Job Seeker Funnies, Episode IV

Best to apply the brain filter prior to opening your mouth…. It’s summertime! Feeling like I’ll take a lighthearted theme this month. One of the coolest things about my job is that I get a firsthand recall of the best—and the worst—things that candidates do during the interview process. If you recognize your antic here

Seven common hiring mistakes that entrepreneurs make

This article was published as part of the Denver Business Journal Leadership Trust, an invitation-only network of influential business leaders, experts, executives and entrepreneurs.  I specialize in helping founders, entrepreneurs and small business owners find, attract and hire the talented professionals they need to be competitive in their respective markets. The types of positions my

Creating a white glove candidate experience

When you’re a startup and don’t have a budget Hiring top talent and the experienced professionals you need when you are a small company is hard.  It’s also hard to really stand out in this candidate-driven market when you don’t have a big recruiting budget.  Let’s face it – you can’t foot the bill for

  • Money in an envelope used to pay salaries or bonuses

What’s up with Salaries?

How to compete in this candidate driven market If you have been trying to hire early or mid-career professionals in Colorado you have likely seen a pretty big spike in salaries lately. If your team has been solid and you haven’t hired in the past two years, you are in for a shock. We conduct

  • Puzzles pieces symbolizes company culture fit

Stop hiring for culture fit

Hire based on value fit If you’ve had an opportunity to engage in a discussion about culture with me then you know what this month’s blog is about. The word CULTURE as it relates to a company may be one of the most misunderstood words. It’s a big squishy word with as many meanings as

  • Candidates are Pawns in the Games Recruiters Play

The games recruiters play

Manipulative tactics that some recruiters will use on you I really don’t like writing about negative subjects and I’ve put this off as long as I could.  Many of you are thinking about switching positions this year and may not have worked with a recruiter before.  These super friendly people who seem to be interested

  • Hiring and interviewing candidates

Hiring at 2.5% Unemployment

Increasing your odds for success in a tight candidate market I’m certain that if you are a small and growing company in Colorado you have experienced a wild and crazy ride with hiring candidates.  Just to ground us in reality, the U.S. Department of Labor considers 5% unemployment to be full employment for their purposes. 

Diversity in your workplace

Be deliberate about increasing diversity Unless you’ve been in a cave lately you have noticed the media making noise about diversity in the workplace. Some high profile companies have landed in hot water over a reported lack of diversity and even harassment. I truly don’t believe that most startup companies intend to lack diversity –