Archive for January 17th, 2009

The hypocrisy of charging that the American flag has been desecrated

| January 17, 2009 | Reply
The hypocrisy of charging that the American flag has been desecrated

You hear many conservatives yelping about “flag desecration,” as though the torture of hundreds of prisoners conducted by the U.S. is not flag desecration. Here is a post pointing out further hypocrisy, expecially the cherry-picking done by conservatives.   The  sections of U.S. Code cited by this article suggest that even those many candidates who decided […]

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Think Like a Headhunter, Maximize Your Odds & Stand Out.

| January 17, 2009 | 7 Replies
Think Like a Headhunter, Maximize Your Odds & Stand Out.

I am a recruiter, or if you prefer, a headhunter. As I joke on my Linkedin profile, I don’t get too wrapped up in titles. I find and deliver specific talent to companies. In essence, I sell people to other people to pay my mortgage. While I make an important distinction between finding people jobs and finding talent for companies (disclosure: the companies pay my fees), I think a recruiter’s unique perspective can inform and assist folks looking for new opportunities. When people ask me what I do for work, I joke that I gamble for a living, but it is closer to the truth to say I constantly search for ways to maximize the odds of my own success, and so should every job seeker.

Searches I take on are often contingency searches, which means I only get paid when I present the winning candidate and the company successfully hires them,so I am careful where I spend my time. This is one of the first things I want to share with folks looking for a job: The person you contact matters, the way you make contact matters, and your presentation matters. Lots of layoffs are taking place, and the first reaction is often panic, fear, and gloom. One might feel like wallpapering every available surface with a resume and cover letter, but honestly that isn’t going to help.

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What’s in a title? The inspiration for “Mother and Child Reunion”

| January 17, 2009 | 5 Replies
What’s in a title? The inspiration for “Mother and Child Reunion”

I heard this story years ago and it always draws a chuckle or a grimmace. Musician Paul Simon once had a big hit song called “Mother and Child Reunion.”    The lyrics included the following: But I would not give you false hope On this strange and mournful day When the mother and child reu-nion Is […]

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Flight 1549 versus Gaza: American lives are much more important than Palestinian lives

| January 17, 2009 | 16 Replies
Flight 1549 versus Gaza: American lives are much more important than Palestinian lives

When we compare the good result of the water-landing of Flight 1549 with the indiscriminate “collateral damage” occurring in Gaza, we can only conclude one thing:  American lives are much more important than Palestinian lives.   After all, saving those 155 American lives was “miraculous,” according to American media reports (listen to this report and check […]

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Billboards for your body, your mind and your planet

| January 17, 2009 | 2 Replies
Billboards for your body, your mind and your planet

Consider the types of billboards that we most often see along the highway. They encourage us to pollute our bodies with unhealthy food, to pollute our minds with shallow amusements and to pollute our Earth by wasting resources and indulging in luxuries. The two billboards I photographed below are all-too-representative of what I’ve read along highways.

Yes, there are also billboards for public services as well as billboards for useful and reasonable products. What concerns me, though, is that most billboards carry unhealthy messages. There are so many unhealthy billboards out there that unhealthy activities seem to be norm. It’s booze, gambling and conspicuous consumption all the way down the highway. What effect might this have on us? It reminds me of James Q. Wilson’s broken window theory of crime:

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