iPhone Developer Position Available In Cleveland, OH

I work for a couple of entrepreneurs from Cleveland, OH. We’re in various stages of a mobile client and web services. We are looking for an iPhone developer to develop an application that will open up our service to the iPhone crowd. Looking for someone with a couple of apps under their belt and ready to jump into the next project.

Sorry for the generic description! I appreciate you getting the word out for me. Let me know how I can return the favor.

Anyone interested can contact me (Cora) at cplayer@exential.com and/or 704-644-5586.

Job-Hunting Realities: What ‘No’ Really Means Don’t be demoralized when an employer turns you down. The reasons behind a rejection usually have more t

Job-Hunting Realities: What ‘No’ Really Means

Don’t be demoralized when an employer turns you down. The reasons behind a rejection usually have more to do with the company than with you

By Jeff Schmitt

You’ve probably read plenty of job-hunting articles. And they’re all the same.

A so-called expert will advise you to develop a plan, broaden your skills, and network. On résumés, they will counsel you to customize, use keywords, and quantify your accomplishments. If you land an interview, they will remind you to mind your body language, ask good questions, and convey confidence and enthusiasm.

This isn’t one of those articles.

These are troubled times. We hear the horror stories daily. Unemployment swelling. Nest eggs dissolving. Prices rising. Businesses failing. Debts mounting. Workloads crushing. Politicians squawking. We live at the mercy of larger forces; anxious about the lives we know; wondering what will happen next. For most, this is not the time to switch companies…or lose a job. But many will be forced to, through no fault of their own.

Even worse, a job hunt is often a demeaning process. The rejection can leave you demoralized. You’ll jump through countless hoops and operate on other people’s terms. In the end, you’ll still hear, “You’re not quite what we’re looking for” (if you hear anything at all).

In today’s economy, a job hunt requires more time, sweat, and money than ever. You’ll follow the fundamentals and still have little to show for it. At some point, it is only natural to ask yourself, “What’s wrong with me?”

Maybe nothing. Maybe it’s them.

So when your fruitless search fills you with angst and self-doubt, always remember the following truths about job hunting:

• Job Hunting is Unfair

The best person isn’t always picked—and the playing field is rarely even. The cliché, “it’s not what you know, but who you know” is extremely relevant.

There are so many ways to get passed over—and many reasons for it. A company may already have a candidate in mind, such as a proven internal applicant who represents little risk. They may hire someone who struck a chord, whose pop and polish masked his deficits. It could come down to a gut feeling. There could be political, quid pro quo considerations too.

Bottom line: Companies want to deal with people they know. They want to hire people they like and implicitly trust. Like all of us, their judgment is sometimes faulty. Don’t view it as an indictment of you as a person.

• Decision-Makers Aren’t Always on Target

Many times, screeners are far removed from the front lines. Don’t assume they are aware of industry developments. Don’t assume they study what works outside their company. Most important, don’t assume they are well-versed in a position’s daily responsibilities and requirements.

Even more, employers don’t always apply the right formula in hiring decisions. They may apply a successful organization’s methodology without taking underlying variables like stage of growth into account. They may mine the company history for specific traits and success stories, without examining how positions evolve. Worst of all, they may evaluate candidates based on the values they preach, not the ones they actually practice (or vice versa).

Sometimes, hiring efforts get off track. Often, it is the candidates themselves who expose flawed suppositions during the interview process. In the end, all you can do is research, network, and be yourself. The rest takes care of itself.

• You May Not Fit the Real Culture

Most companies want to keep things the way they are. They are creatures of habit; they crave stability and predictability. Sure, they attempt to interpret market forces and anticipate customer demands. Unfortunately, they rarely reshape established processes and hardened attitudes at the speed of change.

This tendency seeps into hiring. At ground zero, they still want to fit you into a neat pigeonhole. They want you to be one of them. That’s why experienced mediocrity almost always trumps talent every time.

If you want to succeed, set your sights higher. Tap into those intangibles that make you special. And don’t settle for just a job. Identify organizations that truly live up to their ideals, top-to-bottom. Seek out employers who stay steady and calm in uncertain times. Anything less, you are setting your sights too low.

• Employers Don’t Always Act Like Professionals

Employers can be sloppy during the recruiting process. They can bring you in and string you out. Sometimes, they won’t follow up after an interview—or they will miss their self-imposed deadlines. Too often, they take for granted that you sacrificed pay, even risked your current job, to meet with them.

Here’s a dirty little secret: There are different rules for screeners and managers. They can treat you in ways they wouldn’t dare resort to with peers or customers. Why? Job hunters are the lowest sect in the corporate caste system. They are outsiders, the lowest priority, disposable and quickly forgotten. And management’s defenses—lack of resources, work loads, communication gaffes—are the same excuses they would never accept from their own reports.

