When The Universe Is Trying To Tell You Something…

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I spend last year and a half looking for another job.

There were a handful of reasons for me to do so. I felt there was no room for me to grow in my current position, I felt I mastered it all and was just wasting my brain on a transactional stuff a monkey could do.  I felt I’ve overgrown my salary, and most importantly my working style and the one of my direct manager didn’t align very well. Being an HR professional I know you should not vent too much about your manager online, so let’s just say it didn’t click.

During these 1,5 years I have been to literally dozens of interviews. God knows how many times I was the final candidate. I once had company CEO calling me after the interview letting me know how impressed they were. I was once shown my office-to-be and introduced to direct-reports-to-be. But everything was falling through. At first, I was cool about it, knowing it’s all a part of the process. Then I started being pissed. Then concerned. Then desperate. Then almost a wreck. Three years ago I found a job in a week having zero US working experience. Now I could not find a job in 1.5 years, having a good track record and managerial position with one of the industry giants.

My circle of support also went from encouraging to plain laughing every time I was telling them that yet another company picked someone else over me. Continue reading

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

On Fashion Advice From Recruiters

Every morning as I eat my breakfast I have a choice: to browse through my Facebook feed or to read a couple of articles from seemingly more intellectual sources. (To my own embarrassment I often choose Facebook and Instagram, but let’s talk about this another time). Now, I am in HR and naturally a fair share of the articles and blogs that I read are  on HR regulations, performance management and  of course, hiring and recruiting.

The later are my favorite ones.

How to find a job. What 5 words you need to include in your resume. What 10 words you need to drop from your resume. What’s the best way to tackle the “What’s your salary requirement” question. X industry foresees growth in hiring this year – ever thought of changing your field? How to make impression during the first 10 seconds of the interview.

When I just met my husband, he used to think that the recruiters are useless and it’s a mickey-mouse job. I used to argue that the recruiters are great because they help you get employed. I myself was doing full cycle recruiting  for few years. I know first hand that this job is not always rewarding, you have to love it to do it well, and I feel sorry for the recruiters because they are basically a fine sieve of the company, and boy are there the funky chunks that get into this sieve.

But sometimes when I read  articles like “6 Worst Things To Wear To The Job Interview” I can’t even. Continue reading