matter. Following are four of my favorites — sacred cows embraced by many employers. Granted, some may be more applicable for certain jobs, but […]

Job Seekers: What You Need to Know About Your LinkedIn Profile

                    by George Blomgren If you are a professional, technical or executive worker in job search mode (active or passive), the role and importance of your LinkedIn profile and your resume have largely “flipped” in the last few years (at least for many employers/recruiters). Your LinkedIn […]