Cure for the Summer Hiring Slump

Tips for getting your candidate flow going again In Colorado and in some other parts of the country (primarily those with 3 or 4 seasons) we see a tremendous erosion of candidate activity during the summer months.  There are a number of reasons for this phenomenon: Vacations and summer family visits; kids are out of school and that disrupts the…

Sustainable Career Success

Thoughts on increasing your ‘employability’ factor I was talking with a friend last week and we happened upon the topic of what distinguishes people who rise to the top of their chosen profession and those who seem to struggle through their work life (and maybe even their personal life).  As you can imagine this quickly…

Interns are not just for big companies

It looks like it’s finally Springtime in Colorado!  Wow……that was one long snow season, huh?  Spring means college graduation for thousands of newly minted professionals who are eager to begin their careers.  It’s also the time of year when current college students are looking for some relevant work over the summer……keyword internship.  If you are…

For the Rookie Job Seeker

Make sure you’re fishing in the right pond  This month’s article focuses on helping those individuals who don’t have a lot of experience being a job seeker.  Maybe you are getting ready to graduate, looking for an internship, returning to the workforce after an extended absence or newly transplanted to a new geography.  This one…

Are you a driver or a passenger in your career?

I have the privilege of working with amazing people every day. Since we are in the business of finding and hiring talent for our clients, we spend between 4 and 6 hours each day talking with people about their careers. We spend an equal amount of time combing thru resumes. Without sounding too Black and…

Hire Fast!

Collapse your interviewing process to reduce your competition I’ve read a bunch of articles lately about how companies are taking weeks and months to fill open positions.  Most of this press is attributable to large companies with many layers of decisionmakers.  If you are lucky enough to be a hiring manager for a small company,…

Let’s talk about money

How to address the salary question  The one question that trips EVERYONE up when I talk with them is compensation.  I talk with hundreds of job seekers every year – from entry level to senior executives – no one nails this question.  So, it’s time to talk about it.  Seriously, it’s not an elephant in the room.  I’ll assume…

People want to work with good folks and for good companies

6 uncommon ways to build a strong brand If you work for a good company, where people are recognized, and feel that their contribution has an impact you most likely have a strong culture and are surrounded by smart people.  This reputation doesn’t happen overnight.  It also doesn’t happen because your marketing department publishes that you are a…