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

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…
HR Insights

The 3 Things People Should Say When Resigning

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I have people ask me to help them write a resignation letter, which is a little funny because it really doesn’t matter what you write, because only two things are going to happen:

  1. They’ll freak out that you are leaving and try and talk you out it.
  2. They’ll goOh, that’s too bad, we will hate to see you go.”

For your ego’s sake, you want No. 1, not No. 2. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

What I Learned About Fast HR From Turning Down a Top HR Position

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Have you tried Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches (err, subs)?

My family loves Jimmy Johns! Way too much of my annual income goes to this company!

Here’s a little known fact: I was once offered the head HR position at Jimmy Johns. Read more…

HR Management, HR Technology

Take My Word For It: Your HR Software Really Doesn’t Suck!

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It’s the one of those great HR truths:

Or so we all thought. Read more…

Classic TLNT

How You Can Become the Most Liked HR Pro Ever — in Five Easy Steps

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

The old adage “I’d rather be respected, than liked” was made up by people who didn’t have any friends!

And, it’s been perpetuated for centuries by HR Pros who didn’t think it was professional to have friends in their organizations. “I’m not their friend, Tim. I’m in HR – there is a reason we lock the doors to our department.”

I look it this a bit differently – make friends first. That is all. No, “then” or “after that” – just make friends. Read more…