It’s Christmas Eve and you should be on holiday and not reading this, but if you can’t resist the brainfood, I entirely understand!
It’s the Recruiting Brainfood Christmas Special
I’ve reviewed the very best / most important posts in the newsletter from 2017 – nearly 1000 blog posts, video’s, documents, reports and tools. I’m bringing you the Top 3 in every category we’ve covered this year. There were so many great entries throughout the year, but these ones that really struck me as seminal posts, to be read, bookmarked and read again.
It’s way too big for the newsletter format but as it’s the season of over indulgence, lets not feel too guilty about it. Take your time folks and enjoy the brainfood!
Hung Lee is the founder ofWorkShape.io– the revolutionary recruiting platform for Software engineers
Recruiting Brainfood: The Best of the Best in 2017
Andreesen Horowitz produced a massive interactive guidebook on AI. It was not without controversy – it was perhaps a little to ambitious in it’s attempt to be the definitive resource on the topic – but this interactive book nevertheless represents a tremendous collection of thinking on the AI landscape. AI
Superbly informative article on AI – it’s a well categorised, deep dive yet an accessible transcription of interviews with the great and the good of the industry. The ‘Seven Themes’ is a great way to to get a helicopter view of this critically important development in society. AI
Outstanding deck from our buddies at Allegis Global Solutions, HiringSolved and SmashFly. Clear outline of where we are and how we might apply Artificial Intelligence to augment and replace recruiters – this is a great compliment to the previous two posts on this topic. AI
The ‘whiteboard’ is a much hated assessment method for validating a developers coding chops. Everyone hates it, yet everyone still does it. Apart from this list of companies, who are leading the resistance. Appropriately enough, it’s all organised in a public github repo ASSESSMENT
This is an amazing post on interviewing by a software developer, who takes the position of a product manager when asking stakeholders to explain what it is they want. Simple and profound – a super useful guide for any recruiter involved in interviewing. ASSESSMENT
For once, the content justifies the clickbait – this is a fantastically well researched post on the technology underlying Bitcoin. It’s accurate, comprehensive and accessible. Bookmark if you want to understand the hype. BLOCKCHAIN
It’s fair to say I’ve been the pre-eminent ‘blockchain bore’ on recruiting, nothing to do with my massive hoard of bitcoins, and all to do with me buying the hypr that it’s going to change the world of work. I didn’t think Goldman Sachs would produce the most accessible demo of it though. Check it out, be bedazzled. BLOCKCHAIN
Sometimes you just have to do an AMA. Our buddies at Landing Jobs took the brave decision bring candidates and recruiters together in this collaborative spreadsheet. It’s lo-fi, for the content, comments and conversations, are gold. CANDIDATE EXPERIENCE
Hands down my favourite giveaway of the year. From our buddies at Ph.Creative, this guide is packed full of theory, practice, examples, how-to and why-now. Ridiculous that it’s free, but it is. CANDIDATE EXPERIENCE
Derek Zeller is one of the grand old men in recruiting (hope you don’t mind me saying so Derek!). This is a superbly written defence of the recruiting profession to which he has been a credit for over 20 years. Recruiting and job search, needs the human touch CANDIDATE EXPERIENCE
Who would have thought Savills would end up producing one of the best looking and most useful apps around. This interactive map of the best tech cities to work in 2017. It’s definitely a cool tool COOL TOOLS
So this is like a dictionary, but uses analogies instead of definitions. Use it as a tool for finding and sharing helpful analogies to better explain technological ideas. Fun, useful, kind of marvellous. Enjoy! COOL TOOLS
Firstround is hands down the best original content blog on matters of recruiting and talent. Written in the format of “overheard in..”, is post is packed full of innovative ideas which can be immediately implemented by recruiters / hiring managers to get better tomorrow. It’s a fantastic read. CULTURE
We are getting better at thinking about culture. Dr Richard Claydon has been one of my favourite follows on LinkedIn this year, primarily because of content like this. 2017 has seen ‘culture’ mature from being a slogans on the office wall to behaviours that get rewarded and punished according the values of the business. CULTURE
Superb resource from Atlassian – an interactive website packed full of ideas and how-to’s, categorised according the the culture challenges you currently face. It’s a marvellous contribution to community. One to bookmark for anyone interested in growing a healthy company culture. CULTURE
Susan Fowler’s February blog post Her exposé of the toxic culture at Uber might have been the pebble that caused the avalanche that led to the outing of Harvey Weinstein, resignation of politicians from both sides of the Atlantic, #MeToo movement and ongoing cascade of revelations which promise to sweep across every industry. It was featured in Issue 13. It’s well worth a read again D&I
Susan Fowler wasn’t the only developers to become famous for diversity this year – so was James Damore, who was fired from Google for circulating this internal memo. Worth a look if you want to understand the ‘neuro-diversity’ argument from an unabridged source D&I
