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Your Boss is Not the Enemy

Your Boss is Not the Enemy

You work long hours. You’re always on time, you take short lunches, and you’re the last to leave. You produce ideas: perhaps you came up with a new filing system, suggested a new computer program, or redirected an entire project. You always bring your A-game, yet your...

Bias: We All Do It

Bias: We All Do It

So you say you’re not a racist. You’re not a sexist, a homophobe, or any other dirty name in the book. You’re proud of your progressive worldview, your tolerant agenda, your liberal posture. You claim to be absolutely color blind and gender neutral, and you wish that...

The Recruiter’s Myth

The Recruiter’s Myth

There’s a myth going around. According to this myth, recruiters can throw five to ten resumes at a hiring manager, and one will stick. Recruiters don’t need to drill into the candidates to see if they are a fit. With more candidates, one is likely to match. But this...

The Ultimate Standard

The Ultimate Standard

The standardized test: a source of information, motivation, anxiety, distress, and unneeded headache. At its best, the standardized test allows educators to identify students with potential learning disabilities and at-risk academic behaviors. At its worst, the...

Glassdoor… A Friend or Foe?

Glassdoor… A Friend or Foe?

Assume for a moment that you are the nation’s number one employer. You offer the highest compensation for your industry, your benefits are impressive to say the least, and you offer a level of flexibility that the rest of the workforce envies. In addition to work-life...

Interviewing Pitfalls: Who’s to Blame?

Interviewing Pitfalls: Who’s to Blame?

The interview lasted an hour. She trotted in with a professional air about her, dressed in a sharp pantsuit, resume in hand. You exchanged pleasantries, asked about her resume, and then worked through a basic script that you had used, without fail, for the last five...

Workplace Culture: Shut Up and Be Happy!

Workplace Culture: Shut Up and Be Happy!

Workplace culture: it’s a trendy topic. Almost as trendy as hot yoga and kale. But what’s behind the growing trend? What’s behind the fancy jargon, butterflies, and sunshine? More importantly, what happens when we, as leaders, don’t get it right? According to...

That Awkward Moment When…

That Awkward Moment When…

It’s the elephant in the room. It’s the monster in the closet. It’s the 800-pound gorilla in the boardroom, or the hot potato among executives. What is this absolutely terrifying topic? One word: diversity. Did I just see you shift uncomfortably in your seat? While...

When Recruiters Can’t Recruit

When Recruiters Can’t Recruit

Well, folks, the results are in…and it doesn’t look good. Orion Talent determined that over half of all talent acquisition customers “give them [providers] a ‘B’ grade when it comes to overall performance.” These aren’t my words; these are the words of Staffing...

Quality Recruiting Metrics

Quality Recruiting Metrics

If I were to ask you how well your recruiting team is performing, what would you tell me? Great, you might respond. They’re doing just fine. We’re receiving excellent candidates! Let me be frank with you. This tells me absolutely nothing. Without concrete numbers and...

Recruiters & Marketing: A Necessary Alliance

Recruiters & Marketing: A Necessary Alliance

It wasn’t in the job description. It’s not in your title. Nobody told you upfront that it would be required, yet here you are. You’re writing LinkedIn and job ads, employing Facebook targeting, and supporting employer branding left and right. In essence, you’re...

Sense of Purpose: Your Energy Boost

Sense of Purpose: Your Energy Boost

“Purpose provides you with the power to produce.” The billionaire CEO. The straight-A ivy-league student. The Olympic athlete, the best-selling novelist, the highest producing recruiter, and the published scientist. What do all these successful individuals have in...

Top 5 Most Egregious Recruiter Crimes

Top 5 Most Egregious Recruiter Crimes

We’ve all been there. As I shoveled through a thick pile of Monday papers, bright computer screen set up before me, a brief LinkedIn message passed through my email. While I generally roll my eyes and delete the message with little thought, this time pulled up my...

Candidate-Driven Market: Who’s the Boss?

Candidate-Driven Market: Who’s the Boss?

The year was 2007. With a relatively strong economy and unemployment rates below five percent, the United States seemed to be riding on the crest of a prosperous wave. Candidates were content, recruiters became creative, and competition became fierce. Sourcing the...

