Job Stuff 52

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.

“So tell me about yourself.”

“I’d really rather not. I really want this job.”

Computers are hard, people are fuzzy. You are hiring people, not data. ATS’s only handle data, so there needs to be a human element in there somewhere.


Don’t hire the resume, hire the person behind it.


The tribulations of an interview.

Mike Rowe with yet another “Hot Under The blue Collar”:

You can have cheap employees and you can have good employees, your choice.

Five stupid reasons to screen a job seeker out.

Here are five stupid reasons to screen a job applicant out of an interview roster:

  1. They are missing a year or a few months of the experience required in the job ad, but they have all the other qualifications needed. (How would we ever know whether a certain job opening really requires five years of experience, or six, or three? Every experience is different. In a fast-growing organization, one year of experience could be more significant than five years in a slow-moving organization.)
  2. They are missing one or several of the tools listed in the job ad. Smart people can take their learning from one tool or piece of software and apply it to a new one. If somebody has learned ten software applications on their own, don’t you think they can learn the eleventh in your shop just as easily?
  3. They lack ‘industry experience.’ The most weenified managers are the ones most likely to insist on “industry experience,” which saves them the hassle of teaching a new employee industry jargon that an intelligent person could pick  up in a few months. That’s sheer laziness! The best ideas come from people who are new to a situation and who can see it with fresh eyes. We hurt ourselves, our customers and our shareholders when we make industry experience an essential requirement for a new hire.
  4. They don’t have a degree or they don’t have the “right” degree. Some jobs require very specific educational credentials, of course, but most jobs don’t. Too many hiring authorities believe that the only qualified candidates for their job openings are people who have the same degrees they hold. That’s nonsense.
  5. They have too many “short-term” jobs. Most people don’t change jobs often because it’s fun to job-hunt. They do it because they get laid off or because the job they’ve got is untenable. That’s not their fault. To screen people out because they don’t have enough longevity at a job — without even meeting them to hear the story — is poor leadership.

The one question job seekers must ask.

Based on the job description it isn’t clear what the focus of the job actually is. Would you mind giving me a quick overview of the job and some of the key challenges the person hired will be expected to handle during the first year? Based on this, I’d like to give you an overview of some of my accomplishments that best relate to what you need done.

11 interview tricks to master.

This is unsurprising.


More bad news: almost twice as many government workers as people making stuff in manufacturing.

Still more bad news: 94,000,000 almost 1/3 of the population not in the labor force.

How to use Linked In to stay unemployed.

Frankly I think that this is a little harsh, but most of the points are valid.

The commandments for networking.

The important thing to remember is treat people with respect.

The wisdom  of John Cowperthwaite is that when markets are free you don’t need safety nets.

How do you deal with inappropriate interview questions?


Ancient Greek mosaics uncovered.

Archaeologists unearth ancient greek mosaics in pristine condition, there’s nothing like it

Considering where  they are, I hope they get reburied, fast.

The most effective way to attract job hoppers?

The Most Effective Ways to Attract Job Hoppers

Attracting them isn’t usually the problem.  Dealing with what they leave behind is usually the problem.

Try to make yourself memorable during the interview.

The global jobs crisis is real.

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