August 16, 2010

Too much to ask?

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 10:28 pm by silversnowdragon

I’ve been looking for a job since my previous company – who shall remain nameless for now – kicked me to the curb after almost 14 years. Part of me is glad I’m not there any more; I needed a switch and this is forcing me to do it. But, on the other hand, I’ll admit to having my moments where I’ve wallowed in anger and resentment and screamed epithets akin to “corporate bastards.”

You gotta allow yourself a little anger now and then.

The job hunt has been miserable, and I’m sure many, many of you out there can relate to that. I’ve had lots of interviews, so I’m lucky in that regard, but haven’t been able to land anything yet. But there is one thing about the job hunt that is really starting to get to me.

Lack of communication from HR recruiters. I know they’re busy, overwhelmed even. But is it really so hard to send someone an email to say “thanks but no thanks?”

I’ve had two examples lately where I have had good, solid first interviews where the recruiter has said, “I’ll be in touch about next steps within the next two weeks.” In both cases, three, four, five, and even six weeks have gone by without a peep. I’ve followed up. I really have. I’ve waited long enough so that I don’t seem desparate or like a stalker. I’ve used email and phone. And the recruiters never call back.

For one job, the last time I spoke to the recruiter and he said to “stick with him” for another week because the hiring manager is on vacation. This was about three weeks ago. Today I got an email from the company with a suggested second job and within that note was a mention of “oh, by the way, we filled the other job.”

Seriously? When you knew I wasn’t going to get a second round interview, could you not have sent me a note yourself? Even one line? I’m a big girl, I’m not going to weep abjectly on the phone. I’m going to move on with my life and my job search. It is just common courtesy as far as I’m concerned – If you tell someone you’re going to follow up with them, you follow up with them.

The other job I interviewed for back in, oh, March, and was told by the recruiter specifcially that I’d get an update on second round interviews within a week. No word and I found out through the grapevine that they’d hired a freelancer to cover the role. Then the position came up again in my job feed but no matter how much I have followed up with the recruiter, he has never once called me back. Clearly I’m not their cup of tea.

Like I said, I understand that in this job market recruiters are overwhelmed with resumes and people to speak to each and every day. But if you’ve taken the time to actually interview someone why are they suddenly not worth your attention if they aren’t the candidate of choice?

No one likes bad news, but it sure is better than being ignored.

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Missing George W.

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:17 pm by silversnowdragon

I read an interesting editorial today – written by a Democrat who was pining for George W. Bush.

The thing that caught my eye was the fact that the author, Michael Cohen, points out that George advocated for religious tolerance, even in the immediate wake of the 9/11 attacks. And this voice of sensibility is clearly lacking in the current leadership of the Republican party.

In fact, that’s one of the main reasons the Republican Party disturbs me: the strident voices  that all seem to be advocating intolerance and hate rather than anything else. Now, I know that not every single Republican is intolerant or hates religions other than Christianity. And by the same token, I don’t think every Muslim is a terrorist or that every urban black youth is a gang member. Every part of society has reasonable members and unreasonable ones.

We need to remember that as we move forward. We have more in common than we think… and we cannot let the voices of hate from any area start to dictate the way we think and the way we act.

I was never a big fan of George’s – from a political perspective, I did’t agree with him on much. But I respect the fact that in the wake of 9/11, he called upon our better nature, our higher selves when he said:  “Our nation must be mindful that there are thousands of Arab-Americans who live in New York City, who love their flag just as much as [we] do. And we must be mindful that as we seek to win the war, that we treat Arab-Americans and Muslims with the respect they deserve … the attitude of this government [is] we should not hold one who is a Muslim responsible for an act of terror. We will hold those who are responsible for the terrorist acts accountable and those who harbor them.”

I would welcome a similar voice in today’s Republican Party… and in the Democratic one.

Hate and fear will only hurt us in the long run, and diminish us as a collective nation.

If  you’re interested in Michael Cohen’s editorial, you can find it here:  

http://www.aolnews.com/opinion/article/opinion-why-i-miss-george-bush/19594365

August 13, 2010

Political Business

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 1:23 pm by silversnowdragon

Business and politics… unfortunately they seem to go together in all of the most unpleasant ways.

I was just reading a little article about the kerfuffle kicked up by Target donating to a political candidate who is opposed to gay marriage. Now the liberal-leaning folks are ticked off.

Personally, I’m a political moderate but I do have a tendency to lean a bit to the left. I’m more interested in politicians (if you can find them) who are into collaboration and working together for the greater good as opposed to being chained to the dogma and doctrine of a particular party. But I digress.

I don’t think companies, Target or others, should be allowed to donate only to one party or candidate. I think they should be required – if they are donating to a political candidate or cause – also donate to the opposing point of view. The main reason I think this way is because I see a company as a representation of the individuals who work for it, and if you look at that collective workforce you’re going to see a range of political beliefs: very conservative to very liberal and every shade in between.

On the other hand, if an individual (say a CEO or COO) wants to donate to one party or cause, that is his or her buisness because that is their personal choice.

But the company itself? I’d prefer if companies (and churches) stayed out of politics.

Imagine how much good might be accomplished if politicians were able to focus on the people and not on “politics.”