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How CEOs + CHROs Can Help Recruiters Attract Unicorns


Recruiters rarely receive any kind of leadership and emotional intelligence training. They will receive plenty of technology training, and probably negotiation training. But when it comes to it, humans hire humans. Companies should invest in education and training for recruiters to enhance their talent acquisition and retention rates. After reading

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Summary Sunday: The Future of Job Search


The future of job search is about keywords but it is also about soft skills. As a job seeker, you have to understand how and when to use both! The recruiting process is becoming more automated. This requires you understand how recruiters and hiring managers are using technology. But it isn’t just tech. Today, your soft skills are being evaluated too.

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3 Roles for Recruiters in the AI Era


Think AI will replace recruiters? Think again. It’s making them more powerful than ever as ambassadors, overseers, and protectors of their companies’ values. For all the headlines it has managed to grab lately, artificial intelligence remains a bit of an enigma — and a somewhat alarming one at that. With reports that up to half of all the

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2018 SMA Annual Spring Conference


The Future is Now: (hu)Man Vs. (ro)Bot  - A Powerful Team for the Future of HR What if you could walk away from a day-long conference and be more energized about your career, have a clearer direction for you and your recruiting team, and understand how to partner Artificial Intelligence with Emotional Intelligence? Would you be interested? This year,

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7 Reasons Why You’re So Indecisive, According To Experts


I’ve always found even the smallest decisions to be stressful and impossible. But I just chalked that up to being an indecisive person, whatever that means. As it turns out, though, “indecisive” isn’t just an innate personality trait. It’s often an indication that something is off. I recently went to a clarity coach, and it changed how I

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The Career Branding Summit


Today, more than ever, your online presence is critical if you want to land your next dream job. 93% of recruiters admit using Google and Social Media when scanning candidates, which means your next invitation for a job interview depends on how your online presence aligns with your resume and cover letter. My friend and Career Branding Expert Niels

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“Hire Earlier” 5 Startup Tips


“I wish someone had told me to hire earlier. I did everything by myself at the beginning, and as you’d expect, I dropped a lot of balls and wasn’t the best person to be around during the honeymoon period of starting a new business. With the clarity of hindsight, I wish I had hired a support team earlier.” I had the pleasure of interviewing

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Solving The Recruitment Image Problem


I bet you don't have a favorable view of recruiters. I want to change that. Recruiting has an image problem and there seems to be misguided cheer that recruiting will be saved by technology disruption to rid the world of recruiters. The idea seems logical: The artificial intelligence stack, such as bots, machine learning and algorithms, can

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How Google’s AI-Powered Job Search Will Impact Companies And Job Seekers


Article previously featured at Forbes. In mid-June, Google announced the implementation of an AI-powered search function aimed at connecting job seekers with jobs by sorting through posted recruitment information. The system allows users to search for basic phrases, such as "jobs near me," or perform searches for industry-specific keywords. The search

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go?


Article previously featured at Forbes. We all panic when there are rumors of a reshuffle, recession, reorganization, downsize, or a new company acquisition that no longer includes you. And it’s not just limited to employees. Stoic management also reacts to stress and succumbs to the plight of fight or flight. Everyone — from interns to the

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How (Real) Recruiters Can Build Trust Amidst Social Media Scams


Article previously featured at Forbes. Did you know there’s an abundance of fake recruiters attempting to scam LinkedIn members? I could hardly believe this was being practiced, so I went out to investigate. With LinkedIn and other social networks holding valuable personal information, it is now time not only for talent to be hyper-aware and conduct

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When ENTJ’s Go Remote


Previously featured on LinkedIn. Stacey* is a high achieving leader of breakthrough technologies in Silicon Valley. I fell in love with her confident, straightforward style on first contact when receiving her to the point emails on decisions and facts, without fluff or condescension. I knew my client would like her. They did. And she was hired to break

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Salesforce & Mobify: The Real-life Talent Experience


Previously featured in the Huffington Post. In 2016, I spoke with two dynamic innovation leaders, Peter McLachlan, Chief Product Officer from Mobify and Simon Weaver, VP Engineering at Salesforce. Both conversations summed up for me the real-life candidate and talent experience in today's breakthrough companies.   Peter McLachlan, Chief

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Employer branding: Why it’s time marketing, execs, and HR worked together


When working at Virgin circa 1993 I recall the marketing director of Virgin Games, Tim Chaney, claiming that the Virgin brand was one of the most recognized brands in the U.K. At the time, Richard Branson was building his empire on service/product promise, savvy advertising and word of mouth — well before PCs on desks with Microsoft Word and Google was

