Job Stuff 57

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.

How to beat the ‘bots.

Death By HR, a review.


A pile of questions to think about asking during an interview.

Ten polices that are an embarassment to the HR profession.

Yet another company encouraging the torture of job seekers.

Great comments.

“I am reminded of how HR often tries to promote a culture of change, expecting us to think outside the box. Yet so many HR professionals conduct talent searches the same way as 50 years ago: solicit resumes and recycle the same typical interview questions (“What is your greatest weakness?” “Are you able to comfortably work alone or in a team”? etc.). Unless you’re applying to be a professional interviewer and/or professional resume writer, how does this approach narrow a search down to those most qualified for a job?”

“LOL! And let’s not forget these gems…. “If you were a bird, what kind of bird would you be?” or, “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?” or “If you were an insect, what type of insect would you be.” In all reality, interviews are a crap shoot. People have their best faces on (at least usually). 90-120 days into the job is when you start to see the real candidate (for better or for worse)!”

“These questions are frustrating, we shouldn’t be throwing “curve balls” into interviews but having a meaningful conversation about how we can work together. This is nonsense.”

“Three negatives…hmmm… I have a deep and unabiding dislike for having my time wasted, I lose respect for people who think the equivalent of busy work in a late stage interview is appropriate, and I cannot stand a person who obviously doesn’t know what I do for a living thinks they can be cute and clever when a career is on the line. On the plus side, it would let me know that I should keep looking, so there is that.”

 “Honestly, the best, most productive interviews I’ve been involved with (from both sides of the equation) have been the ones where the “participants” engage in a “conversation” rather than a series of questions. Now granted, your special questions can still have a place (incorporated to start the conversation and keep it going), but using “gotcha” queries late in the interview process is counter-productive if you’re truly looking for someone who will fit into your organization’s community.”

“Rename this article to “How to Torture Potential Candidates” – The fraction question seems insulting. If you really want to get to know the person sitting across from you, be human and you’ll likely get human back.”

“We might ask, for instance,” if you see an ant walk by while standing on your head in Venice, then who baked this beigli? because that is just as relevant. Adding 3/4 and 1/2 is not an interview question. It’s a problem better suited to a college entry exam to answer the question “did this person fail fifth grade math?”

David Hunt on the way things are:

The negative impact of slow hiring.

How not to let a period of unemployment keep you from getting a job.

Wendy preparing for minimum wage increase.  Teenagers are going to be have even a harder time finding work.

Wendy’s Automating THOUSANDS Of Stores After Facing Minimum Wage Increase

How to write a cover letter that people actually read.

Maybe.  The writer doesn’t seem to have been in the job market recently.


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  1. spindlitis · October 27, 2016

    When the tech bust hit, I lost my job at a telco IT department. Best paying job I’d ever had. I should have seen the warning signs and bailed earlier, but it was the first time I’d worked at a corporation and I was fascinated by the rise from a small company to one bought out by a big corporation. I was in my 40s and had been the Help Desk supervisor. I was out of work for 13 months. I did everything. I had a great resume. I put it out everywhere I could think of. I read the books about looking for work. I took a few classes at the community college. I joined Toastmasters, which I still recommend. It’s good practice for thinking on your feet and speaking in public.

    Nothing worked. No one wanted my skill set. I ran out of unemployment and decided that I was not going to take an extension. I took an $8 an hour call center job. A co-worker and I joked about how we used to pay more in taxes than we were making at the place. It was a job and I finally managed to work my way out of the place and into something better. The plain truth is, when you hit a certain age, companies do not want to hire you. I’ve worked at the current job for about nine years. Pay is not great, but there is something to be said for a compassionate management. They don’t do layoffs here. It’s likely the job I will retire from.

    Being out of work sucks so bad. Your ego is always beat down, No one wants you. You try and try, yet nothing seems to happen. I used to look at the cars driving by the house in the morning and wish that I had a job to go to. At some point, you will get discouraged. Everyone does. I think the important thing is to look for areas where you can be successful. Anything helps. You can’t get an interview, but you can rebuild an automatic transmission. No one calls you back, but you can take a class, cook a meal, be great parent/spouse/sibling. You do what you can and you keep trying. And while things may look dark today, tomorrow could be the best day of your life. Don’t give up.


    • jccarlton · October 27, 2016

      One thing I won’t do is give up. I started this blog to force myself to do something every single day, and if you count the amount of time I spend on it, the stuff that’s going on and the research the nonpolitical posts take it’s very hard work and it’s not going to get easier. I do the job stuff posts every week not because they might help ME get a job, but because if post as much of the stuff maybe somebody else will find their key. The big thing about the job market is that just about everybody is scared silly and unless the way the economy changes that’s not going to change.

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      • spindlitis · October 27, 2016

        It is a funny thing. We tend to think of people on the internet as sort of make believe. Most of them are people we will never meet. When my husband died eight years ago, those strangers I’d never met helped me financially and supported me. I was really surprised.

        You never know where you will make that connection that gets you a job. I hope it does happen for you soon.


      • jccarlton · October 27, 2016

        It may have already started. Details may be coming.

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      • spindlitis · October 27, 2016

        Good! Because the whole ordeal really scars you. I do have to say that I want to retire from tech support. I want to grow food, read and maybe do some writing. I don’t want to learn another version of Windows or OSX.


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