Jonathan McLeod's Blog (8)

Why would you want this person working for you in the first place?

(I initially posted this at, but thought some people at RecruitingBlogs might enjoy it too.)

Cleaning up my inbox, I found my letter of resignation from my previous job. Some might wonder, what the hell was I thinking?

Keep in mind that I liked the job, was good friends with my boss (and still am), and was on very good terms with the company... oh, and I… Continue

Added by Jonathan McLeod on August 7, 2009 at 3:51pm — 1 Comment

The interview's the thing...

A woman has been sitting in our lobby for 71 minutes. Patiently waiting. Sitting and chatting. More precisely, a candidate for our administrative/bookkeeper position has been sitting patiently for more than an hour. Part of this is her own doing - she was 20 minutes early; part of it is happenstance - our branch manager had another meeting this morning that is running muuuuuch longer than expected. She's not concerned; she's willing to wait.

This is a huge point in her favour. She… Continue

Added by Jonathan McLeod on June 3, 2009 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Because I know everyone is incredibly interested in what I think.

I'm duplicating some of my posts at There will probably be some unique content to each blog.

I don't pretend that any of it will be interesting.

Thanks for reading.

Added by Jonathan McLeod on May 6, 2009 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Seminar thoughts

So I completed some job search/resume writing/interviewing seminars last week. Things went pretty well. I had about six people out to each one, but at least they all seemed interested.

I may have some more thoughts later on, but one of the main revelations I had was that I talk too much.


Added by Jonathan McLeod on May 5, 2009 at 8:44am — No Comments

Did it go well? I really don't know.

The other day, I noted that I had job search seminars coming up. Well, the first one (job searching techniques) is over, and I can say quite definitely, I have no idea how well it went.

The positives

1. I had enough material.

I know this shouldn't be a worry; there is a lot of information to cover in this area (and, certainly, I did not cover it all). Nonetheless, having not taken as much time as I would have liked preparing, I was a little concerned.

2. There… Continue

Added by Jonathan McLeod on April 27, 2009 at 4:07pm — No Comments


I'm tired of hobbies - don't get me wrong, they're great, and I have a few (though not as many now that I have a toddler). I appreciate that they help to maintain our sanity, and they make us more complete as people. Being fully developed is nice.

Here's the thing: I, most likely, don't care about your hobbies.

If you have submitted a resume for consideration for a highly specialized, technologically involved, demanding position, I have little interest in your favourite… Continue

Added by Jonathan McLeod on April 23, 2009 at 2:32pm — No Comments

The procrastination of the job search ...seminar

No, I'm not looking for a new job. I like where I am, and I'm reasonably secure, so I'm sticking around.

However, about a month ago, I looked into offering a job searching seminar at one of the local library branches. It seemed like a good idea (which came from the owner), so I contacted the library. Well, within days I had set up a meeting at the library, selected an appropriate room (well, auditorium), booked dates (as my little seminar turned into three three-hour long seminars in… Continue

Added by Jonathan McLeod on April 16, 2009 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Hello World.

Hello World.

Added by Jonathan McLeod on March 30, 2009 at 12:14pm — No Comments


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