Posts tagged ‘2009’

Sandwich-board job hunt works for Brit grad

David Rowe Sandwich Board Job Search

Recent graduate David Rowe found an old way to get attention: A sandwich board.

LONDON (Reuters) – In a pinstripe suit, silk tie and polished shoes, David Rowe has all the trappings of a successful London city worker, except for one stark difference — he is wearing a sandwich board that says “JOB WANTED.”

Saddled with £20,000 of student loan debt, Rowe was ready to work, but the economy didn’t help. Unemployment in Britain is widespread, and the jobless rate for new grads is the highest its been since the government starting tracking the statistic in 1992. The standard path for a new grad with a degree in history from Kent University would be to join one of the many City firms. However, positions for new grads have been cut by 28%, and many jobs are left unfilled.

The going was tough, so Rowe got creative. After some discussion with his father, he picked a way to sell his skills and experience, and to get some attention. Rowe’s tactic, while unusual, caught someone’s eye: a recruiter.

Gavin Walker of international recruitment firm Parkhouse Bell liked Rowe’s initiative and decided to interview him.

“I liked the fact he had thought out of the box. I was impressed by that. I was even more impressed after the interview. He’s very employable, so much so I offered him a job to work with me.”

Walker interviewed Rowe to a 15 minute interview, but the conversation lasted two hours. At the end, Rowe got a job offer.

This method isn’t for everyone, but Rowe has succeeded in both getting his message out and in branding himself. Rowe set himself apart from his competition, and got to the hiring manager. It worked.

See the full story on Yahoo by clicking here:
British graduate scores in sandwich-board job hunt

12 October 2009 at 11:57AM Leave a comment

How NOT to Get a Job in the Communications Industry

Hodgson/Meyers is an award-winning marketing communications agency in Kirkland Washington. They focus on improving their client’s B2B communications. Gary Meyers, the president of Hodgson/Meyers, receives many job inquiries from the college aged demographic. His experience is like mine, in that most of them blow it entirely.

Earlier this week, Meyers blogged about some recent communications he’s received from those with college degrees in English or Communications. He provided two examples. Here’s the first:

Inquiry #1 (name changed, spelling, punctuation and grammar per original):

my name is Janie Doe, Im interested in getting into advertising and
trailor making of major motion pictures and i came across your
company. I’m a graduate of the UW in 05/09 and am looking for
an internship possibility or if your hiring some time soon
thank you

Gary offers these poor unfortunates four points of good advice. Here’s his first:

1. Use proper spelling and grammar. Not lower-case text slang riddled with misspelled words and poor punctuation. You are looking for a job in a field where professional communications skills are critical. Reading the above email is painful.

See all of Gary’s advice, and one more painful example, here:

Any company that offers complimentary tattoos of the Pileated Woodpecker would be a cool place to work. Click the link to Spike’s page to get yours. (Maybe Hodgson/Meyers will send me some for my Cub Scouts!)

UPDATE 13-OCT-09: For more NotJobs tips on how NOT to get that PR/Marketing/Communications agency job, see these postings:

10 October 2009 at 12:54PM 1 comment

Free Job Hunter’s Class this Friday

My CTRN buddy Scott Birkhead of the Most Placeable Candidate will be offering an interesting personal branding session for job seekers. Check it out!:

Becoming the Milkshake –
How Being LOUDLY Yourself Helps You Get Hired Faster.
Friday October 9: 1-2 p.m. – mid-town Denver

In a struggling economy, traditional job hunting skills are less and less effective. Can you adopt small-business direct-marketing skills and get hired faster? Yes!

In a famous marketing story from years ago, a restaurant wanted to increase the number of milkshakes it was selling…very profitable item, the milkshake.

It hired one group of marketers, who did classic marketing research, and spent a lot of money…but didn’t budge sales.Then it hired another, which was incredibly successful.

The difference between the two approaches to marketing a very simple product contains lessons that every job seeker should know and understand – if you want to beat a volatile, crowded market and get back to work.

In this 45 minute session, we cover:
  • Assumptions and methods that could be killing your chances of landing work
  • Why applying for every conceivable job may be the exact wrong thing to do (even if you are desperate for work)
  • How to look beyond traditional approaches to discover what your ‘ideal client’ really wants to hear
  • Easy marketing fixes to get noticed and get more interviews – NOW.
Date: Friday, Oct 9
Time: 1-2:30 pm
Place: Community Room
1391 Speer Blvd.,
Suite 850
Denver, CO 80204
Free parking code will be sent upon registration…
Cost: FREE, but you must register to attend because we have limited seating.
Scott Birkhead is the President of Most Placeable Candidate. Scott has 15 years and 727 hires under his belt in corporate, for-fee and consulting recruiting roles.

As well, he’s spent the last 5 years learning basic buyer motivation and direct-marketing methods as a small business owner determined to build his own business.

For the last two years, he has combined recruiting and marketing experiences to offer job seekers low-cost training and coaching that allow them to beat the crowd and get back to work.

