How To Be A Horrible Recruiter

If you are good recruiter, there is nothing interesting about you. You read through resumes and pay attention to what is written there. You care not only about placing the candidate, but also about candidate interests – or at least you pretend well that you do. You respond to your candidates quickly. You keep them well informed about the selection process and the timeline. You take time to let the candidate know if they weren’t selected. BOOOOORING!

Now listen to me. Having quite some experience on both sides of the table I will teach you how to be a horrible recruiter and add to that pool of hatred that hundreds of people already feel towards the recruiters.

1. Never read the resume past the phone number and email address part (2nd and 3rd line – I’m helping you out). Really, who cares if the candidate’s only relationship with software was translation services for the software testing company. The person was able to spell “software”, of course they will be able to write code, manage databases or supervise a group of iOS developers. Network Engineering? Bring it on!

2. Candidate has salary requirements? What a nerve! Continue reading

On Gen Y and Entitlement

I honestly am tired hearing about millennials in the workforce. For the past few years I’ve made a good progress moving away from generalizing and judging a whole thing based on the part of it, so every time I read or hear about millennials being whiny, narcissistic and entitled, hopping jobs and getting pissed if they did not get rewards stars for just showing up at work, I get sort of irritated.

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Based of the timeframe I do belong to GenY myself and with all humbleness I cannot say I am any of the above.  I worked for few years for the manager who praised my work once – 2 years after I quit, in a Facebook correspondence. And it’s not because I did a lousy job, but because it was his management style. I personally did not share his views on how to manage people, but I did not quit just because he wasn’t showering me in confetti every time I showed up for the meeting on time. Most of my friends and colleagues of my age are smart, hard-working and persistent people, who don’t loose their grip of reality – I might be very lucky  having such a refined circle, but I still tend to think one should not draw generalized conclusions when describing so-called millennials.

However, something I read today made me better understand why millennials by large are seen as spoiled entitled brats.

One of the bloggers I read has posted today about an Open Letter to My CEO by Yelp! ex-employee. Yeah, that’s right, they fired the girl after she published this letter. If you work in HR, you know that retaliation is the last word on earth you want to hear (ok, second to last, before harassment), so I was very curious to read it to see what caused the employer neglect the possible retaliation charges.  Continue reading

The Miracle Of Doing Nothing

I had a wonderful Valentine’s day this year. If you think that by “wonderful” I mean that my husband took me out on a hot air balloon ride which was followed by a surprise trip to Paris and then we drove to Iceland the same day – no, this is not what I mean. To be fair to myself, normally that would be my definition of wonderful, but not this time.

I woke up. I read. I ate breakfast my husband cooked. I unwrapped my gifts and squeaked few times. I went back to bed. I stayed in bed and my pj’s  till 5 pm. Yes, 10 am to 5 pm. I read. I texted my friends. I had few cups of tea. I talked to my mom. I browsed Facebook and Instagram. I annoyed my cat. I went through the photos from my previous travels. I told stupid storied to my husband, sometimes yelling them across the house. All that not moving away from the bed. Few times I started feeling guilty about not being productive and not checking the items off my never ending, ever growing to-do list – and that guilt was taken away next moment by my husband saying “When was the last time you did nothing? That’s right. Stay put”.

In the evening though we went out to our favorite restaurant and that forced me out of my lounge wear, though I swear if only I could wear it out, I would. Continue reading

Macarons: My Latest Obsession

***This article first appeared on Modern Reston.***

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and all the stores are offering all kinds of heart shaped candies, muffins, cakes and lollipops. How about making this year a little bit more classy and give it a taste of Paris? Yes, I’m talking macarons, these colorful pieces of heaven that make you fall in love from the first bite. I know people who don’t like chocolate, cupcakes or  fruit tarts, but I have never met a person who would not like macarons.Red Macarons

Even though I like to bake, it took me a while before I dared to make my first batch of macarons. “Age the egg whites for minimum 3 days” – who’s got time for that? “Stir the batter until it has hot lava consistency” – I travel a lot, but I have never seen hot lava so I can’t compare. To be honest, these recipes intimidated me until at some point I decided to roll my sleeves up and give it a try.

Now that I’ve done it many times, I can say that making macarons is not a rocket science for sure, but you need to be patient and determined. There were times I cried over a tray of  pink cracked shells and times when I was jumping like an Easter bunny when I took perfectly round and smooth cookies out of the oven. I’m sharing my recipe and I’m sure with a little bit of practice and inspiration you will become great at baking macarons in no time. Ok, in short time. 🙂  Continue reading