All posts by Kara Yarnot

The Case for the Active Candidate

By | Recruitment Process, Talent Acquisition Strategy, Talent Community | No Comments

When did it become a bad idea to consider an active candidate for your open positions? What makes hiring managers and recruiters think that those individuals who are not directly applying to your positions are somehow a better fit for the open position? In 2014, Zappos famously stopped posting jobs and moved to their Zappos’ Insider program. Individuals potentially interested in…



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TalentBlend 2016: Meet the Sponsors

By | TalentBlend, Vendors | No Comments

TalentBlend 2016 is the only conference for talent acquisition professionals responsible for programs and operations – the backbone of the recruiting function. This year’s conference is April 27 & 28 in Washington, DC and will be full of keynote presentations, breakout sessions, learning labs and roundtable discussions that will help you innovate in your role. TalentBlend would not be possible…



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Why Are We Addicted To Job Boards?

By | Data and Measurements, Recruitment Process, Talent Acquisition Strategy, Technology | No Comments

“We keep using job boards and we don’t know why.” During a conversation with the CEO of one of the smartest digital recruitment marketing agencies earlier this week, he mentioned that one of his clients (a major employer) said this to him. I’ve heard similar statements from a number of talent acquisition leaders over the past year. None of these…



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Call for TalentBlend Speakers

By | Employee Referral Programs, Talent Acquisition Budget, Talent Acquisition Program Management, Talent Acquisition Strategy, Talent Community, TalentBlend, Technology | No Comments

TalentBlend is the only conference for talent acquisition professionals in programs and operations roles. Our first conference in 2015 was a great success. Here’s what some of our participants had to say: “The TalentBlend conference was well planned, and well executed. There was a diverse range of topics that were covered – from strategy to tactical. If you are in…



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“It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over” – What Talent Acquisition Can Learn From Yogi Berra

By | Data and Measurements, Recruitment Process, Technology | No Comments

The sports world lost a legend on Tuesday when Yogi Berra passed away at 90 years old. While he was one of the greatest catchers of all time (18 All-Star appearances, 10 World Series Championships, 3-time American League MVP, Baseball Hall of Fame inductee), he was well-known in pop culture for his unique way of summing up life’s situations. Some…



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Why Intel’s Double Referral Bonus for Diverse Hires Will Fail

By | Diversity, Employee Referral Programs, Recruitment Process, Talent Acquisition Strategy | One Comment

On Tuesday, Intel announced that it double the normal employee referral bonus for women and ethnic minority hires. While this double bonus is driven by good intentions and seeks to improve the make-up of the company’s workforce, it is a bad idea. It is not going to achieve their goal. Here’s why: 1. Numerous studies (and anecdotes from my clients…



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Be A Part of Changing The Talent Acquisition Industry

By | Candidate Experience, Data and Measurements, Leadership, Recruitment Process, Talent Acquisition Strategy, Technology, Vendors | No Comments

As a talent acquisition leader, you face many issues, including: Improving your candidate experience, Decreasing the drop-off rate of candidates who start your application process, but don’t complete it, and Understanding the actual return your receive from your investment in recruitment website postings What if I told you that there is a new technology in the recruiting marketplace that can…



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Create a Culture of Referrals in 5 Easy Steps 

By | Complaining, Employee Referral Programs, Recruitment Process, TalentBlend | One Comment

I’ve been passionate about creating engaging and effective employee referral programs for most of my talent acquisition career. Many studies prove that employee referral candidates complete the application and interview process faster, are more engaged, and stick around longer than non-referral candidates. Plus, who doesn’t want to work with their friends and respected former colleagues? I’ve conducted research on referral…



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Become a Rock Star Talent Acquisition Operations or Program Manager

By | Data and Measurements, Diversity, Employee Referral Programs, Leadership, Recruitment Process, Social Media, Talent Acquisition Strategy, TalentBlend | No Comments

The talent acquisition world is overwhelmed with conferences. There are great conferences for recruiters, specialty conferences for sourcers, and numerous conferences for recruiting managers, directors, and VPs. However, one major portion of the talent acquisition team is left out of the conference scene – those individuals and teams who run recruiting operations and programs. The existing conferences may occasionally have…



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Bonuses, Assessments, and Jerks, Oh My! Takeaways from Day 2 of HROToday Forum

By | Data and Measurements, Hiring Managers, Leadership, Recruitment Process, Talent Acquisition Strategy, Vendors | No Comments

The second day of the HROToday forum in Philadelphia was packed with content, great speakers and fun interactions.  There were 16 sessions (all plenary sessions) and almost 30 different speakers.  The sessions were lively, short and full of variety. My top 3 takeaways from the day were: 1.  You can change hiring manager behavior in the recruiting processes, but it…



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