Job Stuff 50

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.

Liz Again. Employee turnover is a leadership problem.

And again. Everybody should get fired once.

This is not a realistic picture of what’s really going on.


More turnover is a leadership problem.

Selling bad jobs to good people?  I’ve done a bunch of different things and as far as I’m concerned there is no such thing as a bad job, only bad management.


The biggest mistake after rejection, assuming it’s over.

I’ve actually gotten a job when the “best” candidate turned out to be a turkey.

What does a purple squirrel look like?

Both the Purple Squirrel and the Ideal Candidate are people whose experience is perfectly aligned with that of the hiring company. In short, they are doing the same job as the one you and/or the Hiring Manager are trying to fill.

What that actually translates to in real-world practical terms, is a candidate who doesn’t need to be assessed, trained or managed.

The Ideal Candidate and The Purple Squirrel are often the result of a Hiring Manager or HR person who hasn’t put any thought into what they really need.

Much of technology development of for that matter any creative work is non linear.

That won’t stop Taylorites from trying to measure it.

This is good stuff.  It only works if the people on the other side are looking for a conversation and not trying to apply some crazy kind of test.

My boss only hires rich kids.  I would bail, quickly.  That company does not have a future.

21 ways to get fired on the first day.

Five common missteps that job seekers make.

54 percent of job seekers don’t customize their resume for each employer – Employers can spot all-purpose resumes from a mile away. Tailor your resume to match the job description by inserting key words used in the job posting that match your experience. Not only will this catch the eye of the hiring manager, but it can move your resume to the top of the pile if an automated tracking system is scanning resumes for potential candidates.

  • 84 percent of job seekers don’t find out the hiring manager’s name and personalize the application– Applying directly to the hiring managers increases your chances of getting noticed and shows you’ve gone that extra step and invested time in getting to know the company.
  • 45 percent of job seekers don’t include a cover letter with their resume – Cover letters allow a candidate the opportunity to sell themselves beyond the typical listing of work experience and skills in a resume. Use a cover letter to introduce yourself and showcase your credentials in a relatable way.
  • 37 percent of job seekers don’t follow up with an employer after they applied– Recruiters can sometimes be overwhelmed by candidate applications for certain open jobs. Circling back with a recruiter or hiring manager after submitting a cover letter and resume can help job seekers standout among the competition.
  • 57 percent of job seekers don’t send thank-you notes after an interview– This can be one of the most important steps in a candidate’s pre-hire journey as it enables you to reiterate why you’re the best fit for the job. Most recruiters and hiring managers expect a thank-you note in some form or another (email or handwritten), so neglecting this action will make you stick out like a sore thumb. Thank-you notes should be sent after phone screening calls, as well.


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