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 cult of youth is actually overrated.
I can only thank the many, many elders who I’ve worked with over the years.
US job market still musical chairs.
Cover letter Do’s and Don’ts
One hopes so.
Money talks and you can’t buy anything with culture.
Watch out for the emotional manipulator. Just watch out.
They tend to make everything around them toxic.
Where are all the good Candidates? Outside your prejudices.
As Liz Says.
Ten Reasons Companies Have Trouble Filling Job Openings
- Your job specs may be unrealistic.
- Your salary and/or employee benefit programs may be too skimpy to attract great candidates.
- Your working environment — both the physical plant and the warmth and energy in your workplace, or lack thereof — may be working against you.
- Your job ads may be written in a terse, unfriendly way that emphasizes the many Essential Requirements job-seekers need to bring you, without a word about why anyone would want the job.
- Your application process may be driving the most talented folks (the ones with the healthiest self-esteem level) away.
- Your screening interviews may be screening out talented people for silly reasons (e.g., they don’t have the exact type of degree your department manager specified, or they lack experience with a software tool that they could learn in half a day).
- Your standards for “sharp and savvy people” may be skewed. Are you working closely with your department managers to make sure they aren’t turning the hiring process into an exercise in ego gratification, as too many hiring authorities do?
- Your company may have a reputation as a bad place to work. Read your company reviews on Glassdoor to find out.
- You may be missing out on what should be your fastest and most fertile recruiting channel — your own employees, customers and vendors. If your company is a great place to work, your employees will be happy to refer their friends to work for you, too. If that’s not happening, your culture is very likely the problem.
- You may be treating job candidates badly in the recruiting pipeline. Great people will not stick around to be abused. Another employer will value them (and their time and energy) more than you do!
What is my greatest weakeness? Having to put up with all the crap you have to go through just to get to do the job you love.
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