Here we go, folks! This guy is going to pray over each resume placed on his church’s altar. If each of those people doesn’t have a job within a month, shouldn’t that be proof that either 1) god doesn’t exist, or 2) the Supreme Being doesn’t give a shit?
Father Quinlivan came up with the idea to collect resumes and place them at the alter. He and parishioners prayed for those who are looking for work and encouraged everyone to rely on their faith during difficult times.”
“It’s an important lesson for us to realize we take our faith out into the marketplace and into the workplace,” Father Quinlivan said. “What sometimes some of us do is we tell God what we want instead of asking what he wants.”
For you job-hunters out there, here’s an eye-opening story about spam filters you may want to see. Basically, your résumé may vanish into a black hole if anything in the email triggers a spam filter on the other end. It makes perfect sense: with spam as bad as it is these days, more and more stuff is being caught in filters and either set aside for review (no telling when) or simply trashed. Putting something like “magna cum laude” in there is probably not a good idea…
It’s been a few years since I was job-hunting, but I remember trying to avoid this trap by sending two copies of my résumé: one in Word format, one in plain text. The text version would most likely be filtered first, if anything in there triggered the keyword filters, but the Word one may also have been caught since the document was an attachment and so many viruses travel that way. Another thing I did was put a copy of my résumé in a folder on my web server, and included the URL in my emails in case their software automatically stripped out attachments.
So what else can you do? Maybe send your résumé in PDF format as well as Word. (PDFs are probably the best way to go anyway, since the document is guaranteed to look the same on your end as on theirs.) Also, besides the text version, email the PDF/Word ones to yourself (or friends) at various email services to see if they make it though OK. This test may not be possible for corporate email addresses (like monster.com, etc.) but at least you can see what may get sniffed by using free online services. If anyone has any other clever ideas, let’s hear ’em!
From the “I can’t believe this is happening, what kind of sick world is this?” department comes a story about a software company which is planning on hiring outsourced foreign workers…just off the coast of our own shores. He’s planning on having them work day and night to finish projects at extremely low wages (“Try to get American software engineers to work at night,” the co-founder says) while claiming that they’re “seamen” so the company can avoid payroll taxes and paying for visas. Just when I thought I’ve seen the height of greed and abuse of the system in my own country, one company just might one-up them all only three miles west of L.A. on a cruise ship. Thanks to Ellis Detripp for passing this along…
In an outrageous affront to U.S. labor laws, a California company plans to anchor a 600-cabin cruise ship just beyond the three-mile limit off the coast of El Segundo, near Los Angeles, and stock it with foreign software programmers.
The company, SeaCode, will seek to classify the workers as “seamen,” avoiding U.S. payroll taxes and the need for immigration visas.
Programmers from places like India and Russia would work 8-hour or 10-hour shifts, either day or night. Take-home pay: About $21,500 a year.
Compare that to the salary of an American programmer – median salary for programmers is around $60,000, and those with extensive experience can make $125,000 or more – and U.S. companies like SeaCode could reap a windfall.