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Why China may kick our ass

Nick’s take Software engineer Yiren Lu is a second-generation Chinese American who suggests American entrepreneurs may not have the stomach for honest self-examination that their Chinese counterparts do. Is it…

Why recruiters get paid fast-food wages

Nick’s take Those recruiters in the HR department of the company where you want to work — those officious people who control whether you get interviewed for that job you…

Pssst! Want job referrals? Bribe me.

Nick’s take What do we know about a company when its employees will openly take bribes for referrals to their boss about a job? We know Amazon, Google, Facebook and…

Poker & Job Hunting: Why poker is a better bet

Nick’s take I think job seekers are so consumed by job applications and accustomed to losing that they actually forget they’re gambling with real money! This Wired article explains why…

Podcast: How to choose your target companies

Nick’s take Many thanks to Mac Prichard for his hospitality and for having me as a guest on his top-rated career podcast. Mac asked good, insightful questions and I did…

Over 60? Welcome to gig work and corporate greed

Nick’s take Six years ago respected news correspondent Ray Suarez interviewed me on the fledgling Al Jazeera America network about why good people can’t find jobs. Ray’s stellar career included…

COVID-19: Does it kill jobs?

Nick’s take What sucks is all the lame advice about jobs during the COVID-19 crisis. But Lani Rosales offers uncommon insights about your job prospects — and about employers. I…

Alt. College Degree for New Collar Jobs?

News I want you to use item submitted by long-time reader Rick Manning. Nick’s take Sounds great. I’m a big believer in a 4-year college education, but I also believe…
HR tech

HR tech makes your job search a living hell

HR tech in your face: Nick’s take Don’t miss this excellent run-down on the “pseudoscience” and “profoundly disturbing” technology that HR is using in its never-ending battle to turn you…

The real jobs shortage

Jobs Shortage: Nick’s take While the feds and the media cheer “the great jobs numbers,” the dirty little secret is wages. Brookings scrapes the lipstick off the pig, and all…

Warren Buffett: It’s the people, Stupid

Nick’s take This article quoting Warren Buffett has an extremely high ratio of wisdom to words: “I work only with people I like” (See also Never work with jerks.) “you…

Why aren’t you making more money?

Nick’s take I love this topic. Washington crows about low unemployment, but nobody in government seems to worry that your wage growth sucks. “Explanations” get tossed around like dry leaves…

Do you want a job, or higher pay?

Nick’s take Do you want a job, or higher pay? Because the U.S. Department of Labor says you can’t have both. News articles focus on big growth in new jobs but…

HireVue: Selling AI snake oil to gullible HR

Nick’s take Human Resources executives have always been suckers for HR technology. “It’s AI”! But real AI experts say now HR has jumped the shark. Er, snake. Ever willing to…

Want a signing bonus?

Nick’s take My good buddy Suzanne Lucas (the infamous TheEvilHRLady) offers a good primer about signing bonuses. Written for employers — it’s an insider’s view! — this article explains what…

Will new CA law kill your job and Gig Economy?

A controversial new law in California is widely referred to as protection for Uber and Lyft drivers in the “Gig Economy,” but it makes no references to ride-sharing services —…