Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Email: Job-search bias [JL]

I know how hard it is to look for and find work; the system actually tries to lengthen the process, so you need to do whatever you can to shorten the process. Don't just do what they say or apply in the way they [say], because frankly the bias is to winnow people out, not review as many qualified candidates as possible. In particular, if you can make a personal connection at a social or professional event, that is probably the quickest path to a job ever.

The age thing is for your benefit, because often the bias is to find someone cheap, not necessarily experienced.

The rains [from Hurricane Katrina] stopped at the Texas border so we're fine; in fact, all the evacuees seem to have headed or are now headed here [to Houston]. We're glad to help in the relocation and restoration efforts.


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