Five Strategies for Moving Beyond the Election


How am I dealing with the outcome of the election?

I’m continuing my post-election strategy to stay insanely busy, completely self-absorbed, and intently focused 24×7 on writing, recording, my kids, and business. (Here it is Sunday afternoon, and I’m writing this).

Obviously, there are many people very happy with the election results – however I am not one of them. On November 9th I honestly felt similar to the shock I felt in New York City on 9/11.

Prior to the election, I was obsessed with Google News, The New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, Five-Thirty-Eight, Politico, The Hill, Cook Political Report, Talking Points Memo, HuffPo… you get the idea. Spending way too many hours nervously… clicking. Since the election, I have tried to completely tune out. No NPR, no cable news, nothing. Continue reading “Five Strategies for Moving Beyond the Election”

The 2016 North American CandE award winners.

tb-2016-stamp-239x300What are the CandEs you ask?

Have you ever applied for a job, spending hours writing a cover letter and jumping through hoops to upload your resumé into the company’s crazy ATS (applicant tracking system), then waiting… and waiting… and never, ever, hear anything back? From anyone? (A curse commonly known as the resumé black hole).

Six years ago, three recruiting and HR leaders – Elaine Orler, Gerry Crispin and Ed Newman got together to address the “candidate problem.”

The result? The Candidate Experience Awards (aka #TheCandEs), and a new non-profit organization, Talent Board was created, focused on the promotion and benchmark research of a quality candidate experience.  Since 2011, The CandE Awards have grown to an international movement. Continue reading “The 2016 North American CandE award winners.”

ROI of Social Media

We often get asked how Jobs in Pods tracks its ROI. Our answer is that we track the number of downloads for each jobcast that we publish and we can then determine its ROI based on the cost. But there is a deeper issue when it comes to social media that most HR folks just don’t understand.

Jason Falls from the Social Media Explorer blog explains it like this;

The problem with trying to determine ROI for social media is you are trying to put numeric quantities around human interactions and conversations, which are not quantifiable.

To illustrate that point for all our measurement and metric geeks out there, what you are trying to do is assign multiple choice scoring to an essay question. It’s not possible.

Katie hit the nail on the head near the end of her round table discussion when she said, “Ultimately, the key question to ask when measuring engagement is, ‘Are we getting what we want out of the conversation?’” And, as stubborn as it sounds Mr. CEO, you don’t get money out of a conversation.