Op-ed Articles

  • Out of Africa: How a Safari Company Creates a Culture of Pride and Excellence in a Really Simple Way

    August 26, 2019

    I’m just back from a trip of a lifetime with my family to Africa. We went to Tanzania to safari at two different camps run by the same company, Nomad Tanzania. Like any vacation, the plan was to “unplug” and not think about work. Little did I know that I would soon find myself thinking about work — and what can make a really great workplace (more on that below)....

  • Marissa Mayer’s Resume Has Gone Viral Again. But Is It All It’s Cracked up to Be?

    January 22, 2019

    We’d all like to have a bullet-proof resume: no gaps, no mistakes, no vulnerabilities. Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has done us one better. She has a resume that refuses to die. Marissa’s resume surfaced in 2016 and caused a stir. It was proclaimed to be smart, beautiful, and full of personality. Turns out, it was also a fake, created by a Bulgarian tech...

  • 10 Things That Still Puzzle Me After Recruiting for 45 Years

    September 28, 2017

    I’ve been thinking about hiring when I first become a hiring manager 45 years ago and 1,500 hires later (as a recruiter). Mostly I’ve been thinking about why hiring processes are still as outdated as they were when I became a recruiter. Here’s what I find puzzling: Why do recruiters need to review 150 resumes to make one decent hire, but only 3-4 referred...

  • Gaps In the Resume, But Not In Talent—Reasons to Embrace...

    August 3, 2017

    They’re talented, ambitious, and eager to contribute. Yet, so many hiring managers and companies are refusing to take notice. I’m...

  • Is Talent Today Active, Passive or Neither? 3 Recruiting...

    March 23, 2017

    The recruiting industry has long talked about “purple squirrels” — but it’s talked about “passive candidates” even longer (LinkedIn...

  • What 4.3M+ Open Candidates on LinkedIn Means for Employers

    March 16, 2017

    Last fall, I attended LinkedIn’s annual Talent Connect event, where some of my colleagues presented on how Nielsen is using people...