I'm a big fan of your columns, and I agree with you that the hiring process is badly broken. Like you, I've been an HR leader for a long time. It's been discouraging to see our profession devolve into a dysfunctional, bureaucratic mess in too many organizations. I'm job-hunting now. I'm reaching out to employers directly as you recommend, and I'm also working with two search firms.
I left my job in June to move about 200 miles away. My wife accepted a position here in our new city and she loves her job, so that's good. I expected to spend a few months job-hunting so I'm not disappointed that I don't have a job yet. I am disappointed that I keep running into situations where the recruiter tells me "Oh yes, we can meet your salary target" (my salary target is $70K) but then after they interview me, they change their tune.
I'm a Procurement Manager. I love negotiating with suppliers. The one thing I can't negotiate to save my life is my own compensation package. I know I'm underpaid. I don't want to threaten to quit, although I will quit if I don't get a large pay increase this year. I told my boss "Chuck" that I get quite a few calls from headhunters (it's true). He didn't even react to that news. When I negotiate with suppliers, the implied message is that if we can't come to terms, we'll find another supplier.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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