The truth is, you will be judged at times by lightweights. These decision-makers will be less talented, capable, accomplished, and driven than you are. They will hold you to standards that neither they nor their existing team can meet. And they will still carry themselves as if they are superior to you.

It is a hard truth: You will always face those pockets of small-mindedness, no matter where you go. There is nothing you can do about it. You can only hope to get your foot in the door, prove yourself, and move past them.

• Employers Have Prejudices Too

In our personal lives, we often make assumptions about others. We take a quirk—a moment of weakness—and blow it out of proportion. We collect puzzle pieces, connect fragmented images, and formulate the “story” behind someone, however incomplete.

Employers are no different with you. In some interviews, your counterparts will quickly size you up, right or wrong. They will look to reinforce their initial impressions. They will make assumptions about your experience and expectations.

It can be any factor. They may see you as too old. Too young. Too smart. Too expensive. Too pretty. Too plain. Too fat. Too short. Too bald. Too flashy. Too quiet. Too female. Too male. And too much like your predecessor. There are no hard and fast rules. And it may have little to do with the real you. It happens.

• Employers Have Limited Resources

Employers want experience—they just prefer that someone else provides it. Today, companies face pressing financial pressures and skill gaps. Many times, they truly need someone who can hit the ground running. Fair or not, many talented candidates don’t get the luxury of starting slow and building momentum. Some employers simply can’t afford a long onboarding or hiring mistake, simple as that.

• Employers Are People Too

Face it, accidents happen. Résumés get lost in the shuffle. People honestly forget to call. Your references may inadvertently raise red flags. You cannot control these situations.

Plus, believe it or not, rejection is hard on employers, too. It is uncomfortable, even painful, to tell candidates they chose someone else. They are worried about their jobs, too…and those jobs are on the line with the people they hire. They are naturally going to be risk-averse. Most decisions are close calls—and there are doubts. You just never see them.

• There Is Always Hope

It is easy to feel sorry for yourself in a job hunt. Despite this temptation, you need to put on a smile and reach out. Tune everything else out and press on, even when you feel you are going nowhere. There will be times when you are cheated. There will be times when employers won’t see past their blinders. Keep your spirits up. Don’t dwell on the call that never comes. Let it harden your resolve. Let it force you to evaluate yourself. A career is never an uninterrupted string of successes. Eventually, you will find a fit and a place to call home.

Original Article – http://www.businessweek.com/managing/content/nov2008/ca20081125_160070.htm

tim esse

Extreme Job Hunting – As the economy hits rock bottom, some job hunters go guerrilla.

Nicole Perlroth, 12.29.08, 01:25 PM EST

As the economy hits rock bottom, some job hunters go guerrilla.


Desperate times don’t just call for desperate measures. They call for last resorts. Just ask investment banker Joshua Persky. After getting laid off from investment bank Houlihan Lokey, Persky spent 11 months searching for work. He met with recruiters, e-mailed résumés, networked with family, friends and old colleagues and even considered a move to Nebraska. On the brink of losing his family’s Manhattan apartment, he finally took to the streets. Donning his best interview suit, he passed out résumés to executives on Park Avenue–all while wearing a giant sandwich sign that read “Experienced MIT Grad For Hire.” Media outlets picked up the story and within three days, Persky was dubbed “the new face of the American economy.”

The extreme approach paid off. New York accounting firm Weiser LLP hired Persky. But that was last June. According to the Forbes.com Layoff Tracker, nearly 200,000 more people have been laid off from America’s largest public companies just since Nov. 1. As the unemployed look for work, some are forgoing traditional job-hunting in favor of guerrilla tactics. But unconventional job searching can range from the clever to the downright disastrous–often with a fine line in between.

Persky has had his share of copycats. Some have even taken his stunt to new levels. Last month, Javier Pujals, an unemployed real estate salesman, sported a sign outside Chicago’s Mercantile Exchange that read “Will Buy Interview” with the name of his new website, www.buyaninterview.com.

Paying for an interview may sound extreme, but according to Pujals, “It’s simply a matter of a supply and demand. There are so many people looking for work and executives hate interviewing. They have to schedule it, make the time and put on a pretty face. It takes three minutes to figure out if this is going to work and they have to sit there for 20.” Within two day of hitting the street, Pujals’ site had over a thousand hits. A month later, he is evaluating four offers and has yet to pay for one interview.

