Kate Reilly

Posts by Kate Reilly

  • Startup to IPO: How Opower's Talent Strategy Transformed through Growth

    December 22, 2014

    “It was incredible. I probably won’t ever experience anything like it ever again. To see seven years of hard work come together like that: it was an insanely fun day.” That’s Dawn Mitchell, Head of Talent Acquisition at Opower, talking about the company’s IPO on April 4, 2014. Aside from parties in every office, complete with champagne spraying stations, the day was a real turning point for Opower. Going from a startup to a publicly traded company inevitably changed the corporate...

  • Yes, You Can Build a Talent Brand with Zero Budget and No Marketing Team

    November 24, 2014

    You may not have heard of RealPage, Inc. It’s a Dallas-based software company that designs solutions for the rental housing space. Like many small and medium-sized businesses, RealPage doesn’t have a strong consumer brand. RealPage went public in 2010 and was suddenly in hyper-growth mode. To meet the increased demand for talent, “We knew we had to develop our talent brand,” says Suzanne Myers, Director of Talent Acquisition. “We needed a way for the right candidates to recognize...

  • 16 Tips for Improving Your Candidate Experience, #10 is a Must

    November 19, 2014

    I just got that dreaded email. I almost can’t believe it. I have been waiting to hear back from this company for what seems like forever. Two months ago I took the day off from work to interview with seven different people there. It was grueling. And they had the nerve to send me a form rejection letter over email? Hey there, recruiter. Yes, I’m talking to you. You’re not paying enough attention to the candidate experience. Whether or not I get the job, I’m going to tell my...

  • 14 Out-of-the-box Sourcing Tips for Finding Top Talent

    November 12, 2014

    Several of the world’s best sourcers came together for a panel discussion at Talent Connect San Francisco last month. The panelists’ organizations and...

  • Why Did Zappos Ditch Its Job Postings, and is the Strategy Working?

    November 4, 2014

    “Take a long time to hire and a short time to fire. Most companies do it the other way around.” – Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO You probably heard the buzz about...

  • Forget Money and Power: Here’s How to Define Success Says Arianna Huffington

    October 23, 2014

    Arianna Huffington woke up in a pool of blood one day in April 2007. She had fallen and hit her head on her desk. She had broken her cheekbone. She needed...