Welcome to theChristmas Special editionof Recruiting Brainfood.
It’s the 2nd year in a row which we’ve done this so it’s now officially a tradition – a special edition looking at the ‘Best of the Best’ from 2018. Over the past week, I’ve re-read all 50 issues, reviewed nearly 1000 articles, and picked out the best one for each category we feature.
I make no apology for it – it’s the biggest issue of the year – so if you’re on Gmail make sure you scroll down to the end of this email and click on the link to see the whole message.
Thanks for all your support everybody.
Merry Christmas and enjoy your holiday break!
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There has been a ton of great AI content in brainfood this year, but this write up by LinkedIn ofPrzemek Berendt’s talk on the subject was my favourite. Accessible to all but with enough depth to stimulate further thinking – if there’s brainfood for AI in recruiting,this is it.
There has been some superb contributions from the vendor side to brainfood this year. Perhaps the pick of the bunch is thissuperb interactive guidefor recruiters and hiring managers on improving their interview game. H/T toYuki Khoand all the crew atHomerunfor an exceptional piece of work. Check it outhere.
Stunning visual guidefrom Reuters on what blockchain is and how it works. The potential lies in the inherent immutability of the blocks-in-the-chain. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better presentation on a sometimes difficult technology to grasp, so take a look and have a playhere
The internet is not short of tales of terrible candidate experience. Incidents of the type thatIgor Krominendured might be extreme but not unusual. It’s the result of mitigating the risk of a bad permanent hire. The answer to it, is more obvious than we might think.Have a readand see if it motivates to think of other ways of doing.
Richard Millingtonhas been at the forefront of the thinking and practice of online community building. He’s written anonline guideon how to calculate the ROI of building / growing one. It’s a superb resource folks.
So many cool tools featured in Brainfood in 2018, but in the end I’ve gone forOtter, the note taking app. Why? Because I’m convinced that most of us are still taking interview notes pen-to-paper. Let Otter recordand transcribeit for you. It’s a game changer –download ithere folks.
Unfiltered truth from Workable’s CEONikos Moraitakison some of the biggest myths and misconceptions in the recruiting software industry. ‘Effort bias’ in particular is a term we should all know. CEO’s shouldblog more– don’t you think?
This is a post that affected me personally. Because I was one of those people who thought ‘if I didn’t mean offence, you shouldn’t take offence’.Kate Gregory’s insight and humane delivery taught me a lesson as I why I was wrong. Have aread, and let me know if it also affectsyourthinking.
Google Hire have – somewhat under the radar – been producing some top quality content about recruitment and talent management.Jeff Moore, Staffing Manager at Google, comes up with some excellent tips on how to rethink and redo the candidate rejection process. It’s a golden opportunity to create brand evangelists and future candidates for future position folks. Have a readhere.
This was one of the most downloaded e-books this year – an experiment fromQualigence Internationalwho conducted textual analysis of recruiter InMails to a fake candidate profile they set up for the purpose. It’s painful reading for us because no doubt we’re guilty of all of the cliches, but a superbly useful training document for recruiters to get better at engagement.Download it hereif you haven’t already done so.
Visual Capitalist must be on your must read list list by now. Perhaps the most consistent ‘visual storytelling’ site that there is. It’s the density of information that you can squeeze in a small area of screen real estate which makes the difference. Have at this trends report here.
Ethical positioning by tech workers has been one of the under reported themes of 2018.Hayden Fieldexplains this new form of collective action which appears to be influencing the strategy of big tech. It’s an unexpected and welcome trend which we can expect to see more of in 2019.
This is quite a brilliant essay fromNicky Case, who in any case is a thinker and storyteller we should all follow. This guest post for MIT introduced me to the term ‘Centaur’ or Augmented Human Worker. It presents a path in between the dystopic v utopic, and instead suggest a model where technology will improve human workers, rather than make them – us – redundant. You won’t read a better article on the Future of Work in 2018, so do ithere
Laetitia Vitaudis an infrequent publisher but quite a brilliant analyst on the future of work. This is an outstanding essay on how changing workforce demands will in term transform the responsibility of ‘HR’.Must readfolks, and follow Laetitiahere.
There is a way to write more effectively on the internet.Shane Melaughhas some really good, really simple tips on how to do it. He even draws it out for us, which I suspect, is also trying to make the point at another level. It’s abrilliant poston how to write brilliant posts – must read for any content creator / inbound marketer.
