Job Stuff 21

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.

Who’s missing from this picture?

I don’t see anything about getting the actual person who needs the work done the information he needs to make an informed decision.  By the time he sees a resume things have gotten so bad because you’ve put so much time and effort trying to please people who have NO clue about the actual work that the actual person who NEEDS information is left in the dark.

Filling a resume with keywords that don’t necessarily mean anything to keep the HR guy happy doesn’t cut it when the hiring manager the person who NEEDS real info is trying to wade through the verbiage.

An open letter to job seekers.  Don’t quit.

The problem with job descriptions is that they can’t capture the entire job and how it changes and grows even month to month.

Only 25%?

Look the reasons for every job not being filled are numerous.  But the evidence seems to be that it’s the company’s own HR policies and the resultant inflexibility that creating the problems.  The biggest problem is the chasing of purple squirrels and not accepting that it isn’t the candidate pool that you would like that matters, it’s the one you have.

What is a “cool” job?

You know, just about every job I’ve had has had elements of cool one way or another.

The Problems with ATS formatted resumes.

The biggest problem with ATS systems is that by their very nature they lend themselves to abuse and confusion.  They also encourage resume dumping and keyword plopping just to hopefully get the resume to a real person.  Also their tendency to reject so many qualified people means extra effort and cost and longer times to hire.

The system doesn’t work. Applying for jobs is a waste of time?

Applying for Jobs Is Ineffective

I’ve never had much success applying. On the other hand I’m leery about asking people for referrals. And what do you do if you don’t  know anybody with a connection in your target industry and company.

where does hard work get you?

If nobody notices, not very far in my experience.

Full employment?  What drug are they doing.

The numbers of people NILF is at an all time high.  And the employment people and HR depts. wouldn’t be behaving the way they are if they had to REALLY chase people for jobs.  I would be getting multiple desperate calls per day rather than one snooty call every other week.  No we are nowhere near reasonable employment, let alone full employment.

Of course HR lacks the data analytics.

They have to learn that their job involves people and people are not data to be put in boxes.

If you are over 55 and have a job, right now you are going to fight to keep it.  If you DON”T have job, you’re screwed.

Shortage of STEM professionals?

Employers aren’t acting as if there is a shortage. rather the opposite in fact.

Recruiters need to build their reputation?  Definitely.  This is a good piece demonstrating that what goes around, comes around.

My team stated that the reason for the lead time was mainly because of negative reviews of the company by word of mouth / or on portals such as glassdoor or just plain whatsapp/twitter. They said that the existing image of our organization as a “Potentially great place” to work in was passe and we had to re-build it before we got to the quality candidates we wanted. In fact they even connected this with some of the attrition and the general dissatisfaction among the staff.

I did not believe them and hopped onto one of the portals myself and what I saw there opened my eyes. Ratings were given to our entire recruitment process and in the worst of these instances –  one concerned anonymous applicant had ardently requested others not to bother applying as they believed that our organization lacked basic respect for people because of the way they were treated during the interview process.

And karma is a bitch even in India. Companies need to start understanding that how they treat potential employees and how they recruit doesn’t stay in HR.  A bad reputation will affect your business and not in a good way.

You have all the qualifications and didn’t get the job?

I have all the qualifications, so why am I not being hired?

It’s because these days qualification for the work are the last thing considered.

Is it OK to bend the truth on your resume?

I have all the qualifications, so why am I not being hired?

Only if you are VERY good liar with a perfect memory.  Look, in my experience the worst thing that can happen in an interview is having to defend something from a skeptical person looking for holes in presentation.  don’t make it worse and harder for yourself.


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