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Jobs for the boys

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More proof that it’s about who you know, particularly if you move in certain circles!

Even It Up! wonders if, before Kim Beazley and Brendan Nelson were appointed to their news jobs, they had to:

  • apply through a recruitment company
  • convince the consultant they were the best person for the job
  • answer copious amounts of selection criteria
  • tailor their CV to the position being applied for
  • have a panel interview or three, where they answered behavioural questions
  • undergo psyhometric testing
  • had their references checked
  • be kept waiting 6-8 weeks for any sort of communication about an outcome?

Clearly not, if the speed with which Brendan was appointed (and how quickly his Wikipedia page was updated*) is any indication!  Clearly, jumping through hoops is only applicable to “normal” people!

Things must be very different at the top end of town!

*Hint: not changing the article in front of  “former” to “a” is a dead giveaway!


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September 18, 2009 at 9:19 am

1st annual Even It Up! Jobseeker Experience Survey

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Even It Up! is dedicated to improving the experience for jobseekers.  Part of this mission is to collect evidence that can be taken to direct employers and recruitment companies alike to lobby for an improved overall experience.

We currently have two surveys open and we encourage you to have your say on either or both.  The first survey is collecting information about what it’s like to apply for work direct to employers.  The second survey is collecting information about what it’s like to look for work through recruitment companies.

Both surveys have around 55 questions, and will take you about 15 minutes to complete. The results of the survey will be written up into a report, which will be available on the website, and also disseminated to all interested parties.

Even It Up! would appreciate it if you could also forward the survey to friends, family and colleagues who have been looking for work.

Go to Jobseeker Experience Survey.

ANU study finds anglo names get job interviews

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We at Even It Up! always have a sense of validity when a credible university releases research – based on hard data – that there is discrimination out there in Recruiter Land.

The Australian National University (based in Canberra) sent out 4000 fake resumes to employers who were looking to recruit staff at entry level i.e. data entry, customer service and sales.   The results (from our perspective) were not surprising:

Researchers found Chinese jobseekers also had less chance of being called back than Middle Eastern and Italian contenders.

The fictitious employment seekers went to high school in Australia.

The research found that overall, Chinese jobseekers were called back 21 per cent of the time they applied for a job, compared with 22 per cent for Middle Eastern people and 26 per cent for indigenous applicants.

By comparison, Anglo-Saxon job seekers were called back 35 per cent of the time, only slightly ahead of Italians on 32 per cent.

The implications?  When it comes to getting that job interview, anglicising your name may help you get your foot in the door. You can read the full article from The Australian here.

And Even It Up! would take it one step further and contend that jobseekers are being discriminated against based on their address.  Those who live in areas that are perceived to be “lower socio-economic” may well be advised to rent a PO Box in a wealthier suburb, because rightly or wrongly, judgements are made about a person’s ability, education, talent, work ethic etc. based on where they come from.

And posting photos on your online CV may also be one way to knock yourself out of the race… but that’s a post for another day.

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June 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Just for fun

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Even It Up! loves that this ad from Screaming Frog turns the tables on the j0b hunt:

Very clever -yet pointed – stuff!

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April 25, 2009 at 11:46 am

Spot that fake job ad

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Fake jobs are a real concern for the jobseekers,  and placing one in either an online or mainstream publication is illegal under The Trade Practices Act 1974.  Check our latest Even It Up! media release for our views on the “practice”.  As mentioned in our media release, fake employment ads are lodged by two sources: unscrupulous recruitment companies looking to populate their databases; and unscrupulous “businesses” looking to cash in on freely available  information for identity or property theft, or to make an easy buck.

So how do you spot a fake employment ad?  There are a few dead give-aways:

  1. No details about the organisation or contact person on the ad.
  2. Generic job description (or “cattle call” if a recruitment company).
  3. If an online ad, no facility to email in your application.
  4. Asking for some sort of payment (e.g. to purchase a “starter kit”).

And how do you safeguard yourself?

  1. Use a PO Box as your contact address.
  2. Don’t include your date of birth, marital status, gender, Tax File Number or Centrelink Customer number.
  3. Consider having an email address that you have set up only for job applications.
  4. Use a mobile phone number rather than a landline number.
  5. Get as much information as you can about the organisation and the job; always talk to someone about the role, and ask them to email a job description and/or company information before you send in your CV.
  6. Keep track of your applications: where they are going, to whom and the date you sent them.

Does anyone else have any words of wisdom to safeguard against fraudsters? Or ways to spot them?

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April 24, 2009 at 4:54 pm

A new twist on job hunting

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Even It Up! loves that jobseekers are really getting innovative and creative in their job hunting efforts.  In an attempt to stand out from the crowd, a couple of jobseekers in America have put their faces on billboards.  Mark Heuer was one of the first of the new breed of jobseekers to advertise his availability, accompanied by an online presence.

Now Pasha Stocking has gone down the same road.

What is  interesting about this strategy is that Pasha says employers are now contacting her and she is the one sifting through offers and working out which organisation she wants to work for.  It’s a complete reversal of the usual jobseeking process, where jobseekers submit an application and cross their fingers, and wait for the powers that be to make a hiring decision.

It might have been an expensive outlay (around US$3ooo) but perhaps it’s well worth it.  And both examples are testimony to the power of your personal brand. Oh, and advertising!

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April 21, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Mary Poppins had it right!

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Even It Up! thinks this scene from Mary Poppins is priceless, especially the bit about references and a trial period:

Mary Poppins: You are the father of Jane and Michael Banks, are you not? I said, you are the father of Jane  and Michael Banks.

Mr. Banks: Well, well ye– yes, of course, I mean. Uh– you brought your references, I presume. May I see  them?

Mary Poppins: Oh, I make it a point never to give references. A very old-fashioned idea to my mind.

Mr. Banks: Is that so? We’ll have to see about that then, won’t we?

Mary Poppins: Now then, the qualifications. “Item one: a cheery disposition.” I am never cross. “Item two: rosy cheeks.” Obviously. “Item three: play games, all sorts.” Well, I’m sure the children will find my
games extremely diverting.

Mr. Banks: May I? Eh, this paper? Where did you get it from? I thought I tore it up.

Mary Poppins: Excuse me. “Item four: you must be kind.” I am kind, but extremely firm. Have you lost

Mr. Banks: Ah! Yeah. That paper, you see. I thought that I–

Mary Poppins: You are George Banks, are you not?

Mr. Banks: What?

Mary Poppins: And you did advertise for a nanny, did you not?

Mr. Banks: George Banks.

Mary Poppins: Very well then.

Mr. Banks: I tore it up, turned it over. Tore it up again and threw it in there. Yes.

Mary Poppins: I beg your pardon. Are you ill?

Mr. Banks: I hope not.

Mary Poppins:
Now, about my wages. The reference here is very obscure.

Mr. Banks: Very obscure.

Mary Poppins: We must be very clear on that point, mustn’t we?

Mr. Banks: Yes, we must indeed.

Mary Poppins: I shall require every second Tuesday off.

Mr Banks: Every Tuesday

Mary Poppins: On second thoughts, I believe a trial period would be wise.  Hmm.  I’ll give you one week. I’ll know by then.  I’ll see the children now.  Thank you.

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January 10, 2009 at 7:24 pm