Talent Report

Aberdeen tells me its talent acquisition report is free for a couple of weeks. Just type your email address in, up there in the top right (though it looks like you may get emails from the sponsors).


Women Would Rather Work for Men

By a pretty large margin, executive women in finance would rather work for a man (31 percent would) than a woman (12 percent would).
The CFO study (including survey results, scroll down) examines women who have balanced career and family life, including one woman who tried being a stay-at-home mother and realized she was “really bad at it.”
One big impediment to womens’ success, according to the survey, is the lack of trust and respect coming from the CEO.

More Big Love

–You may have read a lot about the backdating issue, but this overview may help make heads or tails out of it.


–I don’t know who’s writing ads for Borders Books in Santa Monica, but they’re pretty good. One store placard for an inventory clerk, which could have been awfully boring, said “If you’re an early riser, have a keen sense of detail and like touching books ?” go upstairs to the application kiosk.


–According to the Financial Times, British “employers are turning to older workers to fill skills gaps and comply with age discrimination laws due to be introduced in October.” About 70 percent of employers are “actively seeking to recruit people aged between 55 and pension age.”


–Whole Foods is expanding (a lot) in the
UK and is looking for “key management roles,” according to the Financial Times.


-MediaBistro, one of the leading job boards for the media industry around the world, packed ’em in like sardines last week in Hollywood. MediaBistro parties and its website are a source of candidates not just for media companies but for other companies (including the Gap and the National Basketball Association) who are hiring for communications jobs or who want the skills journalists have or are perceived to have. Different MediaBistro crowds (New York, Detroit, Atlanta, across the Pond, etc.) draw different types, and the entertainment industry dominates the parties out here. Last night’s attendees were from E!, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Investor’s Business Daily (headquartered here and not New York, oddly enough), Entrepreneur magazine, MTV, Universal Music Group, and elsewhere.


Unlike past events, few people seemed to be looking for jobs. On the contrary; most I talked to, particularly the freelancers, seemed to have more work than they could handle.


I asked one attendee what she’s hearing a lot of chatter about, since I didn’t get a chance to talk to everyone, and she said, “Lots of new TV show ideas. I’ve heard lots of ideas about cults. Lots of cult ideas.” When I asked why cults, she said, “well, Big Love, it’s sort of like a cult, and it’s hot. So everyone’s looking for more cult ideas. More Big Love.”

Letters from ERE Members to Senators Kennedy and Frist

Today, I collected notes for Sens. Kennedy and Frist concerning their ER Daily articles, and then forwarded to each of them in a batch, to reduce the number of emails.


Here are some excerpts from those letters:



Senator Frist:


With all due respect, I believe you are wrong with the views in your article as well as the Bill that was recently passed. That bill has so many loopholes in it you could drive a coyote’s load of immigrants through it!!!


By stating that enforcement has not worked is inaccurate because enforcement hasn’t been enforced. Employers get away with employing illegal aliens, the border is porous at it’s best, and cities are permitted to be sanctuaries. I am a firm believer in immigration, as my great-grandparents were when they came here (as yours did as well at one time), but they came through designated areas and were registered.


I am a successful person, living in southern
California, yet I can’t afford to buy a home here because of state and federal taxes. Our system is over-burdened as it is and the continual inflow of aliens is killing it. I wish our government would do something about that FIRST.


AS I am sure you remember, the 1986 bill also called for enforcement, which was never enforced. If I commit document fraud (as in SSN#), I will go to jail–for a long time. Why do they get a pass? Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!



Sen. Kennedy:


Nice try, rum-runner–another fatal error on the Senate’s part and another show of just how crooked all of you are and have desire to do the people’s will who pay your salaries.


No mention of current “illegal status” for all these immigrants, yeah, they came here illegally and now they’re going to line up to pay fines on their own accord? Right.


No mention how this traitorous bill will get them lots of free stuff on the broken backs of taxpayers…more of the same lies from our government.


