#CommuterMusings: Recruiters and Salary questions

I spend nearly 2 hours every weekday commuting to and from work. I use this time to check my social media, read the headlines / interesting blogs and educate myself about tech I am not familiar with. If I see a interesting topic it starts me thinking…:

Today’s thought was:

I read an interesting article on LinkedIn today by Liz Ryan. Posted on the Forbes website, she was responding to a letter talking about the reasons why recruiters feel the need to pry into your current / last salary details before deciding whether you would be a suitable ‘fit’ for a role.

Personally this question has always bothered me. I don’t know about you but I have lost count of the number of times I have been asked this at interviews and by recruiters. Frankly its annoying and intrusive and I will generally (albeit very politely) ask why they feel it relevant to my validity for a role – I always feel that whatever answer I give will be used ‘against me’ in any future contract negotiation.

As someone who has worked in both private and public sectors, in big cities and in some of the more far-flung reaches of the UK, the fluctuations in my salary often resemble a rollercoaster as opposed to  a gentle upward curve. Looking at it for some kind of magical trend analysis of what I am ‘worth’ is akin to buying a car jack made of jelly.

The post is worth a read as the author debunks all of the usual responses provided if you challenge the requirement. Find it here if you are interested.

#CommuterMusings: On Climate Change

I spend nearly 2 hours every weekday commuting to and from work. I use this time to check my social media, read the headlines / interesting blogs and educate myself about tech I am not familiar with. If I see a interesting topic it starts me thinking…:

Today’s thought was:

Does anyone else feel that the never-ending argument between Climate Change advocates and skeptics has turned into a finger pointing exercise at this stage?

From what I can tell, even the most avid skeptics recognise the world is changing (more extreme weather variations,melting icecaps, drought), and that those changes will have implications. But has being ‘right’ about whether it is man-made or natural become more important  than actually thinking about the end effect?

If we can mostly agree change IS happening, wouldn’t time and effort being spent arguing be better spent looking at practical ways to mitigate the impact (by mitigate I mean things like better flood defences, better housing materials, better irrigation and other such things.) If Climate Change has gone so far that it is already happening – surely we should be planning for it instead of arguing about it. Just a thought.

Note: It may be that there are companies that are doing that very thing – you just don’t hear about that so much in the news.