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Email Etiquette
(June 28, 1997):If you are bringing the rest of your office into the 21st Century, chances are that email is a big component of your workload. Some (we think wise) folks are beginning to refer to it as "the real killer web application". Whatever.

People who are used to the rigors of email communications often forget to mention the very basics when ntroducing a new user. Claris has made a nice little contribution in this area. Their one page guide to Email Etiquette is a gem that you ought to bookmark. Print out a copy and give it to the new folks.

Key points include:

  • Be Concise
  • Avoid "Flames"
  • Use Asterisks
  • Use Threads
  • Avoid Spamming
  • Don't Use ALL CAPS
  • Repeat Messages
Workforce Changes
(June 26, 1997):The Hudson Institute is a think tank focused on the relationship between education and economics. According to their literature:
more than thirty years of work on the most important issues of the day has forged a viewpoint that embodies skepticism about the conventional wisdom, optimism about solving problems, a commitment to free institutions and individual responsibility, an appreciation of the crucial role of technology in achieving progress, and an abiding respect for the importance of values, culture, and religion in human affairs.
Widely known for their groundbreaking study,Workforce 2000, Hudson has recently pubished an update called Workforce 2020. The new study makes the following assertions:
  • the pace of technological change in today's economy has never been greater. It will accelerate exponentially.
  • the rest of the world matters to a degree that it never did in the past.
  • America is getting older.
  • the U.S. Labor force continues its ethnic diversification, though at a fairly slow pace.
  • American firms will need to continue to compete for the best workers by offering an ever-expanding array of benefits and accommodating a variety of lifestyle and workplace arrangements.
  • U.S. firms should press for immigration policies that open America's doors to skilled workers from abroad.
  • the most successful firms of the 21st Century must find a way to accommodate and thereby benefit from the talents of older workers.
The study is chock full of important insight for recruiters. You can order a copy online for $19.50.

State Employment Projections

(June 25, 1997):In addition to the voluminous data supplied by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most (41 of 50) states offer localized employment trend projections. Here are the links to the state level data.

Alabama Kentucky N Dakota
Alaska Louisiana Ohio
Arizona Maine Oklahoma
Arkansas Maryland Oregon
California Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Colorado Michigan Rhode Island
Connecticut Minnesota South Carolina
Delaware Mississippi S Dakota
D.C. Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho N Hampshire Virginia
Illinois N Jersey Washington
Indiana N Mexico W Virginia
Iowa N York Wisconsin
Kansas N Carolina Wyoming

Hits and Stats

(June 24, 1997): Assessing a site's popularity through the compiling of statistics has become a veritable cottage industry. Whole edifices of numbers are built to demonstrate that one site is more popular than another.

As in all media, Web stats are often a blend of wishful thinking and hyperbole. They are often backed up with complex analyses of "hits/day", "page requests/day" and so on.

But do these numbers mean anything?

There are a number of reasons why the interpretation of statistics from most common stats programs is fundamentally flawed. The reasons range from the phenomenon of "caching" at a number of levels, to the "misuse" of legitimate stats.

Jeff Goldberg of the Cranfield Computing Centre at the University of Cranfield in the UK has published a paper on the ins and outs of using and interpreting site statistics.

The paper is somewhat old in Web terms, but it nonetheless dispels some popular misconceptions in this area and, as such, is worth a read.


(June 23, 1997):
"I already know more than I can understand."
- Blondie Bumstead circa 1938

As the sheer numbers of recruiting sites explode, the tendency to be overwhelmed by it all grows proportionally. In clinical psychology, psychosis is defined as an overabundance of choice. Wading through the available options can produce symptoms as diverse as confusion and claustrophobia.

The key, as always, is knowing what you want. The more you can quantify your needs and expectations, the more likely you will be to effectively achieve them. In this regard, the Web is no different from other resource decisions.

"Recruiter's Resolutions For 2003:

1. Finally, clear the resumes off my desk
2. Take a speed-reading course to get through resumes faster
3. Find three new places to source good people
4. Lower cost-per -hire (make that, determine cost-per-hire...then lower it!)
5. Find a talent Management system to help with all of the above.

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