Category: Industry

On “Culture” – “You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means”.

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How many job adverts currently advertise a “great culture”, “a start-up culture” or a “Google-like culture”?  It seems as though the only company not shouting about how Google-like their culture is are Google themselves.  It’s a particular bugbear of mine at the moment because it’s not only a trite cliché it’s also meaningless. “Culture” as…

By Matt Buckland

The Perils of “Social Recruitment” or Putting the “Anti” in Social Recruitment

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Many years ago, too many to remember clearly, I worked as a third party recruiter.  All the clichés were present and correct.  We’d “hammer” the phones, stand up to “pitch” and the paper resume was a valuable commodity.  Job seekers were putting resumes on-line and those passive candidates were found by guessing at telephone numbers…

By Matt Buckland

A War on Attrition

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The word “Attrition” as used by HR departments throughout industry seems like a semantic comfort blanket. In the same way as the terms “ethnic cleansing” and “collateral damage” are linguistic devices to distance ourselves from the reality of what is happening, so “Attrition” is a sanitised nomenclature for an unhappy reality that we’d rather not…

By Matt Buckland