Our Digital Lives

I’m constantly surprised when my luddite friends and family exhibit techie knowledge or show up with techie gadgets.

The other evening, while at a get-together supper in a restaurant, one of them pulled out, albeit last year’s iPod touch, bought on sale now that the new iPod has been announced. She said she was looking for free Wi-Fi. I didn’t even know she knew what Wi-Fi was. My luddite husband didn’t know what Wi-Fi was until this summer, when we went looking for it while holiday, in the car with my MacBook open on my lap.

My friend said she bought the iPod touch for use next spring when they go to Chile. Not just for playing music but for quick access to the web for email, directions to hotels, restaurants, shopping, places of interest and for other touristy advice. Continue reading

Does Working Hard Make Sense?

There is a very wide misconception out there that if you join a particular company or business opportunity, you are guaranteed financial glory and a life of luxury.

Their compensation plan is awesome, their training is top notch and their products “actually do what it’s meant to so you gotta buy it!” Yeah, I’m sure we’ve all heard that before… So do I, last weekend I check all them out and learn that I should have an MBA degree, I check all about  MBA, Online MBA, and MBA with no GMAT, I was overwhelmed but hear me out.

I’m sure some of you who are reading this have gone to the company event training and listened to the successful people on stage saying why their company is the best in the industry. They go on about how easy it was to get to where they are because they “worked hard”, were “consistent” and “did everything their lineup told them to do”…

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How Recruiting Software Evaluates Job Candidates

Although Jane thinks this is science fiction, software exists to perform all of these tasks. And employers are beginning to use it. You tell Jane this, and briefly describe several examples that you have read about. Resume evaluation.

Many in the federal HR community are familiar with Resumix, originally as a standalone product and in recent years as part of Hiring Gateway. Resumix uses a database of skill descriptions to match the skills in a job announcement with the same skills in an applicant’s resume.

Most users are aware that selecting the right words is the key strategy for both the employer and applicant alike. Some employers worry that applicants can “fake” higher qualifications by clever use of keywords.

Others coach some or all applicants in how to use keywords to best effect. Many remain unsure if the faking, the coaching or even the resume evaluation is effective. Essay scoring. Essay scoring by computer has a long history.

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Resume Volume: Can You Handle It?

Lately, I have been meeting corporate recruiters whose sourcing strategy has been shaped by negative conditioning. Sheer volumes of responses have conditioned them to avoid exposure for their job positions.

These recruiters have retreated from the major national-brand job board, and are beginning to shrink back even from posting to the corporate website. But is narrowing candidate sourcing venues the right response?

Does that best serve the recruiters’ goals? What forces have converged to create the sheer volume of resumes?

The demographics of the current and future workforce, use of the Internet, unemployment, and turnover rates have all contributed to the ease of, and the motivation for, jobseekers to apply online.

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