June 29, 2009
Most people think their job is tough. Long hours, demanding boss, unyielding stress. But does your job crack the list of the top 8 most demanding jobs in the country?
CareerCast.com released a study of the country’s most demanding jobs, and they were, in order:
- Corporate Executive
- Police Officer
The study factored in work hours, stress and physical demands to arrive at their conclusion. While it’s not surprising that firefighters topped the list, many may be surprised to find Corporate Executives at #3. The study’s authors claim that while the physical demands of the typical executive are low, they work very long hours and are under constant stress, especially in today’s deteriorating economic climate.
Still want that promotion?
June 23, 2009
Ohio became the first state to launch a job connection website in partnership with internet giant Monster.com. The new website, OhioMeansJobs.com, is designed to connect both employers and job seekers with available jobs in Ohio.
The collaboration between the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Monster.com launched a site that collects data from approximately 8000 job boards throughout the state and aggregates them in a single, searchable website.
The site is available to any employer who pays taxes in Ohio. Employers who use the site will have access to about 8 million resumes and be able to post jobs at no additional cost. The Web site will also offer new or updated resumes from job seekers living within a 50-mile radius of Ohio who have expressed a willingness to relocate to Ohio.
The website also integrates technology from Indeed.com which allows job seekers to search for the most recently posted positions and allows employers to identify specific characteristics that they are seeking in potential employees.
June 16, 2009
There are days when I’m jealous of my counterparts in the manufacturing sector. They deal with precision every day. Engineering drawings show detail to .001″, the machinists program their machines to produce parts with specific tolerances, and customers know exactly what to expect when they open the box.
I deal with people. Employers. Employees. Recruiters. Managers. Just people. All of whom are distinctive individuals with their own values, priorities, interests and motivations. Not at all like precision machined parts.
So we face an entirely different set of problems every single day. An ideal candidate whose resume is polished perfection, whose references are sterling, who dazzles at their interview, whose follow up is immediate and who shows their appreciation for getting the job by not showing up. Ever.
Think it’s unbelievable? Well, it happens. And when it does, you can imagine the anger, frustration and disappointment on the part of the hiring company. All of it entirely justified.
What can we do? The best we can do is apologize, empathize and try again. Believe me, we’re just as disappointed as the hiring company. We invest an enormous amount of time in finding, screening and presenting potential candidates and are just as shocked and frustrated as our client company when the process goes bad – no matter who instigates the breakdown.
But the satisfaction of placing the right people in the right jobs, of helping companies find the precise talent they need to thrive trumps the occasional disappointments that working with people, not parts, provides.