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On September 6, 2013, in HRExaminer, by John Sumser

This weeks Links: Confessions of a Tech Recruiter, The Right Way to Reject a Job Candidate, Isaac Asimov's Forecasts about 2014 in 1954, Small Business Is Not The Engine of Job Creation, and The Gender Wage Gap Lie. Plus Bonus Links: Data Analysis Tools Target Non-experts, and Data Scraping Pt 1: IFTT.

This weeks Links: Confessions of a Tech Recruiter, The Right Way to Reject a Job Candidate, Isaac Asimov’s Forecasts about 2014 in 1954, Small Business Is Not The Engine of Job Creation, and The Gender Wage Gap Lie. Plus Bonus Links: Data Analysis Tools Target Non-experts, and Data Scraping Pt 1: IFTT.

Statistical literacy is becoming table stakes for anyone who wants to make sense of their world. This week, we look at a couple of big myths: whther or not small business is where job growth is and whether the gender wage gap is really 23%. The answers, as you might expect, are no and no. In addition, there is a link to Isaac Asimov’s forecasts about 2014 from 1954. Then, we have some clear insights into recruiting and a crazy idea about manners with candidates.

  • Confessions of a Tech Recruiter“Nine out of ten job seekers are overlooked because they applied to the wrong job. Their background and experience aren’t really related to the role that they applied to or there’s no indication that they have sought further education or training. Because of this, job seekers with more relevant experience tend to win out in those situations. For instance, those who apply to programming positions but don’t perform well on our coding assessments are obviously not a good fit.”
  • The Right Way to Reject a Job CandidateIt’s not really clear that it’s recruiting’s job to spend time with someone just because they applied for a job.”When a business decides not to hire someone, it is free to let the person know or not know he or she didn’t get the job. In the past, most businesses chose the latter approach since there were no consequences one way or the other. If these companies were aware of any ill will these actions generated, it wasn’t something that kept them up at night.Things are different today. Job applicants freely share their experiences, good and bad, through a wide range of social platforms. Being treated poorly after applying for a job always makes for a good story and word travels fast if it’s a particularly bad experience.”It’s not that cut and dry. No sensible manager with P/L responsibility is going to authorize a policy that allows people outside the organization to drive costs unless it is completely unavoidable. The notion that all candidates deserve the same amount of respect is patent nonsense.
  • Isaac Asimov’s Forecasts about 2014 in 1954
    In 2014, the most glorious word in the English language will be work!” With this exception, Asimov’s forecasts were pretty right on.
  • Small Business Is Not The Engine of Job CreationYoung businesses are. By and large, most small businesses start small and stay that way. It’s not exactly true in this recovery (that small cos make jobs) because the construction industry was decimated and remains deeply distressed. That’s where a lot of the jobs in small companies were.
  • The Gender Wage Gap LieYou know the line about women making 77% of what men do? It’s not true.

Bonus Links

  • Data Analysis Tools Target Non-expertsA quick look at the benefits of having some coding skills. Big Data/Analytics are more effective today if you can do some programming.
  • Data Scraping Pt 1: IFTTThis is the first in a somewhat technicsl series of articles on the Tableau website. The other articles in the series are completely technical and good to give your developer team.
    In many User agreements, scraping is prohibited as a way of collecting the data you find on a given website. What’s odd about that is that functionally, scraping is the same as copying and pasting. Read this to understand how easy it is.

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