Lumesse Webinar – 13 November 2014

21st Century Leadership, Is Your Organisation Ready As you may remember from our blog post last month, the Lumesse Talent Akademie is offering a series of monthly webinars – covering all aspects of talent management – to industry professionals and other interested parties. . Our third webinar in cooperation with Deloitte will be held on […]

Facebook has 100m users in Africa

The Real Question? Should you be recruiting on FaceBook?   Facebook has reached a significant milestone in Africa, announcing that as of June 2014, 100m people are connecting to the social network at least once a month. And showing that Africa truly is a “mobile first” continent, Facebook has revealed that 80% of users are […]

How to Get the Job When You Can’t Shake Hands

Digital Interview Tips Picture this: for your next job interview, you might be alone in a small, quiet room speaking to an LCD display. Your prospective employer may be one of a growing number of companies that recognizes the benefits of conducting interviews over the Internet. Web camera interviews are more personal than phone interviews, […]

Choose Between These Two Positions

The following two job posting are advertisements for the same job. Which one would you rather have? (The survey is now running 6:1 in favor of the career version of the same job. Why?) Senior Marketing Analyst Must have 2-5 years in consumer products marketing with emphasis on using metadata for marketing analysis Prior work […]

5 Social Recruiting Tips To Boost Hiring By Franz Gilbert on

  If it feels like you can’t go a day without hearing about social media, you aren’t going crazy! Since 2009, the term “social media” has increased by over 5X in terms of Google Search terms. Additionally, the frequency of the term has increased by over 10X in usage! The challenge is that this term […]

The Five Deadliest Job Interview Mistakes

    A lot of people are confused about job interviews. They think a job interview is like a citizenship exam. They think that if they study hard and give the right answer to each question put to them, everything will be fine. At a citizenship exam, if you answer the questions correctly you’ll get […]

Is Hiring an Art or Science?

 Do you hire based more on information or on gut feel? The easy answer should be “both.” Hiring is both an art and a science. Irrespective of how many hires you’ve made, and how much you’ve honed your expertise, hiring is tough. It’s one of those management functions where you can do certain things to […]

How Rich is Your API?

  No technology vendor can pretend to have all of the functionality you need, across all the sub-processes that are required in order to efficiently manage an organisation. Some firms claim to have mastered this, but no company has actually pulled it off.   Among other reasons, this is why it is critical to invest […]

The Big Bang Theory

  I have recently had several conversations with customers about the roll-out strategy of their renewed talent management processes; some of them were moving from an old fashioned paper process to a new digital process, whilst others were just replacing old systems with new ones. Systems involving Employee Self Service are a specific field of […]

Digital Reference Checking

If you need to hire someone and you want to make sure the references from past colleagues concur with your judgement, Checkster’s collective intelligence gathering will provide that extra degree of certainty in your decision. Checkster’s innovative web-based solutions each use collective intelligence combined with the ease and reach of social networks to deliver fast, […]

How to Hire a Top Candidate

                Know exactly whom you’re looking for. Constantly seek viable candidates. Look for character, not experience. Resilience is the mark of potential greatness. Seek out the self-motivated. Attitude is all-important. Don’t settle for canned references.        

6 High-Impact Activities That Operationalize Sales Enablement

Article | Mon, 06/30/2014 – 00:00 Sales enablement is a nebulous, often undefined term in the world of sales. Since no single definition of sales enablement exists, companies and industry organizations are defining sales enablement on their own terms. One example is Forrester’s definition of sales enablement, which defines it as “a strategic, ongoing process […]

How multinationals expanding in Africa find the right person for the job

Recent years have seen numerous multinational companies expand their presence in Africa. But finding the right skills to support this growth can be a challenge. At the recent International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) World Forum, held in Cape Town, representatives from four multinationals discussed the strategies they have implemented to ensure they have […]

5 Clever things to do after your internship ends

If you are a young, career-minded hopeful just completing your internship, don’t close the door on this experience just yet. There are at least five clever things to do after your internship ends. Say thank you This cannot be stressed enough. Say thank you to the company by sending a well-written letter, but also do […]

Lumesse Positioned as a Visionary in Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Talent Management Suites

London (UK), 23 June 2014 – Lumesse, a global leader in talent acquisition and talent management solutions, today announced it has been recognised as a ‘Visionary’ in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Talent Management Suites*. This Magic Quadrant assesses the market for talent management suites, which help enterprises manage the key processes of plan […]

