Does it hook up with socks missing from the dryer?An article on CNNMoney.com, “Job Application Black Hole,” by Jessica Dickler started me thinking about the resume “black hole.” Where do they go? Dickler talks about frustrated job seekers not getting any feedback from prospective employers after submitting an application or resume for an opening. Back in the day, you would send your resume and cover letter via snail mail and hope that it at least landed on the desk of someone at the company. Now we just launch them into cyberspace. I’ve mentioned before that I’m finding the overall experience of job hunting online to be very exasperating. And If I respond to an ad I’m incredibly leery of sending my personal information to just anyone. Last week, when applying for a writing job, I messed up the attaching-the-resume part. It wasn’t until after the fact that I realized I didn’t want to send my Word doc version that … [Read more...] about Where Does Your Resume Go?
Archives for February 2010
Fake Job Post of the Week
The latest fake job posting to hit the Jobacle inbox. From: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: Find new work. ID809I’m representative of company TechnoSila.We have reviewed your profile in our work-database, and concluded you are the right person to become our employee!Requirements:1. Must be U.S. citizen.2. Adult (21 y.o.)If you meet the requirements, please kindly send your respond to email@example.comThank you, hope you liked our offer! A Google search of "Technosila" turns up the following: Technosila currently operates 253 stores across 197 Russian regions. I don't know who they are, what they do, or who is behind this job post, but it sure smells fishy to me. … [Read more...] about Fake Job Post of the Week
Career Lifers Deserve Your Respect
To anyone who's ever seen an old black and white prison movie, the term "Lifer" is well known. Usually played by a grizzled and gnarled character actor, this is a jailhouse veteran, someone who hasn't seen the outside world for years, and never will. Invariably played with some sympathy, this is the 'go-to' guy for cigarettes, candy and a host of other goodies deemed contraband by the big and bad authorities. He also serves as a sort of advisor to the new convicts; a camp counselor, if you will, to the rebellious, the delinquent, the losers with nothing going for them except their youth. And because he lives in such a time warp, it's almost comedic as to how pathetically out of date, how clueless he really is to the modern world. Basically, lifers can also be defined, in the corporate or business world that we inhabit, as simple careerists; people who have decided, for better or worse, to remain with one organization for their entire work life. It's interesting that, as a … [Read more...] about Career Lifers Deserve Your Respect
Office Cell Phone Ban Needed?
Is there an appropriate place to talk on your cell phone at work? I've made several calls today, from several different locations, and have come to the answer - a resounding 'NO.' AT YOUR DESK: Using the business phone for 'personal business' is frowned upon, but using your cell at your desk is a tell-tale sign that you are not working. Worse yet, you're inclined to distract others from their work. Way to go team player! IN THE BATHROOM: Just plain creepy. The concept of the work bathroom (which should be upgraded) is simple: do your business, wash your hands, and move on. I work with a guy who texts while peeing, and that's just plain wrong. I'm no scientist, but the likelihood for some nasty germ transfer must be paramount. IN THE BREAKROOM: Look around. There are people eating, sleeping, reading and writing. Do you really think they want to spend the lousy few minutes of "me" time they get listening to you blab? IN THE HALLWAY: The human race … [Read more...] about Office Cell Phone Ban Needed?
HR4620: Will Bill Help Reduce Unemployment Rate?
Introduced into the House in early February, HR4620, aka, The Small Business Job Creation Act of 2010, will provide tax credits for small businesses who hire people who were previously unemployed. For a business to qualify, annual revenue must be less than $20 million and their staff must be under 200 full-time employees.The participating business benefits with a tax credit of 7.5 percent of wages earned by an employee in 2010, and 5 percent in 2011, applicable to the first $75,000 of an employee's salary. If the small business in in a county where the unemployment rate is higher than the national rate, a tax credit of 15 percent in 2010, and 10 percent in 2011, will be issued.The bill sounds like it could give small businesses the push they need to beef up staff. But don't celebrate yet. The bill still needs to pass a House and Senate vote, along with President Obama's signature to be signed into law. Do you think HR4620 will help reduce the unemployment … [Read more...] about HR4620: Will Bill Help Reduce Unemployment Rate?
