o bring new meaning to the "slobbing of America" because it's hot. West Texas is in trouble big time right now due to heat and wind and a major drought unlike i have ever seen in my 60+ years in "God's Country". We have had zero rain as in ziltch, nada as opposed to the normal low end of 8 inches of rainfall we normally get in the spring. The temps have been 102 to Sat is supposed to hit 108 as opposed to our normal high 80's low 90's this time of year and to cap it off the wind has blown at a sustained 40 to 50 miles an hour for oh, since April. Wildfires are a daily happening. Ranchers are shipping cattle to the sale that should be on grass until Nov. There is no grass and a fire can wipe out a thousand head in an hour. That my friends is the backdrop for this day of lunacy in the world of recruiting.
It's so damn hot outside (my journalism prof always said never use "very" unless you would use "Damn" and mean it). Well prof. let me put it this way, it's not very hot and really it's not damn hot, it's so mudder truckin hot that you want the dog to pee on a weed just so something will turn from brown to yellow, forget green. Anyway, it's one of those dog pp hot days that you know will wilt your candidate on the way to an interview into a smelly pile but you forge one telling them to wear a suit.
No discussion , wear the damn suit. So what if you have to stay downwind of the air conditioning so the interviewer doesn't get a whiff. The resume in your inside jacket pocket is so wet that when you take it out if falls apart. Wear the suit! So what if their air conditioning is fighting an uphill battle and is coming in four lenghs behind the slowest horse in the last race. They tell you to take your jacket off cause it's hot in the office, you do and you look like Al Gore at the last debate where he was the poster child for global warming. Wear the damn suit.
Ok fine, you were on the way, your car overheated, you popped the hood and ..ok i get it. I will call and let them know that you got caught in the traffic jam due to the grassfire that is burning close to their office. Forget the damn sweaty suit with the antifreeze on it that now smells like smoke. Get home if you can, put on some slacks and a white shirt with long sleeves and get someone to get you there in the next hour. They know half the Texas panhandle is on fire, most of them are calling their neighbors to see if it's close to the old homestead or their daycare so we have some latitude here due to heat and wildfires and blowing dirt.
Yes, goddamnit, long sleeves. I would prefer that Ms. Goodcookie the receptionist did not see the tat of the blood dripping knife with "mom" on it that you so proudly got the last time you got blasted with your Marine buddy. Yes i know, the CFO has a tribal tat on his back the size of a frisbie but see he has a job and you don't so let's save the blood dripping knife until you have an employee number. No don't call me if you have any more problems, just get your unemployed butt to the interview or i will find somebody who has a suit and knows better than to pop the hood of an overheated vehicle on a day when the temp is 105 wearing a suit coat.
Please let me know your visa status. I am sure you noticed that the posting said, "This client will not sponsor, candidates must be a citizen or have a green card." Oh, you did see that but you know that they will sponsor you after you work for them for 29 months since you are OPT. No tiger, that's not the way it works. If a company does not sponsor and they say that candidates must be a citizen or have a green card they are not going to hire you for 29 months then change that policy. See that's why we put that information on the post. It didn't say sponsorship available after 29 months or 29 years or 29 minutes. Uh no they will not hire you for 29 months. They would have to fire you at the end of 29 months. they are sort of hoping for a longer period of employment. Yes i know that on average people are staying someplace about two years but they are sort of hoping here to be on the longer side of that average if at all possible. If you were going to die in 29 months they wouldn't hire you either so it won't work. Yes i am running another ad for another company on the other side of the country. It says the same thing so it means the same thing.
No it doesn't matter that you have a local address for five different cities. You don't live in any of those cities now. There will be a series of three interviews so you would have to pay for three different plane tickets and pay your own relocation. No sorry if it says candidates must be currently living in the area or in the process of moving to the area they won't pay your interview expense for the second and third interviews and relocation if you pay for the first interview. Having a problem with this are you? Yes i can see how a company might think you were full of malarkey if you have applied with them for five different locations and given a local address for each location. Trust me if your resume shows that your last three jobs have been in Ohio and you are still employed in Ohio, you applied at five of their locations in different states using a local address for each app, even the most dense of the internal crew might notice that you are either independently wealthy enough to own five homes and don't need a job or that you are still in Ohio and using bogus addresses. I know you have a big family so moving would not be a problem. Listen up Cretin, they want a local candidate. No that is not discriminatory.