7 October 2009 at 1:13AM Leave a comment

You’re FIRED!! (And, you haven’t even been hired yet)

Curt MacRae writes the job advice column for the in Detroit. Last month, he had some great tips on how to get bounced from a job in the interview process. Here’s a snippet from “You’re FIRED!! and, you haven’t even been hired yet!

Then, the innocent question gets asked about what you’re looking forward to at this company that you may not have had in your previous position.  You can’t resist, and in fact, go into explicit detail about how you absolutely cannot wait to dump that slug you used to work for.  You provide a litany of grievances you had against your supervisor, and the unreasonable and unappreciative company hierarchy, all the way to the top.

As you might imagine, the answer to this question got the job offer rescinded.

MacRae contiues the narrative and then concludes with six useful tip for the jobseeker. Check it out by clicking here!

22 September 2009 at 12:01AM 1 comment

How Not to Get a Job as a Tutor

Nancy from Texas

Nancy from Texas

Nancy is a teacher from Houston, Texas, who also runs a blog called Nancy’s Garden Spot. Last year about this time, she posted about her experience in trying to recruit and hire tutors to teach Reading and Math. She has run into some of the classic follies with resumes and interviews. Here are her thoughts on the process:

How NOT to Get a Job

Recently, we posted an ad on Craigslist to hire some new tutors, both Math and Reading. In the ad, we specifically stated that replies should include a resume and cover letter and information about teaching or tutoring experience. The Learning Center I work for has a very low student to teacher ratio and we individualize for EACH child. Teachers are preferred, though Math tutors who are willing to learn methodology (how to teach or reteach effectively), are welcome too.

I’ve received some very good responses, more than we can hire right now, though we’d love to have them all.

Still, there are the ones you just read and wonder: “What the HELL were they thinking?”

Nancy goes on:

But for sheer briefness, brusqueness and, well, bad manners, this one took the cake:

I have great training in reading for
beginners through grade 2 and I taught
all subjects in first grade. Please
tell me exactly where you are located
and salary if interested in me for
part time work.

She did include a VERY brief sort of resume, included in the body of the message. She did have some experience as a teacher, and might have been…worth interviewing… at least. However, all things did not proceed well for her.

This prompts Nancy to write a reply (which we can’t tell if she sent.)

Ms X, I’d like to make some constructive suggestions for when you respond to other advertisements for tutors or tutoring positions, so that you might correct some of the missteps you’ve made with me.

1). Read the ad, and follow the requests. For example: We asked for a resume and a cover letter. These are, usually, provided by the applicant in an attachment.

2) Your emails to me have been rather…demanding. Remember, you are asking for a job. I’m not begging you to take it. Courtesy counts for a lot. Starting your emails with a “Hello” or “Good Morning”… sets a more courteous tone.

See the whole thing:

14 September 2009 at 7:10PM Leave a comment

Should Recruiting Report Into HR?

The Punk Rock HR Girl Laurie Ruettimann caught an interesting thread of conversation while she was at the ERE Expo. The question of the moment was, “Should Recruiting Report Into HR?

Ruettimann’s response:

None of it matters. The only thing that matters are results. Your reporting relationship is an excuse — not an explanation — for your inability to make a dent in the way that talent is acquired and managed at your company.

So here’s the answer to the great Recruiting/HR conundrum.

  • Do your job.
  • Do it with integrity.
  • Fight mediocrity

Great advice, Laurie!

14 September 2009 at 5:53AM Leave a comment

Summer Break is over!

Dear Readers,

Thank you for your patience as I took a desperately needed summer break. Instead of locking myself inside at the keyboard, I got out and did some camping, helped with a few scout activities and worked on growing a face cord of zucchini. I also got to work on some interesting projects at work.

However, I did miss commenting on a few items over the summer, topics like:

Ah, but it is good to be back.

13 September 2009 at 9:40PM Leave a comment

NotJobs: How Not To Nail An Interview

Steinar Skipsness describes himself as “a 27 year old Seattle native who doesn’t drink coffee.” Skipsness consults on search engine marketing, but seems to be looking for new employment. To help his chances, he taped mock interviews with some unsuspecting candidates.  I’m not sure I agree with his ethics, but his conclusions are strong.

Skipsness offers his 22 tips on “How to Nail an Interview.” His site contains a number of video snippets which support his points. As shown in the video above, some of his examples better demonstrate how NOT to get a job.

IMHO, his top ten tips are:

3. Be on time
4. Cell phone off
5. Know the company, and why you want to work there
8. Dress in a clean conservative manner
9. [Facebook & MySpace] Profiles to private
11. Don’t babble
12. Don’t badmouth a boss
14. Don’t play with your face/hair
19. Have accomplishments
20. Have passion

Take a look at all 22 tips on his web page:

10 May 2009 at 5:57PM Leave a comment

1987 Computer Salary Survey

After graduating from college, I set out on the job hunt. One of the companies interviewing me at the time was Source EDP Personnel Services. Source EDP provided IT consulting services, and billed themselves as “the world’s largest recruiting firm devoted exclusively to the computer profession”. As part of their offering, they shared their 1987 Computer Salary Survey and Career Planning Guide. After I got the another offer, I stuck the salary survey in a file, where it stayed until last week.

