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Too much friction? Not enough?

In my experience, I've found that programmers often expect people to act linearly - going from point A to point B, logically and inexorably marching forward, until they reach their goal. People don't usually act that way. They use nutty…

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Technology, innovation, and procrastination

When you're in the midst of working, it's hard to stop. The work can be both addictive and rote - a deadly combination if what you really need is an hour or two of quiet contemplation. Thus, the three words…

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Disaster will strike – it always does…

I am an optimistic pessimist. In other words, I expect the worst to happen, and when it doesn't, I'm pleasantly surprised. In fact, I usually try to act on my pessimistic outlook by planning ahead for disaster. This approach has…

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Perfection – and why it’s useful (sometimes)

You know your job board or career site isn't perfect, right? (And if you don't, I'm sure you can find someone that will tell you that). In fact, perfection can be pretty annoying, particularly when it manifests itself as a…

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Cool stuff – who needs it?

I admit it - I'm a sucker for bright shiny new technology. In fact, I'm susceptible enough that I spend a good deal of time being very critical of anything new. Why? (a) I'm weak, and (b) a lot of…

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The death of job boards? Ahem…

I've been in the job board world since 1998, which probably makes me some sort of dinosaur or masochist. Strangely enough, the imminent death of job boards has been proclaimed almost since their inception. Today is no different. Whether it's…

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The marketing tightrope

Marketing a job board is akin to walking a tightrope with two contentious children hanging from either end of your balancing rod. On one side you have your employers, wanting more exposure, better candidates, and yes, their logo in a…

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Randomness and recruiting

How can job boards even continue to exist? Because they connect job seekers and those who want to employ them. If a job board doesn't do this simple task successfully, it eventually goes out of business. But as any hiring manager,…

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Don’t make me jump!

If HMOs were developed to drive normally well-adjusted sick people over the edge, then I would posit that the typical ATS was designed to make a job seeker sink into deep and utter despair. Yes, I understand why an ATS…

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