They Move Around A Lot

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Today we live in a word where blunt instruments rarely work and yet many companies continue to use them in their hiring practices. I’m often on the phone with a client or meeting in person and they look at a resume I’ve submitted. They scan the resume and say “They’ve moved around a lot.”

Yet I have met with agency principals that talk about how they have turned over more than half their entire staff in the last year because they wanted to shake things up. They create the problem that they criticize but wisdom doesn’t come easily to many in the New Normal.

Longevity doesn’t predict career success in many ways although many companies and their employees swear by it. That theory over indexes with people that haven’t lost their job in a while.

Why do so many companies still love the hiring road plan of the past?  Did they not experience the Great Recession? Continue reading

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How Can Agencies Attract the Best Talent?

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I know all about talent. How to be surrounded by the best, the smartest. The ones that make you feel dumb and inspire you to strive to be better. You can fill in your rest.

I often sat in my new office chair at an agency looking out at the view from a skyscraper or office tower when I was hired at a great shop or transferred to another office within the network. I had a smile on my face just with the achievement of being hired.

Often the Principal of the firm would take the time and stop by unannounced in my office the first few days after I started.

They were polite and smiled and basically told me you are lucky to work here and implied through unsaid words that I should make sure I didn’t screw it up. I didn’t forget that lesson. Then the agency continued to train me. Continue reading

I Quit.

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Somebody told me the other that that they were going out on their own terms. I knew exactly what they meant and  how they felt.

The third rail of working has always been the fact that you can get fired. Right to work states etc.

During the Great Recession most people were afraid of getting terminated because they saw how hard it was for their peers, who were on the beach, to get a job.

That was followed by years of feeble salary growth because nobody wants to rock the boat. Take the raise with a smile or put your complaint into the company suggestion box. Continue reading

Kissing Digital Frogs in the New Normal.

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These are great days for talented digital folks. Most companies want successful lead gen campaigns as they continue to allocate more dollars to the wonderful world of digital. Unfortunately they are spending less overall.

When I try to recruit programmers I can find plenty but they are all working and not looking for new opportunities unless you want to pay them Harvard MBA salaries.

Check out a video called Talented People Are Hard to Find.

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