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7 Pitfalls to Avoid in Managing Remote Teams

7 Pitfalls to Avoid in Managing Remote Teams

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Rachel Bartee. Her opinions are her own.

Some of the most prominent and successful companies in the world, such as Zapier, Buffer, and Groove, have built a culture out of remote working. Their managers are effective in maintaining the team spirit and the community vibe, although every individual covers the work from home.

However, other companies are having second thoughts about introducing remote teams in their culture. In 2013, Best Buy followed the practice of Reddit and Yahoo by announcing the end of their flexible work program. Read More…

7 Ways to Spot a Specialist Recruiter From a Generalist in Disguise

7 Ways to Spot a Specialist Recruiter From a Generalist in Disguise

As a business owner or hiring manager, it’s not always easy to keep on top of it all. You do everything possible not to drop the ball but the one area that is often the first to feel the cracks is recruiting. After all when you’ve got all the other balls in the air, who really has time to write a job description, performance profile or capabilities statement for every single role in the business? What about sifting through hundreds of applications to find that diamond in the rough? Read More…

6 Ways to Ensure Your Recruitment Process Doesn’t Slow Down Over Summer

6 Ways to Ensure Your Recruitment Process Doesn’t Slow Down Over Summer

Mark Twain once wrote that the coldest Winter he ever spent was a Summer in San Francisco!

He was certainly on to something. Actually I’m writing this post wearing a hoodie with a bowl of hot soup next to me on my desk and with the heater on.

But given that I did experience 110 degrees in Las Vegas last week, I’m pretty convinced that it really is Summer everywhere else in the USA – and probably across most of the Northern Hemisphere for that matter. (Anyone reading this in the UK … I understand that you may well have your heating on today too!). Read More…

6 Tips for Managing Passive Employees

6 Tips for Managing Passive Employees

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by Megan Thomson from NSK Consultants. Her opinions are her own.

Recognising there are weak links in your team chain may sometimes be the best thing for your business. Why? Well, weak chains are often just rusty. A little bit of polish and attention and they can be just as strong as the rest. Rather than following the old hat tip of removing the apparent ‘weakest’ members of staff, there needs to be more nurturing involved in team building, starting right in management.

You may think that your team could do with some new blood, but think about your current staff first. Do you really need new staff, or do you just need to invest a little more time in those ‘passive’ employees? It is never easy to realise we have flaws in our own management skills, but there is hope for managing your passive employees to nurture a better working environment. Read More…

How to Build Outplacement and Career Transitioning into Your Portfolio

How to Build Outplacement and Career Transitioning into Your Portfolio


Ooh … I can see you squirming already.

Back in the day I know (perhaps to my own detriment) that I was one of those very rare recruiters who genuinely cared more about my candidates’ future than I did about the fee up on the board or the commission cheque at the end of the month. In fact I can honestly say that I have helped more candidates through their own career transition than I have necessarily placed candidates into new positions.

Why are so many recruiters afraid to represent candidates who have either been let go or who are working through an outplacement program? Why are they almost afraid to offer outplacement or career transitioning advice?

Ah … of course … because in the contingent world the fee only comes when the candidate gets placed. How could I forget! Read More…

Minimum Wages Around The World

Minimum Wages Around The World [Infographic]

As a recruiter, one of the questions I always asked my clients when taking a new permanent job brief was what salary they had in mind for the role.

Of course I was always hoping their responses would reveal a salary at or ideally above market rate since that would always mean an easier ‘sell’ to prospective candidates.

Running a busy temp desk, the equivalent question was what hourly rate the client had in mind. Naturally the higher the hourly rate the more likely it would be that I could find a temp ready to jump in and start immediately.

I cannot tell you how many times a client would ask, “Do you think we could get away with paying the minimum wage?“.

That was usually my cue to run.

Whilst I had absolutely no interest in working with such clients, every now and then I would ask them if they even really knew what the minimum wage was. This would usually result in an awkward silence and when I would reveal the numbers they would be quite shocked.

Don’t worry – I still refused to work with those clients.

My first job was working in a petrol (gas) station. At the time I knew I was earning the minimum wage. At the time I had friends working at McDonald’s or in supermarkets and we would all compare what we were being paid.

