Job Stuff 12

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.

How to properly respond after an interview.

It’s good to follow up with a thank you note, unless you are working through an agency, in which case they are supposed to handle communication.  This note strikes me as being on the border of too long, don’t read.  Remember that it shows up in a pile of daily emails that the interviewer has to go through, usually first thing in the morning. Sending it the previous night might not be that bad an idea, if not at 3:00 am, though I doubt that people care when an email is sent.  Still keep it very short and sweet, attach some further info and maybe something you did as a present.  make sure though that you ask for further follow up and information on what’s going forward.

It looks like investors and fund managers are starting to notice the HR issue.

Is it too little, too late?  One hopes that they can understand the depths of the problems with HR and how hiring is done and how people are treated by the companies they work for.

It seems like all the calls I get from recruiters this time around are from “Richards.”

I keep asking myself why they want to paint me in a box, especially when more than likely it’s going to crash the deal.  they should understand that there are two players involved in a deal and that it’s not in my best interest to make a bad one.

Mike Rowe on bad job advice.

MIke Rowe on buzzwords.

Mike Rowe on strange interview questions.

Interview tips if your 55.  Short answer, you’re probably screwed.

The psychological advantages on the part of the interviewer are overwhelming.

How bad can a boss be?  You know it’s bad when you were more comfortable working for the schitzo.  BTDT.

At last, I found somebody who actually ENJOYS interviewing.

I think that there may be a place for everything.

I’ve suspected for some time that nobody bothers to read cover letters.

Of course the key line in the article is this:

“The ATS: ATSes have four or five filters. The cover letter, résumé and jobseeker, in tandem, have to understand and manage this critical first step if the cover letter and résumé is ever going to be seen by a real person.”

Any resume you send to a company is shooting into a black hole.  That’s a big problem for the candidate.  Unfortunately, it’s also a big problem for the company, only they haven’t realized it yet.

Nice quote.

Actually the real problem these days is that if you send your resume to a company through their system, it’s a good chance that no one will ever actually see it.  On the other hand the government is going to great length to ensure that you can’t use your own skills to create your own work.

What are job applicants saying about your company?  About you?  I think that you really want to know that.

Job seekers—at any level—are now records in databases and employers no longer invest in the people asset. Just look at the huge drop in spending on training and development. Employers really believe they can pop the database and find a replacement for any employee—rather than train employees to handle new jobs. It’s very common for HR to advertise for “the purple squirrel”—a perfect candidate who has done the job before, needs no training whatsoever, requires no learning curve, and who fits the culture perfectly.

And purple squirrels are like unicorns, sort of hard to find.

Has work become like preschool?

Well I’ve worked with some people that have never seemed to grow up.

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