Monday, September 27, 2004

Minneapolis or Bust!


Now that I've been canned by former employer, I'm finally getting out of Rochester and to Minneapolis! I think the "when one door closes..." saying is appropriate at this juncture...


WARNING: This hotel chain is evil! One of their clerks was an absolute prick to me when I was traveling on business there - we got into an argument on the phone and he reported me to my company and I got fired b/c that hotel chain happens to be a client of ours....STAY AWAY!! Now I better go look for a job, but THANKS, LA QUINTA!!


Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Word to the Wise

If you want to annoy a recruiter/hiring person to NO END, simply insist on hearing what the job pays before they can squeeze a word in to the conversation.

Some candidates really do this:

Me: Hello, Bob. I came across your resume and thought you looked like a potential match for a full-time position I have available in Minneapolis.

Bob: What's the pay?

Me: Ahhh....yeah....We don't really have defined salaries or rates - lots of factors are considered.

Bob: Well, ABC Co. is only paying my $75k now and I should be making $85k.

Me: I don't think my company will have a good match for you.

Note: Your skills are never worth as much as you think they should be. Fact is, 5 years ago, you were overpaid. That's when everyone had a job and nobody was looking very hard, so a lot of jobs paying too high just to find people. Now, there are tons of jobs available, so hiring salaries have gone down. Live with it. And don't make it sound like salary is your biggest concern, even if it is. Maybe you can make more money at some places, but will work for a crappy company...or maybe your friend with the same skills makes a certain amount. I don't care. Just don't insist on hearing the salary before you hear anything else!!! Argghhh.....

Okay, finished venting now!

God Bless TBS

Sometimes it does pay to have 1:00 a.m., "Coal Miner's Daughter" came on TV. Yeah, it's pretty much my favorite movie. All I can say is, "Dad Gummit, Doo, yur a'growlin' like an ol' bar!" Ahhh....Lorettie, ya crack me up.

Quite possibly the first of many posts referring to Loretta.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Nerd alert!!

I'm a technical recruiter. That means I look at a lot of resumes of computer programmers & such. It also means those resumes belong to some of the biggest rejects in the world. Here's what someone actually included in their resume:

Miscellaneous Data:
As CIO of American Boston Terrier Rescue, a 501(c)3 charity, I donate my expertise, writing Web-enabled apps in Perl and HTML. I use Linux exclusively at home. In my spare time I write sci-fi and use POV-Ray, the ray-tracing program. I speak German and read French. I am married, a non-smoker and non-drinker with no children.

Ummmm....there are so many Boston Terriers in trouble that they need their own rescue organization?! I wonder if there's a hotline...

"I write sci-fi and use POV-Ray, the ray-tracing program."
...No comment.

"I am married, a non-smoker and non-drinker..."
I will DEFINITELY not hire you. Isn't there a song about you, Goodey Too-Shoes? What do ya do?!

"...with no children."
I think we can all sleep a little more soundly tonight...

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Good grief!

I took a survey to see which Peanuts character I match. I was hoping for Lucy b/c she's also a bit on the bitchy side, but I wound up being a Charlie. And we are both FANTASTIC athletes.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Living Dolls - My Waking Nightmare

Child pageants frighten me. Especially the ones where the children sing. Children painted like adults and trying to sing like adults is just wrong. But what frightens me the most? Their mothers. Thank god I don't live in Texas...pageant land.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Will it take?

I decided to try doing the "Blog" thing...I guess I'll document general observations instead of internalizing them. It's like free therapy!
Paging Dr. Marvin....Paging Dr. Leo Marvin!

We'll see how it goes...