Monday, April 1, 2013

Silicon Valley Women in HR...& Friends Mailing and Event Announcement

Dear Friends,

I hope you're well and you're enjoying our lovely weather.

This month's topic of retention, turnover and exit interviews should be interesting.  It'll great to see William talk about the latest trends.  If you strictly want information about this event, please look at the links to the right and go to Event Registration.  Before you go, please see the book links at the bottom of this page.

Last month,  planned our event with Arden Ng   Arden's topic was Global HR, and there is a handout from the event on the Previous Speakers' Page.   Many thanks to our volunteers and speaker.

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I was talking with someone about recruiting and how hard it was for his managers to fill their open positions.  During our long and rambling conversation, I learned that this little start-up wanted youngish people with Stanford degrees and would not look at anyone who had ever contracted, consulted, or had been at a job less than two years.

My reaction:  really?  You're not trying at all!  Sure, some positions are truly difficult to fill, but many are not that difficult.  When you rule out all these groups of people, you set yourself up for failure and maybe discrimination.  Furthermore, many studies point to diverse workplaces as hotbeds for creativity.  

We discussed options for finding great candidates.  If you've ever been unemployed or underemployed, you know the feeling of gratitude when you get a new job.  There's a lot to be said for having that feeling in the workplace.

And here's a news flash - most college graduates did not attend Stanford.  A small percentage of all college grads attended an Ivy League school, and the reality is that a good education depends on the student's desire to learn.

If you have an open requisition where no one is a good match, it's time to reexamine your recruiting process and internal attitudes.  If you have some thoughts or experiences you'd like to share, you can post a comment here - I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Because of my commitments I can’t mentor you, and please don’t send me unsolicited resumes. Come to an event and meet someone who can help. I receive a lot of unsolicited resumes (from our group and strangers) and I refer people to the forum at See the blog post for more thoughts.

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1. HR Women and Friends Community Event: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 6:00-8:30 p.m. 
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1. HR Women and Friends Community Event: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 6:00-8:30 p.m.   William Uranga will present Dumped:  When Employees Lose That Loving Feeling."  Please click on the registration tab for details and note our NEW TIME.  
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I hope to see you soon.

All the best,


Marcia Stein, PHR -

Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" and "Recruiters on Recruiting"

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