En Vogue: Robotic Recruitment

En Vogue: Robotic Recruitment

It’s three o’clock on a Monday afternoon. Your desk is stacked to the ceiling with paperwork, the person in the next cubicle will not stop humming show tunes, your boss has been nagging you since lunch, and your email is buzzing to the brim. With a serious case of the...

We all have a story to tell!

We all have a story to tell!

We all have a story to tell. Some of us have been through the wringer, and our faces might show the difficulties that life has thrown our way. Others have led a fairly simple life, fortunately enough, escaping all but the most menial trials. As I consider this...

4 Ways to Say “No” to Your Hiring Manager

4 Ways to Say “No” to Your Hiring Manager

Your hiring manager approaches you and asks you to take on just one more open position. The position has an unrealistic timeline and an even more unrealistic candidate profile. We’ve all been there. We enthusiastically say, “yes!” when inside we’re screaming, “No way!...

How to become a successful Entrepreneur

How to become a successful Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur has the desire to start and build a successful business.  Although the payoffs can be enormous, the drive, dedication and willingness to sacrifice in the short term for long term success is critical.  Beyond that, having a roadmap to guide your journey...

The Investors Have Spoken

The Investors Have Spoken

As Americans across the country sat around their television screens on the night of November 7, 2016, nervously watching the electoral votes pour in in Trump’s favor, emotions ran high on both sides of the aisle. As conservatives began to gain confidence in their...

4 Attributes of a True Leader and What you can do Today!

4 Attributes of a True Leader and What you can do Today!

Why is it that some people think that to be a leader of people, or to be seen as an expert in a function, they need to be viewed as “right” all of the time? Whether you lead a team or function of one, real leadership is about creating more leaders. This line of...

Common Sense: Is there an app for that?

For any of us that have been online, watched TV, or know someone that has, we know that the term "app" is short for software application.  The technology geniuses at Apple made this term famous with the introduction of the iPhone and now with the iPad.  Jumping on the...

Does Facebook Equal Free Speech for Employees????

We have all heard stories regarding employees being fired from organizations due to questionable comments or behaviors they were foolish enough to place on Facebook, Twitter or other social media site.  My favorite is the story of a junior executive who called his...

Why & How You Should Conduct Results-Based Interviews

Why & How You Should Conduct Results-Based Interviews

Only 11% of candidates are terminated due to lack of skill according to Mark Murphy, author of Hiring for Attitude. He also found that 89% are fired for their attitude - things like their motivation and communication skills. While this data is fascinating, we need to...

InsideSales.com…..are you kidding me!?!?

InsideSales.com…..are you kidding me!?!?

In my more than 20 years as an entrepreneur and business owner, I’ve seen my share of misguided salespeople. Some weren’t trained properly, some weren’t given the supervision they require, and some are just not the right fit for the role. But as time goes on, I’ve...

Who’s Responsible for Quality of Hire?

Who’s Responsible for Quality of Hire?

recently posted the following picture on my Facebook Page knowing that it would ruffle feathers and maybe even garner some hate mail on who is responsible for the Quality of Hire. The purpose was not to incite a riot or start a fight – although I did receive some...

Candidates: For the last time, beware of what you post!!

Candidates: For the last time, beware of what you post!!

The need for caution on social media has become increasingly apparent the further we dive into today’s growing digital space. This is especially true when it comes to candidates and how they can be perceived by future or current employers. In fact, this isn’t the...

Three Keys To Closing the Deal

Three Keys To Closing the Deal

I am amazed at how often I speak with recruiters who have no idea what the motivators are of the candidate they are making an offer to. For example, earlier this week I was speaking to a corporate “Executive Recruiter” who was getting ready to present an offer to a...

Your Open Reqs are Not a Badge of Honor!!

Your Open Reqs are Not a Badge of Honor!!

In one of the most pathetic trends to ever take over the recruiting field, professionals are increasingly relying on a particularly useless bragging right – the Number of Open Job Requisitions. Phrases such as “Each of my recruiters handles forty open job requisitions...

5 Ways to Irritate a Candidate

Whether or not the reputation is fair, many recruiters are viewed as aggravating sales people who harass unwilling and uninterested participants. While this is certainly not true of all recruiters, the stereotype stems from a very bleak reality – many recruiters never...

Recruiters, TIME TO RECRUIT!!!

