So you've got your resume together and it's looking good. You've got your
past experience laid out clearly, you have an appropriate level of detail
about the things you've done. You've got your academic qualifications
listed out in the right order and again, the right level of
detail. You've got no gaps anywhere. No rambling personal statements. A
couple of things you do outside work for conversation starters. It's good.
Well done. You're not getting a job.
Talk to anyone who works in recruiting for a large employer and they'll tell
you about the stack of resumes they have to go through. A lot of people I
know work for corporate recruiting departments; these are hard working and
diligent people, but they've got 500 resumes to review in a day alongside all
their other responsibilities. How long do you think they're going to spend on
each one? The average works out to... (more)
Branson's at it again. Now he wants to colonize Mars. Not content with his
spaceport or his fleet of space shuttles, Sir Richard is eyeing the red
planet with the intention of creating a Noah's Ark of earthlings, ready and
willing to create a new population.
I don't concern myself with the eccentricities of Mr. Branson's twilight
years in business. I care nothing for the fact that his life resembles the
plot of Moonraker a little more every day. Richard Branson can colonize Mars
to his heart's content as far as I'm concerned. If he raises three
generations of clone-a-like men an... (more)
Richard Spragg offers his own long overdue advice to the graduating classes
of the next generation. There is no mention of sunscreen.
Ladies and gentlemen of the class of 2013.
This is the best advice I can give any of you. You can leave now if you
promise to follow that one piece of advice. If I had done this more often
than I did I would know twice as much as I do and would have twice as many
friends. You will probably not manage to shut up until long after the person
talking to you has given up trying to make you listen. I didn't. I was
fortunate to have met a few pe... (more)
It was only fairly recently that I cracked the myth of multitasking, and
found an attitude toward it that I am comfortable with.
These days, I see it this way. A housewife (if you'll forgive the 1950s
stereotype that follows - but the idea of the multitasking superwoman is
perfect for this purpose) needs to cook dinner, tidy up the lounge of toys
and change a nappy. She leaves some sauce simmering on the stove, picks up a
couple of soft toys and throws them in the toy chest, then takes care of the
baby's nappy. She returns child to crib, washes her hands, picks up the books
There are times in life when you have to put your hands up to being in the
minority, especially when you're in the business of putting your opinions out
there in the market for all to see. As a lifelong holder of minority
opinions, this is not new to me.
So effusive was the disagreement with my first blog in this series, that
arrived from all corners of our growing community here, that I feel compelled
to present the opposite view. I will wipe the spit and fumes from my face and
in all probability convince myself that I was actually wrong in the first
place. The source of our di... (more)