Job Stuff 63

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.

This is an interesting article. Unfortunately the reporter should have talked with some job seekers before writing this.

Because people are not plugs that fit into sockets.

Why Did That Superb New Employee Turn Out To Be A Bad Hire?

Pre employment assessment testing. 300 questions of irrelevance whose only function is to prove how desperate the job seeker is.

The problem with waiting forever for “perfect” is that “perfect” is a rare as purple unicorn.

Is the office really necessary all the time?

How often have I been saying things like this. It’s the purple squirrel all over again.

Good advice here.

Run away if an employer or a recruiter asks you for valuable things before making any commitment to you.

Don’t send your references to anybody before you’ve had a face-to-face interview and don’t give your contacts away just because someone asks for them.

Run away from organizations that demand proof of your past salaries. (Are they going to prove to you what they’re paying their team members?)

The world is changing. More and more job-seekers are tuning in to the fact that not every employer deserves them. Not every manager deserves them. They only need one job. They can hold out for a job (and a manager) that offer them more than just a paycheck.

It comes down to this, always be selling, ALWAYS.

A comment:

It’s wonderful idea and hopefully something that will come into fruition. The job market is woefully inefficient and arguably completely broken. Currently, we have two different groups trawling databases to find matches, just like online dating. The chances of finding a match are very small, so the whole process, for recruiter or candidate, is deeply unsatisfying. Even less satisfying than in online dating, which has plenty of research explaining why it can be so painful and soul-destroying. And that’s without having to rewrite your CV for every job thanks to the number-crunching ATS. And, thanks to an often implicit bias, the recruiter won’t rate a searching candidate (certainly if he’s unemployed) as highly as somebody who’s passive. So, the people who are actively trying to find work get disqualified by the people actively trying to find candidates. Not a good place to be in. Even if you do find somebody (and it’s invariably little more than a tick-box exercise), said person then needs to go through a bunch of organisational-fit tests, which, to put it bluntly, are a complete waste of time. Meta-analyses on such tests show that they barely predict future performance to any degree. So why have them? To keep somebody else in a job? To reduce risk (or, at least, give the impression you are reducing risk)? And the whole process takes months and months. Of painful uncertainty. Which, as we know, produces anxiety. It’s a hardwired response. So, we have job searches that are mundane number-crunching and tick-boxing, assessment tests that invasive yet close to worthless, and a long process that supposedly reduces risk but actually makes everybody involved anxious. So, yes, a little disruption is required.

I can usually have an evaluation of a recruiter in far less than thirty seconds. If it’s an Indian accent(all too frequent) the conversation is likely to be rigid and the person on the other end will be more or less trying to act as if they are the superior(I think that recruiting must be a high caste job). If it’s a young man, it’s going to be reading off a cheat sheet and an attitude. If it’s a middle aged person the recruiter will know enough to be able to be productive from my end.

Why most contracting calls come from India.

Some of recruiting’s dirty little secrets.

A great rejection letter.

Thank you goes better both ways.

If you NEED a VP for culture your culture and your company are probably doomed anyway.

Performance Improvement Plan? That’s the kiss of death. Get your resume out and take those calls.

Another Mike Rowe being “Hot Under The Blue Collar.”

Last night on the tee-vee, as I flicked back and forth between my most trusted sources of cable news, I saw a number a college students setting fire to the American flag. Some of the students said they were “angry.” Others said they were “disgusted.” But many others were anxious to explain why they had become “fearful” of the American Flag. Interesting.

At Hampshire College, The President, Jonathan Lash, has actually removed the flag from his campus, in response to students who expressed “fear and discomfort” when confronted by the sight of Old Glory. He offered this explanation: “Removing the flag from our campus will better enable us to focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.”

As I dropped one of those giant round ice cubes into a tumbler of Whistle Pig, I couldn’t help but wonder if President Lash was unaware that billions of people around the world are routinely subjected to horrific levels of racism, misogyny, and bigotry that far exceed any injustice in modern-day America. Furthermore, I was curious to know if President Lash really believed that removing our flag is a better way to assuage the fears of his frightened students, than simply educating them about the undeniable fact that no country on the planet affords its citizens more liberty than this one? Finally, I found myself wondering as to why the President of Hampshire College would allow his students to pay for their tuition with federal dollars – federal dollars provided by the same government whose flag was no longer suitable to fly at his school.

Here’s the problem. Tuition at Hampshire College is about $60,000 a year. That’s not a problem because it’s expensive – it’s a problem because 85% of Hampshire students qualify for some form of federal financial aid. That means that We the People are enabling schools like Hampshire to sell a liberal arts degree for approximately $250,000. With $1.3 trillion dollars of student debt currently on the books, I found myself thinking how nice it would be to hear a more persuasive argument from those who will happily take money from a country whose flag they despise.

I turned the channel, and watched another group of students dance around another pile of burning flags at another expensive university. I couldn’t tell where they were, but occurred to me that wherever they were – it probably wasn’t a trade school. To my knowledge, no one has ever burned a flag at a trade school.

I wonder why that is?

I have no idea, but the thought reminded me that I had yet to post Episode 11 of Hot Under the Blue Collar. It features a graduate from one of those schools – a guy named Scott. Scott studied to be an electrician, and his comments, though not nearly as expensive as Daniel’s, are far more… illuminating?

Carry on,
and don’t play with matches.

Diversity of experience is a good thing.

Technical interview.


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