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Coaching Random Thoughts Talent acquisition

You are not the market

While this might be the worst time of the year to hunt for a new job, if you are “in the market,” all the very best*. It’s gonna be a grind. And it will suck. Being realistic about your pursuits is possibly the best gift you can give yourself during times like these. Particularly, when […]

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Talent acquisition

Performance profiles over job descriptions

I hate reading job descriptions because most suck. And I hated writing one even more because they failed to give a clear picture of what the job will be like for the candidate. Although, I must say, 99% of all job descriptions have an obsessive focus on the ideal candidate they would like to get […]

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Business Coaching Human Resources Leadership Random Thoughts Talent acquisition

It’s not about those ping-pong or foosball tables…

Each time I bring up “culture” into my conversations with my peers, friends, and industry experts, I get to hear a list of facilities and equipments on offer to the employees. That’s like trying selling me on features and benefits. I’m just not going to buy it! Of course, they also talk about the values […]

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Personal growth Random Thoughts Talent acquisition

Having the experience doesn’t mean you’re entitled

I’m in the middle of yet another recruitment campaign. As with all the ones I’ve administered, this one too has its stories to be shared. The latest of which is an interaction with an experienced candidate who’s applying for an independent contractor position. I went through his profile and writer’s portfolio. Was quite impressed by […]

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Human Resources Marketing Personal growth Random Thoughts Selling Talent acquisition

Do the work before you’re ready to show it…

The one aspect that stuns me while reviewing resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles of potential candidates is their portfolio. Most don’t have it and when asked they need “some time” to pull everything together. The ones who do have a portfolio share samples that are from 2014, 2015, 2016, along with their most recent […]

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Human Resources Talent acquisition Teams

How does Starbucks hire the best?

The lunch hour (1-3 pm in India) is almost always the busiest in any restaurant. We Indians tend to be picky about what we eat and want to be absolutely sure about our orders. So, we spend hours “deciding” what to order! Only to change it completely or partially a minute later. I only wonder […]

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Business Coaching Leadership Talent acquisition

Agility is a mindset

I think we miss out on the ‘heart’ of scrum or agile when we talk about it from a getting things done point of view for a project or an outcome. Yes, I know that’s exactly what the methodology is meant for and I know some of my friends who use it in their day-to-day […]

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Human Resources Talent acquisition

About those reference checks

How many times in your career have you been asked to provide references? Or be one for someone? My guess is plenty. Enough for you to take this seriously. Particularly, if you’re the employer/recruiter. I, however, question the veracity of a reference check. Nobody seems to be giving anything but glowing references. Even if they […]

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Human Resources Talent acquisition

It’s not about the talent pool but your research

While I do think ‘value creation’ is slowly becoming a throw-away word, clarifying or conveying the value proposition is still a matter of perspective. You can draft up the most compelling values statement for your clients to see and still may not be able to move the needle. The decision makers don’t give a hoot […]

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Coaching Personal growth Random Thoughts Talent acquisition

The survival mindset

One of the major reasons why people (kids and adults alike) quit Brazilian JuJutsu (BJJ) has got nothing to do with their conflicting schedules as they claim. It’s the teaching methodology. Period. I know that first hand having been part of two different (yet so similar) schools of thoughts. When I signed up for my […]