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.
The War on men in the workplace.
As you can (barely) see from the chart, the number of women on U.S. payrolls topped the number of men for a few months in 2009 and 2010 in the aftermath of the recession, and the lines are still much closer together than before the recession. Interestingly, women came nowhere close to passing men in the other jobs count, the household survey in which individuals say whether or not they’re employed (as opposed to employers providing the data). That in itself may be telling. Four economists with a lot of experience in such matters hypothesized in 2009 that when labor markets are weak, many people with off-the-books or other marginal work show up in the household survey but not the employer survey. My take: More men than women are stuck with jobs that aren’t quite jobs.
The problem isn’t as, the article would have us believe, a crime problem. The problem is discrimination against the one group that it is always safe to discriminate against, white middle aged men.
Yet another piece on the failure of ATS systems.
The whole system is broken and failing, well, everybody.
Take this for what it’s worth.
I’m going to note that he has almost no experience with actual job hunting.
Career advice no one tells you.
These are great. Do what you like and be great at it. It doesn’t always work, but the ride can be fun.
IBM is having huge layoffs.
Is IBM coming to the end?
Gain and advantage for yourself by (barely) breaking the rules.
Actually this is the sort of things that all top competitors do. They go over the ground and look for problems and pitfalls and resolve them before the competition begins.
Are HR Dept’s worth the cost?
The big question is, do you know what your HR dept. is REALLY costing you?
A job interview is always an interrogation.
Just remember that if they behave this way, you don’t want to work there anyway.
Three tips to using social media for job searching.
Summary; don’t look like you are begging.
In this day and age, that risky career move isn’t
Look at it this way, your employer will drop you at the drop of a hat. What do you owe them?
So why do companies keep asking the stupid questions and torturing prospective employees.
Because you, the stupid sod who went there hoping for a serious conversation about a job is being a victim of the company’s own insecurity and paranoia. It’s your fault that they don’t have their act together.
This is spot on.
Especially the part about template interviews and pseudoscience.
Penny wise, pound foolish.
Dear hiring leader.
Please don’t give stock standard answers to my questions. It’s so ho-hum when you tell me that the company is committed to professional development, diversity, work/life balance and has great promotional prospects.
But don’t you want to know about what a great company we are, just like all those other companies?
Please do not keep referring to the job spec in your answers – I’ve already read it, and I want to hear directly from you about the remit/challenges/performance measures.
Aren’t you worried that we left something out?
Please do not ask me inane questions. Asking me where I see myself in 10 years, or what I think my strengths and weaknesses are – these are textbook questions that encourage me to give textbook answers.
If we don’t ask those questions how will we figure out how inane you are? You need to be truly inane to want a job at our outfit.
Please impress me. If you can’t be bothered to look smart, talk smart, behave with manners, and project positive energy; then why would I want to work with you?
We are impressing you. We are impressing you with how much better we are than you.
Please be on time. I want to believe you really are interested in me as a professional and as a person.
Only peasants and job candidates need to be on time. We are too busy for that.
Please be sure you’re clear on the interview process and timing. If you need me to jump through 20 hoops, let me know in advance so I can decide whether I’m committed to invest the time and energy needed for that.
If you get warned in advance you would never show up. And we would have to play our little power games with ourselves.
Please don’t oversell the remit/company/culture/anything else.
If we didn’t talk to you endlessly about that stuff, what do we have left?
In my experience the job interview process is strictly a power game for the most part. It seems to me that it’s all just fun and games in the office and power plays with the poor candidate as the punching bag that can be abused without any consequences. If they really need somebody, it’s amazing how quickly they will just hire a contractor who only talks to the one person that needs the hire.
Sometimes you know that you probably won’t ever get a job at those places. So you do stuff like this and laugh.
The kid applying for the railroad museum job has the right attitude. If I were him, I would wait until I was ten or so and then just start showing up and helping out. He’ll be director by the time he’s thirty. Nobody at a museum wants that job. It’s too much work.
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