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It’s Illegal to Inquire About a Job Applicant’s Salary History

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 04/11/2017 in Recruiting articles |

That’s right another joins in…the New York City Council has enacted legislation (effective in 180 days) prohibiting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s “salary history.”   They are not the only ones.  There are several cities and states thinking about passing similar laws – some already have.  For example, Philadelphia passed such a law at […]






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Can We Please Stop Asking for Cover Letters Yet?

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 03/31/2017 in Recruiting articles |

From what I can see, it seems most companies still ask for cover letters.  Isn’t this just one more hurdle and inconvenience to make applicants go through that really doesn’t add value? Based on my experience, cover letters are not needed anymore.  I know I am not alone in this (from speaking with peers), but […]






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Why Are We Still Using Stock Photos on Our Careers Sites?

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 03/14/2017 in Recruiting articles |

I pretty consistently read the articles on ERE and have done so for years.  Many of the articles are geared towards showing innovation in recruiting and how we could all be doing things better.  Other times, you get articles that tell you things that are obvious but so many companies still are behind the ball […]






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Words Matter: Recruitment Copywriting 101

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 02/28/2017 in Recruiting articles |

If you have not read it, I recommend reading “The Psychology of Persuasion” by Kevin Hogan.  It is a book that many marketers would be familiar with and the content is backed by scientific studies. One of the sections of the book is about the power of words.  The most powerful word that can be […]






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Often Recruiters Can Never Truly Be a Partner

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 02/16/2017 in Recruiting articles |

I have been a recruiter for a long time and spoken with a lot of my peers about this.  In the end, I think Human Resources/Talent Acquisition has messed up the possibility of being partners to many hiring managers.  We keep saying hiring managers are our primary customers.  There is a difference between customers and […]






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Is There a Better Way Than Resume Review?

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 01/27/2017 in Recruiting articles |

I recently watched “Why hiring is broken” by Kate Glazebrook from TEDxGoodenoughCollege.  Yet another person saying resumes are broken (which is true), but this time with research to back it up.  They don’t really do a good job predicting performance and they allow biases to creep in. What good is a resume really?  As a […]






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Screening Out the Takers from the Candidate Pool

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 01/10/2017 in Recruiting articles |

I recently saw a great TED Talk by Adam Grant that was just posted this month via the TED Talk app on my AppleTV.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a YouTube link for the TED Talk yet, but I found a link to a similar talk he gave on the same topic at ZeitgeistMinds called “Givers, Takers, […]






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Measuring Quality of Hire in Recruiting

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 12/21/2016 in Recruiting articles |

Per the Global Recruiting Trends 2017 by LinkedIn, in the top 3 of recruiting metrics we see “length of stay” and “hiring manager satisfaction.”  Both of these point towards quality of hire.  Another main recruiting metric is “time to fill,” but this metric is about recruiting efficiency and not quality of hire. “Length of stay” […]






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VR: New Possibilities for Virtual Reality in Recruiting

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 12/06/2016 in Recruiting articles |

I recently gave myself an early Christmas present…a Sidardoe 3D VR goggles/headset.  I would not necessarily recommend them beyond just a really cheap viewer ($22) to try virtual reality video out.  I just put my iPhone into the headset’s case and pull up videos…many on YouTube. What amazed me most was watching an online video […]






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Are You Enabling Bad Behavior From Hiring Managers?

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 11/23/2016 in Recruiting articles |

I have had a lot of success “training” hiring managers into using proper processes and procedures.  That is what we have to do as recruiters…we need to train hiring managers to a certain degree. I don’t mean giving them training sessions on the illegal questions to ask during interviews. I don’t mean giving them training […]






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