“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”—C.S. Lewis
It’s a painful conundrum of the job search process: rejected candidates want to understand why they didn’t get hired, but employers, fearing discrimination complaints, keep silent. And those who do speak up offer little more than platitudes.
Good article in the Wall Street Journal - one of my biggest frustrations is not getting, or being able to give, appropriate and useful feedback to unsuccessful candidates. This helps to explain why.
“Follow your passion” is a familiar theme for high school graduation speakers and career counselors. It was Steve Jobs’ subject when he spoke at my daughter’s commencement and I was reminded of this phrase in a blog by Cal Newport in The New York Times. It’s always…
Another interesting blog post on the whole ‘should you follow your passions’ theory …my take on it? It depends upon what your passion is, and what risks you are prepared, or able to take (I have 3 children to feed - I can therefore take fewer risks than someone without kids)
At an 11 am press conference outside a Brooklyn KFC restaurant, fast food workers and activists will release a new report alleging rampant wage theft in their industry, one of the fastest-growing in the United States. The report includes results from an Anzalone Liszt Grove research survey of 500 of the city’s fast food workers, in which 84 percent reported that their employer had committed some form of wage theft over the previous year.
Today’s press conference follows strikes by fast food workers in five major cities within six weeks, all demanding raises to $15 an hour and the chance to form unions without intimidation. The report, “New York’s Hidden Crime Wave: Wage Theft and NYC’s Fast Food Workers,” is being published by Fast Food Forward, the campaign behind the strikes in New York. It lands on the same day as a New York Times article reporting that New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman “is investigating whether the owners of several fast-food restaurants and a fast-food parent corporation have cheated their workers out of wages, according to a person familiar with the cases.”
Reached by e-mail, a spokesperson for the National Restaurant Association told The Nation, “We fully support compliance with all state and federal wage and employment laws.” The attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Wage theft” is a term popularized by activists and advocates over the past decade to describe a wide range of ways in which companies fail to pay employees the wages they’re legally owed. The Fast Food Forward report identifies several types of violations as prevalent in the city’s fast food industry: employees working, without pay, before or after their shift; employees working overtime without being paid time-and-a-half; employees working during their breaks or not receiving breaks; and delivery employees not being reimbursed for expenses like gasoline or safety equipment.
Answer (1 of 106): Herbert Dow founded Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan when he invented a way to produce bromine cheaply. He sold the chemical for industrial purposes all over the US for 36 cents per pound at the turn of the 20th Century. He couldn’t go overseas, however, because the internatio…
Some fascinating business success stories in here - well worth a read
8 questions to ask yourself before *applying* to (not even joining) a startup. Why before applying? Because not knowing the answers to these questions, or worse, not having even considered them, makes it much harder for the person hiring you to believe that you’re truly interested.
Fear is only natural when taking a risk. So go on! Jump out of that plane (with a parachute of course) into the world of your dreams.
I wanted to live abroad, to work in another country, to travel more than I have. At 19 I hitch - hiked around Poland, which was, at the time, still a communist country. I met someone from Ulaan Bator. I was invited over there. I never went. I never travelled with the same level of risk, of abandonment than I did that year.
Often, It’s the things we don’t do that come back to haunt us.
Advice for anyone looking for work by dropping their CV off at shops, cafes etc
Just heard this from a colleague who know someone who manages a coffee shop for one of the major chains in the UK.
I don’t know if this is company policy, or just the way they do things, but if someone comes in looking for work and hands their CV in, it goes straight in the bin! If they go back a second time and ask if there are any jobs, and again hand their CV in, it goes in the bin again (of course, they don’t see this happening!). If they go in a third time to express an interest, check if there is anything going, at that point their CV is kept for vacancies when they come up.
The manager concerned claims that this ensures only reliable, committed potential employees who really want to work there are interviewed for jobs.
A good approach? Fair? Underhand? Whatever you think, if one shop is doing it, they won’t be alone.
So if you are looking for temporary, part - time work to help with your studies, or a full time job in retail or hospitality, it might be worth bearing this in mind…
Telling candidates that they have been unsuccessful after a final interview.
Nothing to do with the money I have lost (£2.5k in this case). Just speaking to someone who has been devastated by the news and trying to pick them up and find alternative ways for them to move forwards.
There are days when I really don’t enjoy my job. But isn’t that the case with all work?