your question my brand is well intact, unlike many of you folks, I don't need social media to get business, nor do I work with corporate "brown noise's" like Derek. My clients make decisions and love having me as a vendor. Last year, I made 147 placements, how many did you make? I drive a Lamborghini Gallardo to work, what do you drive? I treated myself to princess cut diamond earrings today, can you do that? I love my style of crankiness, my no filters approach has made me very wealthy, unlike animal, however, I do it without questioning the values and beliefs of working professionals.
"My name is my name" -Marlo Stanfield …
Race is about the prickly and painful issues that arise out of a legal case. (There's a great interview with Grier on NPR
A wealthy white man, played by Richard Thomas, is accused of raping a black woman. He seeks legal representation at a law firm run by two partners — a white lawyer played by James Spader and a black lawyer played by Grier.
All of the characters test audience assumptions about racial allegiance and gender politics. Grier says he thinks Mamet was prompted to write the play by the election of Barack Obama.
I think prejudice is alive and well here in the US and in most of the developed world. There is bias against age, race, gender, sexual orientation. There's a bias against tattoos and body piercings. The glass ceiling is still with us as well as the gray ceiling. (I could dye my hair, but no one is going to think I'm 30 years old).
I commend Carmen for her belief in authenticity. At some point, you're going to have to show up for an interview. I think you should show up as yourself. As an original.
I do believe, as we move into the next decade, companies TRULY wanting to embrace and promote diversity will win. They'll be able to attract and retain the best talent.…
out of a round of appreciation for Rayanne Thorn's new vehicle, "Bonus Track". The idea behind "Bonus Track" (graciously sponsored by MaxHire.net) is to provide deeper insight into the business aspects of recruiting from philosophy to time management.
The model is a conversation starter, that might include an interview, coupled with a ripping good discussion on the merits of the topic. This is a form of training that was not possible before the web. This new media, "interactive conversation as courseware" is shifting the power base all over our industry. Recent debates about the value of motivational speakers with no immediate feedback loop are part of the evolution.
It's worth looking over our shoulders for a moment.
The idea of a "medium" comes from painting. The "medium" is the liquid in which pigment is mixed by a painter." The medium carries the pigments. Pigments supply the color, the medium supplies properties of adherence and spreadability.
Every definition of medium is a metaphor based on the physical medium used in painting. Media is simply the plural of medium ie, one medium, two media.
Radio is a medium, Radio waves carry sound. Record albums are a medium. Vinyl carries sound. Television is a medium. Radio waves carry video. Cable is a medium. Paper is a very important medium. Cassettes, eight track tapes, posters, PA systems, ink, and CDs are all forms of media. Each form of media has its own characteristics.
They are so unique that Marshall McLuhan is known for saying that "the medium is the message" (Actually, he said "massage") He meant that the way that information is transmitted profoundly influences its meaning. Take tattoos on your bottom, for example. That's the evolution of today's usage of the words media and medium.
A process through which information is transmitted.
Things really changed when media became digital. Up until then, it took a great deal of capital to create content and distribute it. The media was so expensive that only the wealthiest could broadcast, publish, record, write, distribute or recycle. The ownership of media was concentrated in a few hands. In general, they were the very spoiled great grandchildren of really interesting 19th century entrepreneurs.
The personal computer changed all of that in under a generation. What was once the province of the wealthy became everyman's playground. It's easy to do things today, like publishing a blog or posting your status on twitter, that were not even possible to imagine 20 years ago. The focus on the technology, however, keeps us from seeing the real revolution. Education, news distribution, creativity, experimentation have all become personal. We each are able to do what could only be done by corporate giants 15 years ago.
It's easy, fun and profoundly better.
So when Rayanne adds another Bonus Track, she is exercising a pioneering process. She's homesteading, as we all are, in a great new world. Our forty acres and a mule are blogging tools, netbooks and wireless connections. The amount of opportunity that has been thrust upon us is staggering.
That's why it galls me to see Recruiters acting like old fashioned media owners, lazy, spoiled and stupid. The new media fosters such quick intimacy; so, sending out mass quantities of bulk email is embarrassing for our profession. Spamming (sending many copies of the same email to a large group) is an ineffective use of the new toolset. It's a way of repeating the errors that were allowed when media ownership was concentrated.
We could be setting powerful examples of how to make social media really work, we seem to prefer the thoughtless imposition of our sloth on already overburdened potential customers. It's sad.
The good news is that folks like Rayanne are setting a more positive example.
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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!…