Job Stuff 7

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.

Another of my collections of job related articles as I find them. With running commentary.

Starting off with a good post from David Hunt.

Good advice for interviews.

The thing is that this always the same sort of stuff.  And, unfortunately, for the most part it’s written by people who haven’t had to go through a lot of interviews on the candidate’s side of the table.

If you are on social media, don’t be stupid.

As for not being political, well in the minds of some, everything is political.  Even saying nothing may be construed as not being on the right side these days.

What to do if your one qualification from your dream job?

Well you might get lucky and somebody like this guy will see your resume and call you. More than likely the ATS will flush your resume or HR will circular file your resume long before it gets to the person who will actually have the skills to make the judgement call and give you the chance.

Don’t do this sort of stuff.

Seriously, don’t.  I will admit that the temptation is there if the opportunity arises, which many companies won’t give you.  But the people you are leaving are your former coworkers and friends, do you really want to leave them with the consequences of your juvenility?

This has some good ideas.

Why should fire your recruiter.  More to the point always remember that the recruiter does not work for you and is more than likely not going to act in the candidate’s best interest.

Liz again on emotional intelligence.  Yet another buzzword.  The fact that so many C-suit types rely on buzzwords and fads says volumes about their emotional intelligence and overall maturity and competence.

What is your automated applicant system missing?  Where did the human element in hiring go?

The fix is in!!!

This is actually a bigger problem than you might think.  If all the leadership comes from the same talent pool and thinks the same way then the culture loses intellectual diversity and creates a leadership monoculture.  The fact that the monoculture comes from the Ivy Covered Snob Factories and that there is great tendency to suppress any other ideas is a HUGE problem.

Yes, it is you.

To answer the question here, yes, everybody is reading the same advice, for the same stupid questions. If you want different results, you are going to have throw the template away and have a conversation. How can you expect anything other than generic answers to generic questions that are on every interview template out there?  Remember that the candidate doesn’t know you at all. And many of us aren’t very good at reading people on a very short acquaintance. So it’s easy to give pat answers for pat questions. Realistically, for most knowledge work, you have to be able to interact with the team, but be able to hold up your end of the work without stepping on everybody else.

Liz again:
Seven job search tips to ignore.

I think that the big problem is that most of the job search stuff has been written by people who, by the very nature of things haven’t spent a lot of time looking for work.  The people writing the stuff have been the people sitting on the other side of the table and telling people what they think they want.  I imagine that beggy groveling candidates is good for the ego, but do these people realize what they are doing to their potential workforce?

Job descriptions should be a start of a conversation, not a perfect filter.

Unfortunately, HR departments don’t talk to hiring managers and really find out what the real requirements are.  I’ve seen far too many job descriptions that were written as obvious templates by people who were obviously clueless.

25 best sites for remote work.  The problem that most remote work seems to be a scam.

It’s important to find people who want to do the job, not just have the title.

I’ve worked for one of those title types and it was not fun.

Six rules from Drucker that almost nobody follows.

The jobs of the future?

The one thing I’ve learned having spent most of my life trying to see what’s coming is that nothing is predictable.

There is a bias against older workers.

I never thought about the healthcare aspects of it.  The problem is that what happens when you’ve laid off all your experience and you need it.

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