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  • by on Sun, 11 Apr 2021 13:16:14 +1300:
    Filed in things you don’t often over hear in ‘normal’ life … this one between two doctors strolling along a hospital corridor.

    ”Yeah … Another transplant redo”
  • by on Sat, 10 Apr 2021 17:30:50 +1300:
    🎶The Meaning of ‘The Carpet Crawlers Lyrics’

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    Anyone who’s ever owned the album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway knows the story of Rael which Peter Gabriel wrote on the inner sleeve. While the story and lyrics are somewhat surreal, they describe the adventures of a character named Rael. The carpet crawlers was a group of monks that Rael encounters in his abstract journey through NYC. Yall need to ease up on the weed and learn to READ, you are seriously trippin…
  • by on Sat, 10 Apr 2021 10:52:26 +1300:
    ”The political arm of House Republicans is deploying a prechecked box to enroll donors into repeating monthly donations—and using ominous language to warn them of the consequences if they opt out: “If you UNCHECK this box, we will have to tell Trump you’re a DEFECTOR.”
  • ATS systems should just be banned. by on Fri, 09 Apr 2021 18:03:59 +1300:
    They are singularly the most inhuman invention you might imagine. But they aren’t half as bad as humans.

    I went through a process about three months ago. You have resumes and cover letters stored on your hard drive. You even have a linkedIN profile that contains a wealth of information. But none of that is good enough. No. You need to fill in the forms that you are presented with and then add pdfs of the docs to the application.

    You just know that the form filling is the filter mechanism that the ATS will use to decide how it is all prioritised. I got it all in within the time specified and then connected with the current incumbent AND the hiring manager (knowing them both) to let them know my hat was in the ring. A little later - the application deadline was extended. No reason provided - but I was told - even though my application was in.

    [b]I could only think of two reasons.[/b]

    1] There weren’t enough candidates - it’s a pretty niche role.

    2] The candidate they wanted hadn’t applied - so they told him to - extended the deadline and waited.

    [b]Other than that single communication …[/b]

    Nothing … nothing … nothing … except alerts from the ATS saying that I won’t hear more from it - since the application was ‘now in the hands of the recruiting organisation’.

    Nothing … nothing … nothing … and then

    **In their occasional newsletter I read that the position has been filled … by someone I also happen to know. Good chap actually. **

    Still heard nothing from the ‘recruiting organisation’. At minimum I might expect a pro forma - ‘thanks for applying’ at the start - and then a ‘sorry you didn’t get it’ pro forma at the end.

    At best,I look to how I used to operate.

    I would meet everyone on candidate short lists.
    I would insist that my recruiting managers connect with every candidate personally - not the HR wonk - [b]the line manager.[/b]

    Maybe I am odd. I am certainly an exception, because this story is not new. It happens every single day to people all over the planet.

    When you read how tech has lost its humanity - people blame the machines.

    I don’t. I blame the people.

    [b]The good news - if this is how they operate - glad I am not part of it.[/b]
  • by on Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:16:26 +1300:
    US: Which vaccine is best? The one you can get first, experts say

    Reminds me of something I was told a few years ago when there were debates about which camera was the best.

    ”The one you have with you.”

    Chase Jarvis
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