Archive for March, 2008


Hey, how about a quickie?

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Ever wonder why companies take forever to make a hiring decision? You send in your resume, have an interview (or several), they tell you they like you, promise to get back to you in a few days… and a month later they still haven’t made a decision. Travelodge seems to have come up with the […]


Informational (heh-heh) interviews

Friday, March 28th, 2008

INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW, n., (1) a stupid job-hunting trick; (2) an embarrassing demonstration of ignorance by a job hunter; (3) a transparent waste of management time; (4) the preferred substitute for legitimate job-hunting assistance developed by career experts to distract their clients and justify their fees. Heather Hamilton’s take on informational interviews provides a good perspective […]


H-1B or not to B?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Having covered the information technology and electronics industries for a long time, I’m very sensitive to the H-1B visa controversy. This is the government program whereby foreign nationals can be hired by U.S. employers under a special visa. H-1B exists because industry claims there’s a labor shortage in the world of technology. On April 1, the […]


Get paid to interview for a job?

Monday, March 17th, 2008

It’s always interesting when someone comes up with a new approach to recruiting. Imagine getting paid to go on a job interview. Clever, eh? CIO magazine reports that a Recruiting Firm Pays Candidates for Job Interviews. Help me work through the logic. Notchup.com suggests that the best people are busy at their jobs, and they probably don’t search for […]


DamnINeedAJob.com

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

If you’re going to mail out hundreds of resumes to people you don’t know, or post your credentials on some web site, you might as well stand on a busy street corner and just hand out your resume to random passersby. You’re just as likely to find a job either way. That’s what I tell […]


The 2-minute Dutch uncle

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

I used to do a blog for InfoWorld. When it ended, my last posting was up only very briefly, and I’ve been asked to reprise it here for those who missed it. It was a two-minute version of the Dutch uncle routine, for those who enjoy the Ask The Headhunter approach to job hunting, hiring, […]


Only in New Jersey?

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

I’ve written a lot about about the various rackets in the career industry that prey on desperate people looking for work, but I always use the term “racket” loosely. Last week I got a query from a news reporter that forced me to create a new category in this blog. We all need a (nervous) laugh: […]