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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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Employees with disabilities bring new, diverse perspectives and unique skills and talents to the workplace. Hiring people with disabilities is a win for everyone involved and brings value to teams in all industries. The first step to hiring more qualified...
Every day we are bombarded by the news that something new was made or developed. New methods were discovered; a new process we need to follow; we hear almost everywhere that our world is evolving and that some things become...
During my time as a manager and a consultant, I have read many excellent CVs and met some brilliant candidates. I’ve also met some arrogant applicants, some understated leaders, and some unfortunate professionals who are not sure where they are...
Note: This article is part of an occasional series dedicated to exploring the contribution of human capital assets (people!) to the valuation of a business. Welcome to The New ROI: Return on Individuals. Previous articles in the series can be found here. ∼∼∼∼∼ “A little girl...
Employees need genuine connections with coworkers and the organization to be engaged. Study after study will tell you it’s all about treating them like whole people, with all the respect and deference that implies. We all inherently understand what a...
Telecommuting has become incredibly common in the workplace in the last decade, and trends indicate that the number of remote workers will continue to grow. For the talent acquisition profession, this means that sourcing specialists will often not reside in...

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There has long been an assumed link between the quality of leadership a company has and its ability to attract and retain great people. But why is that? Is it because a Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg simply attract talent? Or is there something else going on at a more systemic level? A...
New apps, social media, nudges … we’re always trying to catch the latest trends to stay ahead of the curve and impress our clients, vendors, prospects, and more. But as I look at trends in recruiting over the last year or so, I am reminded of that saying that is so popular in...
Imagine if you will that you owned a factory and it was operating at 50% capacity. You would pull your hair out trying to get capacity back up. If you ran a customer service survey and your customers gave you results showing they are not pleased with your company, all hell would break...
Smart talent acquisition of top talent increases our ability to employ the right organizational initiatives and exhibit the right leadership approaches needed to make change stick. Unfortunately, there are far too many change management initiatives destined for failure in business today. The one true ingredient to evolving (smarter than “
I am often blown away by the sheer volume of entities who provide “leadership development.” How would a conscientious buyer know where to start? Here’s a hint: Decide first if you want to develop leaders, or develop leadership. Do you want to develop the skills and competencies of individual leaders? Or do you want...
Strategic My A**, What Strategic Recruiting really looks like from Dr John Sullivan The post Strategic My A**, What Strategic Recruiting really looks like appeared first on Dr John

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No industry has suffered more at the hand of online classifieds than the newspaper business. The last 20 years have been a painful decline in revenues and influence that will most likely never reverse. Industries that have historically relied on...
In our industry, we are always trying to help others, placing ourselves into a “service” to others, filling roles for hiring managers, serving a candidate, or colleagues; but who is helping you? Are you taking care of your heart? Are you even...
Telecommuting has become incredibly common in the workplace in the last decade, and trends indicate that the number of remote workers will continue to grow. For the talent acquisition profession, this means that sourcing specialists will often not reside in...
Previously I detailed the justification for adding Facebook as a sourcing method for passive candidates in local markets.  The sheer volume of users and the percentage of time most of them spend using the Facebook provides an abundance of sourcing...
The following is a little secret I discovered years ago, witnessing it as layoffs happened. I validated my theory, as best I could, by watching layoffs happen through a few recessions from within the company. Hearing the announced “target” reduction...
“A modern recruiter is one who is targeted, builds relationships and knows how to not only find candidates but also get them to respond!”— Stacy Donovan Zapar I had been in the industry for years, and I had never been to...

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