Job Stuff 48

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 signs that your coworker is a psychopath.

If you see any of these do NOT use the company showers.

Yes, yes, YES!!!

This is exactly the thing that I’ve been wanting recruiters to say, for decades. yet when it comes down to the actual recruiting at all too many places it youth and credentials. Which, in my experience is just plain dumb.  The best people I’ve known at the job were by and large not the ones with the fancy credentials pushed into places.

And in the comments to the above, a great interview strategy:

This is something I always like to point out: “As a candidate in an interview, you should be asking the manager to define the job. Ask what the major issue is that week and offer some thoughts on how you’d approach solving it. Find out what milestones are coming up in the next month and quarter and talk about how you would contribute to these goals. Anytime you can swing the conversation around to what you can bring to the table for this particular job, you’ve differentiated yourself from the other candidates who are merely talking about what they did in the past.”

The job is about the future, not the past. That’s important to remember.


Liz again.


The traditional, broken recruiting process starts with a fundamental mistake — the design of a job description based on tasks and duties rather than the answer to the question “What business problem will the arrival of our new employee solve?,” and it only devolves from there.

We write insulting, bureaucratic job ads that drive the best candidates away and then we advertise our job openings on the side of a barn, as the old expression goes.

The only reason Applicant Tracking Systems exist is because recruiting and HR departments suck at marketing. If we understood that recruiting is a sales and marketing function (something many external but few internal recruiters comprehend — or perhaps they understand it but are not allowed to act on that knowledge) we wouldn’t be overwhelmed with applications.

If we really cared about talent, we would  never have come up with the idiotic idea of screening out candidates based on keywords. That’s a business atrocity that can only help your competitors.

If you care about talent, you’d never force job-seekers to fill out online application forms. Do you make your customers populate their own Salesforce records?

You wouldn’t dream of doing that, but perhaps your leaders like most leaders have drunk enough toxic lemonade that they believe that prospective customers are Very Important People while job-seekers are scum.

If you aren’t sure how your company feels about the relative value of prospective customers versus prospective employees, you can find out very easily! Just try applying for a job at your company and you’ll know the truth.

If we cared more about talent than we do, we wouldn’t respond to a job-seeker’s painstakingly completed online application form by sending them a terse auto-response message, or by ignoring their application completely.

Recruiting practices in most organizations do a better job of driving talent away than inviting talented people in!

From what I’m seeing, companies work very hard to screen out the best people.  Then they wonder where the talent went.

How to be a purple squirrel in an interview.

Look entering a new job is about the future, not the past. There is no such thing as perfect fit.

Progressive Massachusetts does a good thing.

Massachusetts Becomes First State Ever To Ban Employers From Asking For Salary Histories

Both the Republicans and the Democrats voted for prospective employees keeping there salary history to themselves. Change does happen.

Now that’s a boss.

Personality changes from long term unemployment?

This is good but it doesn’t get to the frustrations that many long term unemployed feel.  Being unemployed, like it or not carries a stigma.  The longer it goes on, the more it become your fault regardless of the circumstances. Like any stressful situation people reach an exhaustion point.  The best way to deal with this is to have an economy that creates jobs, but somehow we don’t do that anymore.

Good interviews and bad processes.

Good Interviews and Bad Processes

A great post about the 12 elephants of the jobs apocalypse.

If many of us are all seeing the same issues, and their consequences, can we all be wrong?

Think you have had a bad day at work?  At least you aren’t his guy.

Ten reasons you did not get the job.  It’s not you.

The Vaguer your job description, the more you get paid.

Ten sure things that you should do with your resume.

You’ll receive many opinions of your résumé; rely on 10 sure things

Employees are not puppies and they don’t wet the carpet.

The job market still sucks. No growth for the last ten years will do that.

Big government fail.  When you are dealing with the most vulnerable of the unemployed the first person they encounter should not be an incompetent nasty unempathetic person with no ability to understand their circumstances.

Of course actually expecting government to actually get it right is sort expecting too much.

To ask the question is to answer it.

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