Job Stuff

This is more or less a newsletter for job seekers like myself.  I try to find good job search strategies, bad job search strategies, pure BS and job related articles every week.  So far I’ve never run short.  Please pass this around. I’m not doing this for any reason other than the desire to help and communicate with other job seekers.  If you have any good links or stories, especially stories please comment.  If you want the story private, just put that in the comment and I will trash it and  not let it post.

Corporate dysfunction.  One post like this is bad.  A bunch of them says that something  is REALLY wrong out there:
http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-1397-The-Workplace-15-Signs-Your-Workplace-is-Dysfunctional/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/7-signs-of-a-dysfunctional-company/

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/profit-minded/five-signs-office-culture-terrible-164034898.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesleadershipforum/2014/05/19/10-signs-that-a-company-has-a-serious-culture-problem/

Frankly I don’t care about ping pong tables.

If you are job hunting you need to learn about cover letters.

http://blog.aha.io/index.php/ridiculous-cover-letters-examples/

http://www.businessinsider.com/killer-cover-letter-tips-for-your-job-search-2014-4

http://www.coverlettersforcreativepeople.com/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2011/03/24/how-to-write-a-cover-letter/

http://blog.gaijinpot.com/write-killer-cover-letter/

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/use-cover-letters-ceos-read-brian-de-haaff

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-way-you-write-cover-letters-is-a-complete-waste-of-time-2014-3

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2013/11/07/cover-letters-still-make-a-difference/3465629/

I’m not sure that there is a good way to write a perfect cover letter.  There are so many variables. marketing is a skil you have to learn by doing.  I once sent out 100 or so resumes with cover letters and got no results Unfortunately it’s hard to judge what you are doing if there’s no feedback.

A failure to Communicate, ATS systems.  The evidence seems to be that ATS’s not only hurt the applicant, they damage the company as well.  Instead of being a good way to find applicants they force companies to spend time and pay recruiters for jobs that they never seem to fill.  It’s as if they’ve taking the way things are supposed to work in information and turned it on its head.

http://www.jobscan.co/blog/2014/07/19/8-things-you-need-to-know-about-applicant-tracking-systems/

http://mashable.com/2012/05/27/resume-tracking-systems/

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-full-lowdown-on-ats-systems.html

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970204624204577178941034941330

http://www.cio.com/article/2398753/careers-staffing/5-insider-secrets-for-beating-applicant-tracking-systems.html

ATS, still broken, still hurting companies:
http://www.city-data.com/forum/work-employment/1968606-why-do-companies-even-have-apply.html

Connections, it’s all about connections:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/28/business/employers-increasingly-rely-on-internal-referrals-in-hiring.html?_r=0

Look, Applicant Tracking Systems are sold to companies by people like this:

The company pays 20k or so on the promise that magic will happen with this great software.  Then the software is put in the hands of people like “Andrea” down below.  Now “Andrea” isn’t very computer literate and tend to think in a more social manner and doesn’t like the detail work of going  through a pile of resumes and trying to sort people out by pieces of paper.  So Andrea uses the companies expensive software to filter out everybody who might be responding to the ads the company pays for, rendering the whole thing useless. With over 90% of job seekers  getting nothing but nothing.  The system is broken.

The “Andrea” story:
https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/job-search-horror-story/

If you have an Andrea working for you, how much is it costing? Trust me, it’s more than you think.

If people are treating your job ad system like a black hole, your company has a serious problem:
http://recareered.com/blog/2012/03/27/why-your-resume-is-stuck-in-the-hr-black-hole/

I put some resumes in black holes recently.  Got no replies.  Don’t even know if the hiring managers even saw the resumes.  which means that the system is useless to both me and the companies I was applying to.

Liz Ryan on hiring with a human touch:
http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/stories/2004-12-16/hiring-with-a-human-touch

MS Excel is the ticket to a good paying job?

http://blogs.wsj.com/atwork/2015/03/05/microsoft-excel-skills-the-key-to-middle-class-earnings/

More likely MS office represents a bottom skill level for any kind of serious job.  Sort like knowing how to read.

If you are out of work you are not alone.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/ali-meyer/628-labor-force-participation-has-hovered-near-37-year-low-11-months

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/ali-meyer/56023000-record-number-women-not-labor-force

Don’t believe the unemployment numbers being thrown about:
http://thefederalist.com/2015/03/06/heres-what-the-unemployment-rate-looks-like-if-you-add-back-labor-force-dropouts/

What do those stupid questions mean?
http://www.kennedyexecutive.com/how-to-answer-stupid-interview-questions-and-what-they-really-mean/

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/selling-yourself-without-selling/

Frankly I think that people on the interviewer side of the table have not spent NEARLY enough time on the OTHER side of the table.

Same old, same old:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/04/17/7-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-your-job-search/

I would think that a piece that says “Seven Things You didn’t know about your job search would have stuff in it that wasn’t the same old stuff that I have been hearing forever.

When you lie to get a job, you end up lying to yourself. a lie which never goes away.

http://www.npr.org/2015/03/08/391610430/learning-the-hard-truth-about-lying

It’s better to not lie in the first place.

Liz Ryan on more ways the hiring system is broken:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2015/03/08/are-you-hiring-predators-or-prey/

Just once I would like to read about a company that’s doing it right.

If you are looking for a job watch yourself on social media.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/04/16/how-social-media-can-help-or-hurt-your-job-search/

If everybody’s afraid, it’s never going to work:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2015/03/09/ill-ask-the-interview-questions-and-youll-answer-them/

Seriously, companies should make real effort to make the candidate comfortable and not afraid of working at your shop.  Look, the candidate is 3/4 scared of you already.  After all, the candidate is the one with their career and livelihood on the line.  If the interviewers are scared out of their wits too, it’s just never going to work.

The whole thing seems to be coming down to fear:
http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/employers-dont-respond-job-applications/

Not that I’m going to apply to Coca Cola, but this is actually pretty good:
http://www.coca-colacompany.com/careers/applicant-help

There’s an Enormous Frustration with employers:
https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/theres-an-enormous-frustration-with-employers-out-there/

The best thing they want is a positive attitude.I’m going to update this post from time to time with new stuff as I find it.

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