Hillary Ferguson

Hillary Ferguson is a New York City-based poet and writer. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry and fiction at The New School and a coeditor of the forthcoming journal Politics and Poems. She lives a quiet, Netflix-filled life with her partner and their two dogs.

Smart Tech May 11, 2016
Unproductive Meetings Got You Down? Technology Can Help

We've all sat through at least one meeting that left us thinking, "Well that was a waste of time." It happens to the best of us: One thing leads to another, and then another, and eventually, someone's unrelated tangent goes on for the whole hour. Unfortunately, this isn't only a common problem – it's also a serious one. Unproductive meetings don't just waste your and your...

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Inside Recruiting May 10, 2016
'If You Create a Great Place to Work, Great Work Takes Place': BambooHR's Rusty Lindquist on Rewards and Recognition

As the old saying goes, "Money isn't everything." Sure, it pays the bills and gets you Hamilton tickets (if you're lucky), but when it comes to happiness in the workplace, salary isn't the only factor. In an effort to shed some light on what really drives employee satisfaction, BambooHR recently conducted a survey of more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees. To learn more about the survey and...

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Smart Tech May 9, 2016
If You Want Your Company to Thrive, Treat Your Employees Like Customers

Excellent customer service is a primary factor behind the success of Echo Global Logistics, a provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services. We're not only talking about business success – we're also talking about talent acquisition and management success. To keep up with the evolving millennial-driven workplace culture, Echo implemented some of...

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Get Hired May 6, 2016
Congratulations, Graduate! Now Go Find a Job

Dear Seniors, This is it. You submitted your last paper, gave one final presentation, and handed in your 100th exam. Grades are in (okay, you can breathe now), Mom and Dad are on their way, and dinner reservations have been made. A celebration is in order. Congratulations! In a few days, though, when all the pomp and circumstances fade and you've stopped listening to "Good Riddance"...

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Get Hired May 5, 2016
I'm Comin' Home: The Boomerang Employee's Manifesto

Sometimes in life we can't make up our minds. It's ok. We're human. We think the grass is always greener or the other office might have better coffee – something is pulling us in a different direction to a different job. And then we're at the new job, but it just doesn't feel right. "I want my old job back," we whisper into the superior coffee. Ever heard of the term "boomerang...

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Inside Recruiting April 12, 2016
Friend Me, Follow Me, Recruit Me: The Rise of Social Media in Talent Acquisition

Guess who nabbed one of the greatest social media hires of all time? What I'm talking about happened way back in 2007, when YouTube was only two years old, you still had to be invited by a friend to create a Facebook account, and Twitter was in its early infancy -- when people didn't even really use social media as a means of recruitment because, well, what were all these platforms...

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Inside Recruiting April 1, 2016
Yes! Company Culture Can Still Thrive With Remote Teams

Let's face it: It's a digital world. Unless you live under a rock, you know what Facebook is. And since you're reading my article, my guess is you're nowhere near a cave. And if you are in a cave, reading this next to a smoldering fire, then my assertion that we live in a digital world has even more meaning, because woah! You have wifi in your cave. But anyway. Thanks to widespread...

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Smart Tech March 30, 2016
Email Is Antiquated: All Aboard the Automation Train

In the 1980s, everybody thought that by 2016 we'd be driving flying cars, riding around on hover boards, and making conference calls on video screens. We've accomplished two of those so far – and even though our cars don't fly yet, they are learning to drive themselves – but why have we been so slow to adopt similarly advanced technologies in the realm of business processes? There...

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Inside Recruiting March 25, 2016
How to Reap the Benefits of Remote Employees – and Avoid the Pitfalls

On Recruiter Today, we've written often about remote work, strong company cultures, and how those two things intersect – but now it's time to take a step back and look at the benefits and logistics of integrating remote workers. A recent article from Fast Company predicts that 2016 will see a large shift toward remote employees and entirely remote businesses. Companies both large and...

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Inside Recruiting March 24, 2016
What the Heck Is Recruitment Marketing, Anyway?

To keep up with today's technology-savvy job seekers, modern recruiting professionals are using recruitment marketing tools to proactively attract and engage passive candidates and build pools of talent for future hiring needs. iCIMS recently released a new study – "Recruitment Marketing: Fad or Future?" – that provides in-depth, data-driven insights on the relevance of recruitment...

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Smart Tech March 22, 2016
Does Anybody Actually Know What 'Big Data' Means?

Big data. Say what? Ask anybody in HR or recruiting what big data is, and you're likely to get a response like, "Hmm ... well ..." It's truly a minefield of a topic among industry insiders. A quick Google search returns "Big data is a term for data sets that are so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate," courtesy of Wikipedia. Okay. Seems simple...

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Inside Recruiting March 18, 2016
'If You Want Remarkable Results, You Have to Hire Remarkable People'

Dr. Randy Ross is a nationally renowned consultant and speaker. Along with David Salyers, the vice president of national, regional, and local marketing for Chick-fil-A, Inc., Dr. Ross is coauthor of Remarkable!, a book that guides readers through the building of an inspiring workplace culture. The book uses a narrative structure to explore the concept of business values – and what that...

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