And so that's how my day has gone today. It's 4:00 PM I am going to go find artificial plants to put in the pots on either side of the office door. The evergreens that will grow in the Gobi desert have given up the ghost. I have been watering dead plants for three weeks. Gunga Din couldn't haul enough water to keep a weed alive in the Texas panhandle right now.
How's the weather in your part of the world? Ya think it might rain? It's gonna be 106 here.
The only bright spot is that the flys are dying of thrist. HA!…
t simply takes longer), and again I think you're a hero for tracking metrics to this level. It is really important information, as it helps you decide with intelligence what is (and is not) worth your time to do.
I suspect, however, that the age range of college candidates may reflect a level of emotional development that coincides with leaving childhood (and being the center of the known universe) behind (I don't have data for this, btw, it's just a general observation - and I realize as I say it that generalizations can get one in a lot of hot water).
In this context the interesting questions to me are (a) what skills are needed by the business, and (b) where are these younger candidates learning them? If the answer to either question is unclear, then a gap exists, and gaps are where other companies can beat you in the competition for the best talent. Leaving candidates to sort it out for themselves may not be the best answer for companies that seed their internal talent pools years in advance. And since the hire is driven by business need, often it is the corporate recruiter who has to fill in the gap. Not very efficient, but there you have it.
Any corporate recruiters or leaders out there willing to step in to this discussion as well? Love to hear your thoughts.…
oola. Sadly, little water remained with the majority having fallen prey to arid desert environmental conditions. Peeling paint, falling down buildings, dried up pools: you would be hard-pressed to recognize the thriving water park it once was.
When I was a kid, Rock-a-Hoola (aka DiscoveryWaterpark) was called Lake Delores. Throughout my youth, my family would pile into our 1967 bright blue Volkswagen bus and trek across the desert to visit two sets of grandparents in Utah. Most will say it is a horrible, torturous drive but I have always loved it. Maybe it is because my father was very adventurous and risky. We usually ran out of gas or the bus broke down and we would have to stay the night in Vegas. We, as kids, loved it. Vegas meant hotels and pools. And sometimes our trip meant a stop at Lake Delores.
In its heyday, Lake Delores had super slides, pools and zip lines, all very dangerous by today's standards but incredibly fun. My dad was the biggest kid of all and always encouraged us to beat our fears into submission by trying something new and exhilarating like the zip line at Lake Delores. The one and only time I rode the zip line, I stood atop a rocky, hot hilltop, fingers in my mouth, scared to death. I could see my dad waving his arms at the bottom of the hill and I knew he was yelling, "C'mon Rayanne, you can do it!" though I could not hear him. I eventually overcame my nerves and clung for dear life to the zip line where a watery splash down awaited along with a vow to never do that again. Lake Delores will always represent good times, laughter, family fun, crazy midnight drives across the desert, and sadly now, a booming business that has dried up, literally.
yep, that's me on the zip line...
A booming business isn't always necessarily a good thing. Growing too big, too fast can be a curse. Ask Krispy Kreme or now, even Starbucks has fallen prey. Understanding that a heyday is great but typically short-lived may assist you as a business professional or business vendor. No matter how much fun you are having, at some point, it has to come down to business and brass tacks.
Recognition of the risk and chance for extinction is important. Especially during a boom. That fear may keep you on your toes and drive you to use sound business practices. While great risk brings great benefits, business and practice decisions must be made carefully and with full awareness of the potential risks. Never overestimate the good times. How many of us did?
he drastic shortage of job orders. This may sound a little obvious, but if the ship you’re on is taking on water, its time to jump to a different ship.
Contrary to what I’ve heard from some people, I do not believe it makes you a tougher or better recruiter to suffer in a languishing corner of the staffing industry. Yes, it would be nice to be the last of the Mohicans in your field of recruiting by outlasting all the other recruiters that are trying to stick it out too. But if you’re not one of those that are thriving in your niche now, I doubt its going to change any time soon.
