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The Monster 5 For Friday (Works Edition) – Volume 19

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The headlines this week reminded us that when it comes to recruiting, acquiring the top talent available isn’t always a winning proposition.  Whether watching the Heat’s much hyped trio of LeBron, D-Wade and Chris Bosh kicking off their NBA season with a nationally televised loss, or the Phillies and Yankees star-filled rosters falling out of another the Fall Classic to the no-name Giants and Rangers, this week proved that in sports, as in business, top talent’s only as good as the team they’re playing for.  We hope Brett Farve’s paying attention.

While these stories dominated the mainstream press, here are the top 5 articles from the world of work this week we consider “must read” for recruiting and HR Professionals:

The Monster 5 For Friday (Week of 10.23.10-10.29.10)

5. Relationships: In spite of huge leaps forward in the tools and technologies utilized by HR and recruiting practitioners, writes Ryan Estis, relationship building remains the most critical driver for success.  Read this Passion on Purpose post for the top considerations to keep in mind when developing relationships.

4. Learn To Embrace The Edges When it comes to understanding and maximizing the structure of social networks, organizations must become increasingly aware of the peripheral connections whose lack of visibility undermines their impact on business and the bottom line, argues Fistful of Talent’s Josh LeTourneau.

3. Is Blame The Pinnacle of Procrastination? If you put off reading this insightful Psychology Today article by Dr. Bill Knaus on what really causes procrastination, you’ve got no one but yourself to blame (even if you’re unlikely to see it that way).

2. Techonology Shouldn’t Torture People If you’ve ever had to program a toaster (what?) or been frustrated by a 20 point checklist just to log into your e-mail, you’re not alone.  As this article by Patti Azzarello shows, while most technologies are designed to make life easier and more efficient, their (often unnecessary) complexities often have the exact opposite effect.

1. Authenticity Of course, there is such a thing as too simple, and when it comes to employment branding, writes Dr. John Sullivan in this excellent commentary on ERE, all you have to do is read the corporate missives and flowery prose on most companies’ career sites to discover that when it comes to presenting your employment brand, complexity counts to candidates.

For more good stuff, check out the Monster 5 for Friday: Careers  Edition for this week’s top articles from the world of job search and career development.

Which of these was your favorite?  What did we miss?  Let us know!


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