Author Archive | Lance Haun

Hiring The Best Is A Big Mistake

Too many companies hire the best candidate from their shortlist. No, I didn’t make a typo in that sentence.  Hiring the best candidate—the most qualified, the one with the highest levels of each sought-for skill, the smartest, best track-record, stand out candidate—is almost always a mistake. Don’t get me wrong.  “Best” is, you know, a […]

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How to Captivate and Impress with Your LinkedIn Profile

Tweet Overheard on the subway one day: “Who needs a resume when you’ve got LinkedIn?” I have to disagree. You do still need a resume. And LinkedIn is not it. Yes, you can use your LinkedIn profile as an alternative place to store data regarding your education and employment history. But if LinkedIn is replacing […]

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Posture at Work

The standing desk I’m using to write this right now I mentioned a year ago that I hurt my back. I was lucky enough to have health insurance (through my wife) and I received a lot of medical care. I went through various pain medications, physical therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractor treatments that still left me […]

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You’re Using Social Media Wrong

The way that you’re managing your presence online (or not managing it, heaven forbid!) is totally and utterly incorrect. You think I’m joking? Your blog? Bad, bad, bad. Your Twitter? Pathetic. Facebook? You’re doing what? And LinkedIn? Terrible. In fact, everything you’re doing isn’t any good. At least to someone. Look, I’m no dummy. I […]

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Confusion About The War For Talent

I was at a family reunion where we were talking about recruiting issues. They were mentioning that despite unemployment numbers, they still had a hard time finding the right people for the most critical positions that were open. And it isn’t a question of technique, or pay or anything along those lines. It’s a situation […]

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Translating Your Story To Public Speaking

A little over a year ago, I decided I wanted to do some public speaking. I had just done my first big appearance on a panel at SHRM National. I had built up a strong presence online, I had a good network of people and I had a message I wanted to share with people. […]

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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

’m a friendly guy. When you come to Portland, I’m there. We can grab a McMenamins beer and chat about talent whenever it suits you. When you e-mail me, I usually respond within a few days if your request isn’t out of the ordinary. If you call, I pick up unless I’m on another call […]

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How-To: Using Social Media To Attract Employees

You could almost set a watch to it: every time I talk about social media for employer branding, someone wants some sort of tactical, useful information that they can use to get started on their efforts. The nerve! In all of my presentations, I try to include reasonable steps that companies can take to start […]

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What Do I Know About Getting A Job?

Rich DeMatteo in cooperation with Brazen Careerist published an e-book called What I Know About Getting A Job (1.5 MB PDF). It’s a good looking book, full of short but good takes from many of the folks on John Sumser’s top HR digital influencers list. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know […]

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