The Week That Was

Drop some major knowledge while waiting in line at the dance clubs this weekend by reading these top five stories from Talentmgt.com for the week of Aug. 12.

1. Want More Money? So Does Everyone Else: Your pitch cannot be about what is good for HR. It has to be what good it will be for your boss and the organization, writes Talent Management columnist Jac Fitz-enz.

2. Social Recruitment Delivers Results for UPS: Realizing candidates are embracing social technologies, the package delivery firm sought to bring similar techniques to its talent acquisition function. Mike Vangel, vice president of talent acquisition strategy at recruitment advertising agency TMP Worldwide, has more in this case study.

3. Most Memorable Things Candidates Did to Stand Out in an Interview: Among things that worked: A candidate gave a resume on a chocolate bar, according to a new survey.

4. Breaking the Chain: The Benefits of Flat Leadership: Implementing horizontal leadership doesn’t necessarily mean breaking with hierarchy, but it does require a shift in leaders’ mindsets. Talent Management editor Frank Kalman has the story.

5. Addressing the Care Deficit: Companies that offer employees flexible work options to take care of personal matters could boost morale and retention, writes Talent Management editor Jessica DuBois-Maahs.

In Other News …

The practice of matching job seekers to recruiters who in turn match them with jobs is complicated. Part of the reason, according to this article from Business Insider, is job seekers and recruiters for companies are operating on opposing paths: Job seekers are trying to get in by sending in a resume for a job posting, while employers are first looking to promote from within. Read more here.

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Also, according to this article this week from The Wall Street Journal, companies are loosening their non-compete policies that limit executives’ ability to work for a rival company upon leaving.