The Talent Mixtapes: To Connections That Dodge Our Opportunities

In case you aren’t aware, our Kinetix team lives for music of all kinds– ’80s, ’90s, scatting, metal, doo-wop, we love it all (except for Nickelback, take the cheesy angst elsewhere). It only felt natural to create a new blog series that helps us express our different talent industry challenges in a creative and constructive manner.

Introducing: The Talent Mixtapes

We will highlight a different talent acquisition or HR woe through the power of song (you can sing along if you like). This month we are kicking it off with songs from recruiters to all-star candidates.

Without further ado, these are the tunes that get us through when connections are less than enthused to hear about our open opportunities:

I‚Äôve Got My Mind Set on You ‚Äì James Ray 

Often times it takes plenty of money, and a whole lot of precious time if you’ve got your mind set on awesome talent.

Tubthumping – Chumbawamba

As recruiters, we know this story all too well–getting knocked down by candidate objections can’t keep us from trying to land the placement altogether, right Danny Boy?!

Reach Out (I‚Äôll Be There) ‚Äì Four Tops 

 This one goes out to all of those recruiting pros trying to bring currently employed talent over to their side: Just gently remind your dissatisfied, partially passive candidates that you‚Äôll always be there with another gig.

I Want You to Want Me ‚Äì Cheap Trick 

Because as recruiters, don’t we always want the best candidates to want us back?

Whatever You Like ‚Äì T.I. 

Looking to use benefits and salary to grab the attention of the best candidates in your network? Go into your negotiations with this tune in mind.

Love It When You Call – The Feeling

“I love it when you call
But you never call at all
Say what’s the complication
It’s only conversation…”

Enough said.

Thinkin ‚ÄòBout You- Frank Ocean  

We all want to ask the great ghosts of talent acquisitions past, “do you think about me still? Do ya, do ya?”

We sure like to think so, and if they are still having career conversations with us, we ask this next question:

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow ‚Äì The Shirelles, covered by Amy Winehouse

 No One Else ‚Äì Weezer 

Ah, the ballad of the yes-man candidate who has too many recruiters on the hook, just remember these words: “Please don’t believe her, she says that for anyone.”

Biz Markie – Just a Friend

Some crazy awesome connections who got what you need just never blossom into placements, despite our efforts to earn their consideration. It’s ok, we can always use more “friends.”

All I want for Christmas is you ‚Äì Mariah Carey 

We couldn’t close out this playlist so close to the 25th without the queen of Christmas giving us all of the festive words we wish we could share with the best talent in our networks.

So talent pros, what’s your go-to track for valuable talent currently harshing your hiring vibes and dodging your open opportunities? Tell us in the comments below!


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