The Mythical Man Month

sand sculpture of a sphinx

The mythical man month is another impossible beast.

I hate firefighters–people who commit a project to disaster. “Leaders” sometimes think that if one woman can have a baby in 9 months, then surely 9 women can have a baby in one month. Those leaders/firefighters create career death marches for their subordinates and coworkers. Too […]

5 Weeks – How to find a job in 5 weeks

One guy is out of work for less than a month, and he gets a job offer with a raise. It takes 6 months to get a job for the guy who sat next to him. This poor guy was doing exactly the same job, got better performance ratings, and would get rehired first if the job was re-opened. […]

Secrets Of How A Recruiter REALLY Works

A job? No. This is war.

My old partner Karen Woodworth was accused by a candidate of ”Just being in this for the money”, and submitting other candidates.

She wrote the following email to describe exactly what she did to fill that job. Changes to protect privacy have been made.

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Julie,

I have a […]

How to motivate a recruiter to find you a job

Many recruiting offices have a button that rings a bell. You can only push the button when you make a placement. Some recruiters live only to press that button. When they do press it, they keep their finger down for a full minute. It drives everyone else nuts with envy. Recruiters are competitive people.

Placing […]

Motivating recruiters

Many recruiting offices have a button that rings a bell. You can only push the button when you make a placement. Some recruiters live only to press that button. When they do press it, they keep their finger down for a full minute. It drives everyone else nuts with envy. Recruiters are competitive people.

Placing […]

Cockroach resumes, paper resumes, and carpet bombing

An 18 inch cockroach is the best resume I’ve seen. A friend of mine was applying for a job as a programmer of railroad simulators. He knew that many programmers could do the technical part. He also knew that the artistic part was just as important. Drawing is difficult, but sculpture is even tougher. He […]

Networking, referrals, recruiters, and job boards

Even a fox can get a job guarding a henhouse if he has good enough references.

Internet job boards fill 25% of jobs, recruiters fill 16%, and referrals fill 27% of jobs according to one survey. So where do you want to concentrate your job hunting time?

But there are so many jobs on Indeed, […]

Job interview – Good manners

Good manners soothe people in a potentially bad situation. In a positive situation good manners make everyone involved even more pleased. Manners are society’s way of helping people cope with each other.

Here are some situations and how to deal with them:

I really want this job: At the end of the interview say, “This […]

What the 3 types of recruiters can do for you

There are three basic recruiting types. Knowing which one will help you the most is extremely important. Go to the wrong one and you’ll get that nagging feeling that he is not on your side.

Mass marketers work with companies that need a lot of people. They process candidates in a systematic way and send […]

Is that recruiter lying to you? How to tell.

Have you ever talked to a recruiter and had the hair on the back of your neck stand up? …the feeling that you are being lied to? …the nagging doubt about his sincerity? …the dread that you are making a big mistake?

You were right! Listen to your feelings.

Why recruiters lie

Not because their […]