The top 10 talent management trends for 2014

Too often in business we only look back – what happened last month, quarter or year? Progressive companies, though, look forward, predicting what will be and proactively planning for it. As we look forward, here are our views of the emerging trends that will impact HR over the next 12 months, and those already started […]

5 Sales Hiring Tips for Growing Companies

If your company has recently tried to recruit inside sales talent, then you’re probably already keenly aware that competition for all-star reps has never been fiercer. This is the result of a veritable explosion in inside sales hiring over recent years, motivated by data showing that inside (or remote) sales teams offer exponential returns compared with […]

Your Employer Brand Owns The Candidate Experience

  By now we’ve all seen the October 2013 Gallup report on employee engagement, The State of the American Workplace. Words that come to mind when I re-read the report:  bummer, disheartening, bad news.  But I also wonder: what exactly did we expect? Look around you, managers, and you’ll see disengaged employees with the Zombie […]

5 Things Millennials Need to Know About Winning at Work

  Each generation molds the business world into its own image.  The Mad Men era reflected the values and ideals of the World War 2 generation: regimentation and corporate hierarchy. Today’s environment reflects the values and ideals of the Boomer generation: mostly individualism that lapses into selfishness.  The Boomers started gaining power in the 1980s, […]

Striking the Balance Between Innovation and Experience

New technology is changing the way companies recruit and manage talent. To create better results for your business, you need to take a good look at your recruiting process and how it takes advantage of the best innovation available. If factors you can’t control are causing delays, or you’re not getting the most from your […]

Southwark Council selects Lumesse to power up their Mobile Career Site

London (UK), 29th April 2014 – The London Borough of Southwark chose Lumesse, a global leader in talent acquisition and talent management solutions, to enable their mobile enabled career site. Mobility has caused a fundamental shift in people’s habits, particularly when it comes to job seeking. In fact, LinkedIn found that more than 70 % […]

Why are we still having this argument?

For as long as I’ve been in the software business, (it’s kind of a long time…) there’s been a debate about all-in-one suites vs. best of breed solutions. As I was doing research for this blog it occurred to me that the debate has been around for a long time for a very simple reason: […]

Boost your Confidence

A big client meeting. An investor pitch. A keynote address. In any of these situations, an extra shot of confidence can go a long way. Turns out, it’s easier to get that little boost than you might think. In a video recently posted by Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Deborah Gruenfeld, a professor of leadership […]

Transform Your Job Ads From Ho-Hum to Aha!

Great job ads stand out from the crowd. They engage applicants on an emotional level by answering their top questions and creating a clear and compelling picture of what’s on offer. In this article, I’ll show you a quick way to assess ads and give you two tips you can start using today. Take This […]

5 Attributes to Look for in High-Performing Employees

With so much attention paid to innovations and disruptive business models in the venture capital and startup world, it can be easy to overlook the vital importance of great people. I keep a quote from legendary venture capitalist Arthur Rock in mind when hiring: “What I’m interested in is investing in people.” Of course, every […]

Communication Strategy: Understand Job Seekers

I read something recently that surprised me: 29% of active job seekers in a recent survey use Google+ to find a job.  My first assumption was that active job seekers will do anything to find a job.  But, I was shocked to read that an even higher percentage of random respondents said they use Google+ […]

Great recognition for Lumesse in China for the third time

Lumesse won the ‘2013-2014 Best Talent Management Software Provider in Greater China’ award for the third time. The award was presented by ‘Human Capital Management’ magazine, the most recognised publication amongst HR professionals in China with a circulation of more than 30,000. The ‘Best HR Service Providers in Greater China 2013-2014’ awards are given in […]

Recruiting Passive Candidates with Social Media

  Just to recap: Passive candidates are magical unicorns. They will instantly improve your business, upgrade your company culture, and double your chances of winning the lottery. Recruiting passive candidates will solve all of your problems! Sadly, this is extremely difficult to do because passive candidates live in a land without help wanted ads, job […]

Which Channel Delivers the Highest Quality Candidates

“Twitter’s Twitter Strategy First of all, if you’re going to use Twitter to recruit, you should create a clear and executable strategy. Twitter should be used for more than just blasting out job postings. Sure, creating awareness about new positions is one part of the strategy. But there’s another side to the coin that Twitter […]

To Reach Passive Candidates, Try Jobcast’s Facebook Recruitment App

Liz Ryan, writing for The Management Blog at Bloomberg Businessweek in May 2013, called the search for passive job candidates “the latest corporate mania.” What exactly is a passive candidate? Essentially, it’s any person who is currently employed, not actively looking for a new job, but willing to consider an employment offer if one comes […]