Re: Hiring Pubs Managers (or anyone else)

Subject: Re: Hiring Pubs Managers (or anyone else)
From: Matt Huston <mhuston -at- metacourse -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2002 15:21:31 -0800


Beyond "I need a job so I will now apply to the four winds," which is a strategy I've used with rather limited success :), how do y'all decide

- for which companies you want to work?
- which contracts you want to pursue?

Job-seeking a while back, I had fun reading Nick A. Corcodilos' "Ask the Headhunter: Reinventing the interview to win the job." ISBN: 0-452-27801-5

Mr. C. was apparently a Silicon Valley headhunter who has helped lots of people get work. Perhaps--all I can attest is that reading the book and thoughtfully applying some of its ideas

- helped a friend boost her career *shockingly*
- and, helped me negotiate a better compensation package

The book does not examine the craft of resume-writing, -styling, or -font-ing. Nor does the book explain how to examine resumes from the hiring side o' the table.

In fact, the book does not like resumes very much; it plainly disrespects what the book thinks is our over-focus on resumes and other artifacts of a broken process.

There are many other things the book does not like, which is one of its principal attractions to those of us who *like* to see

** illogical, subjective, unfair things that don't do what they're supposed to (read: most hiring processes, and their inability to match right employer with right worker) **

treated to a bit of clear thinking and honest writing by an insider.

Yup, the book is both useful and fun:

- One part "Everything you know about the hiring game is wrong"
- Another part "Here's a better way"
- All parts: attitude-infused

Wish I were affiliated with the writer or the book or even the darn publishing house, cuz he's on to something; but alas I'm not.

Now, about that spacebar - style thing....

Matt Huston
mhuston -at- metacourse -dot- com

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