Minimum wages vary drastically throughout the world. The minimum levels are usually based on local costs of living and general governmental policy. Recent amendments in some US cities will make their minimum wages some of the highest in the world right up there with Australia, Luxembourg and France.

The team at CashNetUSA have recently published an interesting infographic comparing the minimum wages in several US states and cities compared to the rest of the world.

How does your market stack up? Read More…

The Importance of Real Conversations When it Comes to Coaching

The Importance of Real Conversations When it Comes to Coaching

Editors Note: This is a guest post by Simon Corcoran, Co-CEO at A Human Agency. His opinions are his own.

Most of us love a good framework.

Nothing gives us more comfort and confidence that using a tried and tested framework or model, especially if it’s from a fancy university or professional services firm. The challenge with most frameworks though is that we like to follow it a bit like a recipe – so that we don’t get it wrong.

Coaching has started, over the past few years, to gain traction in many organisations with the view that coaching is available to anyone. It doesn’t matter where you are in the organisational hierarchy, you have a coaching responsibility to develop and grow your peers. In other organisations it’s still relegated to the line manager who believe it’s just about setting performance and development goals. Many struggle when having these conversations for fear of not getting the framework right.

A few years ago I facilitated a workshop for a group of senior leaders where we stressed the importance of building rapport as step 1 to understand the coachee’s state of mind, and to give them a chance to relax into the conversation. I can’t tell you the number of people who struggled with this task.
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Top 50 Hadoop Developers In The Bay Area

Top 50 Hadoop Developers In The Bay Area

Here’s a spot quiz for anyone reading this post. What is Hadoop?

Actually let’s make it a bit easier for you. We’ll make it multiple choice!

Is Hadoop …

  1. A character in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book?
  2. A newly discovered superfood related to the acai berry?
  3. An open-source software framework for storing data and running applications on clusters of commodity hardware? or
  4. Can I please phone a friend?

To be honest, when I first heard one of our clients refer to Hadoop several months ago, I had to ask for clarification too.

When a company has a very specific type of candidate in mind, it influences every step of their hiring process. One of the most important steps happens at the very beginning, and it’s called sourcing – an area we know quite a bit about.

Sourcing is the process of identifying the specific characteristics of your ideal candidate, then finding as many people who meet that criteria as possible.

For example, maybe you’ve got your eye set on one of the Top 50 C-Level Marketing Professionals in Seattle, the Top 50 Female Full Stack Developers in New York City, the Top 50 Female Front-End Engineers in San Francisco or the Top 50 Female UI/UX Designers in Austin, Texas.

Wherever you truly believe your ideal candidate might be ‘hiding’, at RecruitLoop, we’ve created a very specific sourcing algorithm and process to help you find them, anywhere in the world. We call it Sourcing as a Service.

Now let’s say hypothetically you were looking for one of the Top 50 Hadoop Developers in the Bay Area.

Well it just so happens that you’ve come to the right place. Here are they for your perusal based on their experience, qualifications and digital footprint.

Learn more about our Sourcing as a Service and candidate ranking system. 

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The Future of Work is ... Here!

The Future of Work is … Here!

Editors Note: This is a guest post by Katriina Tahka, Co-CEO at A Human Agency. Her opinions are her own.

Predicting the future is something humans have been doing for centuries. When it comes to work, the future of work is a hot topic that many people are debating. But are we being brave enough in our thinking?

Last year my Co-CEO Simon and I were super excited to join the collective thinking around the Future of Work at the Vivid Ideas festival in Sydney with the lovely folks from the Centre for Workplace Leadership. Ever since then I have been reflecting on the core question of what might be the future of work; and I landed on two big ‘aha moments’ which I wanted to share. Read More…

10 Not-So-Conventional Ways To Attract Talent

10 Not-So-Conventional Ways To Attract Talent

Editors Note: This is a guest post by Kenneth Waldman – content creator and also a resumé writer at EssaymamaHis opinions are his own.

Startup CEOs, business owners and HR managers all have one thing in common. Regardless of their company missions or product, at some stage they will all have to attract talent and hire new employees. It’s a foundation of running a business, and it is no simple task.

Putting an ad in the local paper classified section might not do for a business what it did before. People are reading more online news, rather than the physical paper, and in a constantly connected world there are now various creative and intelligent methods of recruiting. Check out this list for more details and new ideas. Read More…