Sunday, March 27, 2011

how do you feel about going to work today?

So after my latest angst-stricken self-deprecating diatribe against my choice of careers (no you did not miss anything, this was executed offline) I decided to poke around on the internet and see what new job search/recruiting sites were out there.  I mean, lets face it, whether your job is a good fit or not, the most talented people in any industry keep their resumes polished up and always have an ear to the ground.  Partly to keep their careers on track, partly to prepare for the worst, and partly to make they are earning what they are worth.  None of these things, I might add, I have done, as my spare time is spent riding my bike, writing in this blog, cooking, walking my dogs, and well, basically living my life.  My priorities have been different I guess. 


So I heard about The Ladders which is a recruiting site for 100k+ jobs. I thought I would check it out. I signed up and each Monday there is a new email in my inbox and I have to admit they are very well-written and informative.  It's pretty nifty marketing.


So this past week I got this one:


Good Monday morning, Andrea,

We've got over 400 people working here at TheLadders to make your job search faster, easier, less stressful, and more effective. Fortunately for you and for me, my colleagues are geniuses, and inventing new stuff all the time.

This past week they launched "Profiler". It's a single multiple-choice question you'll see when you log in. You don't have to answer it, but when you do, we'll show you how many other people on TheLadders answered it the same way. The Q&A looks like this:



After each answer... we'll ask you another question!


It might be a question like any of these:


- How do you feel about going to work today?
- Would you relocate to another state for a 10% increase in pay? 
- How's your boss doing? 
- How soon are you looking to get a new job?
- If you were offered a better job in another industry, would you take it?
- When you go into work in the morning, what are you most grateful for?
... and more and more and more.


Each time you answer one, you'll be helping recruiters understand you, and the opportunity you're looking for, even better. Each bit of information adds to a fuller, more complete picture of you.


We'll be writing more questions over the coming weeks to get to know you even better. Keep answering for better results!


And if you think of a good question that we're not asking, hit Reply and let us know. We are all ears...


OK, Readers, have a great week in the job search. I'll be rooting for you...

OK, fair enough.  The only issue is if I answer the questions the way I want to answer them I'm not sure if the recruiters will be pounding down my door.  Let's try it.  Here are the questions again and the first answers that came to my head, I swear.


- How do you feel about going to work today?  I feel stressed and anxious.  A lot better than yesterday.

- Would you relocate to another state for a 10% increase in pay? Are you kidding me?  I'd relocate to another state for a 10% decrease in pay.

- How (are) your boss(es) doing?  Let's start with #1:  well on the upside I think he has been taking his medication, however he has been mighty distracted lately and that always worries me.

- How soon are you looking to get a new job? Sometime BEFORE I lose it and tell Boss #2 what a complete insult it has been to work for him for 5 years and AFTER I finally hire an assistant.

- If you were offered a better job in another industry, would you take it?  I would take a better job in just about any industry....wait, is this a trick question? Are we talking the porn industry? Define "better?"

- When you go into work in the morning, what are you most grateful for?  That I was able to get my indoor interval workout done and the dogs walked before I spend the next 7 hours having the life sucked out of me.
... and more and more and more.  


Maybe we should stop here for now. Boss #1 and I went to high school together and we are FB friends, so sooner or later he IS going to read this stuff.  Boss #2 I am not convinced can actually read, so I might be off the hook there. However, if I do get shitcanned, I will finally have the time to browse over to The Ladders for a resume critique and a bona fide stab at "The Profiler."  If they recommend I go see a therapist I will let you know.  Luckily I've got that covered already.

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