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The Last 100 Days Of 2016 Challenge


In every area of our lives, if we look around, we can identify areas for self-improvement or things we would like to change or goals we would like to achieve, unfortunately most of the time, we fail. It is estimated in a recent article in Forbes that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. That’s an astonishingly low number and

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Meet the Matchmakers: Headhunters, Recruiters and Coaches


Navigating the world of recruiting can be downright confusing. Constantly, I’m asked to explain the difference between a recruiter, headhunter, contingency search, retained search, career coaching, transition coaching, leadership coaching and their value. In simplest terms, each role serves specific functions in the business of employing and managing

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12 Actions to Achieve Peak Performance


  Achieving peak performance in your career requires a combination of strategy and effort to maximize your potential. Taking the right action achieves measurable results. 30 years of psychological studies of high-achievers across disciplines reveals that peak performers share five traits: getting into the flow, self-awareness, the ability to relax

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Recruiting is Broken


  Recruiting is broken. It’s a deeply flawed system. According to a recent poll by Deloitte Touche, the majority of human resources professionals agree with this statement. The current state of recruiting is not meeting the demands of a 21st Century workplace because it doesn't effectively build relationships or develop talent. It lacks a

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Why You Need a Coach The First 90-Days in a New Job


  It’s been established by many experts that the first 90-days in a new job are critical. Once a reputation is established, it tends to be self-perpetuating. First impressions are everything, and during that first 90-days you set the tone for the rest of your tenure at a company. You want to get it right from the beginning. It’s essential

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Why Connectors Thrive at Work


  People who are good connectors thrive in our hyper connected relationship and information driven world. It's a unique ability defined as "connectional intelligence." People with strong connectional intelligence share their resources and knowledge. They understand how to tap into the resources available to them. Simply put, they are connectors.

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Millennials and Leadership in the 21st Century


  I coach millennial CEOs and entrepreneurs. As a generation they are talented, well educated, wonderfully human, internationally experienced, efficient and work well with Generation X and other millennials.  I'm observing that many of these millennials apply a new set of rules when it comes to leadership. They are highly adaptable. Building

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Why Strategic Thinkers Succeed


  There’s a lot of discussion in companies and among recruiters about the constantly evolving skills gap. A recent research report from Bloomberg News pointed out, there’s a major skills gap when it comes to essential abilities employees need to possess to succeed in a global dynamic workforce. The survey of over 1000 recruiters revealed that

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How to Thrive after a Layoff in The Digital Economy


Recent headlines signal the constant disruption that is now a normal part of daily life for many digital and technology workers. Nintendo's New Mobile Games Partner Hit With Layoffs: DeNA and Nintendo secured a deal celebrated by the industry and in the media but 10 days later it was announced the Vancouver studio would be closed and San Francisco

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How Augmented and Virtual Reality Will Impact Work


  TechCrunch recently ran an article that announced by 2020 augmented and virtual reality will reach $150 billion disrupting mobile. Between Facebook’s $2 billion for Oculus, Google’s $542 million for Magic Leap, Microsoft’s HoloLens, and Epson the augmented and virtual reality markets are poised for huge expansion as these giants discover

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The Art of Listening: The Parisian Way


  We’ve heard of The Parisian Diet, now I think it’s time someone created a book about the art of Parisian active listening. Since I can remember, I’ve been regularly informed that I’m a good active listener. But it wasn’t until I spent two days in Paris this week, en famille, that I noticed the true art of being present in a

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Saving the World 9 to 5: Sustainable Companies and Talent


I’ve noticed a rising trend among the many talented professionals I have the privilege of working with- they want to work for sustainable companies. No ifs, ands, or buts. They’re willing to leave their large corporate roles or decline large offers from companies that aren’t in alignment with their highly driven global responsibility and green values.

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5 Tips to Create a Great Resume (The Old School Kind)


With the explosion of video and infographic graphics, and other non-traditional resume formats, you may be asking, “Do I still need a plain 12pt font white paper resume? The short answer: Yes, you do (emphatically). While non-traditional formats are a hot button point of debate right now in the hiring world, these new emerging formats are still the

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3 Tips for Personal Transformation from Marshall Goldsmith


  A few weeks ago I reached out to author and top 50 thinker, Marshall Goldsmith, about his process for personal transformation and reaching goals. Having watched his Inc.com video. I was curious about the “32 questions” he asks himself each day. My email interactions with Marshall were brief—as he travelled around the world from Hydrabad

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How to Fix the Crisis in Recruiting Ethics