So, what industry is really hot right now? Well, for starters, health care is going through a boom unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the staffing industry. Imagine the dot com craze on steroids. And yet, most of recruiting friends are still hammering away at cold calling for IT jobs. Energy and Gas are doing pretty well, and ‘green energy’ will eventually pick up steam, but these don’t hold a candle to health care staffing right now, or for the foreseeable decade.
Just as you learned your current niche of recruiting (terminologies, candidate databases, etc.), you can easily learn another one. And this time, maybe chose something that’s recession proof for a few decades as opposed to a short term boost.
Ok, enough of my rant. Let the flaming begin.…
ber and it goes like this:
"Never talk about politics or religion."
I say phooey on that. I believe it's one of the reasons the world is in the hot water it's in.
Why not talk about either one?
The trick here though is to be able to talk respectfully on the subjects and very few people seem to know how to do that anymore. I think it's because they never learned how to do it in the first place because they were heeding that old (and bad) advice.
People (in general) don't know enough about:
-political issues/historical fact
This is a problem. When the populace is ill-informed, unpracticed and as a result, biased in their opinions that have never been challenged, fireworks are sure to follow.
Think about it - how many people can you talk politics with before very long they start shouting/getting loud/hostile? Very few. Why is that?
I say talk the subjects 'til you're blue in the face. Or, better yet, let the other guy talk the subjects 'til he's blue in the face. That way he won't have any energy left over to argue.
I think deleting that string may have been a mistake. What other way do they have to learn except to come back to the thing and let their hostility/poorly chosen words and sentiments/thoughtless ranting show itself for what it is in the cold light of day?
Words are powerful things. Written words, sometimes more powerful.…
race into a triathlon... consuming, producing, and sharing. Welcome to the Web 2.0 which is primed for Guerrilla Marketing & Social Networking.
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Here’s the agenda:
11:30 AM - Registration and Networking
Noon to 12:50 PM – Lunch and Presentation
12:50 to 1:00 PM – Q&A Session
Cost: $25 per NCASP Members $30 for Non-NCASP Members and includes lunch and 1 hour's worth of recertification CEUs.
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ooks had to be thrown away, as did a few precious baby clothes. These were things that were unimportant to anyone, other than me. As I swept and swept and swept out the water, I didn't seem to be making any headway. I found myself converting into a robotic mode of moving around the heavy duty push broom in an attempt to clear away all the water. I was failing miserably but I couldn't stop. I had crossed over into "crazy."
My children were trying to help but space was limited and there was only so much anyone could really do. I felt hot tears streaming down my face and I worried the water would continue to fill the space, that the rain would never end, and that I would lose more dear items. My daughter tried to take the broom away, but I stubbornly held on. My neighbors showed up and saw my delimma, as well as my crazed state; their care and concern quickly transformed into action. With WetVac in hand, my neighbor, Tim, quickly cleared away the uninvited four-inch deep pool.
He and his lovely wife helped us move things around. He showed us how to use and empty the WetVac and said we could keep it as long as we needed it. Good thing, because that first day required its use ten times. After five days, the area had dried completely and the walls stopped seeping. Our friends stopped by several more times to make sure we were ok and wondering if there was anything else they could do for us. Pride is not the best attribute during times of crisis - or ever, really. I let go of my pride, accepted the help and we were blessed as a result. Where a door closes, a window opens, right?
Over the last couple of years writing Bonus Track, I have had the opportunity to interview some pretty incredible people. I will be re-visitng a few of them to see how things are, how they weathered the economy and if the industry has been kind. One such person was Martin Buckland of Elite Resumes. A friend recently contacted me through Facebook asking if I knew anyone that was an expert resume writer. I instantly recalled my conversation with Martin and referred her to him, stating that I would send his contact info over soon. My friend, Dayna, didn't wait - she did a quick Google search and found Martin right away. They set up an appointment and I am sure she will be pleased with his work.
Within an hour or so, Martin sent me a message through LinkedIn, thanking me for the referral and asking if there was anything he could do for me. I love this. I love the pudding that is proving the power of social media. I love that manners and appreciation are alive and well, even in social media. In a time when helping others should be second nature, it really isn't. In an arena when the ease of doing business and sharing referrals should be commonplace, they are not. Change is good, letting go of pride is good, saying "thank you" is good. And sometimes, good is good enough.