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“PoPos” work in your company

I get it. You have been working at your job for 5 years and still haven’t got the “BIG” job of your dreams. You are a PoPo -  Passed over & Pissed off. #PoPo

PoPos are highly talented but become dangerous if they are ignored. If you let a PoPo linger at your company they are the complainers or drama creators. They are bored but talented, like this guy in the photo.

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What are your candidates Googling...

If you really want to dig deep on someone, ask a sales rep for his/her last 3 years of W-2s and a software engineer for their Google search history. These are not the esoteric questions you read about in Silicon Valley. They are questions that will get you good intel.

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Disengaged candidates: Hit the snooze button not once, but twice...

Owning your day starts with owning your alarm clock. Disengaged Candidates: Alarm clock 2, Candidates 0. The alarm clock got the two points of the day. Some people never recover from hitting snooze in the morning...

Some people I talk with - hit snooze more than once, twice, three times and on.

Pay attention to the “Snooze Button”. Unemployment is low. Business is good but many workers are staying in jobs, despite being bored. People are waking up, hitting snooze and not wanting to face their job.

According to Gallup -  About 68% of workers are disengaged from their jobs.

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People will buy when they are ready to buy

Same goes for hiring. People will hire when they are ready to hire. Candidates will change jobs when they are ready to change jobs.

Convincing someone to buy something when they are not ready is like pushing a rope. But when they are ready to buy, watch out…

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It’s hard to play the long game, until...

There are Kiyo’s in many companies and professions. They work hard, know their job and people work hard for them. They don’t show up on your Instagram feed with a selfie of how awesome they are. They know life and work are hard and are ready to play the long game. They have a deep meaning about their work and take pride in what they do.

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Podcast Ep. #38: Ryan Hart- Behind the scenes of employment background checks and drug screens

I recently recorded a podcast with Ryan Hart, the Director of Product for the background check and drug screening company, Verified First. We covered several unexplored areas of the hiring process - specifically the “Ban the Box” legislation that states and cities continue to adopt across America. Whether you are a job seeker or recruiter, you need to be aware of “Ban the Box”.

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The Free, Cheap and Classy Way to hire the best people

Last week, a reader asked, “what tools should I be using to hire the best people?” The answer depends on another question: how much time and money ya got?  

You see, one day your laptop and iPhone will be obsolete. One year from now, 5 years from now, 10 years from our computer devices will be like fax machines of the 90s. Almost everything we see and hold is like that, they are hot and cool for a few short years.

I’m not going to go talk about AI, chatbots, and data science with you. I will save that for another day.

I do want to be more precise with you on what tools you can use today that will help you hire the best people, depending on your company’s phase.

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Growing a Disruptive Career - Is it based on Vengeance or Transformation

A career happens the day we learn how to make a dollar for ourselves, which can come at almost any age when you count lawn mowing, babysitting, paper route type jobs. If you take the traditional route - graduate college, then work - you can get fooled into thinking your career is outside of your control until one day you wake up (again this can come at any age) and realize you are in more control of our life and happiness than previously thought.

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