Job Stuff 9

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.

Do you work to live or live to work? That’s a good question.

Long term unemployment is a  problem throughout the developed world.

Is your resume being eaten by ATS systems?  The evidence is that that is exactly what happens for a variety of reasons.

Long term unemployment and ageism.  Somehow the people in HR and who set these policies STILL don’t seem to understand that there is no such thing as a purple squirrel.

The interview process is taking longer.

Or is it that companies are afraid of making a commitment.

Liz Ryan: Don’t give your best stuff away at an interview.

Frankly you have to go with the principle of give and take.  though any company that just takes notes about stuff from interviews and then dumps the candidates is too stupid to stay in business very long anyway.

Why do recruiters treat candidates like crap? I think it’s because they can get away with it seemingly without consequences to themselves.

The fact is that recruiters should think of candidates as partners in the hiring process.  They should realize that their entire commission depends on not only them selling the candidate, but the candidate selling themselves.  In the end it’s the candidate that’s having to close the deal.  Yet so many recruiters insist on treating the candidate as a supplicant from the get go and spoiling relationship before it even starts.

Why are companies taking so long to fill open positions? Two words, communications failure.

The companies have set up systems both personnel and electronic that reward non communication and use fear to ensure that that remains the case.  Companies are so afraid that they might have the “wrong hire” that they can’t work themselves up to getting the right hire.

So we have charts that look like this.

This is a broken system in graphs.  With consequences for the economy that are more than a little significant in lost time and wages.

10 reasons the hiring process isn’t fair?

Actually it’s ten reasons the system doesn’t work.  Look, just think of what the end result is of doing business this way if they treated their customers this way.

I’ve always thought that some companies treat the hiring process like a game, but I never though that meant literally.

Yet another in the strange and horrifying file of job search horror stories.

There’s something sick going on out there.  If you hear one story like this, you can laugh it off.  When it seems to be common practice there is something truly wrong out there.

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