Howard Adamsky

Howard Adamsky is a consultant, writer, public speaker, and educator. He works with organizations to support their efforts to build great companies and coaches others on how to do the same. He has over 20 years' experience in identifying, developing, and implementing effective solutions for organizations struggling to recruit and retain top talent. He is the author of Hiring and Retaining Top IT Professionals/The Guide for Savvy Hiring Managers and Job Hunters Alike (Osborne McGraw-Hill). Contact him at

Articles by Howard Adamsky

Recruiting and Staffing

How to Win More, Lose Less, and Ultimately, Land More Candidates


The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you’re playing by somebody else’s rules, while quietly playing by your own. – Michael Korda

Losing a great candidate is a painful and disheartening experience.

I for one, beat myself and wonder what I could have done differently as I do a cerebral post mortem. Sadly, it is the occupational hazard with which we live daily and it is a part of the game of recruiting.

With that in mind, we all need to learn from our mistakes and do our best not to repeat them. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

The Bottom Line on Hiring Speed? Just Run Faster

Hiring speed

The primary factor in a successful attack is speed. – Lord Mountbattan

Jason Warner has been thinking a lot about speed lately. Since reading his terrific article on ERE, so have I.

If we indeed might be at the beginning stages of a frenzy that relates to hiring, then speed will quickly go from a luxury to a biological imperative — an urgent component to success that has to be encoded into the DNA of every recruiter who needs to get the job done. As such we will have to look at speed in a whole different light: not as a means to cut corners but as a tool and a mindset recruiters must adopt if we are to be successful in generating the hires necessary to support organizational objectives.

Bottom line? Run faster. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Recruiting’s Dirty Little Secret: The Sad Existence of the Active Candidate

Illustration by Dreamstime.

“To see the right and not do it is cowardice.” – Author Unknown

A recent ERE article by John Zappe titled “Should We Be Telling the Unemployed Not to Apply?” was excellent. Furthermore, judging by the varied, contentious, and well-thought-out comments, John’s work clearly struck a nerve with a cross section of ERE readership, this writer included.

Tell the unemployed not to apply? Why not?

Welcome to the ugly underbelly of capitalism, artificially induced fairness, and employment rage of the masses. Welcome to the new world order that simply does not have enough to go around, combined with the enabling technology’s required to outsource as many possible jobs to the most dirt-poor places on this planet. Think of how Ralph Lauren lives and think of how those who make his clothing live. Beyond despicable.

Welcome to the sad realization that capitalism tends to work far better when there is a surplus as opposed to a shortage; when there is an oily excess that tends to hide the evil of discrimination, and of inequity, and of monstrous corruption. Welcome to the post-surplus economy of underemployment and lost careers, of investments vaporized and the numbing fury that accompanies learned helpless. Welcome the myopic CEO who views employees as an expense to cut as opposed to an investment to nurture.

Welcome my friends, to the new normal. Read more…