Other attempts at creative attire have been less successful. Actress Sean Young once infamously stormed a Warner Brothers studio lot wearing a homemade Catwoman costume, in an ill-conceived bid to secure the role in the 1992 sequel “Batman Returns.” Director Tim Burton was nonplussed. He gave the role to Michelle Pfeiffer.

Effective or not, job hunting gimmicks are nothing new. Some years ago, Buzznet Inc. C.E.O. Tyler Goldman, then a lawyer in Palo Alto, heard that sports attorney Leigh Steinberg was looking to add to his sports practice. After a dozen interviews–and still no job offer–Goldman put together an elaborate proposal and had it hand delivered by a man singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in a bird suit (the chicken suit was unavailable). Steinberg never saw the proposal. His secretary kicked the singing man out of the office.

In retrospect, Goldman says, “It was a good thing. I don’t think it would have gone over very well.” Goldman was hired anyway and went on to represent athletes such as Steve Young, Manny Ramirez and Troy Aikman.

Recently, The Creative Group, a recruiting firm, published a report on the unusual lengths people will go to get hired. Among the strangest anecdotes executives reported was a man who “used an office building across the street to place a large sign with his qualifications posted.” Another job-seeker “put up posters of himself in the garage where the executive parked.” One applicant “had her name printed on golf balls that got into the hands of executives who were hiring.”

But creative approaches were not necessarily viewed as beneficial. Fifty-two percent of marketing executives qualified these tactics as “unprofessional,” compared to 34% who say they are “OK, as long as the style doesn’t detract from the information.”

“It used to be that people would put their name in a pizza box, or in skywriting or interview on the street. That doesn’t work anymore,” says Harvey Marco, chief creative officer at advertising firm J. Walter Thompson. “It’s like everything else, people become immune to that.”

So what is cutting through? “Not the man in the chicken suit,” says Marco. “The work has to speak for itself. It has to be packaged in a way that says how they think.”

Jay Katsir took that approach a few years ago. Still without a job offer at the time of his college graduation, Katsir auditioned to be one of several students who delivered a brief commencement speech before the one given by TheDaily Show’s Jon Stewart–the official commencement speaker. The day of graduation, Katsir delivered a short comedic speech detailing his college anxieties: “Did I choose the right major? Am I the only one who still wears a retainer?” As he wound down, he noted that many members of his graduating class would go off to work for “banks, banking markets, market houses and stocking marts. I might not join them,” Katsir continued, turning to face the celebrity speaker directly. “In fact, my future employment is still completely undetermined, Mr. Stewart?”

The speech landed Katsir a writing gig on a then-new show called The Colbert Report. Last September, he won the 2008 Emmy for Best Comedy Writing.


Should You Take The First Job You’re Offered?

Tara Weiss, 01.20.09, 06:00 PM EST

There are often many good reasons not to, even now.

When have you been out of work so long that you should take the first job you’re offered, even if it’s mediocre?

Probably never.

Still, it’s something many job seekers consider as their bank accounts dwindle and the rejection letters pile up.

What should you do? To begin with, try not to get yourself into this fix. Resist the urge to apply for just any job that’s even remotely related to your field. If you take one that doesn’t fit in with your career plans, you may find it hard to rejoin your intended specialty once the downturn passes.

So before blindly sending your résumé to a mass of employers, research each prospective firm, its products and its services. Talk to the human resources contact early on to find out what exactly the position entails. If it’s not something that meshes with your professional trajectory or it’s way beneath your skill level, don’t apply for it.

In Pictures: Deciding Whether To Take That Imperfect Job

“I advise clients to strongly consider whether they want to compromise everything they’ve learned, take a lower compensation package and work their way back up in a company,” says Sandy Gross, founder of Pinetum Partners LLC, an executive search firm that specializes in the financial services industry. “I encourage them to think of their next opportunity as a long-term career move, not something they’ll take for six months and then relaunch their job search.”

Take stock of your financial situation with a professional adviser, if you haven’t done so already. This will help you develop a realistic timetable for how long you can afford to be out of work.

You might learn, to your surprise, that you have time to enhance your skills by taking a class that will make you more marketable. You might even be able to do something you’ve always wanted to do but never had the opportunity for, like starting your own business. Or you might decide you have enough of a financial cushion to join one of the many start-ups being developed by laid-off Wall Streeters.

If your financial outlook isn’t that rosy and you need to take a job that’s not ideal for you, Gross offers a suggestion: Instead of signing on full-time, explain to the hiring manager that you respect the team and believe in the business but you’re not sure it’s the right move for you long term. Are they open to you signing on for six months or a year, to help with certain projects, and then re-evaluating your role?

This is risky, but it could appeal to employers who don’t necessarily want to pay health insurance or young firms that are willing to take guidance from senior level professionals on a short-term basis.

