Google+

For those who love social media as much as we do, you have to check out Google+ (Google Plus). Never fear if you don’t yet have an invitation to join someone’s circle, you will soon.

Either way, see what ReadWriteWeb offers regarding the way Google+ works! Dan talks about Circles, the Stream and Bumping, Photos, the Profile, and Sparks & Hangouts.

It’s a great primer!

The Real McCoy

@GuyKawasaki blogged about the expression, “the real McCoy” and cited a Scottish origin. While that may be true, I know of another.

I believe the expression also comes from the Deep South, where I grew up. McCoy vases were popular in the 1900s and were available in many “art deco” colors, like turquoise. Copies and knock offs were made, but they didn’t have the real company stamp on the bottom.

Genuine article = “The Real McCoy”
and
person who is genuine/real/honest/trustworthy = “The Real McCoy”

Saying “no” to the Short List

Greg Savage has a great video and post on why a candidate might reject a short list.

http://gregsavage.com.au/2010/09/07/recruiters-what-it-means-if-a-client-rejects-your-shortlist-video/

We’ve all be there at one time or another, whether as a candidate or a member of the hiring committee. There is an interview that just didn’t “sit right” with us. Sometimes, we can provide tangible answers. Other times, it’s a gut feeling that we can’t quite put a finger on.

My advice: trust your gut. As a candidate, don’t take the job–even for survival [1]–if you have any uneasy feelings. Something about your mind and heart picked up on what the left side of your brain missed while you were staying on your very best behavior and anticipating the next question. As a recruiter or employer, don’t let the paper view of a candidate override your impression of him from his interview.

A bad personality fit never works. It’s okay if that is the problem. Not everyone works well with everyone else. If you see a more than one candidate rejecting your company, then consider what Greg has to say about your team.

[1] If you need a survival job, become a barista or temp. Don’t let a bad fit ruin your career.