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Steve Cadigan

Steve is one of Silicon Valley’s hottest properties when it comes to people, talent, and culture. Prior to launching his own firm, Steve served as VP of Talent at LinkedIn from 2009 through 2012, taking the company from a private firm of 400 employees, through an IPO and into the powerhouse that it is recognized as today with over 5,000 employees.

Recent Posts

5 Essential Steps to Take When Planning Your Reduction in Force (RIF)

Posted by Steve Cadigan

December 20, 2016

While every business would prefer to avoid the trauma of a RIF, unfortunately it’s an inevitable cycle that hits every organization at some point. A critical element when facing the prospect of a RIF is planning and preparing extensively.

To implement a RIF as quickly and humanely as possible, spend some time planning out how you will address all the relevant issues. Here are 5 essential things to consider when planning your RIF:

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, Company Culture

When Culture Became LinkedIn's Competitive Advantage

Posted by Steve Cadigan

July 14, 2016

This blog post was originally published on Inc. and also appeared on Steve Cadigan's LinkedIn page.


One of the many ironies of my adventure working at LinkedIn from 2009-2012 was that our biggest challenge and our main product were one and the same: Recruiting.

During this time we added over 3,000 employees to the organization off of a base of around 400 and we also built hiring solutions that massively changed the recruiting industry.

Looking back, this was an amazing achievement to have realized in such a short time and while ultimately we met our goal of building a world class team and a world class company, when I first joined the organization, this outcome was far from certain.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, Company Culture

4 Ways to Create a Great Company Culture That Will Grow With You

Posted by Steve Cadigan

September 2, 2015

Company culture is integral to the success of your business. When your business is in its early stages, company culture generally isn’t on your radar – it often takes a backseat to more immediate business needs. 

Think of it this way: building your company culture is just as important with two employees as it is with two thousand employees. 

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, Company Culture

5 Must-Ask Behavioral Interview Questions

Posted by Steve Cadigan

February 26, 2015

 

If you want to start hiring the right people for your company, you need to start asking the right questions. To step up your talent aquisition game, we've put together 5 essential behavioral interview questions to help make your interview a total success. 



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Topics: Talent Management, People Skills

The Anatomy of a Great Job Interview

Posted by Steve Cadigan

February 18, 2015

Let’s face it, you want the best talent working for your organization. So, how do you go about ensuring that you’re selecting the best talent? The answer is simple: stop winging your interviews. Read on to learn how you can ask the right questions to make better recruitment decisions each and every time. 



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Topics: Talent Management, Hiring Skills, People Skills

How to Keep Your Employees from Leaving

Posted by Steve Cadigan

December 6, 2014

What can you do to make sure your employees are happy, and ultimately, not jumping the fence to the next organization? In the midst of expanding litigation over Silicon Valley’s common practice of “No Poaching Amongst Friendly Rivals” recruiting rule, I think it’s important to emphasize that a retention strategy is a defensive strategy. 

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Topics: HR, HR Compliance, Talent Management, Training, Hiring Skills, People Skills