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Its Complicated—Living In Confluence

Part 2: A Paradigm Shift As Companies Respond to Social

 

As our story of Living in Confluence continues, we will look at how companies and…

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Added by Marvin Smith on January 7, 2013 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Its Complicated—Living In Confluence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 1: The Rise of Social In Talent Acquisition

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Added by Marvin Smith on January 2, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Happy 2013—Here We Go Again

Whether we like it or not, 2013 is here. As the calendar turns, it seems a perfect time for reflection, both personally and professionally.  2012 was another year of broken…

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Added by Marvin Smith on January 1, 2013 at 2:56pm — No Comments

What Moneyball Sourcing Teaches Us About Social Recruiting

 

The Moneyball Sourcing model also provides a new lens to look at sources of current and future talent.    The Moneyball Sourcing Model follows 3…

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Added by Marvin Smith on February 22, 2012 at 3:00am — 6 Comments

What If It Mattered How We Treat Candidates

 

Economic challenges are allowing organizations to dodge bullets when it comes to the candidate experience.  But times are changing.  As key talent becomes more difficult to recruit, then brand and reputation matter.  And the candidate experience becomes a more significant influence on those key…

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Added by Marvin Smith on January 24, 2012 at 9:30am — 18 Comments

The New Poster Boy for Post ‘N Pray

Conventional wisdom says that we have lost faith in post and praying. But I believe we are going to have a revival. And it is all because that posting and praying has a new spokesman…

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Added by Marvin Smith on January 12, 2012 at 12:23pm — 2 Comments

What is a Talent Community?

Talent community is a word that means different things to different people.  In a recent addition of TChat radio, I was amazed at the diversity of opinion from the panelists.…

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Added by Marvin Smith on January 10, 2012 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

Energized Incompetence

 

The second prerequisite for building a talent community is mapping the passionate affinity group to its counterparts outside your organization.  If an external community or an unassembled group of people outside of your organization are not having conversations about the affinity you want to advance, do not attempt to build a talent community.  Similar to the passion (No Passion, No Community)…

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Added by Marvin Smith on May 16, 2011 at 7:33pm — No Comments

No Passion, No Community!

The first perquisite for building a talent community is passion; and that desire is a core factor on which a community is established.  If there is not an affinity for your community within your organization, do not attempt to build a talent community.  The lesson of the past 5 years is that most communities will fail if there is not the energy or the motivation to keep the conversation going. …

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Added by Marvin Smith on April 29, 2011 at 10:50am — 3 Comments

Guidelines vs. Recipe for a Talent Community Redux



Editor’s note:  Every have a bad writing day?  I think v1 of this post fell into that category.  This is a revised and expanded version of previous post. 

 

How do you build a talent community? Is there a step by step method of creating and building a community? Today, I answer those questions differently.

 

In the past, I described the approach to building community as a recipe.…

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Added by Marvin Smith on April 19, 2011 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Guidelines vs. Recipe for a Talent Community

How do you build a talent community?  Is there a step by step method of creating and building a community?  Today, I answer those questions differently. 

 

In the past, I described the approach to building community as a recipe.  With great confidence, I proclaimed there were 6 elements to the Talent Community Recipe—all you have to do is mix the right ingredients and your talent community is baked.

 

  1. Strategy: Should the community be about “jobs” or…
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Added by Marvin Smith on April 18, 2011 at 1:12am — No Comments

I Am Still a PC

Friday was my last day at Microsoft. I was afforded a great opportunity to create and impact recruiting; an outcome that I did not anticipate when I joined the company five years ago. It was a humbling experience working with the best and the brightest; I was amazed by my colleagues. Amazed, not by just how smart everyone is; but by the quality of human beings they are and the values that are shared. We did some great work together that changed the face of recruiting not only at Microsoft…

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Added by Marvin Smith on February 20, 2011 at 11:24pm — No Comments

Haunted by the Ghost of Old School Recruiting

Remnants of A Wreck



One thing I never quite understand is how a traffic jam persists after the wreck has been cleared away. For example, I was driving to work the other morning and traffic was just stop and go. I kept wondering what was going on was on. Then we got to a spot in the road about two miles down the freeway and suddenly I was going the speed limit. Later, I heard on a traffic report (timing is everything) that the remnants of an accident that had been cleared an hour ago.… Continue

Added by Marvin Smith on July 22, 2010 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

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