Friday, April 27, 2012

High Five Friday - April 27, 2012

Holy cow, has this month gone quickly!  I don't have too much to say, or time, since I'm still in the thick of packing up my apartment, which honestly, must feel much the same as many of our job seekers packing up for their summer jobs.  Some, like my cat, just take it all in stride.

One article that caught my eye this week was from the New York Times about the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) changing its policy to make "it harder for employers to use backgrounds to systematically rule out hiring anyone with a criminal conviction."  This makes a ton of sense to me.  Some convictions just do not apply to the positions being hired or are so long ago that they should not be a factor anymore.  Don't get me wrong, I would not want to have a person convicted of assault or rape in my employee housing, but someone, who neglected to pay for a fishing license, who wants to be a cook and has the skills, probably still deserves a fair chance to be hired for that position.

You can read the full article here - Equal Opportunity Panel Updates Hiring Policy.

From the piece - "The commission said that while employers may legally consider criminal records in hiring decisions, a policy that excludes all applicants with a conviction could violate employment discrimination laws because it could have a disparate impact on racial and ethnic minorities."

Guidance to Employers

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Friday, April 20, 2012

High Five Friday - April 20, 2012

The times they are a changin'.  It's been a couple of weeks since my last post and I can summarize them with a couple of clich├ęs.

"The only thing constant is change."
"Just when you think you've passed the school of life, someone comes up with another class."

And here's a good quote to sum it up -

“Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You've got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. It's like boats. You keep your motor on so you can steer with the current. And when you hear the sound of the waterfall coming nearer and nearer, tidy up the boat, put on your best tie and hat, and smoke a cigar right up till the moment you go over. That's a triumph.”
― Ray Bradbury, Farewell Summer

Without going into too much detail, I've made one decision to move forward in my life, and this has created all kinds of other decisions.  At one moment, there is great joy and anticipation, and at another, severe disappointment and anger.  And, even though this chapter is no where near finished, I strive to ride the wave that is presented to me, and as much as I can, let go.

By the way, it's nice to have a partner / friend along the way to remind you that you aren't in control  - you never were.

Now, if you're an employer reading this, I bet you understand what I'm talking about.  April is the time when decisions made in February may stick or not, positions you thought were long filled suddenly aren't, and your new employees show up next week!  Never fear.  This too shall pass.

If you need help finding last minute employees, try our Help Wanted Now ad.  If you have a bit more time to find key positions, try our Highlighted Job ad.

We're here to help you, the employers, and the job seekers.  I've spent an enormous amount of time in the last two weeks counseling job seekers.  They want to know:
  • What job is right for them?
  • Which location should they choose?
  • What is the housing like?
  • Will I fit in?
Take these questions to heart when you hear them from your job seekers.  Their interest is great, but their nerves can get the better of them.  Ease their minds and you'll have some powerful ambassadors for your brand.

Our friend, Laurie Ruettimann, aka The Cynical Girl, featured Cool Works in her blog this week which we're thankful for.  The topic was escaping your life.  In other words, if you're tired of your day to day living, here are some ways to change it up.  Cool Works definitely fits that definition.

In closing, I hope that you find some order in your chaos right now.  I know that's what I hope for myself.

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”
Henry Ellis

Amen to that.

Friday, April 06, 2012

High Five Friday - April 6, 2012

It's almost Easter so here's my ode to the holiday, which really started as an ode to my cat, Buddy.  We used to imagine him as the Easter Buddy delivering eggs to all of the good girls and boys.  Silly, I know.  But, that's what a creative mind comes up with and so it goes.  So Happy Easter, Bunny!
One of my favorite articles this week was written by Peter Weddle, who is a recruiting specialist that really gets to the heart of the matter.  It was in his weekly email newsletter, which you can sign up for here, or by clicking this link -, and it was called "Employers Behaving Badly."

To quote:
"Candidates are people too. And in today's world, people are more social than at any other time in human history. They interact in two different worlds, one real and the other virtual. Treating people poorly during the recruiting process, therefore, can produce a double whammy that harms an organization's employment brand not once, but twice.

What constitutes bad behavior by an employer? Whatever job seekers say it is. That's the candidate analog to the oldest axiom in business: the customer is always right."

I wrote a post five years ago called "Applicants are people too."  Re-read it now. :)  In essence, treat your applicants right, and they'll possibly become your employees.  And, if you don't hire them, but treat them with respect, they may become advocates for your company, or at least won't tell everyone they know how awful you were to them.  ;-)

So, it's easy.

Be respectful.  Do it everyday.  Every time.  Every applicant.

Happy Weekend!