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May 4, 2016

250:1 Odds?


Glassdoor published a study last year which stated that an average posted corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes. This is not a misprint. There must be a ton of factors that go into this ridiculous statistic including: 1) this 250 average doesn’t distinguish between executive level, type or industry, 2) it consists of a plethora of ambiguous job descriptions that encourage a come one, come all response, 3) it consists of a multitude of companies that publish postings on every online job site known to man, and 4) the likelihood that the lion’s share of submitted resumes aren’t worth the powder to blow them to hell – at least for the specific posting to which they were sent.

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March 9, 2016

The Hurry Up and Wait Game


As a young ad guy I was a finalist for a job I really coveted. Unfortunately I came away with 1st runner-up status, losing to the other finalist for one specific reason: I owned a suit to interview in and he didn’t. Unable to break the tie in any meaningful way, the interview team rationalized the other guy probably needed the job more than I did.

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February 5, 2016

The Rising Price of Poker in the Game of Talent Acquisition


I remember a conversation with a client during the height of the bubble. He was lamenting his plight in attracting and retaining Web developers. This was the human equivalent of the California gold rush a couple of centuries earlier during a different period of zaniness. It seemed that this type of talent, while not fool’s gold, was hard to come by and harder to protect. My client specifically called out a search firm that poached one of his developers three months after the developer joined the firm. Oh, by the way, this same search firm had recruited the person¬†to my client’s company. You read this correctly – in AND out.

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January 7, 2016

The Right Fit


I learned a long time ago that while there are a lot of smart people out there not everybody fits into the same type of box. And this is precisely why I’m so hung up on – maybe even a little “manic-y” – about fit.

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December 8, 2015

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!


An ode to Dr. Seuss:

“Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed”.¬†Sounds like pretty good odds to me. If only it were true.

Another year, another page waiting to be turned. How ya doin’ on those career resolutions? Have you updated your resume, put that Linkedin profile under a fine-tooth comb and, most importantly, really focused on what the next career rung looks like?

“Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind maker-upper to make up his mind.” Truer words were never spoken. The road to Hell is in fact paved with good intentions.

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