Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hire Better Recruiters, Then

CNN/Money has an article on how not finding proper candidates for jobs means that even with rising unemployment many jobs are staying vacant. What this means to me is that the recruiters, and the hiring managers who are working with them, aren't necessarily qualified to be hiring for these positions. Anyone who has done a lot of hiring, which I have, knows that when an employer states "must have two years of industry experience" or "must have five years of professional C++ programming experience" or anything else what they really mean is "it'd sure be nice if we found the perfect candidate who is not only clever, hard working and personable, but also already knows everything they'll ever need to know to do this job". But if you're not filling jobs by sticking precisely to the criteria, it's time to actually (God forbid) think about the candidates as individuals and be flexible about the letter of the requisition.

When I was doing a lot of hiring, we often had more success with candidates who did not fit the letter of our requisition, but who had the spirit the company needed: whip smart, hard working, mentally flexible, and willing to dedicate themselves to learning whatever they needed to excel whether or not they came in the door with it. Those kinds of people (who, by the way, most often came through employee referrals) generally did much better than the recruiter-submitted "perfect" candidates whose resumes dotted every "I" and crossed every "T", but when the rubber hit the road the person just wasn't able to deliver as fully as their "lesser qualified" counterparts.

Talk
to the people with the mathematics degrees who haven't had a "real" job yet (or someone with any other "irrelevant" degree or prior job experience). Figure out which ones are those incredibly smart, dedicated, flexible and personable types who are also so hungry to get into your industry that they'll outperform the "better" candidate if given the opportunity. Then hire them. Within two years, they'll also have two years experience, and a positive attitude towards the company that gave them their "in" that can also translate into lower employee turnover rates.

Part of the job of recruiting is understanding people, thinking critically and flexibly about requisitions and candidates, and actually working to put the two together (rather than letting a sorting system do it for you). If your recruiters and hiring managers can't solve the problem of open requisitions during a down economy, maybe it's time for their bosses to think more flexibly and find new recruiters and hiring mangers who can.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Meanwhile, Back In Iran...

Ahmadinejad and his clerical superiors have started finding scapegoats for their brutalization of their own people. I hope that someday Iran's loathsome leadership will fall and the Iranian people can finally fulfill the actual goal of their co-opted revolution: real freedom.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Gay Marriage: It's Not Just for Liberals Anymore

David Boies points out that "If we were prepared to consign minority rights to a majority vote, there would be no need for a constitution."

And cites: As Justice Anthony Kennedy elegantly wrote rejecting the notion that a history of discrimination might trump constitutional rights, "Times can blind us to certain truths and later generations can see that laws once thought necessary and proper in fact serve only to oppress. As the Constitution endures, persons in every generation can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom."


Read all of David Boies' article.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Nearly a month later...

Iran's government forms new death squads to help prevent their own people from expressing themselves. So much for that thin veil of sham Democracy they'd been trying to hide their kleptocratic Theocracy behind. The West has so far at least kept paying attention, to some extent, though Michael Jackson's death has put a bit of a damper on that recently. There's very little we can do besides support those who favor real reform, because any attempts at interference will seem like 1953 all over again and likely serve to reinvigorate support for the current government.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Iran on Fire

Iran's security forces (and goons from the militia, called Basij) are on the loose, showing their true colors by doing what such forces do best the world over: beating, maiming and killing students, intellectuals, women, children, and any other unarmed civilians that dare oppose them.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Iran: Ahmadinejad on the Attack

Ahmadinejad arrests opposition leaders, essentially admits that the door is being left open to an assassination of Moussavi.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Whither Iran

Iran's election results, in which incumbent incompetent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has allegedly been reelected, were already being called rigged before the official count was even returned. Will the ensuing protests lead Iran down the road to cast off the shackles of its kleptocratic theocracy, in much the same way the Shah's failings led to his ouster at the hands of disenfranchised youth? Or will Ahmadinejad and Khamenei successfully take advantage of this situation as an opportunity to draw out young, energetic anti-status-quo parties and unleash the state security apparatus to purge them? Only time will tell.

Personally, I think the Iranian people deserve better leadership than reactionary fossils like Ahmadinejad and Khamenei, and I hope in this Obama era of hope and enthusiasm that the Iranian people can bring about some change of their own in the not too distant future.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Surgeon General

Team Obama has announced* Dr. Sanjay Gupta as their choice for Surgeon General. However, it is unclear whether or not Congress will seat Dr. Gupta, pending an investigation into whether or not the CNN correspondent used his position as a real person to exert undue influence on Obama in choosing him over other popular television Doctors such as Star Trek's Dr. McCoy, Doogie Houser, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Marcus Welby, M.D., and of course the lovable Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable. As for the as-yet-unfilled (and nonexistant) post of Musician General, behind-the-scenes sources say the contest between the suburban candidate, Dr. Hook, and the urban choice, Dr. Dre, remains contentious.

(*He's actually just been "approached" according to "inside sources.")