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What Goes Around Comes Around – Don’t Sue.

Taking the blame when you don’t get a job you felt you had coming can be difficult. It’s much more enjoyable to assume the employer wrongly didn’t hire you, and that you can make money off this mistake.

It’s sad to say that we all have to live in fear of getting sued – so allow today’s post to be my disclaimer.

I keep all records, interview notes, and documentation for at least three years out of fear that one day someone will wake up and say, hey, I’m X sexual orientation and really wanted that call center representative position I interviewed for. I bet they didn’t hire me because of that. I’ll sue so I can make lots of money off the city because they have it to spare.

Then I pull my notes.

 Their resume had spelling errors and they could not describe what they did at more than one place of employment, they cursed 3 times during the interview, which they showed up for 40 minutes late. They chewed gum, didn’t take off their blue sunglasses, and didn’t take off their Bluetooth. Their phone rang during the interview, which they did not apologize to the hiring manager for, even when they took the call, to tell the caller they would call them back later. Their clothing was disheveled and stained, hygiene issues noted…

Wow, and this person’s suing. That’s why we keep notes. But save yourself legal fees. It’s very hard to prove you weren’t hired for a specific role for a specific reason – but worse than that, you’ve now burned a bridge. You will never have another interview with the place you’re suing, or its parent companies or affiliates. You never know who owns whom nowadays, or when you might want to be considered again by the employer in the future.

I once had an employee cut due to budget cuts, and then someone voluntarily left the department. I knew the employee was still job hunting, so I recommended to the department’s director that he rehire her. And his answer, “I probably would have, but she’s suing us, claiming she was let go for discrimination, so I can’t.”

So next time you’re thinking of suing over being let go or over not getting a position, why not instead invest those dollars you’d have spent on the lawyer on a career coach, to help you figure out why you’re not getting the positions you want.

They’ll tell you to shut the cellphone, take off the Bluetooth and sunglasses, spit out the gum, show up on time, oh yeah, and apply for position’s you’re qualified for.

I’m very sorry to all people who lose their positions or don’t get the ones they’re after, it’s happened to all of us, but suing isn’t the solution. You’ll just end up in years of conflict with bad karma and a bad name. Maybe you will make some money, but probably not as much as if you had put all that time, money, and effort into finding a better career.

What is the difference between a recruiter (internal) and a headhunter?

This one came up last night when I met someone @Mashable Social Media Day Meetup. When I mentioned I was a recruiter, she asked, “So can you get me a job?” Made me wonder if people show their teeth to someone who mentions their a dentist…lord help the proctologists!

My understanding is a buyer/seller perspective.

A headhunter, AKA ‘executive recruiter,’ is a “people” sales person, making a commission off sending qualified people for employment roles that fit a company’s need, and generally more efficient than if they had conducted the search themselves.

An internal recruiter is a company’s staff buyer. What I do is work like the company bouncer. I only let the best fits for a job come in for an interview, and send the best of those candidates on to interviews with hiring managers. This way the hiring managers only need to meet approx. 3 people to find a perfect fit for their role, and do not have their time wasted.

Q: Where do I find a ‘Jewish Job’?

A: Network.

B: Broad Networking, Yahoo groups, etc.

C: Job Boards

Jobs in the Jewish community (General)

Association of Jewish Aging Services

Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies

Federation Jobs

Fundraising & Non-profit

Hillel Jobs on Campus

JCC Careers

Jewish Education

New Jersey



Recruiters for Jewish Community/Non-Profits

DRG: (212) 983-1600

Joel Paul Associates: (212) 868-9317

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Religious & Activist Resumes

When apply for positions, make sure you’re not too culturally/religiously focused. Make sure everything is in plain English & understandable to someone not part of your world (no acronyms without explaining or industry-specific jargon, nothing in a different language). Try to make them look as secular and liberal as possible if not for a company of a shared mission.

Have more than one version of your resume.

One general one where you mention that you love animals in your Skills & Interests section; a second resume all about your activist PETA activity and being a vegan when applying to work for the humane society.

You get the gist.


Objectives & Cover Letters

I really hope your objective is to get the job you’re applying for obviously, and stating that is a waste of good space on your resume. Other info about yourself should be in your brief yet informative cover letter (yes, always include a cover, and if you’re applying by email your email IS the cover). Never attach a cover letter, it’s silly, it won’t be opened. You lost your chance to make a strong first impression.


I remember I once saw a huge billboard about 10 years back in NYC saying, “Helloisanybodyoutthere?”

To this day I’m not sure what it was for. I tried yahooing it back then (pre-google popularity days), and there weren’t any good leads. Welcome to my new blog. I hope it helps you or someone you know.