It is not meant to be a stream of job hunting tips.
It is meant to be a debate about job hunting tips.
You can be a guest host.
What does the host do?
The host comes up with questions.
Then, when people answer the questions, she argues with them.
She has to debate. That's the key to #AnimalChat.
Offbeat Yes, Bizarre No
Yes, we are looking for ideas that are a little out of the ordinary but we're not looking for bizarre. I don't want you to host if you're a freak.
For instance: someone told me that he's a left wing anarchist and he wanted to know if that's okay. I said sure, as long as you talk about recruiters, job boards and resumes - and not bombing G8 meetings.
If I approach you to let you know that you can be a guest host - No is a fine reply. Only do it if you think it's something you'd like. Not something you think I'd like. If you're not really into it, I'm begging you to say no.
You're not obligated to say yes because you know me.When I need a favour I'll tell you it's important. This isn't.
Free-wheeling criticism is The Animal Way.
If you're sensitive and you don't like having your ideas criticized in public you might want to think twice.
My father is an immigrant. His accent isn’t bad because he married a
Canadian and had to speak English-only at home. His relatives didn’t
marry Canadians and they mostly sound like Dracula.
And this seems to be the general rule about accents. No one works to
change his or her accent. But if you have to speak English at home it
will, to some extent fade. But, then, nobody speaks English at home
unless they have to.
I have friends from India who only speak English at home when they
speak to me. My friend’s wife is smart and energetic but although she
came here when she was 17, she sounds like a new immigrant speaking
broken English and this has certainly limited her job potential. She’s a
data entry clerk in the back office of a bank.
I have recruited many accountants from other countries who complain
about requirements for Canadian experience but I have met very few
people who recognize that if you sound like a Canadian people will
automatically assume that you do have Canadian experience or at least
understand the environment.
I used to get lots of emails that addressed me as “My dear”. Does
that tell me that this person is going to be easy to communicate with or
that he might not understand me?
Look at what the writer said above: “I realised that the incorrect
using of some English vocabulary ruined my chances…” “Incorrect using”
is itself incorrect.
However, in my experience, no one ever gets ruled out because of a
mere accent. Skills always come first. They are the deciding factor. I
believe that accent does make an impression and could enhance rapport
but I do not believe that it is a major factor in a hiring decision.
Oddly enough, people with strong accents and imperfect comprehension
even get hired for jobs that require constant communication like
reception. Perhaps because the office requires people who are bilingual.
As for sounding bubbly. I’m more impressed by people who sound
energetic than dull. I dislike forced cheer but I want to get the
feeling that they are alert and awake.
If you’ve got a weak handshake, I make a note of it.
- HR manager at a medical-equipment sales firm
Most people don't like limp handshakes. That's some dirty secret. But when he marks it in his little black book, wow, then it becomes scary. Uh-oh. Mommy!
Are you kidding?
On salary, some companies try to lock you in early. At the first interview, they’ll tell me to say, ‘The budget for this position is 40K to 45K. Is that acceptable to you?’ If the candidate accepts, they’ll know they’ve got him or her stuck in that little area.”
People aren't working hard enough [on their job hunt]. They're going through the newspaper or through craigslist or they're probably even spending ten hours a day going to interviews.
But what people don't understand is that they have a platform now. Twitter, Youtube, Wordpress, Tumblr to get their thoughts and ideas out there and that networking online....
Think about how you really get jobs in the real world. You go to a networking event and you meet someone and they become fascinated by you and they want you to work for them.
Well you can replicate that online, in your underpants while you're eating Captain Crunch. I think that's very powerful. And I dont think that people have understood that every principle that happens in real life is important to understand in the new media world.
They think it's stupid and silly and they are always thinking of why they shouldn't. And they hear that the Red Skins player made a mess or Domino's pizza.
To me, they need to start networking. If you're looking for a job and you're not going to search dot twitter and typing in the job you are looking for or the keywords in that trade and not [connecting] to the people who are talking about the things you are interested in, you are making a big mistake because these people connections are the ones that are going to lead to the opportunities.