Tag: Inc.

The Trouble with Recruiters

English: The Mad Hatter, illustration by John ...

There is trouble in recruiter-land. Talk to any in-house recruiter and they know it. Talk to any job candidate and they suspect it. Heck, as someone who has run small, medium, and large size talent acquisition operations I even know it. You probably do too. So what’s going on? Back in the pre-online application days, […]

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Fix the Pinch and You (Too) Can Avoid the Crunch

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I’m guilty. In the land of do as I say and do as I do, I’m buckling on the latter and hoping you do the former. It happens. Despite best intentions to behave true to my own advice I slipped into behaviors that others rely on me to avoid modeling. It happens. Welcome to being […]

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[Your Career] Hiring Time?

There is  seasonality –  cyclic variations based on the time of year or season – to any number of things. Just as it helps to know that back-to-school hits in July/August (so you avoid ending up with the dregs of what’s left for your kids), it advantages you to know the times of year when […]

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[Reading Tea Leaves] Candidate Job Fair Suggests Job Market Uptick

As someone who worked with a quantitative asset management firm – Barclays Global Investors –  I know the value of seeing data in terms of broad patterns. But as someone who has worked extensively with the research and development side of biotech, I’ve also learned to note signs and signals by the ones and twos. […]

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[Life Back West] December 2009 – The Darkest Days

In earlier times, people in the northern hemisphere marked the winter solstice – the time of the year when daylight for the hemisphere is at its shortest – with rites and rituals. Even today those traditions live on with things like the California Revels and their event productions held in Oakland. This time of year […]

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[Through the Glass Door] BlackRock Announces Barclays Global Investors Job Cuts

Bloomberg reports that the BlackRock filing with the State of California indicated that 89 positions (out of more than 1,500+) were eliminated as a result of BlackRock’s integration of Barclays Global Investors. Barclays PLC had sold San Francisco-headquartered BGI to BlackRock earlier this year in a move to increase capital reserves to meet United Kingdom […]

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[Through the Glass Door] BGI: Discarding the Emperor’s New Clothes

Merger integration activities are in full swing in a least two (three if you count Oracle and Sun) places this month. Company watchers in financial services and biotech / pharma will be able to see first hand in the next year how skillful acquirers BlackRock (acquirer of San Francisco-headquartered Barclays Global Investors aka BGI) and […]

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[Life Back West] October 2009 – “Moving Day”

Boxes weren’t packed but files had been saved and addresses were changed: it was moving day at BackWest.com earlier this month. Gone was the former hosting company Dotster, whose spotty reliability made visiting the Back West website a hit and miss proposition. “New” was web hosting company JustHost.com, (#2 on this ratings recap here ). […]

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[The BGI Integration] Welcome to BlackRock: “Louder, Faster, Angrier”

Culture change resulting from mergers and acquisitions can be interesting though usually more interesting on the acquiring than acquired side of the bargain. In one or both cases it involves change. Any change, while fun to some, is dreadful for others. And when it involves culture change, it hits people right in the values and behaviors […]

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Is a Job Still A “Job”

Where communications abilities takes us a host of other trends and patterns follow. For better or worse it’s given us a world where you can be tethered to work by iPhone or computer, and share information via short text bursts and immediate access And as this week’s Wall Street Journal chronicles in “Why E-Mail No […]

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