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.
The companies broke their recruiting systems. And it’s cost them.
Will your job be automated?
Frankly some parts of any job will automated. That’s been the case since the Jacquard loom in the 1780’s or so and I don’t see that stopping now. I think it’s more important to consider what parts of a job CAN’T be done by a machine. Or what parts of your job can be done BETTER if you automate the tedious and boring parts. Of course it might seem to make sense to automate a bus driver’s job until you realize that there are time when you want somebody in the bus regardless of whether they are actually driving the bus or not.
I think that once you go into a potential employer’s facility, you are on stage. As a candidate, you are going to talk all sorts of people. Try hard to impress all of them. Also, try to dwell on the future in an interview, not the past. Leave your baggage at home as much as you can.
The big problem is that government and blue jobs need to contract. There is too much fat in the systems for too little delivery.
Can’t find somebody? Stop looking for damned purple squirrels. Yes there is a talent shortage. You corporate types have created that shortage because of you stupid underpayment policies, treating people like crap and stupid hiring policies.
Liz Ryan again.
As somebody who’s been through all of the above, many, many times, I’ve had ask myself after one of those behavioral or stress interviews, after I wound down,1. “what were they thinking” and 2. “no matter how desperate I am, I would be crazy to work there.” I leave those interviews disappointed in myself that I did not get the job, but the longer I look at it, the thing I should be glad about is the fact that I DID NOT get a job. After all if they are willing to put me through a wringer before I’m working for them, how well would I be treated after.
What should you do about your online presence? Try to hide your life?
There’s another way to look at this. Don’t bother. Look if the recruiter is looking that hard for excuses to down check you the job is more than likely not going to work out anyway. The kind of people who do this kind of thing aren’t the people that make for good employment experience anyway. And without knowing how the recruiter or HR person thinks, there’s no way you can hide yourself anyway. From what I’ve seen recently there are people all too willing to rush to judgment. Too many to worry about.
In any case all these articles do is raise the tense atmosphere in what’s already pretty close to a powder keg. Maybe employers should step back and stay away from employees and candidates social lives when they are not at work.
There’s an old saying that says that let “he who is without sin cast the first stone.” If a recruiter of HR finds a picture of somebody drinking at a party they should consider that such pictures might out there of themselves. Not taking into account our humanity will only make the hiring system more inhumane than it already is.
Danny Choo talks about writing a resume.
I like this because it’s different from most resume writing articles, most of which seem to be written by people in HR.
It’s great to see a company being nice and treating a prospective employee as a human being.
Kudos to Google.
The problem with treating people like “production units” is that you get “production units” and not people working for you.
Why ARE companies struggling to fill jobs?
More than likely because the systems and “big data mining” practices have managed to create a complete communications breakdown between companies and potential job candidates. Add to the fact that companies by and large caught up to the fact that well, the workforce isn’t getting any younger. If you keep looking for purple squirrels your catch bag is going to remain empty.
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