Archive for February, 2009


How to hire (or find a job): The 3% solution

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Where do companies find the people they hire? (Hint: Dumpster diving is alive and well in Human Resources.) 4% come from Monster.com 3% come from CareerBuilder 1% come from HotJobs These figures have not changed since these job boards have been online. 90% of companies surveyed have contracts with Monster.com. 80% with CareerBuilder. 60% of […]


You idiot, you showed this résumé to an employer??

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Have you been offered a “free résumé critique” by a big-name résumé-writing company? It’s a tempting thing to try, eh? Just send in your résumé and get a free critique! You could even use it to improve and re-write that piece of paper yourself, at no cost. But did you ever wonder, how do busy, highly-paid, […]


Forget your job, distribute yourself

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

If your job is in jeopardy, why be an employee if you can be a distributed innovator? If you’re a manager, why interview applicants if you can meet people who are innovating on the edge of your industry? I’ve already written about how some of the best career advice doesn’t come from career experts. It’s […]


An open letter to recruiters who use TheLadders: Stop complaining

Friday, February 6th, 2009

My posting about TheLadders has more comments on it than any blog entry I’ve ever written (including while I was blogging for InfoWorld). What’s interesting is that no one defends TheLadders. Even people with embarrassing stories about wasting their money and getting burned came forward to share their pain and anger. Then a recruiter posted a comment […]


A company’s greatest weakness

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

In yesterday’s Career Journal (a publication of The Wall Street Journal), #1 of the Top Ten Stupid Interview Questions was once again dissected, analyzed, and solved. What’s your greatest weakness? In the annals of interviewing, we know a wag once offered the best answer ever heard — “Chocolate.” — and that’s when it was time to retire that […]


Banking on H-1B to bail out the fat cats

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The U.S. banking mess is a trickle-down scandal. The fat cats will siphon off billions in TARP funds while their “solution” trickles down onto your head — like water torture. While you’re bailing out the bankers, they lay you off and use our tax dollars to hire your replacement from overseas. Great way to put people […]