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Greatness and Leaderhship

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 08/31/2015 in Personal / About Me |

I’ve been watching a couple videos of David Marquet.  He was a submarine captain that figured out a few things. Here is the short overview: And the more informative 48 minute presentation he gave at a company…   A couple of the great things I thought that were said are as follows:   People are […]






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Measuring Quality of Hire – Part Two

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 08/27/2015 in Recruiting articles |

In a prior article, “The Minimum Requirement for Improving Quality of Hire,” I spoke about the need for determining quality of hire and shared an idea for a short survey to send to the hiring managers. Well this is really only half the story, because how well we did as a recruiter is not only […]






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Why is Missing in Most Job Posts and Initial Conversations

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 08/23/2015 in Personal / About Me, Recruiting articles |

After recently watching a TED Talk called “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” by Simon Sinek, I was struck how the same concepts are immediately applicable to our job posts and how we pitch the jobs we recruit for. In the video, Simon Sinek shared his golden circle and the following definition of terms: What – […]






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Why We Must Simplify the Job Application Process

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 08/19/2015 in Recruiting articles |

When was the last time you applied for a job? Have you tried applying to a job in your own company lately? I ask because the length of time it takes to apply for a job has become ridiculous.  I hear about (and have experienced) 1/2 hour, 1 hour, and 1.5 hour long or longer […]






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The happy secret to better work

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 08/17/2015 in Personal / About Me |

Another TED Talk I recently watched, this time by Shawn Achor – a very funny guy. Focus and celebrate on the wins/successes and positives. 75% of job success are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support, and ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat.  We need to keep optimism high […]






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Why good leaders make you feel safe

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 08/13/2015 in Personal / About Me |

Here is another TED Talk that I would like to share that I watched recently… I really loved this talk.  It relates to employee engagement, cooperation, and commitment in a very profound way…and how the leader sets the tone within the group. If you are a manager, director, or executive…are you and those above or […]






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The Minimum Requirement for Improving Quality of Hire

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 08/11/2015 in Recruiting articles |

Skipping all suspense, I will just say that the minimum requirement for improving quality of hire is that the quality of the hire is measured. As Peter Drucker said, If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Well, duh (some of you might be thinking).  I know…it seems obvious.  However, do you get any […]






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Why it’s time to forget the pecking order at work

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 08/08/2015 in Personal / About Me |

I was watching TED Talks this morning and saw this one today and found it very interesting. Groups whose members scored higher on the “Reading the Mind in the Eye” test did better as a group (because they aware of each others’ emotions more). I found two tests online (that appeared to be a little […]






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Listening to a New Audiobook about Recruiting

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 08/03/2015 in Personal / About Me |

I am a fan of Lou Adler and Performance-based Hiring (see more at the Adler Group).  I took the Performance-based Hiring course in September 2008, and as part of the course I received a copy of “Hire With Your Head.”  I recommend that every recruiter should read this book. It has been a while since […]






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Transparency to Increase Trust, Tenure, & Talent Pool

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 08/03/2015 in Recruiting articles |

As a long time recruiter, I have been privy to all the secrets that we hold as recruiters and I believe that for modern-day recruiting – we need transparency. What do I mean?  Here are three examples off the top of my head: 1. Per CareerBuilder’s Candidate Behavior 2015 study, when candidates were asked which […]






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