Tim Sackett

Tim Sackett, MS, SPHR is executive vice president of HRU Technical Resources, a contingent staffing firm in Lansing, MI. Tim has 20 years of HR and talent background split evenly between corporate HR gigs among the Fortune 500 and the HR vendor community – so he gets it from both sides of the desk. A frequent contributor to the talent blog Fistful of Talent, Tim also speaks at many HR conferences and events. Contact him here.

Articles by Tim Sackett

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

One Answer to One of America’s Toughest Recruiting Problems

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Hey Tech Recruiters — your job is really hard, isn’t it?

Do you want to know a recruiting job that is about a hundred times harder than yours? Try recruiting Truck Drivers!

The truck driving recruiting industry is insane. It’s reported that right now there are 36,000 truck driver open position in the U.S.! Read more…

Leadership

Did Tom Brady Lie? He Really Just Did What Great Leaders Do

Will the New England Patriots' Tom Brady be hoisting the trophy again on Sunday?

You know what none of the great leadership speakers, gurus, TEDx speakers, etc., will tell you about leadership?

Sometimes in leadership, even the best, greatest visionaries, have to do things they wouldn’t want anyone else to know about.

We got to see this in the past weeks with Tom Brady, the Super Bowl winning quarterback from the New England Patriots, with how he responded to the Deflategate scandal. Tom had a chance to be the leader we all believe leaders to be. Instead, he was the leader that most leaders are.

You don’t want to hear this. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

You’ll Never Forget Your First Time Firing Someone

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Do you remember your first time?

I was 26-years old. At the time, I was living in Michigan and working in my first job right out of college. I had been doing pretty well for myself and began moving up in the company.

I had just got put into a position where I had a couple of people reporting to me, and I had to hire a new person to report to me as well. I hired this smart, young person right out of college. Their passion and energy immediately attracted to them.

Oh, wait, you think I’m talking about… Read more…

Global HR

HR in the Caymans: Great Food, Tough Recruiting, and Lots of Hugs

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I just got back from the Cayman Islands where I was invited to speak to the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals (CISHRP) at their annual meeting.

As you might imagine, it was awesome!

This is only the second time in my life I’ve been out of the United States to speak (the first being to Toronto – which is kind of in my own backyard, so it’s hard to count!). I definitely need to do this more, as I think I actually learn more than those I’m speaking to. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

When Job Titles Make Today’s HR Look Like a ’70s Personnel Dept.

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You know what position I would love to apply for!? Junior Human Resource Manager, said no one ever!

I hate spending three seconds on job titles because job titles scream, “Personnel Department,” but I have to just take a few minutes to help out some of my HR brothers and sisters.

Recently, I came across a classic job title mistake when someone had posted an opening and then broadcasted it out to the world for a — wait for it — “Jr. Industrial Engineer.” When I saw it, I almost cried. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

The 3 Critical Tasks Every HR Manager Must Work On Every Single Day

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It’s graduation season, and soon many new human resource brothers and sisters will be entering into their first real HR gigs.

Many will be titled, “HR Manager,” even without one day of experience. That’s because in many organizations, “HR Manager” is the only HR position they have, and they’ll gladly take a young, fresh new HR grad.

The tendency for new managers, especially HR Managers thrust into a generalist role, is to get buried with tasks. Read more…

HR Insights

HR’s Worst Enemy: It’s Not a Real Surprise Who It Actually Is

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I’ve been speaking a few local SHRM events and some corporate events, and I’m always amazed to hear about all of the “enemies” that HR has!

You have employees, and hiring managers, and the EEOC, and employment attorneys, and staffing firms, and insurance firms, and HR software providers – I mean, if I hadn’t been in HR, I would think that everyone is against HR!

It feels like that some days, doesn’t it? Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Fixing the Hiring Process: Getting More Women Involved Would Help

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The New York Times had an article regarding hiring practices and succession practices at Google, and God knows if Google is doing it, it must be important and we all must try to do the same thing.

What I liked about this article was it didn’t necessarily look at practices and processes, it looked at data. The data found that Google, like almost every other large company, does a crappy job hiring and promoting women.

That’s shocking, I know, if you’re a man! We had no idea this was going on! In America of all places… Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Here’s Why We Need to Pay Higher Referral Fees For Diverse Candidates

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I know a ton of HR Pros right now who have been charged by their organizations to go out and “diversify” their workforce.

By “diversify,” I’m not talking about diversity of thought, but to recruit a more diverse workforce in terms of ethnic, gender, and racial diversity.

Clearly by bringing in more individuals from underrepresented groups in your workforce, you’ll expand the “thought diversification.” But, for those HR Pros in the trenches and sitting in conference rooms with executives behind closed doors, diversification of thought isn’t the issue being discussed. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Many Ways We Seem to Discount Employees

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No, I didn’t make another mistake and mean to title this “Employee Discount,” but you were totally in your right to think I would make a mistake!

Yes, we discount our employees. We do this in a number of ways:

  1. Experience — The 10-year employee is always looked at less than a new employee coming in with 10 years of experience. Read more…