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Dr. John Sullivan is a well-known thought leader in HR. He is a frequent speaker and advisor to Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley firms. Formerly the chief talent officer for Agilent Technologies (the 43,000-employee HP spin-off), he is now a professor of management at San Francisco State University. He was called the "Michael Jordan of Hiring" by Fast Company magazine. More recruiting articles by Dr. Sullivan can be found in the ER Daily archives.

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The Great Recession of 2008 was the single biggest financial catastrophe to hit the U.S. in the Post World-War II era. Though this may seem like old news, and the country may seem well on its way to recovery, millions...
The employee referral is the best source of hire for a number of reasons. Referrals cost less money and require less time to hire, especially, if you have properly trained your employees to assess candidates before referring them. Also, referrals...
Since the close of the SHRM 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition last month, I’ve been reflecting on the experience. I was proud to represent my team, as well as the HR industry, at SHRM18. Full disclosure: my SPHR and my...
Every day I get a list of Austin area “Director of Recruiting” roles from a big job search board. And every day, I get a good laugh at the roles that would be a good fit for me to pursue....
We conducted a study with Immersion Neuroscience which examined candidates’ immersion levels during a standard recruitment process. Immersion is measured second by second and is a combination of attention and emotional resonance. It’s the leading indicator of positive outcomes from...
It’s time to stop focusing on employee engagement. With employee engagement rates remaining stagnant, you likely want to do anything but. Especially when you consider the fact that only 33% of employees are engaged at work, according to Gallup’s most...

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I’ve worked as a recruiter for J. Jill, SAP, and then started the boutique recruiting firm Boston Tech Talent, and offer you up these suggestions if you’re thinking about going out on your own. I don’t recommend starting a staffing company...
TED Talks, the popular conference and video lecture series, has a cardinal rule that all presenters must follow: No talk can exceed 18 minutes. As TED curator Chris Anderson puts it, 18 minutes is “short enough to hold people’s attention,...
Do you work closely with executives? If you do, you’ve probably run into a few surprising aspects to leadership that don’t get talked about much. For instance, what’s with the common occurrence of charming, good looking executives moving quickly up...
What is the first thing that you notice while reading a job ad? While you’re reviewing the qualifications and requirements of the job – you’re likely thinking to yourself, “does this role match up with what I’m looking for?” You’re...
The great paradox of success is that as enterprises get bigger and more established, they have a natural tendency to lose the very entrepreneurial edge that made them successful in the first place. It’s a tendency that leaders in large...
With millions of messages bombarding us every day, the ability to listen is becoming a lost art. As leaders, we need to be able to hear what can move our businesses forward. After all, none of us is as smart...

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