Fascinating breakdown of documentary makerLouis Theroux’s unique interviewing style. How exactly does Louis get neo Nazi’s, middle age swingers and gang members to open up to him, on camera and on-the-record? Recruiting tips, from the unusual places, in this entertaining andeducational fan video.
Fabulous research paper from Connected Commons on the network strategies of the super successful. It’s an accessible paper which is packed full of actionable insight. In the hyper-connected era, we all need todownload and read this.
It’s no secret that 2018 has been the year of where LinkedIn’s newsfeed became the goldmine for free traffic / views. Things changed late in the year, which thisblog postfrom the engineering team at LinkedIn explains. How LinkedIn, Facebook, maybe Twitter / Instagram – are create their newsfeeds are worth paying attention to as they determine what most of us read / know.
We all know meetings are a waste of time, and yet we persist in having them. Maybe some tooling could help, which this superlittle web appmight well do. Share it with your managers and team mates, as we all need to get out of more pointless meetings in 2019.
‘Obscura’ as been one of the most fun categories to curate this year – generally useless yet interesting content that has some angle of the world of work. This isfascinating shorton the recruitment patterns of French executioners was my favourite of the year. What can we say – recruitment is weird folks!
Organisational network analytics or ‘ONA’ is the study of the social reality that underpins business organisation.Richard Santos Lallemanintroduces some new concepts for us here, including the ‘3% rule’ – that a small percentage of your employees will have adisproportionateability to influence everyone else. And often, they are not the people in official leadership positions. It’s afascinating thesisand a must read for anyone interested in influence, change management, personal brand.
LinkedIn have produced some really outstanding content this year. This post was one of the most popular with brainfooders – heatmap on where job candidates look on job ads. Obviously amust readfor anyone writing a JD
Superb piece of research from our buddies at Sprout Social, who analysed its 24,000 customers’ data to find the best times to post on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.Must readfor any content marketer / job poster out there.
2018 has been a fabulous year for apps which look at travel & immigration. This one fromMarkus Lerneris my favourite – beautifully rendered, super fast web app – which tells you how powerful your passport is. Just needs an update on rights to work / rights to reside and it will become truly useful to us here – keep an eye on it, and have a playhere
Will we look back at 2018 as the year when remote work became a normal variant rather than a radical divergence? If so, this superb resource from our buddies at X-Team was the pick of the bunch as a guide for any business thinking of building a distributed workforce. Take a readhere.
2018 has seen a slew of excellent reports from the likes of Deloitte, PwC, Mercer, McKinsey, MIT and others. But if you read only one, it should be this from the World Economic Forum. It’s a massive 147 page report but accessibly skimmable and covers all the bases you need to have covered. Download ithere.
I made a shout out to find out how createdthis resource, but I’m still non the wiser for it. Beer on me for brainfooder who tells me who came up with his amazing collection. You cansubmit your ownto it, so it grows with the community, so you might as well take a deep dive – it’s a superb resource.
As recruiters and HR folks, we tend to know a lot about what other people earn. We’re far less knowledgeable about how muchweactually make so thisbit of researchfrom the awesome kids atDBRis tremendously useful for all of us. UK centric data for now, but I suspect will be more in future.
Really interesting study by our buddies atChili Piper, who monitored the difference between suggested times vs link to calendar. Turns out, you have to suggest times. Another post which changes my operating day.Have a read, and follow the evidence.
In our uncomfortable but perhaps overdue conversations on immigration, one factor is often hidden in plain sight – immigrants –by definition– are prepared to move to the work. This issuperb essayprovides insight on why native workers won’t always do so. Take some time folks and read it – we needed this debateyesterday.
Irina Shamaevahas consistently been discovering things about social networks that enable other recruiters to unlock a huge amount of previously hidden data. This post was one of many throughout the year which could have featured as ‘post of the year’. Have a read and do yourself a favour in 2019 – followIrina.
2018 was the year we sort of stopped talking about UBI, overtaken perhaps by climate change, immigration, data privacy and the rest. This essay fromSimon Sarriswas probably the best of the bunch featured in brainfood, wherehe makes the caseagainst UBI as the panacea for tech unemployment. Long and a bit winding but he plants some interesting thought bubbles throughout.
We’re all over the map in predicting what AI + Automation will do to jobs, so how very handy of MIT to compile the relevant studies into single chart, complete with links to the primary sources.One to bookmarkfolks.
I’ll be at my sister-in-law’s parents (really stretching the familial connections here…..) this year, so ping metwitterorInstagramif you want a picture of June’s world famous Pavlova.