Recruiters, TIME TO RECRUIT!!!

The Labor Apartment announced this week that the number of job openings across the U.S. rose to a 14-year high in April. This number means that job growth is only going to continue to surge in the coming months. Employers posted 5.4 million job openings in April,...

I’ve Quit, But I Haven’t Left!

I’ve Quit, But I Haven’t Left!

Especially in today’s economic conditions, every business needs to pay close attention to their team members to spot and eliminate one of the single largest killers of productivity and profits – “I’ve Quit but Haven’t Left Yet” Syndrome! Just like any other ailment,...

How Karma Plays a Big Role in Recruiting

How Karma Plays a Big Role in Recruiting

We’ve all heard the saying “what goes around comes around.” If you do a quick Google search of karma, you’ll find over 12 million results about the energy you put out into the world and what you get back as a result. Although I don’t believe in some of the...

Steve Lowisz Speaks on Job Outlook for Bloomberg Radio

Steve Lowisz Speaks on Job Outlook for Bloomberg Radio

Take a listen to Steve Lowisz as he speaks with Bloomberg Radio on the state of today's job outlook. Unemployment is down in every state in the U.S. for the first time in decades, with predominant growth in the health care, IT, and engineering sectors. Steve talks...

Work from Home? You’ve Got to Earn it

Work from Home? You’ve Got to Earn it

As a business owner I’m often asked about a practice being embraced more frequently by many organizations, yet discouraged by others: working remotely. Working from home is consistently up for debate in an era where many employees are looking to prioritize work-life...

Candidates in the Driver’s Seat

Candidates in the Driver’s Seat

I recently spoke at the Recruiting Trends conference in Las Vegas regarding Candidates in the Driver's Seat: Shifting Gears to Competitively Recruit in a Candidate Driven Market. Understanding the shift in mindset among today's top performers is crucial in order to...

Who is Responsible for Quality of Hire?

This morning I spoke at the annual Michigan SHRM Conference at The Cobo Center in Detroit regarding the Disconnect between Recruiters and HR. I discussed 4 simple ways for HR & Recruiting to Streamline the Hiring Process, and understanding the reasons candidates...

Recruiters are Ruining LinkedIn!!!!!

Recruiters are Ruining LinkedIn!!!!!

Most of us who have been in the search business for any length of time know that value of connections. When LinkedIn came on the scene, it was quickly embraced by our industry due to the seeming ease in which we could make new connection and establish relationships....

Can’t We ALL Just Get Along?

Can’t We ALL Just Get Along?

4 Steps for HR and Recruiting to Streamline the Hiring Process  “If a new hire fails, it’s not my fault!” I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard this argument in Recruiting and HR! More often than not, when a new hire fails to deliver, fingers start flying to find out...

ELF 2014 Presentations Available For Download

ELF 2014 Presentations Available For Download

It has been an absolute pleasure  to speak at the European Leadership Forum in Wisla Poland.  Digital and Social Media are ingrained into our daily lives. Understanding how to leverage these tools are critical to ensuring that our message is heard and seen.  Although...

European Leadership Forum – Social Media Matters

European Leadership Forum – Social Media Matters

I'm honored to be a speaker at this year's European Leadership Forum. This year my focus is on Social Media: the keys to success, the influence it has on today's society, and how to design relevant media strategies to become a thought leader. According to eMarketer,...

The Trouble with “Omnichannel Recruiting”

The Trouble with “Omnichannel Recruiting”

Trendy Buzzwords Point to Same Communication Issues I recently came across an article being circulated among retail recruiters that showcases a flashy new buzzword – Omnichannel Recruiting. The term, which is a play on Omnichannel Retailing, means “utilizing new and...

The Data Must be Accurate – I Found It Online!

The Data Must be Accurate – I Found It Online!

How many times have you heard jokes made about the accuracy of data you find online? “It must be true if Google found it – right?” I sure hope everybody knows the answer to that question! Just like you, I receive email blasts just about daily about some new database...

Social Media WORST Practices, Part 1: OVERPOSTING

Social Media WORST Practices, Part 1: OVERPOSTING

Recruiters, let me ask you a question: Why is it that any time I log on to LinkedIn, 15 of the last 17 posts seem be job listings? Are we THAT lazy??? Overposting jobs on LinkedIn is yet another example of Robot Recruiting. With hardly any real content being shared...

