Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Job Hunting: A fun and educating experience

As the trend in this economy has been of constant flux of jobs, it has taken some learning to know how to deal in this new economy.

I hope to share the lessons and skills I have learned in dealing with this, and I hope to hear other people's experiences as well..

First off, there is never enough sites to store your resume, the key I have found is to identify which sites, are the future employer's actually using themselves??

I use Monster, Dice, Yahoo Hotjobs, and Careerbuilder, most of all. They all have all key features that make them different and yet the same.

1. The daily search email can be very useful, to automate the process of finding a job, or finding an employer. But the hard part is to identify, what keywords to use. Such as do you use coldfusion or cold fusion, which do employers use, and what should you use.

2. Job Titles, ooooh aah. It's weird that each company may have it's own job title, that do different things. Such as a webmaster in 1 company may be the developer, but in other, just handles maintenance of the web site and handles emails. It's so unnecessarily confusing, especially when looking for jobs, what job title, best describes what your employer wants to hire you at?

3. Constantly revise your resume. I am never satisfied with descriptions of what I have done.

4. Documentation or Profiling of work, this is one of the hard areas to provide. All employers want it, but won't allow us to provide it. Because all code is usualy propietary, so how can we prove what we know? Well I actually discussed this with a recruiter who wasn't sure how to handle this, and my answer is testing sites or services, such as brainbench or other sites that you can get an account for, and use to test potential employees. What else can we do?

5. Dealng with recruiters, this has been the most difficult experience. Such as 25 recruiters asking you regarding the same exact job. Or recruiters posting job ads, but with no actual job, just so that they can get you in their database. Also every recruiter besides having recieved an email of our web-based resume, want a word one as well. And there is no easy way to convert it to word, and still look good and on 1 page. There has to be a better way to both meet the needs of the job searchers and employers to have all the information they absolutely have to have...

It's just frustrating sometimes dealing with all the barriers to a job. After all we have similar goals, I want a job, they want to hire someone, so how can we meet in the middle and work out these problems.

Part of this has to deal with the experiences we had during and after the dot-com bomb. Companies can not simply exist without clear ways to earn and keep money.

We need to be paying people meritiously...and re-think how promotion and demotion works.

Good luck to everyone who is looking and hiring...

1 comment:

  1. Back in the day, I thought that one of the first things to have an industry standard xml dialog (dtd/schema) would have been the resume. Seems like it would have been a perfect fit.

    Companies could write their own interfaces to extract the bits of data that were important to them and map them to their hr packages. They could then read them with the interface of their choice and create a really standardized view of the resumes they recieve.

    I haven't really followed if for a while, so maybe something like this exists.

    Some of the hr interfaces you have to deal with at large companies are such a barrier that they actually discourage applying for a position.

    I've even run into a few that won't even let you update your own resume and won't let you apply for a second position with them. They claim that they will find you if you have a resume on file. Yeah, right.