Job Stuff 4

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.

Liz Ryan again. Eight Job Interview Wins.

There’s a reason that I like to start off as a contractor.  I gets me paid while I show off what I can do and learn the new job.

And Another one.

I’ve never walked out of an interview, but you can always tell when it’s over.

Liz again.

I’m not sure how the grovel scrape bow became the standard way to approach getting a job.  I’m not even sure that it works for anything other than making hiring managers feel big.  But do the candidates that get jobs that way, the grovelers, become  the best kind of workers. Or do they end up not putting any effort into the job once they have it.

Everybody makes mistakes:

How to recruit tech talent:

I would say that the best way to recruit the out of the box talent is not put your hiring process in boxes in the first place.

Finding the perfect fit?

Good luck with that.  There is no such thing as the perfect fit.  Life is making compromises.  Frankly how can an employer know what the perfect is if they don’t know what the whole job will entail and how things will develop.  Read all those stories about how people more or less mad their own jobs and think how you can recruit the people who build their jobs and value rather than just doing their jobs.

Yet another Liz:

Asking questions like this seems to be designed to make sure that the candidate knows their place.  We are made to feel as if the we aren’t making any decisions.  But in a way we are.  Ask too many of those questions and we, the candidate lose hope that the job will work out. All the anticipation, all the desire to want to make it work out bleeds away. In subtle and  not so subtle ways we realize that the interview is dead and just stop trying.  That’s a shame for everybody.

Honestly I think that HR and hiring managers should get training on being on the other side of the table.  I think that they should also be told that their jobs depend on how they do.  They should feel the sweat and the despair.

Should you hire from outside your industry?  Hell yes.  Likely everybody in your industry knows “how things are done.”   It’s more likely then that the fresh ideas will come from outside your box.

Why are former workers not applying for job openings?

Maybe it has to with the way job applicants are treated.  First of all foisted off into applicant tracking systems that are completely opaque and with an almost certain knowledge that your resume will be electronically flushed.  Then the recruiters asking for irrelevant information and acting is if you are just above a slug on the lifeform scale.  The hiring managers asking the same stupid gotcha questions.  The HR people trying to put you through tests and asking more stupid questions.  And after all that the job is lousy and there is a good likelihood that you will have to go through it all over again, only this time you are older and less fit according to the system.  Seriously how much abuse can somebody take?

Imaginary jobs?  How can anybody trust companies that do that?

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