There’s a crisis in recruiting ethics, and its massive. An incident recently reported by The Daily Mail illustrates a slice of the dilemma facing the industry. One weekday morning while traveling on the London Underground along with lots of other bleary-eyed commuters, a disgruntled man cursed at a man who he believed was standing in his way as he exited

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Why Play is Vital to Workplace Innovation


  Workplace innovation requires creative thinking and creativity requires engaging employees in play. This oldie but goodie Ted Talk by Ideo’s creative genius, Tim Brown, sums up the importance of why play is essential to being creative. In today’s work culture, more and more companies are creating fun spaces complete with pinball machines,

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Engaged Employees Create Successful Companies


  Failing to engage employees in the workplace wreaks havoc in the office creating an environment ripe for bad behaviour that erodes trust among employees. It boils down to human nature. When employees feel that their basic survival is threatened, you bring out the worse in them. As social creatures, humans gain a sense of belonging and security

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5 Characteristics of Successful Leaders


Developing the essential characteristics for effective leadership is a must if you want to thrive in your career. We have entered the age of agility. According to Deloite Touche’s 2014 Human Capital Report, 21st Century leaders need to be able to build cross-functional teams, manage across diversity, drive innovation, establish direction, and develop

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Battle for Growth: Human Capital Development Strategies


Elon Musk is a master problem solver, a tremendous innovator and a master of human capital development evident in the breakthrough companies he has built and ideas he has brought to market. I admire Elon Musk’s commitment to tackling a myriad of society’s challenges and his pro. He continues to break through boundaries as an entrepreneur in his drive

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The Talent Wars: How to Keep Your Unicorns


  The talent wars have begun. While global unemployment may be hovering around 10%, there is a real shortage of qualified candidates for many open positions. Poaching talent has become commonplace in today’s market, and the average employee turnover rate is predicted to rise from 20.6% to 23.4% by 2018. It’s hard enough to source and hire talent

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Effective Management Strategies for a Global Workforce


  One of the big challenges I am observing in organisations is effectively managing global workforce with its rich diversity and cultural nuances. I had a situation with a San Francisco client where had I not coached him to understand the different nuances between American culture and language in comparison to his new European employer, the job

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Caging the Unicorn: Talent Retention and Engagement


A widespread workplace revolution-taking place in Silicon Valley that is rippling across SV North, Silicon Beach and slowly traversing into other start-up and tech environment is what I call ‘The Caging of the Unicorn’ or professionally termed as upping the ante: Using the science of the brain and big data for talent rentention. These employees are

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Strategies to Mitigate Employee Burnout


  I see employee burnout all the time. It’s not a new phenomenon in the tech industry. It’s often pushed to the side and hushed up, but addiction and burnout are a big problem for a lot of otherwise high-performing technology workers. I would estimate 1 out of every 20 coaching candidates that comes to FORWARD have hit rock bottom as a direct

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5 Strategies for Gen X to Work Effectively with Millennials


In coaching both Gen X and millennials, I've noticed a disconnect happening between the two generations, and its hindering Gen X’s ability to lead. According to business consultant and thought leader Tammy Erickson, Gen X in many ways represents the leaders we need now. The original latchkey kids; they are resilient, adaptive and natural consensus

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Why am I so Exhausted: Avoiding Career Burnout


Arianna Huffington uncovered a sizable, unspoken and worrying trend about tiredness and career burnout when she googled “Why am?” It appears the whole world is googling “why am I so tired.” Burnout is striking Generation X and millennials hard. According to Market Research, a recent survey by Monster, Inc found 81% of employed job seekers reported

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Four Strategies to Power Through and Thrive After A Layoff


http://www.youtube.com/embed/lRV6PXB6QLk In this video, Jerry Berg, a former Microsoft employee of 15 years expresses his shock and confusion about being facing a layoff and what to do next. While I don't know Jerry and by default I cannot speak about his particular circumstances, I do know losing your job is one of the most traumatic things that can

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5 Strategies to Resign Without Burning A Bridge


I coach talent on identifying whether or not it’s time to move on from a position. It’s a subject that frequently comes up in today’s highly competitive market. Driven by a number of factors, high turnover rates are becoming the norm. A recent article in Harvard Business Review, points out that many Gen Xers are looking for an exit strategy at their

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Why Organisations Need to Fully Buy into Talent Before Hiring


  Recently, FORWARD was in the process of placing a fantastic developer only to realise the entire team had not yet bought into bringing this particular talent on board. They were not yet clear on what they needed from a developer to fill the position because of other factors weighing in on the role. I decided to stall the process and make the

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