Last Week in Talent - May 30, 2017

Happy post-Memorial Day short work week everyone!

I hope my American readers enjoyed a long weekend of resplendent weather, not too competitive wiffle ball and ample barbecued foodstuffs. This is Last Week in Talent, the we're-so-close-to-summer-I-can-smell-the-suncreen-and-taste-the-rosé edition.  

So let's get cracking. On the macro side, unemployment crept up for the first time in three weeks but the overall labor market remains robust as the four week average of unemployment claims sunk to their lowest level since 1974. Welp, let the great talent hunt of 2017 continue and maybe tell your cousin Kevin to put down the controller and go find a job, for the good of everyone. 

In other news, Apple hired a new diversity chief who will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, veteran tech reporter Walt Mossberg wrote his final column at Recode before he retires (fare the well, Walt), Amazon is recruiting healthcare experts to help break into pharmaceuticals, Google heads to China for talent and...attention and, alongside Facebook, empties the data science talent pool like there’s no tomorrow, which could be one reason Airbnb created their own internal university to train more data scientists.

9 Newsletters and Blogs to Make You a Smarter Recruiter

Content is the currency of the internet. Yet there’s so much out there these days, that finding interesting, relevant and, most importantly, curated articles is a full-time job. If you’re like us, you don’t have a ton of time to comb the World Wide Web every day, but you still want to read the good stuff. The goal, after all, is to find the right information, not all of the information.

Newsletters are the single best way to see the best stuff from every corner of the internet in one place. They’re like content cheatsheets. Blogs are a similar, slightly more exhaustive version of newsletters. Both deliver the interesting and relevant intel straight to your inbox in witty, readable, clever nuggets.

But picking the right content resource is like picking the right cable package; it all depends on your interests and habits. Sign up for too many and you’ll spend more time stressing over what to read than actual reading. 

Here are my favorite newsletters and blogs. They cover every facet of my life, including my love for current events, technology, recruiting, business, and productivity. Reading them will no doubt make you smarter and better informed, but they’ll also give you fuel and inspiration for those rainy days when you’ve run out of ideas.