Technology’s Impact on Today’s New Recruiter

In the past month I have attended multiple conferences focused on recruiting, recruiting tools, sourcing, and other talent acquisition related topics.  The information talked about was great, but I couldn't help but see a serious trend that has the potential to kill...

The Lost Recruiter – Recruiting Trends Conference 2013

The Lost Recruiter – Recruiting Trends Conference 2013

What a great time at the Recruiting Trends Conference in Las Vegas. Aside from having water rain down from the ceiling of my hotel room at Planet Hollywood and flooding my room, it was a great event. This year’s conference brought recruiting professionals from all...

Steve Lowisz earns Outstanding Leadership Award

Steve Lowisz earns Outstanding Leadership Award

Steve Lowisz, internationally recognized speaker, author, and educator, has received an Outstanding Leadership Award from the World HRD Congress. The award is the organization’s most prestigious accomplishment and the highest honor an individual can receive. World HRD...

Is Social Media the next silver bullet????

Just a short time ago I sat in on a session at The Recruiting Trends Conference in Las Vegas that was titled: Strategic Employer Branding: Social Media + Transparency = Competitive Advantage.  Although an interesting session, I came away scratching my head and...

First Yahoo and now HP…………

First Yahoo and now HP…………

Over the past few years of the digital revolution, it has become pretty standard thought to assume that we can work from just about anywhere.  The idea of working in a traditional office has been cited as a major turnoff for many of the youngest generation in the...

Obamacare’s effect on Michigan employees

Obamacare’s effect on Michigan employees

There has been so much political jockeying about the so called Affordable Care Act that it's hard to decipher what's real and what's not.  Both sides of the political aisle do a great job of spinning the stories to meet their agenda without really talking about the...

The Future of LinkedIn……

The Future of LinkedIn……

At the Sourcecon conference in Seattle we just had the pleasure of debating the future of LinkedIn as related to the onset of Big Data. Lets face it, LinkedIn is a great tool that is both under and over utilized. The problem is that LinkedIn is all about LinkedIn....

LinkedIn Lawsuit Brings Privacy Issues to Forefront

LinkedIn Lawsuit Brings Privacy Issues to Forefront

LinkedIn privacy concerns are in the spotlight... again. The professional networking giant has denied charges in a federal lawsuit that says its users' email accounts were compromised and the addresses of their contacts were collected in order to send marketing...

Affordable Healthcare Act – Is it Really Affordable????

Affordable Healthcare Act – Is it Really Affordable????

There has been much discussion recently on the pros and cons of the Affordable Health Care Act and its impact on employees and their employers.  The idea is to provide coverage for all Americans and reduce the overall costs associated with Health Care and Health...

Part-Timers vs. Contractors: Consider these Factors First

Part-Timers vs. Contractors: Consider these Factors First

Deciding to hire a part-timer versus taking on an independent contractor isn't an easy decision for a small business. As an entrepreneur I've been asked which is the "better" choice, but this is a much bigger issue than simply saying one is a better choice than the...

Social Media and Engagement: It Starts with a Question!

Social Media and Engagement: It Starts with a Question!

An interesting question was raised at the European Leadership Forum today: Why do we mostly use social media to tell? Engagement starts with asking a question! When utilizing social media for brand awareness, it’s crucial to tailor to your audience. Design your...

European Leadership Forum Session #1

European Leadership Forum Session #1

On Sunday May 26, 2013 I had the opportunity to share some of the basics on social media and best practices in social media in Wisla Poland at the European Leadership Conference.  Social Media is a global topic and I was fortunate to share this information with...

2013 SHRM Talent Management Conference

2013 SHRM Talent Management Conference

This morning I was fortunate enough to spend 90 minutes with a great group of attendees at the SHRM Talent Management Conference in Las Vegas.  We were able to openly discuss the topics of diversity and inclusion without fear of being 'politically correct'.  We had...

Talent Communities: Prove Your Worth to be Taken Seriously!

As we approach a new year, it’s time to ask: Do Talent Communities have a future?  While there’s a lot of buzz surrounding the concept, there’s also a LOT of gray area and controversy regarding their effectiveness. By definition, a Talent Community is a forum for...

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