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Lessons from a Flood

By Traci Linker

On May 25, 2015, Wimberley, Texas suffered loss of life, property, and sense of peace when a devastating wall of water came crashing down our beloved Blanco River.

Living high on a hill away from the river, the flooding didn’t directly affect me that night. The next morning, though, my 17-year-old daughter and I went to the shelter that school administrators had opened over night to seek out a family...

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The Path to Talent Planning Success

by Kurt Wilkin

Three Steps to Get Started

To learn more about talent planning success, register for Kurt's upcoming talk, Navigating Talent in America's Fastest Growing City: A Strategic Approach, hosted by the Austin Chamber of Commerce on September 14, 2017.

Attracting and retaining...

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Who's Your Mike?

by Kurt Wilkin

Mike is a great guy. He’s your standard, trustworthy, fun-to-have-a-beer-with, great guy. You probably went to college with Mike. Or maybe he and your Co-Founder or CTO are childhood friends, attend the same church, or play golf together. Either way, Mike goes to work for his buddies because his buddies need someone they can trust.

Mike took a few Accounting courses in college. He’s a quick study,...

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The Recruiting Industry is Broken (Part 4)

by Kurt Wilkin

Reason #3: One Out of Six is Considered Good!

Ever had the feeling that the recruiter you engaged wasn’t listening to you? Have you ever noticed a flurry of activity early in a search as you are bombarded with resumes, only to have it slow to a trickle after a week or two? Why is that?

In this installment of my series on why the recruiting industry is broken (see...

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Rent or Own? The Power of Project-Based Talent in the Gig Economy

by Kurt Wilkin

How did you determine whether to rent or buy your current residence? Perhaps you wanted to purchase a house in a good school district for your kids. Maybe you rented because you were unsure of how long you wanted to stay in your current job or city. Or maybe you rented while your dream house was under construction.

There are pros and cons to renting vs. owning, and sometimes the short-term option may...

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Talent Planning & Millennials

by Jean Orrison

“What is most important to you in a job?”

Robert Bellovin, former media relations manager at Software Advice, posed this question to a random sampling of 1,355 applicants for sales positions. In the resulting report, Bellovin showed what Generation Y employees – aka millennials – desire in their jobs, as well as the differences in career patterns from previous generations.

By 2020, millennials (born...

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The HireBetter Journey, Part 2

by Kurt Wilkin

Read about how I learned I needed to take action to change the course of my business in Part 1 of The HireBetter Journey — my own real-life case study.

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We decided that the solution was to bring on an operating partner, and that Abbie, a HireBetter Engagement Director, would lead the way. While that may...

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The HireBetter Journey

by Kurt Wilkin

As a business leader in the consultative professional services industry, my bread and butter is in providing strategic counsel to others. It’s where I have excelled in previous roles and it’s a significant differentiator for HireBetter. Using our unique combination of experience and insight, we are able to leverage talent to unlock your business potential.

But what about my own story? How did I come to...

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Our New Solution for Short-Term Talent Needs

A Letter from the CEO

At HireBetter, we ask you to “rethink what you think about talent.” And we take pride in our ability to listen to your needs and understand your goals. As such, we continue to expand HireBetter’s capabilities to ensure we fully support your growing business. I am thrilled to announce the launch of HireBetter’s Project-Based Talent Team – solving talent needs when your business requires short-term relief or...

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Why Retained Search is Better for Candidates

by Jill Granberry

The job market is booming and competition for talent is intense. You connect with a recruiter who describes what sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, only to discover that the contingency firm is one of many working with the company. You and the recruiter only had a brief conversation and your resumé was one of many sent to the company. Still, you receive an interview and put your best self forward,...

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The Recruiting Industry is Broken, Part 3 - When You're a Good Negotiator

by Kurt Wilkin

Reason #2: You’re a Good Negotiator

In Part One of this series, I talked about the traditional recruiting industry and why I firmly believe it is broken. We talked about misaligned incentives inherent in the “contingent” recruiting model and their commission-only compensation models. And we...

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Executive Candidate Interviews:  Building Your C-Suite With Game-Changing C-Suite Talent

By Amy Ancira

We all know how important the candidate experience is in wooing game-changing talent, if from nothing else than our own adventures in interviewing. Everyone, especially C-level executives, prefers an experience that is professional and well-orchestrated from start to finish. Interviewing, much like dating, is all about making a positive and memorable first impression. However, to get to a second date —...

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By Kurt Wilkin

Reason #1: When Speed Kills

Previously in this series, I talked about the traditional recruiting industry and why I firmly believe it is broken. We talked about misaligned incentives inherent in the “contingent” recruiting model and their commission-only compensation models. And we highlighted...

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by Kurt Wilkin

It’s time to think outside the box when it comes to your talent plan, especially if you or your team are feeling overwhelmed. Maybe a key player unexpectedly quit. Maybe a critical initiative needs attention. Or maybe your busy season has turned out to be busier than expected.

Have you thought about bringing on project-based or short-term talent to relieve the pressure? Here are five new ways to use...

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By Tammie Valentini

You have started the year strong by clearly communicating your 2017 business plan and the specific objectives required to achieve the plan. However, one month into the year, you are slightly less confident you and your team will achieve it. You have now been told repeatedly that to achieve the Plan, you must hire. Your team is overwhelmed. Sound familiar?

Your initial reaction might be to give your...

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By Kurt Wilkin

Martin Luther King, Jr. inspires me. He inspires me because he stood up for what he believed in – against all odds. He inspires me with his humility and with his insistence on a nonviolent approach to activism. He inspires me by his ability to lead and to inspire multiple generations of Americans – both during his lifetime and after his assassination. And he inspires me both for his vision AND for his ability to...

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By Tammie Valentini

If you are like many business executives, you are high-fiving your team for the accomplishments you achieved in 2016 but very quickly beginning to worry about achieving even more in 2017. You have built an aggressive plan for 2017 that ensures material growth year over year and developed a set of business objectives to support your plan. Now how do you ensure your team can successfully execute this...

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By Kurt Wilkin

Yeah, I said it, the recruiting industry IS broken.

Have you ever had the feeling that a recruiter was trying desperately to “sell” you on their candidate? Have you ever compared a recruiting experience to a bad real estate transaction or your prototypical used car salesman experience?

Most of us have real-world experience with bad recruiters – I know I do. And I’m confident that most of our bad...

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By Tammie Valentini

To keep pace with industry competition, companies are pressured to move faster and expand operationally to increase growth and reach more customers than ever before. These demands on your business often require specific expertise not currently available inside your organization and need to be met with a keen eye on cost. Seems impossible to address…right?

Not today. Not in our uber-educated and...

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By Amy Ancira

How spending time now can put you ahead in the New Year

As the holidays approach, our minds wander to food, fun and family time. We often put critical business tasks on the back burner, and hiring top talent is no exception. When facing competing issues, finding talent for key positions is often the first thing overlooked....

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By Kurt Wilkin

During a recent visit with uber-successful CEO Joel Trammell (TheAmericanCEO.com), I was reminded of a key CEO responsibility…one of your most important jobs.

Joel made a comment that “most roles within an organization are based on the present (and judged on the past), but the CEO’s job is to focus 80% of his or her time on the future.”

Think about that for a...

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