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Sunday Reading for October 12, 2014:

1. Per Liz Ryan, there are apparently companies that automatically DQ unemployed applicants. When I read the subject line I initially assumed that this was because of some misguided assumption that all unemployed people are such because they’re a bottom-quartile performers, but it would appear that in some cases employers DQ unemployed applicants simply because it’s an easy way to cull a large applicant pool. Wow. With that said, Liz is here to save the day. To learn some of the many reasons that this is a terrible way to screen applicants (and hopefully reform your ways if you’re a company or HR person guilty of this practice), check out Liz’s full piece here.

2. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently made a comment at a women’s tech conference that suggested women who felt underpaid should focus on their work performance and “trust the system” instead of asking for a raise. This set off a fire storm that culminated in Nadella walking back his comments a few hours later. You can read lots of (well-written) exposition on the embattled CEO’s remarks here, here, here, and other places… but today I want to focus on a great piece written by CNBC On-Air Editor Jon Fortt. In it, Fortt explores the meritocracy based reasoning that drives executives like Nadella to give bad advice such as that which he recently shared at the women’s tech conference. As someone that has always fundamentally believed top performers willing to test the market can find an employer willing to pay them what they’re worth, this piece caused me to really stop and re-consider my beliefs. It’s an absolute must read, and I highly recommend checking it out here.

3. Dr. John Sullivan has a solid post up on TLNT espousing the values of HR Analytics. It explains how and why companies subscribing to such a model on the talent management and talent acquisition fronts don’t just have more credibility with the business – they also make greater impacts. Check out Sullivan’s full post here, and as always, please share your thoughts in the comment section below.