How about the Mexican government getting 20 billion in revenue as they ship their money made in this country back to Mexico and drain all of our social services of resources? Right…


You all should be very nervous as the American people will cast their vote to clean out all you crooks in government….Democrats & Republicans alike.  We will have the last word and use our ultimate power–OUR VOTE. 



Sen. Frist:


I couldn’t be happier with the decisions made by a U.S. Senate united by a common goal, yet divided on a solution. Strong defense of our borders, combined with a progressive approach to enabling those immigrants already in the U.S., is the most appropriate and just way of approaching the immigration problem in our country. 


I have heard from people on both sides of the issue, from amnesty to jail, and neither is entirely wrong nor entirely right. Yet each on its own does not stand on the ideals of our great country.


I have spent the last 14 years in the field of recruitment, staffing, screening & assessment; and have followed this issue with much interest. My hope is that our leaders use as much strength in enforcing this legislation as they did in passing it.



Sen. Frist:


I am in agreement that many alternatives people continue to propose are completely unrealistic. However, I work with a company where immigrants take the “legal” approach, and it is just as important their progress in the greencard process is not affected by any of these measures. They already wait seven to ten years to become a citizen, and they should not have to wait longer. I believe the “fine” that will be imposed is an important piece of the process for these illegal immigrants. I also believe they should be required to perform a number of community service hours to become eligible for citizenship. Once completed, they should be moved into a process that does not affect the timing of anyone currently in the process of obtaining citizenship — the right way. I truly hope that a safeguard is placed around the current procedures in order to allow those already in process to continue down their “legal” path to citizenship.



Sen. Kennedy:


Very well-written article. Frankly, as I was reading it I was expecting to read about which party was at fault and how the Democrats would have done a better job over the last 4+ years since 9-11. I think that is what most people hate about politics…the blame game and we could have done it better…when hindsight is 20/20, etc., etc.


So this article was a breath of fresh air, and I commend you on writing it so well. I still think we have a long way to go in immigration reform and yes this was a great first step. 


I think one issue that is not being talked about is how terrible the administration of immigration documentation is. I have worked extensively in the Spanish market with people from Colombia, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, etc. and they can not believe how terrible the immigration/INS process is. Between lost paperwork, ridiculous delays, poor treatment of applicants, and unfair rules and regulations it is a wonder why so many people do not want to come forward and enter the legalization process. One of my good friends and co-workers recently was deported due to missing a deadline in filling out his paperwork. He was here on a religious visa that had expired without him knowing. It was his fault but his church had never made him aware of the process. While he was in the process of deportation hearings he was told by a lawyer to find an American wife to marry and that would solve everything. Before he had gone forward to file his late paperwork he was told by a Dominican friend to just disappear and lay low until an amnesty comes along. My friend was a part-time pastor at a local church and he could not due that and had faith that by doing the honest thing he would be alright.

Well the lawyer could not backdate the late immigration paperwork or state a case for him so stay…so an honest man got deported while thousands if not millions of dishonest individuals remain here while companies and local law enforcement look the other way.


I believe we need to streamline the immigration process, make it more efficient and friendly. Hire more understanding people and less racially biased people and make sure we deport the deceptive, dishonest, and criminal minded people versus the honest hardworking good people.


Again thanks for writing such a great article on this heated topic and continued success in moving towards positive change.





Europe's Sick Man and Elderly Patient

–With a shortage of Idaho homebuilders, the College of Southern Idaho is starting a college-level homebuilding program for the first time, according to The Times-News in Twin Falls.
–“A projected shortfall in veterinarians specializing in livestock could threaten food safety and the United States’ ability to handle outbreaks of catastrophic animal diseases,” according to a Kansas State University study reported in the AP.
–“Staffing agencies are entering China, India and other emerging markets to introduce executive-level and other employees mainly to locally operating Japanese firms, which are increasingly moving into these countries,” according to Nikkei English News.
–“If Italy could be dubbed the sick man of Europe, Germany appears to be its elderly patient,” according to the Conference Board. Manufacturing labor costs are high in Germany and productivity is low. The Conference Board says that the difference in GDP growth between Europe and the United States may narrow this year as Europe speeds up and the United States slows a bit.