Whether you’re hiring an entry-level sales associate, a seasoned software developer, or a talented hair stylist, one thing is almost certain: “years of experience required” is somewhere in the job description. This “measure” of knowledge and ability is frequently used to screen applicants. But does it tell you anything about a candidate’s future success on the job? Hiring managers have to digest a lot of information (read: thousands of resumes) in a short period of time, so they inevitably look for mental shortcuts to help them sift through their growing pile of applicants. Everyone looks for past work experience because…

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Four Steps to Screening Job Candidates Like a Boss Making the right hires may be the most important thing a company does. We all know the power of a great employee. A person whose personality is the right fit for your work culture and who has the skills to tackle everything you need them to do can turbocharge your productivity and make your workplace a better place to be. But looking for that person in a sea of resumes is like looking for a cube in two dimensional space. Companies like McKinsey and Google are able to find top talent…

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It’s become increasingly popular of late in recruiting blog circles (which circle of Hell is that again?) to criticize LinkedIn. And while some of that criticism is warranted (see here and here), I want to make it clear that that’s not my intent. In this case, LinkedIn is just the medium through which these memes happened to be shared. So if you’re hoping for one of those “LinkedIn is dead” posts that seem to be popping up every hour on the hour, you’re going to be disappointed.

Instead, I want to focus on what I think we can all agree is the single most important issue facing our country at the moment: the new proliferation of LinkedIn-user-generated memes.

In case you’re not familiar with this phenomenon, over the last 18 months enterprising LinkedIn users have attempted to harness the power of viral marketing by co-opting the memes you know and love from the rest of the internet and making them much, much worse.

If you’re in the dark about what I’m talking about, I strongly urge you to close this tab in your browser. Seriously. Get out while you still can. Your ignorance on this subject is a beacon of happy innocence to which we should all aspire.

For the rest of you, I’ve taken the liberty of compiling 10 of the best (read: worst) examples below.

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The job market is weird The first thing you learn in college microeconomics is that markets are awesome. They bring the people who need something together with the people who can provide it, at a price that makes sense. It takes until the third or fourth lecture for the professor to hit you with the truth: markets fail, in all sorts of ways, all the time. The job market has problems, and the best evidence for this is that it takes at least 2-3 months of solid effort to find a full-time job. The problem is information: people are complicated,…

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Fifty of the country’s top tech sales teams are hiring right now, and you have the chance to prove you belong. With the HireArt Sales Challenge, you complete one case study, and then these companies will start contacting you for on-site interviews. No cover letter, no phone screen–you get to skip all of that. If you really rock it, you can also win one of ten $100 Airbnb gift cards! Your brief: You are a sales associate at Perfect Payday, a startup that sells payroll technology to small businesses (read more about the company and the product). Your responsibilities include…

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Editorial Note: Will is one of the most accomplished recruiters in the industry. He has worked for Rosetta Stone, Dell and eBay. When we asked why he chose to go into recruiting he told us that his own personal struggle deciding on a career and how making the right decisions inspired him. Here is his story. From 2000-2003 I worked for a homebuilder as a sales person. I sat in a trailer home and waited for people to come by to look at our model homes. I sold “to- be- built” homes and SPEC homes (houses already built without an…

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I recently talked to Andrew*, who got a job as a Product Manager after an arduous search that took many months and thousands of hours of work. According to Andrew, “I really didn’t have the experience required to get a Product Manager job, but it was my dream role so I was determined to learn everything I needed to know and show employers I could do the work.” Product manager roles are ridiculously hard to get. They are extremely scarce and highly coveted, so they are often filled without being posted publicly. To make matters worse, many managers only hire…

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