Laura Machan
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They are just not that into you

I had coffee last week with a candidate who was really frustrated because he had applied for lots of positions and not been contacted.

I asked him to tell me about one of them. “Well, it was a mechanical engineering position in a manufacturing company.”

“What were they looking for?” I asked.

“An engineering degree and 5 years of design experience in a plastics manufacturing environment. It was perfect for me. It’s exactly the kind of company I want to work for.… Continue

Posted on September 13, 2010 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

A rose is a rose is a lovely flower that smells good

We have nice offices with lots of tasteful plastic plants strategically located throughout. Each year, one of our summer students is responsible for taking them all outside and

hosing them off. One year, a

particularly enterprising fellow asked, after finishing the job, if he could

put “Plant Manager” on his resume. It

got chuckles all around until I figured out that he wasn’t really joking.…


Posted on August 19, 2010 at 9:33am

How to make the most of transferable skills

Last week, we got a request for a Proposal Co-coordinator from one of our engineering clients. They needed someone for a few weeks to help pull together and format a massive amount of information for a proposal.

I immediately thought of a candidate that I had met recently. She had been laid off from her position as a meeting planner/event coordinator. My colleague looked at her resume and asked why I thought she would be a good fit.

What does a good event planner do… Continue

Posted on August 12, 2010 at 3:50pm — 2 Comments

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At 6:56pm on August 17, 2010, Charles Van Heerden said…
You are most welcome Laura. I have been blogging for the last year and always enjoy the different perspectives. Funny how we tend to put people into boxes as way of dealing with ambiguity...

Telling a story is always a good way to make a point. I am looking forward to reading your future posts.



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