Friday, September 6, 2013

Silicon Valley Women in HR...& Friends Mailing and Event Announcement

Dear Friends,

I hope you're well and that you can attend our next event with our speaker, Candice Tal, CEO and founder of Infortal Worldwide.  Her topic is "Fact, Fiction or Façade?  Connecting Background Checks & Workplace Violence."  Please note that our event time has changed.  

If you strictly want information about this event, please look at the links to the right and go to Event Registration.  Before you go, please check out the book links at the bottom of this page.

Last month, Patrice Lindo and Patricia Murphy 
planned our event, "Strategic Thinking as a Discipline" with Jeffrey D. Sanders M.Ed., SPHR.  There was so much great information and I'm grateful for the ideas and our volunteers' planning skills.  Thank you!

Have you noticed hiring is picking up?  It's an odd economy as we have a lot of people looking for work and facing a lot of challenges such as age discrimination, gaps on resumes, salary discrimination and so on.

On one of my mailing lists, I saw a post for a contract HR position and you know what caught my eye?  It's a 6-10 month contract, and they stated they did not want any "job hoppers."  By stipulating a contract that's less than a year, and this particular company notoriously does that with most HR positions, they perpetuate the very problem they want to avoid.  Is it just me or is that ridiculous?

I'm working at a manufacturing company and we're doing a lot of hiring, mostly machinists but some engineers, quality inspectors and so on.  Some of the resumes are shockingly bad.  Two different people must have used the same template, and although their names were in their emails, their resumes had no name and no contact information!  Both of these people applied for some C-level jobs we don't have open, and both should have known better.

If you're looking for work:  if you can, print out your resume and look at it as if you were a stranger, reading every word and checking for spelling, content and style.  Can a friend check it for you?

If you're receiving resumes:  job seekers are exhausted from their search.  They customize resumes and sometimes cover letters, taking a long time to do so, and often don't even receive an automated "Thanks, we got your resume" note.  They may have small mistakes on the resume - I've had that happen.  It's from constantly tweaking and targeting resumes and sometimes errors are missed.

So let's be human and forgiving of small errors, and let's be professionals, too.  Good luck all around!

I wrote a book about recruiters and William Uranga was one of the people I interviewed.  Here's a link to a PDF of his interview and I hope you enjoy it.  (The book is "Recruiters on Recruiting" and, like most writers, copies are usually in my car and available online.  More information is on my website.)

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Because of my commitments I can’t mentor you, and please don’t send me unsolicited resumes. Come to an event and meet someone who can help. I receive a lot of unsolicited resumes (from our group and strangers) and I refer people to the forum at See the blog post for more thoughts.

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1. HR Women and Friends Community Event: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:00-8:30 p.m. 
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1. HR Women and Friends Community Event: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:00-8:30 p.m.  Candice Tal, CEO and founder of Infortal Worldwide will present "Fact, Fiction or Façade?  Connecting Background Checks & Workplace Violence."  Please click on the registration tab for details and note our NEW TIME.  
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I hope to see you soon.

All the best,


Marcia Stein, PHR -

Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" and "Recruiters on Recruiting"