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Gender Stereotyping at Work (STEM) and in the Toy Aisle

Good recent articles get us wondering once again what is nature and what is nurture:

  1. How Gender Stereotyping Impacts Women in STEM”
  2. Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, and now Target are removing gender-based labels from its toy shelves.

 

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Ascendify’s Insider Portal – Would You Opt In To A Talent Pool?

Rather than applying directly through a job board to a specific role at a company, would you be willing introduce yourself generally to a company with your Facebook or LinkedIn profile, or your traditional resume, and invite them to contact you when they have a fit?  You are able to express your interest much more rapidly, but is there less connection or more connection going this route for you as a candidate? For context, read about Ascendify’s proposed approach and who is trying it out – http://bit.ly/1rDDBZM

Name Consistency During Your Job Search

Some people have been gifted with a beautifully intricate set of names that weave a unique, historic, personal tapestry. Family surnames, parental names, christening names, nicknames, etc., may all be part of who you are in the convention of your originating ethnicity and language. For the purposes of professional networking and applying for new jobs in the U.S., however, a complex name can be challenging for even the most motivated recruiting sleuth.

Search engines, networking sites, and widely used resume parsing systems process names differently, but always attempt to simplify a person to a first and last name. Employers interested in talking with you about your job application will additionally look for your online profiles and accounts in the attempt to differentiate you within their stack of applicants: With multiple names they will struggle to find the dots to connect you across LinkedIn, Meetup, GitHub, Facebook, and other sites which help to create a fuller picture of you. They may erroneously match the new grad LinkedIn profile to you, and rule you out of the running for a role requiring 5+ years of experience, for example.  If multiple people at one company are coordinating and conducting interviews, they may struggle to find your contact information and resume in their system fast enough to make a scheduled call to you on time.

Let’s look at this from the perspective of a recruiter or hiring manager.  Say your full name is Charles Vijayaragavan Gomez Zhao. In college they called you Charlie, and at home mom uses Vijayagaravan. Your email is Charlie.Go@gmail.com, and you sign your email message to me as “Thanks – Vijay”.  Meantime, on the resume you submitted, you put your full name in the header or footer of your resume (Charles Vijayaragavan Gomez Zhao), but the top body of your resume has “Vijay Gomez” as the primary name.  My system may have parsed you as Vijay Gomez, but more likely it picked up the header first and named you Charles Zhao.  Your email to me requesting more information does not match anyone I have in my system. If a colleague approaches me and asks if his buddy “Chuck” is scheduled for an interview, I may have no idea who he is talking about.  The time delay caused could mean we don’t get you to, or through, our interview process efficiently enough to land the job, or at all.

Don’t lose your unique identity in everyday life by changing your name altogether, and definitely teach your colleagues to pronounce your name of choice correctly once you have joined the team, but for professional records, and online profiles which factor with growing frequency into filtering and hiring decisions, make sure your name is consistent and is easy for the typical interview coordinator to find and remember. You may discover that you are much more professionally in demand than you thought, and start getting more call backs!

e-Discovery and the Electronic Trails You Leave Behind….

Interested in how legal and information technology teams collaborate to protect a company from lawsuits and meet compliance requirements?  Curious about all the electronic “breadcrumbs” you leave along your daily journeys?  Here is a good overview of eDiscovery:

http://www.gvsu.edu/arbitrations/index.cfm?id=DAB25C30-A1CA-D6FF-C8B83BAEC7DD771E

Search within the enterprise is more fascinating than you think, encompassing intelligent ways to determine relevant information in obvious and not-so-obvious records, such as sound recordings, video, email, chat, IM, text, images, documents, spreadsheets, relationship management systems, phone logs, cell phone data,  access logs, keycard access records, and GPS tracking devices.

Take this a step further into machine learning:  How can we quickly and accurately parse through the mountains of pages involved in complex contracts, financial assets, and intellectual property, for example, to extract relevant, non-duplicated information,  with a high degree of accuracy and  confidence?

I am working with a cutting edge search, content management, and eDiscovery company right now, in a great stage of growth.  If you are a Developer or Architect with LAMP, Java, or NLP background, or a Technical Client Consultant with Windows/AD/SQL, with interest in this product set, looking for an established, profitable company that still has pre-IPO stock available to a talented few, contact me right away. I am helping to build several teams right now.

Well Employed, But…..HAPPY?

You are a great engineer / developer / lead / manager and are well-employed in this economic downturn. But are you HAPPILY employed? If you are a good to gifted developer, don’t settle for “employed” – people with big things to build are looking for you!!!

  • Are you underpaid?  If so, but you like your environment, team, and challenge, go ask for a raise!
  • Do you want, and are you on, a promotion track?  Is your company growing enough to provide that rapidly?
  • Are you sufficiently challenged?  Are you innovating with the most cutting-edge tools and technologies?
  • Are you constantly learning new skills?  If you are not, your market value is shrinking as time passes.
  • Are you loyal?  Ensure your company is loyal to you as well, and keeping your best interests in mind as well as theirs.
  • Do you have significant equity?  If you do not, perhaps a startup – early, mid or mature stage – or a small or mid-sized company is a good move for you now.  If your expertise is building the company, you should have a piece of the investment.
  • Are you aware of your options “out there”?

Assess your current situation, improve what you can on your current job, and talk to a recruiter like me to keep tabs on other opportunities, which skills are in the highest demand, what the market is paying, and which opportunities come with pay, benefits, AND equity.    Recruiters – or Head Hunters as the good ones LIKE to be called – have access to jobs and companies that you may never otherwise find.  There is no obligation to simply check in with us once in a while.  🙂

The ABC’s of H-1B’s By Carl Shusterman

worth reposting:

http://www.recruitingtrends.com/the-abcs-of-h-1bs?dm_i=AH1,AGA4,1ZQMJH,SMJ9,1

Consumer Internet is Hot

Consumer internet is where the big acquisitions and exits are happening, according to an SDForum VC panel I heard recently.  And Q2 2010 is up significantly from Q1. (See the data detail on the PriceWaterhouseCoopers site.)

 Angels stepped in  to help new startups in the last few years, but the VC’s are starting to come back around.  There is more interest in the B2C than the B2B space right now.

Group buying, which was tried but died about 10 years ago, is now poised for a comeback.  The communications infrastructure, mobile access, and social networking is in place to make it truly successful.

The word of caution, however, is that we are likely to see some hyper-growth in the next year as investors grasp for consumer internet assets to put in their portfolios on the heels of Facebook’s recent successes, but we will likely see some valuation rebalancing for hot consumer internet assets in about 18 months.