There are no good candidates

I have recently spent the longest time of my career searching for a new position, and while this post might seem a little jaded, I'm referencing roles where I was also successful but declined the role, or unsuccessful.

The largest part of my experience was that there is a severe lack of respect for the time of a candidate, including appropriate times to call, how long it is appropriate to wait before responding, the ridiculousness of autoresponders, and outright disregard for opinion.

My experience with recruiters was very one–sided with little gain from myself. I followed them up, I did their work, and very rarely did I receive detailed feedback.

There were a number of key learnings for me during the last few months of working with recruiters on finding a position, however my frustration lies equally with both employers and recruiters as offenders.

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Wilson Miner: When we build

One of my favourite designers presents a great rationale for when and why we build.

Wilson Miner: When we build

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My inner animal is a lion

I've always thought that ice–breakers have been a little dry and a mostly quite forced. 'Hello, my name is Grant and my inner animal is a lion because I am a born leader'.

It's just not inspiring, and no one enjoys talking about themselves to a bunch of strangers, however large the ego.

While discussing the mechanics of a design workshop that both myself and Yvonne of Wildwon plan on running in a few weeks we both agreed that it would be by invite only, and to ensure the calibre of participants is high we'd ask each person to introduce their invited guest and explain why they invited them. This tweaked my interest in a great alternative to the traditional ice breaker.

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Depression at Work

This is a long piece. The topic was by request from a long term colleague, and more importantly friend, who asked me to write about how I manage my depression and work together to achieve the best work–life balance.

Admittedly suffering depression is becoming less of a ‘suffer’ as it has become more socially acceptable, and as government policy begins to align with those that need support.

With celebrity suicides (especially those that are popular) depression and suicide become even more empathised by the general populous, if not hyper-intensively so.

Having said that, depression is a significant burden.

It is something that is infinitely challenging for me to deal with. It is never a walk in the park, and is managed at best. It is not to be overly simplified—nor would I try to.

It is inexplainable, if not for metaphor.

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