James Seetoo's Blog (7)

Judging A Book By Its Cover

The old cliché says you can't judge a book by its cover and like every cliché, it has more than a kernel of truth to it. And just like every cliché, we do it anyway. We judge people by their looks, resumes by their format or lack thereof and I'm told, women even judge men by their shoes although since I'm in Southern California it's hard to tell since a lot of people don't really wear shoes.



So it's enough to say that we shouldn't judge by appearance alone. Okay, that's enough then.… Continue

Added by James Seetoo on February 22, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Is Talent Overrated?

It's a fact of life that when you live in Southern California there's less opportunity to read than there is when you live in New York City or any other place where you have to rely on mass transportation. After all, when you're crammed into a sardine can with your fellow human beings pressed all around you a good book or a cheap newspaper can be the life-preserver that saves you from drowning in too much contact with your fellow human being.



Granted, there's always the sport of… Continue

Added by James Seetoo on February 5, 2010 at 1:56pm — 2 Comments

There's Always Next Time

Well, I’m not sure how many of these sports analogy blogs I’ll be doing since my Packers lost to Arizona but there’s a good lesson here so I’ll take the opportunity while I can.



Like playoff fever, it’s natural for a candidate to be excited about a position as she’s going through the interview process and each round brings more and more excitement because naturally, the goals seems to be getting closer. And it really is a competition since one blown interview means “one and done” in… Continue

Added by James Seetoo on January 22, 2010 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Talent +Hard Work +Character = Success

Well, it’s NFL playoff season and while it’s a bit cliché, sports really are a good metaphor for life and career. It’s not enough to be talented and it’s not enough to just want something. Now, I’m going to come clean here and proclaim myself a Green Bay Packers fan. I like other teams but as a native New Yorker I’ve seen teams leave my city and that’s something that the Packers won’t do. And it’s such an underdog of a small market compared with the rest of the league.



But aside from… Continue

Added by James Seetoo on January 7, 2010 at 8:24pm — 2 Comments

Once More With Feeling Or Should I Just Stick To The Script?

Isn’t it great when an interview goes according to the script? The interviewer asks the list of question he has and the candidate feeds back the perfect answers. Everyone comes away from the encounter happy and the right candidate gets the right job. That’s of course, when the everything goes right.



Whether you know it or not, if you’re preparing for an interview – whether you’re the interviewer or the candidate, you’re scripting. You’re going over the questions in your mind and… Continue

Added by James Seetoo on December 21, 2009 at 4:22pm — 6 Comments

Job Search Frustrations During The Holidays?

Okay, I admit I took a little time off during Thanksgiving, which is why I didn’t post last week. But mostly because I didn’t think I’d be alone in that and that gave me the idea for this posting.



As we move into the holiday season, or I suppose we’ve already done that with Thanksgiving – the recruitment process for both the recruiter and candidate can become increasingly frustrating. Let’s be honest, recruiters are people and they can become increasingly busy this time of year with… Continue

Added by James Seetoo on December 4, 2009 at 1:16pm — No Comments

What's Your Tribe?

Do you lead one? Do you have one? It's a pretty good question these days since there's a lot of talk about Tribes going around. And it seems to be an evolving situation but an interesting one since it's apparent that it's becoming a very powerful cultural phenomenon. I would say that it's probably because of the increased connectivity we all have allows us access to people who have the same views and values. For more on Tribes, I would recommend Seth Godin's book, oddly enough titled:… Continue

Added by James Seetoo on November 19, 2009 at 3:42pm — 1 Comment

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