Pissed off accountants? Engineers who wish their boss was dead? Employees who absolutely HATE going in to work?
For the life of me I can not understand the thinking behind that. The committe that decided "Hey - that's fantastic!" should be fired. IMMEDIATELY.
They will never get a dime from me. Ever.…
to job-seekers. Unemployed people may be easy to find but it doesnt mean they dont need a personalised response. They may be the brother, cousin, friend or neighbor of the hard to find talent that many of us are desperately looking for. Where I do somewhat agree with you is when somebody blanket bombs agencies with an application for every job or cc's you and 100 other people with a generic application. If an applicant can't take the time to think about to whom and why they are applying, then they can't expect a personalised, thoughtful response but if a job seeker has carefully selected your position to apply for, then they deserve a reply. Lack of time is just lack of process, there are cheap or free solutions to this kind of thing. It's a tough one though as agency recruiters dont get paid for making unemployable people happy but it's a small world out there, especially with social media etc!…
nal irreverence or mention of dead hookers. :-)
I am especially pleased that you understand our approach to incorporating vendors into the program. We think the days of ignoring the sponsors should be over. We carefully cultivate relevant sponsors, and try to find ways to include them into everything that happens at the conference. Gild, for example, gave a way a free trip (airfare, hotel, conference pass) before the event! We also like to expose tech recruiting startups, like HackerRank to this audience. And since we've now mentioned all of the sponsors, let's give a shout out to Jobvite (who gave away a Kindle, and paid for those mini donuts at breakfast!).
As for the speakers, it's perhaps the most difficult part of this. It's hard to find leaders and practitioners, who are in the trenches, who have interesting stories to tell and who are great presenters. We spend a lot of time on this. And the speakers spend a lot of time trying to get it just right. I would say they were very successful this year.
Lastly, we always try to experiment with the conference format a little. Tech Recruiting Jeopardy fulfilled my life-long dream to be a game show host. If we do the Slam again, I would eliminate the live rating. It seemed a little harsh -- I think anyone brave enough to go onstage and tell a story of failure or success (or both, in your case) deserves high praise, and I was grateful for all of the generous storytellers who signed up. In the end, I'm so glad you won, because now we're certain we'll see you next year! Thank you my friend for this wonderful write-up.…
One thing I have experienced as a turn off is when someone puts on their resume that they are a member of MENSA. When people see MENSA on a resume they think arrogant jerk, so what if he is smart. I think being part of MENSA is fine and obviously having a high IQ is terrific but you should be careful about advertising it. This is true of many of the high tech companies I have enjoyed as clients over the years.
Positive hobbies or personal accomplishments are Marathon runner, or even belonging to a club team sport like softball. Around here being on a rodeo committee is great because that means social contacts. Junior League is often a good thing.
Obviously if you have a company where part of the company culture fancies itself to be sort of rebelious or counter-culture then Junior League or a fraternal organization is probably considered too establishment oriented.
Often listing a hobby can be an ice breaker or a way to connect with the interviewer. "You like to scuba dive? Me too, I just got back from Belize".
In short, I think the hobbies section deserves some attention and can be a plus on a resume or it can be a negative.
What I would like to delve into a bit more is the church aspect. So often people are very involved with their religious community. Personally, I think that is a great thing! However I do wonder if that is not another point of prejudice against them. A lot of people out there are turned off by church, especially if it is an evangelical church (shout out to all my Baptist relatives). One thing a resume should never include is something that is a point of prejudice. But I hate to say to a candidate, that important part of yourself is something you should not mention because people might not like you for it. …