Job Stuff 10

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.

Every job is a temporary job.  The funny part is that while a company is perfectly fine with letting you go the minute you become an inconvenience, they will go to great lengths to make you go through hoops to get the job in the first place.  Then when you actually get the job they expect servile and total commitment to them.  Yet the companies make no such commitment to you.

This can’t be repeated enough.  the worst mistake a company can make is to treat job candidates like mushrooms.  IE, keeping them in the dark and treating them like horsecrap.

Yet almost all the companies I’ve dealt with this time around have acted exactly in that fashion.  From the mountains of resentment I’m seeing, I’m not the only one.

Outfoxing the ATS?  The big question is whether anything you can do can actually open up a real dialog with the people in a company you really need to communicate with.

Do companies really understand what they are telling job applicants with so many barriers to communication?

What DO talent want from a job search?  I think it comes down to respect, communication and understanding.

Unfortunately, in my experience, those are the things that are most likely to not happen in a job search.

This is good advice.

She starts out well, but somehow doesn’t seem to understand the realities.

I’ve always tried to find alternative work when I’ve been out of work.  At least after I realized that the unemployment is going to be long, something that isn’t obvious.  In a way assuming that a new job isn’t  just around the corner is sort of giving up.  One problem is that it’s very hard to work and look for work.  Another is that employers want and deserve at some level of commitment to them.  It isn’t right to just leave them on the spot.

On the other hand some PT jobs can be life and job skill enhancing. But then you have the other side of the equation. Which is that employers tend to look down on jobs that are outside your field.

Unfortunately, in my experience, just working doesn’t get you any credit during an interview.  This piece is, like all the others written from the viewpoint from an HR background who’s never experienced the depression and loss that happen when you are out of work.  In my experience there is no such thing as funemployment and anybody who thinks that there is hasn;t had the experience of being unemployed for long periods of time.

Liz Ryan again.

The problem with these questions is that it’s obvious that the intention is to put candidate off guard.  The problem is that you are telling the candidate that his prospective employment relationship is going to be servant master rather than a working relationship.

Still more Liz.

The problem is that hiring managers and HR types are afraid of making that mistake and don’t want do anything that will make trouble.  Also, interviewing isn’t their main job and they don’t want devote a great amount of time to it.

Only a truly sadistic HR department comes up with questions like this.

Explain color to a blind person.  Ok, explain radio waves, or gamma waves, or x rays. Or infrared, or ultraviolet.  We are blind to those and we can only understand them in terms of the narrow frequency that we can visualize.  Somebody that can’t see has no frame of reference and without that you can’t explain anything.  It’s just another torture device.

And oh, yes tricking you works real well.

Is the intent of the interview to play sick games, and they are truly sick, or figure out if the relationship is going to work out.

Some good advice on things you should check out before accepting a job at your next company.

Sometimes the shit show is unavoidable, but at least you can know what you are getting into.

A good article on interviews.

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