Jobs, Character Proxies, Credit Scores, and “Counterparty Risk”

To everyone waiting for part 2 of the Resume SEO post, I have to apologize…. It will be coming soon, but a different topic grabbed my fancy a few days back when a friend of mine wasn’t hired for a job because, she believes, her credit score was in the dumpster. Have you noticed that most times that you are going through the final stages of a job application, they give you a bunch of paper-work to fill-out? In that paper-work more often than not is a form authorizing your future employer to run your credit report and history? Ever […]

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What is the lightest wood?

Nothing new under the sun. It turns out that psychometric tests has been used for candidate evaluation for almost a century. Here is a very interesting example of a Test that was used by Thomas Edison to evaluate his candidates. So, “What is the lightest wood?” – no wonder Einstein failed the test… – I’m sure we will do a little better than that. Wander what Cangrade Einstein would get 😉

Resume SEO

Now that we are telling people about Cangrade, we are getting a lot of feedback and opinions.  One of the best new terms that I encountered lately and now one of my favorite is “Resume SEO”.  SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a concept developed to promote websites on major search engines (like Google), to optimize the website by including certain keywords and other  criteria that Google “likes” so that the site shows up higher on search results. When recruiters and employers get a large number of resumes submitted for every job opening, they are commonly using automated tools to screen […]

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start early and do it often

I continue to have offbeat discussions with friends on mine and casual encounters about how they hire people also what we are doing at Cangrade (just to remind: what we do is putting together the best of science and technology to match people and jobs). So here are the factors that people seem to consider in hiring (with no regards to the order): Skills Motivation Right personality (whatever that means) Team/culture match So the question is where do you start? Is it viable to let’s say first find everyone who seem to be the best match on just one of […]

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“human resource department” vs “personnel department”

This question crossed my path a little while back why is it that years ago we called the group of people who managed people the “personnel department”, and now we call the same people with the same job the “Human resource department”? It could just be a naming convention thing… names for things tend to change for no apparent reason other than fashion – B2B became Enterprise, SaaS became Cloud (actually, a lot of things became “Cloud”), and SME became SMB which is now becoming VSB – so far this is my favorite pointless morphing. I am sure you can […]

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