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Seasonality rules: the ebb and flow of hiring

I'm looking out my window at a truly spectacular show of color from a beautiful maple - oranges, yellows, and reds. Sometimes the fall almost makes up for the Iowa winter. The natural world is not the only thing with distinct seasons.…

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Ask the question: why surveys matter

I have no idea what you're thinking. In fact, I can't even see you. I guess I'm operating in the dark. The above pretty much describes any web-based business with regard to their relationship to their customers. Unlike a retail…

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Should job boards ignore big data?

A long time ago - well, maybe a year or two - 'big data' was being touted as the next big thing. It would 'change the game' for recruiters, it would change the workplace, and provide 'new recruiting insight'. Guess…

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The unexpected

One of my closest friends had a stroke last week. He is 58. Right now he's in a hospital, waiting for the stroke to stop getting bigger. He can't move his left arm, and his left leg is definitely in…

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LinkedIn: moving up – and out?

The recruiting press was abuzz last week with the news that LinkedIn had purchased Lynda.com, a career-focused online learning company. It was the kind of deal that makes stockholders swoon - LinkedIn is 'broadening' its revenue streams, is going 'cradle to grave',…

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Deconstruction for fun and profit

Almost every day I read about a new recruiting site or service that has nabbed some VC money. Sometimes it's big ($100M for Thumbtack) and sometimes it's not so big ($2M for for JobR). But in every case, the company…

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Change is painful, change is good

This morning I will lose my right thumb joint. It's been a good joint and has served me well for five decades, but for the past three years it has deteriorated. How much? Let's just say that it is extremely…

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