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TalentTalks Talent Optimization Blog – Talent Topic Compilation 2014 Edition

TalentTalks Talent Optimization Blog – Talent Topic Compilation 2014 Edition

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From – Articles Written By Kelly Blokdijk

How to Become the HR / Recruiting Holiday Hero

Simple Secrets to Make Your Hiring Process Suck Less

HR and Recruiting Professionals: Time to Pull Your Head Out

#SHRM14 Report – Evolution of Work and the Worker

Hiring Habits: Holacracy at Zappos

Picture This: Top Career Motivators for the Best of Us and the Rest of Us


From – Articles Written By Kelly Blokdijk

The Ticket Scalper Version of Direct Talent Sourcing

Conundrum of Candidates’ Conjecture

Recruiter Poll Regarding Active Applicant Interactions

Are You Bored With RBC?

Ditch the Double Standard

What Does it Mean to Be Employable?

Does Anything Good Ever Come From Skipping Phone Screens?

Who Should We Blame for Poverty, Debt, Obesity and Robots?

Recruiting: Just a Series of Conversations

Talent Shortage or Trust Shortage

Job Postings Are Not the Enemy

Grunts & Groans Sound Gross

Step Inside The Outhouse That Is LinkedIn

Call for Mr. Hole, First Name: Jack

Wall of Shame

Recruiting Stuff That Made Me Shake My Head This Week


From Human Capital Institute (HCI) – Succession Planning Webinar & Podcast Featuring Kelly Blokdijk

Podcast – Succession Planning

Webinar – Succession Planning


From Bulls Eye Recruiting – Articles Written By Kelly Blokdijk

Proactive Career Management

Mind Your Own Business and Career

What Makes a Tough Job Search Even Tougher?

A Yellow Guitar to Rock Out Your Talent Strategy


From Medium – Articles Written By Kelly Blokdijk

Appetite for Disruption

From the Depths of Obscurity

The Messy Me


From LinkedIn – Articles Written By Kelly Blokdijk on LinkedIn

Employers Dirty Habit of Treating Job Applicants Like Dirt

Why We Need a More Diverse View of Diversity

Could 3 Boring Tips Make Your Job Search Better?

Give Your Network a Hand When You Need Job Search Help

Buzzwords Myths and Absurdities in the Job Market

Resume Reality for REAL

Are Job Hoppers Flakes and Failures?

Is Who Gets Hired the Best Person for the Job?

The #1 Reason for Resume Rejection

Double Trouble Hiring Standards

Why Who’s Viewed Your Profile Doesn’t Matter

Imaginary Talent Shortage Caused by Real Trust Shortage

Ideas, Information and Influence


From TalentTalks Talent Optimization Blog – Article Written By Kelly Blokdijk

Does Every Day Seem Like April Fool’s Day on LinkedIn?


If you like these articles, you may also like some earlier work written by Kelly Blokdijk

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TalentTalks Talent Optimization Blog – Talent Topic Compilation 2011 Edition


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Pondering Significance & Circumstance 3-13-13

Most people in my personal and professional life are familiar with my HR background and how I’ve had a varied and diverse set of experiences both before and while working in that occupation. Another aspect many are aware of is how I’ve leveraged my traditional work in the “employment arena” to engage in some independent/freelance projects along the way.

A few of the primary activities I’ve been known for have been resume writing, job search coaching and career management consulting. Initially, I never set out to pursue that path, but over time it sort of took on a life of its own. Generally I viewed that as another branch of my own professional development with an added beneficial side-effect of using my knowledge to help others in their careers.


When my HR management position was eliminated March 13, 2009 (Friday the 13th), I took advantage of the opportunity to assess MY overall career situation. Doing that myself was a form of practicing what I preached.

At the moment of my layoff I was literally one course away from completing my masters degree – one of my proudest accomplishments. As many of my classmates would attest, it was a grueling process to pursue an advanced degree while consistently balancing the demands of a 50-60 hour work week. Combining that level of burnout with the prospect of the emotional exhaustion that typically accompanies a job search in a decent economy WAS my dilemma. By then we were in the midst of the HELLACIOUS “great” recession – essentially the worst job market so far in my working life – I felt the time was right to explore “now what?”

Therefore, I reflected and contemplated whether I could transform KMB Resume Writing & Career Services, my part-time independent practice that I fit in when possible concurrently with corporate HR / talent management roles into a viable standalone “day job.” My analysis included coming up with the following list of the type of assistance I had been providing during the prior 12+ years.

– Accelerated job search progress for professionals across a wide-range of industries via high-quality presentation and consistent reinforcement of qualifications through “positive first impression” career marketing materials and corresponding messaging.

– Organically established 100% referral-based clientele through word-of-mouth, relationship-building and reputation for low-pressure, inquisitive and consultative style, paired with distinct value-added support based on recruiting industry insight and employer / hiring decision makers’ perspective.

– Customized and authored creatively designed and compellingly written resumes, bios and online profiles to position and prepare business professionals for their next opportunity.

– Delivered individualized job search strategy, defined action plans and developed tailored approach based on each professional’s specific circumstances and target positions.

– Coached and guided individuals through job market research, personal competency assessment, interview preparation, offer negotiation and LinkedIn lessons.

– Helped professionals differentiate themselves from the competition through identification, definition and focusing of their unique value proposition.

– Conducted interview practice and feedback sessions to fine tune presentation on paper, online and in person.

– Advised senior executives on nuances of conducting discreet, confidential job searches and navigating complexities related to search firms, leveraging professional networking contacts and related correspondence.

– Facilitated outplacement style group workshops and one-on-one counseling for displaced workers, career advancement seekers and those pursuing individual professional development.

I’m not a superstitious person, so I don’t think 13 is any luckier or unluckier than any other number. No matter what day it is, and no matter what obstacles show up, I feel fortunate and blessed to be surrounded by supportive people in my life. TalentTalks came about partially through unintentional preparation before 3-13-09, along with a heck of a lot of hard work over the four years leading up to 3-13-13.

Between my regular duties in HR and assorted side projects, I seem compelled to serve as an advisor to help individuals or organizations optimize their talent. Along with that I feel a responsibility to advocate on behalf of those not being seen, heard or noticed for their talent. The phrase “creating a voice for talent” is how I define that philosophy. Regardless of any future career developments that may occur, I will always value the incredibly unique learning opportunities I’ve experienced and the extraordinary encouragement I’ve encountered from those around me.

Article by Kelly Blokdijk – As a Talent Optimization Coach & Consultant with TalentTalks, Kelly thrives on “Creating a Voice for Talent” by partnering with business professionals and job seekers to build competitive career marketing strategies and compelling, customized communication materials to create a lasting positive impression. TalentTalks consults with the business community on innovative, leading-edge human resource and organization development initiatives to enhance talent management, talent acquisition, corporate communications and employee engagement programs. TalentTalks routinely posts employment market and job search related content on Facebook and Twitter – fans and followers welcome!

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