Archive for January, 2009


Monster.com eats them up, spits them out.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Honest, I wrote the previous posting today before I read this news article. 4.5 million suckers.


Let the resume wars begin

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Online job boards rent, sell, trade, loan, and otherwise fully exploit resumes people submit to them. This was pretty well documented even several years ago. Today, unscrupulous “recruiters” use the job boards as their personal data bases, uploading people’s resumes without their knowledge, and downloading and submitting to their “clients” the resumes of other unsuspecting rubes. […]


The dope on TheLadders

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

I’ve written before about TheLadders’ veneer of exclusivity and the mass-market business model underneath it. When a paying customer of TheLadders recently shared the transcript of a customer-service “chat” she had with a Ladders’ rep, I had to hit this topic again. The misrepresentations TheLadders makes on its web site are beyond the pale. “Only $100k+ […]


How to manage your career in a recession

Friday, January 16th, 2009

In my last posting I criticized The Wall Street Journal for its history of producing sophomoric and self-serving career advice. The newspaper publishes advertorials masquerading as articles. They are largely intended to drive readers to the Journal’s job listings. So much for editorial integrity. But there is good advice to be had in lots of […]


The Wall Street Journal’s Tips for Tricking Employers

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Readers sometimes point out that I don’t often link to career articles on other web sites. I know. It’s because most career articles are the same-old re-treads or desperate attempts by reporters to write something clever to satisfy their clueless editors. Don’t believe me? Visit The Wall Street Journal‘s Careers web site. You’ll find drivel like […]


Who’s holding the H-1B bag?

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Blame the attorneys, or their clients who pay them? A reader passed this youtube item along. It’s a lesson in how to post fraudulent ads so you can qualify to hire foreign nationals. What an embarrassment to the HR community, which hires the attorneys who teach how to scam the H-1B program. The law firm […]


Dig this advice

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Welcome back from the holidays! Let’s start the year with some small bites of easily digestible advice that tastes good and hits the spot. Serial entrepreneur GL Hoffman serves up these two tips that you can use immediately: Recession-Proof Your Job (Keep it) How to Find a New Job Hoffman writes one of the few blogs I […]