Posts tagged ‘2007’

Evil HR Lady on "We’re in a Hiring Slowdown"

I’ve not met the Evil HR Lady, but it looks like we’ve worked together. She just posted a perfect riff on what happens behind the scenes when the candidate is told “We’re in a Hiring Slowdown“. Here’s a short excerpt:

Here’s how the hiring process should go:

1. Manager decides there is a vacancy
2. Recruiter does what it takes to bring in several qualified candidates
3. Manager and friends interview candidates
4. Decision is made
5. New person accepts fabulous offer
6. Person starts job–total time, start to finish 4-6 weeks.

Here’s how it ends up going many times.

1. Manager decides that there is a vacancy.
2. Recruiter starts looking for qualified candidates.
3. Boss disagrees. “Even though Jane left, you can do the work without another headcount. I’m transferring your headcount over to Heidi’s department.
4. Recruiter sets up several appointments with qualified candidates
5. Manager says, “Ummm, I may be losing the headcount, but let’s interview anyway.”
6. Recruiter cringes, but goes forward.
7. First interviews happen
8. Boss finds out and is livid. Massive political nightmare ensues.

Check out her full posting for what happens with steps 9 through 22. The comments are good too.

27 March 2008 at 5:11AM Leave a comment

Merry Christmas!

Linus says it best:

Update 09-JAN-14: Fixed dead link to video

24 December 2007 at 10:23PM Leave a comment

Man fired for posting ‘Dilbert’ comparing boss to drunken lemur

A story in the Des Moines Register points out the dangers for those who believe they have an unrestricted right of free speech in the workplace (and the dangers of working for people without a sense of humor.)

Bosses fire worker who put up ‘Dilbert’ comic

A Fort Madison man who posted a “Dilbert” comic strip on an office bulletin board has lost his job for implying his bosses were a bunch of “drunken lemurs.”

On Oct. 27, shortly after company officials announced that the casino would be closing and 170 workers could be laid off, Steward posted a “Dilbert” comic strip on an office bulletin board.

Steward said he was fired three days after posting the comic, with his boss telling him he wasn’t a team player. The casino then challenged Steward’s claim for unemployment benefits, but Administrative Law Judge Lynette Donner sided with Steward.

Donner ruled that the posting of the comic strip represented “a good-faith error in judgment,” not intentional misbehavior.

For the full story, click the link above, and this link to a follow-up Register story.

For the complete view, check out the great commentary from Dilbert man himself, Scott Adams, on his DilbertBlog. Adams makes the following observation:

If you intend to mock your boss with Dilbert comics, the trick is in knowing which comics to pick. Apparently there is a fine line between posting a comic that criticizes a particular policy decision, versus a comic that calls your boss an inebriated prosimian. (Thank you, Wikipedia.)

In order to get his unemployment benefits, the perpetrator had to convince a judge that he was merely stupid, not intentionally misbehaving. He succeeded, but it’s not the sort of victory he should feel good about, as in “Yay! The judge agrees I’m an idiot! It’s going to be in the newspaper and all over the Internet!”

The moral of this story is that if you plan to circulate a Dilbert comic calling your boss a drunken lemur, the best way is to use your boss’s unattended computer to e-mail it to the entire company.

23 December 2007 at 6:28PM Leave a comment

How Not to Get a Job at Scriptorium Publishing

Sarah at Palimpsest blogs about the experience of sifting through resumes. Palimpsest is the blog for Scriptorium Publishing, a technical publishing company based in Research Triangle Park, NC. Having received the usual mess, Sarah’s not enjoying the responses:

Cover letter for the wrong position. Of the resumes that did arrived with cover letters, about one third (!!!!) referenced a position at a different company. Several letters arrived looking something like this:

I am very interested in the position of [Not Our Position Name], especially since I am so interested in the [Not Us] industry. As you can see from my resume, I am very detail-oriented.

It’s not good when your resume makes me snort.

Yep. Snorting is not good.

See the whole thing at How Not to Get a Job at Scriptorium Publishing

15 December 2007 at 10:05PM Leave a comment

NotJobs: 150 Funniest Resume Mistakes Ever

Over on the JobMob page, they’re tracking the funniest resume mistakes ever. Here are my favorites from their list.

  • Under “job related skills” – for a web designer – “can function without additional oxygen at 24,000 feet”.
  • Qualifications: “I have guts, drive, ambition and heart, which is probably more than a lot of the drones that you have working for you.”
  • A resume listed a skill as “being bi-lingual in three languages” (Ask Annie’s)
  • Background: “28 dog years of experience in sales (four human).” (Resumania)
  • Education: “I have a bachelorette degree in computers.”
  • Objective: “I need money because I have bills to pay and I would like to have a life, go out partying, please my young wife with gifts, and have a menu entrée consisting of more than soup.”
  • Reason for leaving last job: “Bounty hunting was outlawed in my state.”
  • Achievements: “Nominated for prom queen”
  • Objective: “To become Overlord of the Galaxy!”

Check the whole posting out for all the horrifyingly true details.

14 December 2007 at 6:36AM 1 comment

How Not to Get a Job in Atlanta

A blogger named “jobseeker411” at staffing service FutureStaff makes my point, again and again:

Atlanta Job Seekers….. How not to get a job!

You’ll hear people telling you to prepare for an interview. Baloney! You’re not getting paid for it! Don’t waste your time researching the company; it’s their job to educate you. Don’t bring your resume; if Human Resources are doing their job, they’ll have it out, waiting on you to get there. Don’t waste your time by writing down directions either, you can always call on the way and have the manager talk you through traffic.

Check it out for the rest of the suggestions. They also talk about the flip side.

3 December 2007 at 3:37AM Leave a comment

Branding – When It Works Too Well

An employment brand is a great recruiting tool, but a tough thing to build. The folks at MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, are finding out what happens when employment branding works too well:

007 Association Gives MI6 Recruitment Headache

LONDON (Reuters) – The success of the James Bond movies has given the British Secret Intelligence Service a recruitment headache — too many cranks want to join MI6.

“I think it gives people a false impression of what working for the organization is actually like,” the head of MI6 recruitment — named only as “Mark” — told BBC Radio One’s Newsbeat program on Monday.

“So it does tend to turn up quite a lot of thrill seekers and fantasists and we’re really not interested in them”.

As well as dismissing the notion that spying was a never-ending life of fast cars, fast women and shaken not stirred Martini cocktails, “Mark” was keen to demolish another myth surrounding MI6.

“We don’t have a license to kill — we don’t carry Berettas — that’s simply not true.”

27 November 2007 at 2:59PM Leave a comment

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