The first graphic image in the publication is of a stack of greenbar paper with large dollar signs in ASCII art.  But, even though the data is old, it can still offer a useful comparison to today’s technology salaries. We’ve come  a long way!

Here’s the meat of the survey for non-management positions:

I. Non-Management Annual Compensation ($000)
(salary according to length of time in the
15th Percentile Median 85th Percentile
Commercial Programmers & Programmer/Analysts
1 year – 2 years 18.5 22.5 26.5
2 years – 5 years 23.5 27.8 32.0
Over 5 years 28.0 33.0 39.0
Engineering/Scientific Programmers &
1 year – 2 years 19.6 25.0 28.5
2 years – 5 years 25.5 30.0 35.0
Over 5 years 31.0 38.0 46.0
Personal Computer/Microprocessor Programmers &
1 year – 2 years 18.0 22.0 27.0
2 years – 5 years 22.0 28.0 33.0
Over 5 years 28.4 35.0 42.0
Systems (Software) Programmers
1 year – 2 years 23.4 27.2 31.0
2 years – 5 years 27.7 33.0 37.5
5 years – 7 years 32.0 38.0 45.0
Over 7 years 36.0 42.0 50.0
Software Engineers
1 year – 2 years 22.0 27.0 30.1
2 years – 5 years 27.5 32. 37.0
5 years – 7 years 31.5 38.0 44.0
Over 7 years 37.2 44.5 53.1
Data Base Analysts/Data Management Specialists
1 year – 2 years 22.0 26.0 31.5
2 years – 5 years 26.0 35.0 42.0
5 years – 7 years 34.0 40.0 48.2
Over 7 years 37.2 44.5 53.1
Communications Analysts/Technical
1 year – 2 years 22.0 26.0 30.0
2 years – 5 years 28.9 37.0 47.0
Over 5 years 33.6 43.0 51.2
Information Center/Office Automation/Decision Support
1 year – 2 years 18.5 24.1 27.1
2 years – 5 years 23.5 30.0 36.0
5 years
29.5 37.5 45.0
EDP Auditors
1 year – 2 years 22.0 25.0 29.0
2 years – 5 years 26.5 31.0 37.3
5 years – 7 years 30.7 36.0 46.2
Over 7 years 35.0 42.0 51.0
Technical Writers & Editors
1 year – 2 years 17.5 1100 27.5
2 years – 5 years 23.0 28.0 33.0
5 years – 7 years 26.0 31.0 38.0
Over 7 years 27.0 34.0 41.0
Senior Analysts, Project Leaders & Consultants
2 years – 5 years 27.0 33.0 39.6
5 years – 7 years 32.5 37.7 44.5
Over 7 years 36.0 42.0 50.0
Computer Operators
1 year – 2 years 14.0 18.0 20.0
2 years – 5 years 17.0 21.0 25.0
Over 5 years 20.0 25.6 31.5

Source EDP was purchased by Romac International, and later became Kforce Technology Staffing. Kforce still offers a salary survey and career guide. Download the latest version in PDF format from here.

3 May 2009 at 11:18PM Leave a comment

NotJobs: How NOT to get a job with Twitter

Cisco Fatty Original PostLast week, a young, tech savvy 20-something named Connor Riley posted this snarky Tweet on Twitter. Cisco employees noticed and called her on it. The incident blew up into an internet meme tagged “Cisco Fatty“. Lately, Ms. Riley has been on MSNBC trying to explain how dumb her action was.

Keyinfluencer Tweet

Back in January, James Andrews, an executive VP from Ketchum PR, tweeted about how horrible he found Memphis (above). Andrews was in town to speak at FedEx, a company headquartered in Memphis. A FedEx employee found the tweet, and sent it to Vice Presidents, Directors and the management at Ketchum. Andrews ended up having to apologize.

The moral here is – don’t be stupid in public. Also – don’t say anything in a social media forum that Social media can give you your fifteen minutes of fame. Just make sure that you get famous for the right things. Just as Kevin Colvin found out, there is no privacy on the Internet.

Here is a roundup of these stories – Cisco Fatty:

Key Influencer in Memphis:

On that note: Check out this view of the “Twouble with Twitters

30 March 2009 at 10:48PM Leave a comment

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1. "I can't tell you the best way to get a job - because there is no one best way. After 21 years of recruiting, I CAN share things I've seen candidates do to guarantee they DIDN'T get the job."

2. "Most companies don't realize how their recruiting process impacts their candidate pool, and their business. Attention to simple things will result in big improvements."

About the Author

Troy Bettinger, SPHR is a Denver Recruiter, Public Speaker, HR Metrics Analyst and Human Resources Leader who has been recruiting in corporate and municipal environments since 1991.

He specializes in the complete hiring process: defining, sourcing, recruiting, testing, interviewing, offering and orienting new hires. He's also well versed in strategic human resources, college recruiting, diversity recruiting, AAP, EEO, ATS integration, recruiting metrics, social media, recruiting leadership, training and employment branding.


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