Many job seekers have “resume in mouth” disease, that is they kill any chance of getting a job BEFORE they even get to the interview. Typos, poor formatting, not focusing on what the hiring manager is looking for, and using the wrong language.
TechRepublic wrote an article a couple of years ago, and created a PDF document highlighting these language issues. They identified several words/phrases that typically will kill any chance of an interview. To save you the trouble I will summarise the words here, but to see why the words are “bad” you will need to review the article.
- proven ability
- Responsible for…
eBay has decided to pull out of China! Not that it is eBay just that they have lost 60% market share to a local player and cannot compete within the new regulations of the Chinese financial services industry.
Maybe we will now all wake up and see what China really is. A great big marketplace that will change the way we do things. They have millions of highly educated people who will take one the best and brightest from every country. Add to this they have a population of well over a billion people the scope for growth is far greater than anything we have seen to date.
Today in the technology world people talk about moving to Silicon Valley. Maybe they should be heading to China…
Richard Giles has released the first part of his unpublished book on podcasting, including a very interesting history!
Careful online observers would note that the history of podcasting has been a battle fought over many times. It is good to see a version that seems true at least from what I have read and heard. Michael Geoghegan, one of the first podcasters agrees with this version as well.
Just reading my Gmail today and noticed an interesting sponsored link above the message
So I clicked!
Tooheys has put together a really cool flash based advertising campaign to advertise their new Platinum beer.
Search internships at College Recruiter.com.
I saw a Diggnation South Park spoof on Rasterbator using an online South Park creation tool, very cool. I thought I would have a play with it over lunch but needed a subject.
I decided to pick on Cameron Reilly and Richard Giles in the G’Day World persona’s. The result:-
Not the best but hey I only had a few minutes!
I did the basic work on http://www.sp-studio.de/ and then the last little bits in MS Paint! Give it a go an see what you come up with.
I have been debating in my head do or don’t I post about the new recruiting.com. If I post will I just add to the hype and if I don’t will I regret not getting my thoughts out. I also am a bit bitter about the whole thing as I had grand plans to do exactly the same thing, not just for the recruiters out there but for all HR professionals who blog. But I do not have the dollars in the bank to fund such an activity, and I am just a hack when it comes to code, so I stopped.
Anyway back to the new recruiting.com. There has also been good and bad comments made about the change even comments that we don’t need a site like this, these have come from outside the HR industry so they really don’t stand up. You just have to look at the quality of the content on careers.netscape.com to see that for the industry we do need something.
My personal thoughts are listed below. However let me preface them with the revamp looks like it has been completed by the very rich Jobster not Jason Davis the individual. Although Jason & Jason claim to only have a single part time dev working on the case, if this is true they are probably reusing existing Jobster infrastructure and they should be congratulated. However why only a part time dev, is Jobster not fully committed here? Anyway now for the list.
- It is a good start
- Make content more transparent what is Recruiting.com content and what comes from other bloggers. It is a difficult site to navigate, some really important parts are not easy to find, eg http://www.recruiting.com/tools-for-bloggers
- The old recruiting.com bloggers now seem to be the “Editors” but what do they edit? Are they now like the Netscape anchors or navigators? Will they step in an provide more details on certain events, highlight interesting submissions or was that the only name that fit?
- The colours are nice, very now’ish, ok Web 2.0 but I hate the term.
- The AJAX implementation ok, not as good as I would of liked. For example search, you get a completed page redraw when you switch between searching for content and users. The sign in is a page reload.
How can the old articles from Recruiting.com have so many votes? Did Jobster seed the site to make it look like that there is more activity than there really is?
There does not seem to be a check for duplicate articles on submission
Where are the tags?
What is the algorithm to determine what is on the front page? The most votes, comments, date, what there seems to be no logic.
If Recruiting.com is going down the whole social news path, let me see who is voting on the stories, who is voting like me, who is linking to different stories. Let’s be social!
Why can’t I get an RSS feed of the top stories, separate to the Editor’s stories separate to the stories by Category?
Personally I like the idea of the recent comments but I feel it needs to be enhanced. How, indicate the story that the comment is from, highlight if it is an Editor’s story.
Divide the blogroll up by category!
- Voting can be done without registering, WTF! This means people can vote multiple times. (Update : Just to clarify, you could only vote twice, once with no account and then again once you have an account.)
In know some of the items are a bit picky but I do agree with Jason D’s recent comments:-
The vision of Recruiting.com is to make it a place so people can visit it and see what information is available in the industry and more importantly a place where the community judges what is good and worth promoting to others.
I just wished it was for the whole HR industry not just recruiting.
The Thai military have executed a very streamlined, and it seems peaceful coup, while the Thai PM is in the US speaking to the UN.
While the military have taken control of television and radio you can still get some news online from independent sources through blogs via Technorati searches, and photos from Flickr, but strangely no video.
The second BJs Show is up, this time I think the levels are a bit better. The show is a little longer as BJ starts to get into the swing of things. Some of the topics covered:-
- What kids are doing in the playground – “off ground tiggy”
- A few jokes
- Another book review
- Interesting news, of real interest was a thought controlled bionic arm!
- A bit of music
- Footy update
Carve Consulting client Cerco had a problem, where are our available candidates? Cerco are a provider of IT consultants and needed to be able to fulfill client requests very quickly. So what did Carve Consulting do?
They created a mashup of their candidate database with Google Maps!
Registered clients can have CV’s delivered in one-click, whilst prospective client companies (trafficked to the site via our search engine marketing programme) are provided with a visual and dynamic representation of Cerco’s immediate candidate availability.
Search for jobs and careers at JobCentral.
Jorge posts a follow up on my post about online job ads continuing to rise. I really like his summary:-
My takeaways from this limping rant:
Large is not a problem per-se
Niche is not a panacea per-se
Database Quality drives a sustainable revenue/business model
Site functionality and Price are two tools to mould publisher behavior
Site Functionality and content – both contributing to improved searching and filtering , may get your visitors to stick around a bit longer
This follows a discussion I had last night at the TPN Dinner with Tony & Rich (the other Rich) and sorry guys about the rant online jobs can get me hot under the collar.
I would like to add a couple of items to Jorge’s list and create 10 Tips for Job Boards:-
- Large job site are not necessarily bad
- Niche job sites are not necessarily good (don’t you love a how gray the world is)
- Quality of candidates helps drive a sustainable business model
- Quality of jobs helps drive a sustainable business model
- The value add your site provides can entice publisher to post more jobs
- The price of a job posting can entice a publisher to post more jobs
- Site functionality can contributing to improved searching and filtering for job seekers
- Brand is a major draw card for both publishers and job seekers
- Traditional print media is not dead when it comes to job advertising (think passive and senior candidates), recognise this fact and move on
- Diversity of methods to find a candidate or a job, depending on which side of the fence you stand, is critical to your success
A bonus one:-
11. The use of social networking sites/features are not going to solve all of you problems either