Connecting people to opportunities

In my first recruiting job at an education reform startup, I got my hands dirty hiring >100 people over 1.5 years. At Lever, I hired the first 50 employees as Chief of Staff and built the programs that led to many successful hires thereafter. Some of my favorite colleagues took me 3+ years to hire! 

I got to see first-hand the huge impact of hiring, both the positive and negative. I've also known too many people ending up in the wrong roles and getting frustrated, or worse, stepping back from their once-strong ambitions and dreams.

Assembling the best possible team is critical for a business to get right. Not only for the financial impact, but for our society's progress. Studies have shown that job satisfaction is one of the leading indicators of happiness, and there's nothing quite like finding true meaning and fulfillment at work. That's why recruiting – good recruiting – is more important than ever. 

 

 A lot of "Best practices" in recruiting are outdated and irrelevant to scrappy teams thinking ambitiously about growing their teams. Here's a guide on how to focus on areas that help you hire smarter in the long run, instead of getting bogged down in volume. 

A lot of "Best practices" in recruiting are outdated and irrelevant to scrappy teams thinking ambitiously about growing their teams. Here's a guide on how to focus on areas that help you hire smarter in the long run, instead of getting bogged down in volume. 


I joined Lever because Jen saw in me what I couldn’t see myself. She gave me the opportunity to work with the genuine, passionate, and customer-loving team that I craved.
— Charmaine, Product

 The future of recruiting is emotionally engaging-content through storytelling! It's what's going to help you stand out from the noise and talk to the *right* people to join your efforts in building something great. 

The future of recruiting is emotionally engaging-content through storytelling! It's what's going to help you stand out from the noise and talk to the *right* people to join your efforts in building something great. 

 Webinar to help teams create better, more informative job descriptions that make everyone's jobs - recruiters, hiring managers, applicants - easier.

Webinar to help teams create better, more informative job descriptions that make everyone's jobs - recruiters, hiring managers, applicants - easier.

 Long piece about where bias comes from, and strategies companies can implement to build more inclusive hiring processes

Long piece about where bias comes from, and strategies companies can implement to build more inclusive hiring processes


Jen’s ability to translate lived experiences and stories as a means of helping candidates envision themselves on our team is unparalleled. She is especially exceptional at identifying high potential from untraditional backgrounds.
— Josh, Product Manager
 

 Everybody loves to hate HR. But HR/recruiters aren't bad people – their roles are too-often based on antiquated practices and principles, like emphasizing compliance over what makes sense. In this webinar with the Human Capital Institute, I covered how recruiters can embrace creativity and start practicing new skills in design thinking.

Everybody loves to hate HR. But HR/recruiters aren't bad people – their roles are too-often based on antiquated practices and principles, like emphasizing compliance over what makes sense. In this webinar with the Human Capital Institute, I covered how recruiters can embrace creativity and start practicing new skills in design thinking.

 

LINKEDIN

I was invited by Linkedin to become a regular contributor to its Talent Blog, one of the most popular in the recruiting industry. My posts consistently performed in the top 10% in terms of views and shares, and I was named as a "Recruitment & HR bloggers you should follow" list.

Select few are below, more posts here

 I had no idea the amount of learning I was in for! The advice I wish I could give to my younger self. 

I had no idea the amount of learning I was in for! The advice I wish I could give to my younger self. 

 It’s not about hiring based on gut feeling or looking for people you can see yourself "grabbing a beer with.

It’s not about hiring based on gut feeling or looking for people you can see yourself "grabbing a beer with.

 Creative piece encouraging empathy for recruiters.

Creative piece encouraging empathy for recruiters.

 Recommended reads that expanded and shaped my own thinking.

Recommended reads that expanded and shaped my own thinking.

 The post I wish somebody wrote for me, years ago.

The post I wish somebody wrote for me, years ago.


Hiring Stories

Looking for some recruiting inspiration? Here are a few notable hiring stories! 

Reader comments: "These are some incredible stories!" "This type of content is going to win the talent."

 This is a pretty epic story that many engineers cited as a reason for applying to Lever!

This is a pretty epic story that many engineers cited as a reason for applying to Lever!

 Interesting hiring stories are some of *the* most effective, and easy-to-publish content that delivers very high ROI. 

Interesting hiring stories are some of *the* most effective, and easy-to-publish content that delivers very high ROI. 

 The one who turned around at the airport... The one who came from an unexpected referral... The one that got away who came back!

The one who turned around at the airport... The one who came from an unexpected referral... The one that got away who came back!