Okay, I have an honest question.
I’m trying to figure out whether the comments posted to our items about hiring or career strategies is just venting, or do you really mean it? In other words, do you actually believe that we who work on the blog spin bad news to make it sound good and make suggestions that don’t reflect reality?
I ask because it seems like every time we post something positive about hiring, or about companies looking for certain skills, we’re accused of either being in lala land or flat out lying in order to suck up to Dice’s customers. And, when we post something about customizing your resume, or researching the company you’re applying to, we get comments accusing hiring managers of playing god, HR departments of being out of touch, and our writers of being the same.
I’d certainly understand the venting part. Job hunting is about as unpleasant as it gets in the working world. Given how long it takes to find a new position, I’d vent about HR departments, recruiters, and hiring managers, too. But underneath it, I think I’d know that I was generalizing. There are a lot of putzy people out there doing the hiring, but most of them are just trying to get a position filled.
Same thing for our advice. Really, I believe the things we post. Recruiters, HR people and hiring managers consistently tell it’s the customized cover letter that gets their attention, and that crazy question — “If you filled a semi with rubber ducks and drove it from Boston to Topeka, how many bathroom breaks would you need?” — actually have a purpose. If this is what they’re saying, shouldn’t we pay attention? After all, these are the people we’re trying to get to.
But like I said, this is an honest question. I’d really like to know what you think, so please share. (Recruiters and managers, jump in too.) Just post a comment below.