Op-ed Articles

  • 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 Mostly I’ve been thinking about why hiring processes are still as outdated as they were when I became a recruiter.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 Women Returning to the Workforce

    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 referring to the estimated 1.5 million women with degrees who have left the workforce and now wish to return. These women off-ramped from their careers for a variety of reasons (to start a family, to care for an elderly parent, for...

  • 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...

  • How to Overcome These 3 Negative Perceptions Candidates...

    August 27, 2015

    Not all candidates like us. Some are frustrated with recruiters because their applications get rejected, others are angry because they...