Keeping Your Confidence Up While Job-Hunting
Find Ways to Bolster That Self-EsteemI can think of very few situations that can be as confidence-deflating as trying to find a job. It is particularly difficult to maintain a positive attitude in today’s especially tough, bleak employment market. Multiply by the number of months you’ve been looking for work or trying to move out of a bad job and your ego is taking a huge hit.Sales jobs aren’t my thing, but I have worked in that area and it is challenging work. You are selling a product - YOU, when applying and interviewing. And like a shark smelling blood, a skilled HR person can spot a candidate’s low self-confidence in the first few minutes of an interview. It’s almost impossible to stand out as a top contender when you obviously aren’t able to sell yourself.So how do you combat this eroding self-esteem and confidence? Here are a few things to try...* Too often we define ourselves only by what we do for a living. But you have many personas. Maybe … [Read more...] about Keeping Your Confidence Up While Job-Hunting
Share Anonymous Feedback With BetterMe: Q&A With CEO Sterling Mace
Biting my tongue. Walking on eggshells. Adjusting my filter. Whatever you call it, I'm constantly having to do it at work so I'm not telling people how I really feel. Cause if I did, I'd be living on $405 a week.Thankfully, there's a cure.Betterme.com, an online communication and self-improvement startup, allows you to solicit anonymous feedback on yourself. Or, scarier-yet, it allows people to send you unsolicited feedback.Send anonymous feedback by simply inputting the recipient's e-mail address, selecting a category (work, school, social, etc.) and letting the person know what's on your mind. All feedback you give is rated, resulting in a "My Usefulness Rating" (1 - 5).BetterMe Founder and CEO Sterling Mace gives Jobacle readers the skinny on anonymous feedback, and why it’s not as ‘ugly’ as you might think.Q: It doesn't take an MBA from Harvard Business School (and you have one!) to understand that open communication at work is a … [Read more...] about Share Anonymous Feedback With BetterMe: Q&A With CEO Sterling Mace
Reverse Bidding Resume Writing Idea
One of my favorite things about the Internet is how it allows shoppers to comparison shop before pulling the trigger on a purchase.For example, it worked like a charm when searching for New York movers. I came across Citymove, a free service that has moving companies compete for your business based on pre-selected criteria. As a consumer, I like choices. And that's why I dig the reverse-auction business model. So now foolishly, as I've done many times in the past, I'm going to share an idea. (If it already exists, let me know! And if it doesn't, don't steal it!) How about a Website where you can post your crappy old resume and have resume writers bid for the job. They can try to win you over with action verbs and templates before you hire them. You also can negotiate price and deadline.It seems like a no-brainer. Resume writers get increased exposure and new clients, while employees end up with more reputable options. … [Read more...] about Reverse Bidding Resume Writing Idea
Want to Add a Job Board to Your Website?
By now job searchers have realized that anyone can have a job board. And that's scary. But also kinda cool. Finding a new job on the Web via a board comes down to quality not quantity. Actaully, it also comes down to luck. So while those SimplyHotMonsterBuilder sites boast millions of postings, you know that very few of the jobs are the real deal. SmartJobBoard, a job board software company has just released version 3.0 of their turnkey solution. For about $50 a month, any company can add a fully customizable job board to their Website. There is even Wordpress and PhpBB forum integration.According to SmartJobBoard CEO Rodion Telpizov, “This new version of our job board script is aimed to make the configuration process more clearly to users. Using permission management system, we’ve added to the new release, software administrator can easily set needed permission to site users with a few clicks...We’ve also optimized the … [Read more...] about Want to Add a Job Board to Your Website?
Do You Respect Your Coworkers on a Professional Level?
Think before you answer: Do you respect any of your co-workers on a professional level? Do any of them make you want to strive to be a better worker> … [Read more...] about Do You Respect Your Coworkers on a Professional Level?