Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Panda Bear on Resumes and Excessive Executive Pay

The Panda Bear is a blog about an average woman in ordinary life circumstances muddling through life.   Readers are welcome to read this blog and feel superior to the Panda Bear.   She things everyone in life needs both some comic relief and someone to whom they can feel immensely superior.   The blogosphere is too full experts and people who have found the secret to complete happiness.   The Panda Bear makes no such claim and she feels many of these people just make her feel inferior.

The Panda Bear is still trying to get back to her normal routines after dealing with the stress of the end of the year and its being business as usual during the holidays.  The Panda Bear is needing a "mental health day" but it is still very busy at the Panda Bear's daytime job so she is not sure when she can get time off.    True, the Panda Bear did have some time off during the holidays but it was spent with family and the Panda Bear needs some Panda Bear time for herself.   The Panda Bear is not exercising as much as she used to, is not keeping up with her rexalation routines, gaining weight and drinking too much coffee,.   In short the Panda Bear is a total mess and is in no position to lecture people on what to do with their lives.

However, one thing the Panda Bear is very grateful is that she is not part of the wealthy and corrupt plutocracy that appears to be running the developed world.   The Panda Bear knows the philosophic and spiritual pleasure of being considered of being a decent ordinary person.   When the Panda Bears feels unhappy about her lack advancement, she tells herself she is not mean enough to get ahead.   The Panda Bear feels it is not necessarily the smartest and best  people that make it to the top but the boldest and most egotistical.

The Panda Bear reads and hears about how to get jobs and so much of it seems to be a game rather than finding the best candidates for the job.   When the Panda Bear was young and innocent she accepted more of this game playing because she felt it showed whether people were street-smart but as she gets older she thinks peoples work history should more speak for itself.   So much of job hunting involves endless amounts of self-promotion-woe to the shy and modest good worker!!

On the radio today, the Panda Bear was hearing how getting a job had nothing to do with being a good worker. The Panda Bear was hearing on WBUR(an NPR radio station) a recruiter discussing resumes where the recruiter was stating it was important that they be in the correct style of the time.   For example ten years ago, people were told to use unusual words in the resume so their resumes would stand out where human recruiters read them.  Now because many companies use software to screen out resumes, people should be using common words so the software can rank the resume,   Companies are turning to software programs to help them in their hiring process because their are getting more resumes while hiring few recruiters.

Companies are hiring fewer recruiters because of the tight economy.   However, as many observe no matter how bad the economy is doing no matter how poorly the company is doing their high level executives make alot of money.   The Panda Bear thinks if these executives really cared about their organizations they would put more money and effort towards getting the best talent for their jobs.   However, the Panda Bear things most executives just care about themselves and their money.

The Panda Bear can not believe that so many "experts" don't know why organizations, governments and businesses can't limit their executives compensation.   The answer is so simple.   The people who set executive pay are very wealthy themselves(or at least aspire to be ultra rich) and don't want spoil the party for the very rich(which would mean ending the party for them).  There seems to be a revolving door in the US at least between the heads of government and the heads of business; therefore the goverment is no longer able to regulate business.   It seems like the US is run by a mysterious business-government-industrial complex.

The Panda Bear has no solution to the problem.   She thinks laws need to be passed to not allow executives to be compensated in advance for work done(so if they do a bad job they get fired and loose pay like the rest of us average Joes and Janes).   However, probably what is needed is a 1960's grassroots type of movement demanding change.    The first step towards this change is to be proud to be a common person.

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