Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Warren Buffett might not be as successful as he should be. For anyone who does not recognise his name, he is only "the third wealthiest person in the world as of 2011."1 This is a clip I excerpted from an interview of Buffett done by Charlie Rose a week or two ago.2
Now if I were to say that a nurse or a teacher might be more valuable to society than an amazing investor like Buffett it might sound like some form of left-wing lunacy or bitterness. But when he says it one must pay attention. Clearly Buffett is aware that there are many distinct abilities and that our society has no way of rewarding something like equivalent levels of performance using them. In a way, he may also be asserting that there are other ways of evaluating contributions beyond what 'society' wants or needs.
1See this wikipedia article for details.
2Moyea FLV Editor Lite worked well for this editing job.
Friday, August 19, 2011
- about 3/5 have at least one degree
- about 1/3 are very satisfied with their jobs
- about 1/8 make $80,000-100,000, 1/20 make more
- only about 1/4 took refresher courses and workshops to stay up-to-date
Monday, August 15, 2011
There is also an entire category of computer algorithms inspired (albeit sometimes loosely or obscurely) by nature. Clues to their origins are in names like 'simulated annealing' and 'genetic programming.' See the free book on this topic Clever Algorithms for treatments of lots of them.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
How can we apply these principles?
- Reciprocation: In the context of job applications, I can't think of a way! (Can you?) However, in the context of job development one could offer a potential employer some small gift, such as a note pad imprinted with information about one's agency.
- Scarcity: Try to point up some way in which the applicant's qualifications are unusual. In this context it might be necessary to warn against the perils of suggesting to an employer that the client has already been offered employment elsewhere; many prospective employers have heard this too often already. Perhaps though it would sometimes be possible to turn so-called over-qualification into an asset using this approach.
- Authority: The application seems obvious. Can you think of a better way?
- Commitment: If the client has been networking and if they have succeeded in contacting the person responsible for hiring then during an information interview they could try to get some small commitment that that person would hire someone with qualifications similar to the client. As mentioned elsewhere on this blog this technique can also be used in interviews.
- Liking: This is a tough one in the context of résumés and cover letters. Few of us are universally liked or disliked. Still, a prickly résumé is probably going to put most people off. Job developers have to cultivate relationships with employers (somehow) so that they are in a position to present job candidates effectively.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
1Mentioned on the O'Reilly Radar feed.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
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