Job Stuff 17

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.

Always research the company you are interviewing at.

All of the comments  are good.  I would add that you might want do a quick analysis of the company’s stock and see what kind of ownership it has.  And look at the company’s marketing, how it backs their products.

The job description always sucks.

The reason is that there are too many filters between the people with the need and the description reaching daylight.  By the time legal and HR get through with a description and the trivial becomes significant and the important gets lost.

Yet another “How The Candidate Blew The Interview” post.

The post you NEVER see  is the one how the hiring manager and his team blew the interview.  You know it’s a two street and in the most of the interviews that I’ve gone through, it was the behavior of the people across the table that flushed the interview. So I wrote a post about that.

Some good things to remember in interviews.

This is just playing on hiring manger’s fears.

Where are the perfect fits?  They don’t exist.

I hate linking to posts like this. It needs to be known.  The economy is truly sick and not getting better.

When should you walk away from a job offer?

It depends on the circumstances, but in my experience working in a bad situation never really works out well.

What is the real cost of a bad hire?  I don’t think that anybody really knows.  Which is why posts like this work in spreading FUD.

The funny thing is that people quote these numbers all the time, yet when you actually click on the links it’s a link to a poorly documented survey with vague questions or a referral with no link to an infographic with no sources whatsoever. An infographic with a bunch of numbers being dumped into a garbage can from an outfit that apparently had a bad business model(their domain is for sale, which is never a good sign) doesn’t prove anything. Here’s the infographic, judge for yourself:

I keep seeing this FUD being spread around and I keep asking myself, “Where’s the beef here?” I would like, just once to see real costing and statistics, not vague surveys and infographics from dead companies.

Another popular quote is; “According to Harvard Business Review 80% of employee is caused by bad hiring decisions.”  The only problem is that Google searches and a search on the Harvard Business Review turns up no record from HBR and links to this page which refers to no citation.  All these people are doing is using logical fallacies, phony statistics and pulling stuff from thin air to spread FUD and make it even harder for people to actually communicate and make connections, let alone get jobs.  Which brings us to the next link.

People are not algorithms and a computer is not an oracle.  Every step that takes the human out of the equation only risks making a decision based garbage data.  That is if the people making the algorithm actually know what they are doing, which is doubtful.

The Job Stuff Series:
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Job Stuff 15.

Job Stuff 14.

Job Stuff 13.

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