Hiring at 2.5% Unemployment

Increasing your odds for success in a tight candidate market I’m certain that if you are a small and growing company in Colorado you have experienced a wild and crazy ride with the candidates you’re trying to hire.  Just to ground us in reality, the U.S. Department of Labor considers 5% unemployment to be full

Job Search Management

Tips for juggling your next move while you’re working All of us in Colorado are enjoying a very lucrative job market – we are the #2 state in the nation for jobs.  The good news is that if you are looking to make a move you have choices, the bad news is that it’s harder

Expert tips for showing well during the interview

Some simple preparation is the key By the end of this week alone my team will have interviewed, coached and screened over 100 job seekers.  This is how we spend our days – talking with job seeking professionals about how to do their best to get the job.  Unless you spend 40 hours a week

Stop being the runner-up candidate

Close the deal! Often when I receive a phone call from an executive it’s because they have been “on the bench” for a period of time and are frustrated with their job search.  Much of the time it’s because they are spending most of their energy searching on job boards for a new position.  Let

Ask the Expert!

New feature added to goldstonepartners.com You have an important interview coming up and need help preparing questions to ask the hiring manager. Maybe you haven’t updated your resume in 10 years. Perhaps you love your job but would like to negotiate a raise in pay. Do any of these sound familiar? If so, you probably

Character, Competency, Chemistry

Interviewing for the sustainable hire I’ve had a number of conversations this month with hiring managers who feel like their interviewing techniques aren’t getting the desired results.  One CEO in particular said, “We aren’t doing a good job of interviewing for the long term.  We’re getting to the baseline skill level, but we aren’t finding

The last step in the hiring process

10 really good reasons to talk to references You’ve done a great job of screening, interviewing, negotiating and courting your new hire.  You’ve done the background check and verified employment eligibility – everything is good, right?  Not so fast!  Did you talk to your new hire’s references? At least twice a week I talk with

Head Trash

Is your fear of making a bad hire impacting your business? When I coach individuals in their career searches, one of the characteristics I listen for is what I call “head trash.”  This is a collection of thoughts and ideas, both objective and subjective, which have accumulated over the course of your career and can

Distracted Job Searching

Are you headed for a Career Crash? I often use driving a car to illustrate the job search process with candidates. Let’s imagine your career is a coast to coast road trip. There are many stops along the way; some occasional side roads, hills to climb, valleys to navigate and even some bad weather here

Where did you learn to interview?

Talent Acquisition – The Accidental Competency I was having a conversation with a client last week during a kickoff meeting and he asked, "Where did you learn how to interview so well?"  I had to stop and think about this for a few minutes.  I have spent my entire career in the recruiting and human