2017 has been the year of scandal. From Travis to Hollywood to Trump, we’ve see plenty of examples of what can happen when D&I isn’t at the heart of what you do. Our buddies at Lever have been a shining light in what has been a dark year for D&I. D&I
As the US and UK turn against immigration in 2017, other countries doubled down with conscious focus on bringing in skills, especially coveted software engineering. LookSee Wellington was an early example of ‘destination branding’ – a JV between companies, local government, airlines and the Wellington tourist board to bring tech talent to New Zealand. It’s what serious competition for talent looks like EMPLOYER BRANDING
I think this is probably the recruitment job advert of the year. A fantastically self deprecating take on an job advertising – have a play with the slider and see what why this was a such a hit EMPLOYER BRANDING
When you’re a famous B2C brand, it can be difficult to create an employer brand for a particular part of the employee population you’re looking to hire. The solution, is to create a sub-brand, from the employees you already have. Here’s a great list of engineering blogs from popular companies, as written by the engineers EMPLOYER BRANDING
Glen Cathey has long been one of the founders of the sourcing movement – if this talk is anything to go by, he’s about to segue into becoming one of the guru’s of engagement. Transcription of a what must have been a superb talk, this post provides know-how and inspiration in equal measure. ENGAGEMENT
There have been some superb data driven content from vendors this year. This one of email subject lines from Yesware was one of the most popular of the year. User data from over 100,000,000 emails to help recruiters improve your subject line game. ENGAGEMENT
Buzzsumo have been right up there with Yesware with method content, backed by massive aggregated data sets. This one is all about marketing which means its all about recruitment. Here are the headline words that matter. ENGAGEMENT
The rise of the machine has been a theme in brainfood this year – it’s been a theme for everyone thinking about the world of work. This superb essay from David Dixon Jr, finds a way between the cynicism and the fear, using history as foundation for thinking about the inevitable future FUTURE OF WORK
This was my favourite thing on twitter this year – a bot that tweets side-by-side gifs of other bots out performing their human analogue. If ever you needed a drip feed of notifications that the future of work might not include us, this is the account to follow. FUTURE OF WORK
So the good folks at Intersoft Consulting have chopped up the original PDF of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 a.ka. ‘GDPR’, into this searchable / clickable website. Makes you wonder why all legislation isn’t presented like this because of course it should be. Bookmark this link folks, it might be useful / vital depending on what you do. GDPR
Our buddies at Beamery have been producing quality content all year. Perhaps their signature effort was this downloadable GDPR guide focused on recruiting teams. It’s a great contribution to the community – this is what ‘eco-system support’ looks like folks.
Biggest news on the recruiting landscape this year was the entrance of Google into the jobs space. ‘Google for Jobs’ is a direct attempt to return the google dot com as the primary destination for job search, cutting out the aggregators, and maybe the job boards. Sundar Pichai’s speech is included in this ERE post, as is Joel Cheeseman’s erudite analysis. NEWS
The David vs Goliath battle between HiQ and LinkedIn would have been major news in any other year. At stake is the nature of data on public social networks – who owns it, who can use it and in what manner. A HiQ defeat will mean revenue going from recruiter wallets to LinkedIn’s pocket. Here’s HiQ presser on winning round 1 NEWS
The Microsoft / LinkedIn integration has been so slow burning that we can miss what may be game changing moves. ‘Resume Assistant’ is just a taster of the near future vision of linking the desktop with the social web; not hard to imagine JD assistant coming next. MS / LinkedIn might have the distribution power to standardise these documents – a precursor to a matching service, perhaps? NEWS
There’s plenty in leads generation that is relevant to recruiters – in many respects, we’re data gatherers, as much as anything else. This is an interesting growth hacking tutorial on how to scrape attendee email addresses from conferences. SOURCING
At WorkShape.io, we’ve been collecting of sourcing hacks and tools that we crowd source from #truMunity events. We’ve even built a website specifically for it. 100’s of sourcing tools, hacks, processes and techniques from recruiters as far afield as Delhi, Cape Town and Berlin. SOURCING
Sometimes, the simplest tools as the best. This is couldn’t be simpler – a text doc of women’s names which you can copy / paste into their input box with a data base behind it. Won’t solve your diversity challenge, but it’s got to help. SOURCING
So for anyone worrying that I am actually spending precious family time writing this newsletter, I’ve got a confession time. This newsletter was scheduled a week ago. I’m right now sleeping off a hangover and can only be woken by the smell of cooked breakfast….
We’re back next week at New Year’s Eve for another special – a look forward at what’s in store for us at brainfood, and the for rest of the industry, in 2018.