EllingtonMy wife just gave birth to our first child, a beautiful little girl named Ellington Rose Neighbors. I took a few weeks off after the delivery to help my wife recover and spend time with Ellington and it was wonderful. During that time I spent a lot of sleepless nights thinking about how I want to raise her and how not to screw her up. One thing that got stuck in my mind was this idea how most of America tells their kids “You can be anything you want to be”. This sounds so warm and fuzzy, but I think this is creating a culture of kids that don’t know how to work hard at something when it’s no longer fun, but would rather get paid to play or do something they enjoy. I want Ellington to use her brain, overcome difficult challenges, and have integrity in whatever she does.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with following your dreams. Many of us have gifts that should be part of what we do for a living, but there is beauty in putting in a hard day’s work and as a society I think we have lost a bit of that. Today kids get the easiest degree they can while partying and then spend years waiting on an elusive dream job as a recording artist, professional athlete or narwhal trainer. I am impressed with some other cultures that direct their kids into careers and studies that make a difference in today’s workforce. Getting an easy or fun degree is not an option for these kids as there is pressure from the family to do something that will set them up for success. While this can go too far, ultimately I believe it is the parent’s job to set their offspring on the right path.

No one is honest with their kids anymore and it’s easy to see in our culture. All you need to do is watch the first few episodes of any American Idol season to see what I mean. I want to be honest with Ellington and tell her what she is good at and what she isn’t. Today we give our children 12th place medals and participation ribbons and never let them learn what it feels like to lose, this sets them up for failure. Losing and overcoming that feeling is where we learn and ultimately become stronger. As a culture we need to stop sheltering our kids from the real world and what it takes to win, it weakens them and creates a delusional sense of entitlement, rather we need to talk to them about their goals and be there to encourage them when they fall down on the way.

I ran across a company called Goldieblox that encourages little girls to explore engineering and I love that idea. We need more women in these types of roles and I would be thrilled if Ellington decided to get an Engineering or Computer Science degree so she can create things and triumph in a field that greatly needs more women.



At least once a week I hear a horror story from a candidate or a client about an experience they had with another recruiting firm.  These range from simple bad practices to complete unethical behavior, but at the end of the day they all make me want our clients/candidates to expect better.  When did the average recruiter become the sleazy used car salesman of the tech world, shuffling paper with very little to no value added?   Here are a few examples of bad practices we should not accept:

Resume spams – As a candidate you should know anywhere a recruiter is sending your resume to and as a client you should not accept a resume submittal where the recruiter has not received this ok from the person that owns the document.

 The Pitch – As a candidate I wouldn’t let a recruiter submit me somewhere if they couldn’t tell me about the company.  Companies should test any recruiting partner they work with and make sure the company pitch is dialed in.  If it isn’t, that recruiter is hurting the potential candidate pipeline.  The hardest issue to overcome when talking to a candidate is when they have already said no to an opportunity because they heard a poor pitch from someone else.

Follow up – After each interview there should be communication, if there isn’t you are dealing with a paper jockey who is of no value to the process after shuffling a resume around.  This includes calling to tell a candidate that they did not get the job and helping them to apply the reasons why to their next interview cycle.  We make a pretty penny when we make a successful placement and we should earn it.  Guiding our candidates through the process is part of the job.

Ethics – This is a big one.  I hear crazy stories that relate to this area all the time and it baffles me that some of these recruiting firms are still in business.  If you can’t trust the person that is helping you with a decision as large as a career change, then you shouldn’t be working with them in the first place.

The rush for talented workers in this competitive market has led some to believe that it is necessary to work with any recruiter that dangles something valuable in front of them.  This is a short sided approach that I believe often ends badly for all involved.  There are some truly talented and ethical recruiters out there and as someone in the industry I have heard all the stories, good and bad.  Drop me a line and if my team can’t help you, I will make sure I find you someone that can.


1377470733000-USP-Baseball-Little-League-World-Series-Californ-japanThe difference is we care about your experience regardless of the outcome. We do what is right regardless of the outcome. We are always open to learning and hearing your feedback. We read, we listen, we try new things. Sometimes we fail, but we never stop trying or learning.

Keith asked me to write a blog, and that’s what I thought about. For our first blog, writing about what makes us different from other recruiters. I also thought about writing about food, as most of my favorite blogs are about food, but I didn’t think that would fly this early on. I’ve worked for people who talked a lot about ethics and those who never mentioned them. But I’ve never worked with a group of people who each individually have such a high work ethic, strong business ethic, and really never mention any of that, they just get it done. No one would last long here if they were, well um disruptive. 😉 . Keith sets the tone and hires wisely.

What does that mean to you? Clients and candidates alike can count on us for a lot. We can’t make our client give you an offer, and we can’t make you accept an offer, all we can do is choose who we work with and how we work, so we focus on that. I hope that we are living up to our own expectations and exceeding yours and I’d like to hear from you either way. We’ll be doing lots more blogging, some surveys, and closely reading your comments and emails. We want to be different, we want to be better and we need your help in assessing that. Let us know what topics you’d like to see us blog about.

We know that we are financially successful, so we are doing something right. 2012 was our best year ever and 2013 looks to be even better, Q2 was our best quarter of all time. All of that matters, a lot, but not as much as doing what’s right, helping our clients build world class organizations and helping our candidates see and act on their potential . The true bottom line to us is adding value to everyone that we work with.

As I’m writing this I’m watching the Little League World Series with my family. If we, at Neighbors & Associates can work/play with as much spirit and heart as these boys do, well then we will continue to win.


The yottabyte is a multiple of the unit byte for digital information. The prefix yotta indicates multiplication by the eighth power of 1000 or 1024 in the International System of Units (SI), and therefore one yottabyte is one septillion (one long scale quadrillion) bytes. The unit symbol for the yottabyte is YB.

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A related unit, the yobibyte (YiB), using a binary prefix, means 10248bytes.


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