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Good Monday morning to you!

Hiring people has never been easy. Most managers or hiring personnel will tell you that even with personality testing, multiple interviews and thorough reference checking, hiring the right person is still a flip of a coin.

Finding the right job is no easy task either, which is obvious by the number of employment changes that people make today. Most people would agree that the employee has the advantage now, as there are a lot of job openings and not enough job seekers to fill them.

Through all of this, I have heard a recurring comment from those who are hiring, and it deals with a frustration with the number of people who apply for a job and then don’t show up for the scheduled interviews. I have been told that as many as half of the candidates simply fail to show up. No phone call apologies. No email cancellations. No text messages. Nothing.

I have been interviewing candidates for more than 30 years and have made many hires, but I have not experienced the no-shows like so many others have told me about — until now. So I ask myself, what’s changed? Why do so many job seekers fail to communicate why they can’t — or won’t — show up for an interview?

Did they oversleep? Find another job? Have a flat tire? Simply forget? And if any one of those are the reason, why did they not send a basic “thanks, but no thanks” note of some sort? Those in generations past would see that as a common courtesy. But not today. Why?

Some say it is because employees have more options today than they ever have. Others claim that social media and texting are preventing young people from learning how to properly communicate. And a growing number feel it may be due to a lack of consequences in our parental and educational systems today.

Interestingly, I heard from a staff member of ours who shared another perspective, pointing out how he did not hear back from places he interviewed at prior to coming to work for us, despite reaching out and asking for updates. And he’s right. Sending out “flush letters” to non-hires used to be commonplace, but it isn’t so much anymore. Employers need to take responsibility in the communication process, too. And that includes us. In the meantime, if you agreed to interview somewhere, show up.

Have a magnificent Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

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2022 Banished Words List : Wait, What? No Worries. Lake Superior State University Banishes Those and Other Familiar but Problematic Words and Terms for 2022. See what other words made the list!

FROM KCCI: Five children lose their father in deadly rollover crash, months after losing their mother

DES MOINES, Iowa — Five children lost their father on Friday after a car crash. The family of Bazirake Kayira are refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo who moved to Des Moines two years ago. Just four months earlier, the five children lost their mother. She died in August during childbirth. On Friday, their father died after a car crash. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: More than 2,300 US flights canceled Sunday as travel woes continue

(NewsNation Now) — For air travelers, the new year picked up where the old one left off — with lots of frustration over canceled or delayed flights By Sunday afternoon, a day when many travelers plan to return home from holiday trips, 2,322 U.S. flights and more than 3,926 worldwide had been canceled, according to tracking service FlightAware.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DMPD: More calls for crashes this New Year's Eve than last, fewer calls for gunshots, fireworks

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department had a busy New Year's Eve with more than 300 service calls including 28 crashes. DMPD reports a breakdown of service calls over the time period from 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. on Jan. 1. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

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Meet Sally Brown: "Belonging and becoming” theme supported by seminar

By Ashley Rullestad

Sally Brown has been at Dallas Center Grimes for 14 years now, mostly as a middle school language arts teacher. Now she's at the new Oak View building, and she's excited to be teaching a new seminar class for seventh and eighth graders there. 

“It's kind of like a guidance class for middle schoolers. Our middle school philosophy is ‘belonging and becoming,’ and this class is geared toward that motto. We want to expose students to a wide variety of post-secondary options including college, careers, military, local businesses, and just thinking and dreaming about their lives beyond DCG.”

Many teachers seem destined to teach a specific age level, and Brown is no different. Her passion is middle school.


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When do you take down your Christmas tree?

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