Annie Levy Sandin, a founder of the financial recruiting firm Emerging Globe Group, in Westport, Conn., has several clients in exactly this situation. She’s hesitant to tell them to hold out for something better, especially if they’ve been out of work for several months. But if they do take a job not really related to their field or at a lower than optimal level, they’d better have a good explanation for future hiring managers.

“Is there anything they can come up with that’s good about the job that they can take to the next situation?” Levy Sandin asks. “If you explain things correctly, you can get away with a lot. You’re never going to admit to a prospective boss, ‘I was desperate and had to feed my family.'”

If you’ve been offered a job that doesn’t excite you and also been interviewed for one that does, try to buy more time with the first firm. Contact your prospective manager at the more interesting opportunity and explain that you’re not trying to start a bidding war, but you’ve been offered another job and they’re putting pressure on you for an answer.

Make it clear that this opportunity seems much better to you. Ask if they can tell you what the time frame will be for making a hiring decision.

The ultimate goal is to find something that fulfills you professionally. The last thing you want is to start another job search in six months.


Sign of the times: an unemployed headhunter

Sign of the times: an unemployed headhunter

Geoff Williams
Jan 23rd 2009 at 5:00PM

I used to see John Kennedy on Twitter, posting about employment opportunities for other people. Now he’s looking for his own job.

As anyone who uses Twitter understands, you often follow people you don’t know, and they follow you. It’s like a group of strangers being on a site, and sometimes you get to know them, and sometimes you don’t.

In any case, Kennedy was, as is known in the job recruitment industry, a headhunter. Giant companies, some small and many Fortune 500 types, pay people like him to find competent people for job openings. Every day, I noticed, he would mention some of the types of job openings that were available to qualified folks in the IT industry.

And then one day, he sent out a message on his own behalf: I am currently looking for new job opportunities for myself…

Kennedy, who worked for a job recruiting company in Cincinnati, Ohio, is part of what seems to be an ongoing trend. Google, of course, made news recently when it laid-off most of its own job recruiters. With fewer jobs available, there seem to be fewer opportunities for headhunters. In any case, I dropped Kennedy an email and asked him about his situation, thinking it might be interesting to get his take on the economy, given that he has recently been on both sides of the employment fence. Kennedy, 40 years old, has been out of a job for a little over two weeks now and is now looking for something else, possibly as a headhunter and maybe in “computer support — but that market has been severely contracted, to say the least.”

So how did it happen?
The numbers had been down and were pretty bad for the two last two years, but there was something of an implication there, that I would have the chance to recruit for the engineering side of the business. The formal news came down when I was taken into a conference room by my immediate supervisor and told that it was my last day.

You work with unemployed people a lot — did that help you at all, in how you were able to react to being let go?
There’s really nothing that can brace you for the absolutely overwhelming shock that comes with the knowledge that the source of your ability to feed and house yourself has just been cut off. In this economic environment, it’s doubly frightening as the path forward isn’t clear at all.

Obviously, it’s bad out there, but have you seen the job market worse?
In my 13 years doing this, this is the worst that it has been, with the possible exception of the very first few weeks after 9/11.

So what should any newly unemployed people be mentally prepared for?
At the larger companies, the process is very computer-centric. Thirteen years ago, you would drop off resumes and stop into company lobbies to fill out applications, and you would sometimes even get to talk to HR and hiring managers on the spot, but above a certain size, pretty much everything is done online now.

Are there any good signs that you’ve been seeing?
That there is any activity at all is encouraging. There’s CareerBuilder, Monster and newspaper ads; people are returning some calls. Hopefully, the new administration will also be able to provide some help. I truly believe there will be good days again, but the question is whether or not they will come in time before many, many people suffer irreparable career harm.

And do you have any tips on getting a job? You, of all people, should.
Network, network, network. Even in more “normal” times, it seems the most rewarding and successful placements come through connections.

Geoff Williams is a freelance journalist and the author of C.C. Pyle’s Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America (Rodale). He can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/geoffw.

14 things to do if you are laid off from a tech job

I saw a great piece of advice in a recent story on U.S. News & World Report called 10 things to do on the day after you’re laid off: “Write a thank-you note to your former boss.” I like that. It can’t hurt, and if your boss hears of openings elsewhere, you’re now that much more likely to get the referral.

Geeks and other tech employees are a little different from the vanilla workforce, though, so I wanted to put together a list of specific things that people in our part of the economy might want to consider if they’re let go. Here’s the rundown.

Quoted passages in this story are from other CNET employees, many of whom, like me, have spent time among the alternatively employed.

Whole article