Monster Sales Reps Fleeing…
Monster VP Sue Hayden, a former Oracle Direct vice president, allegedly announced a 70% to 100% increase in sales quotas this year, and as a result, sales reps are fleeing fast.
On Yahoo!’s message boards, one of the 20 sales reps at Monster who allegedly gave notice last week wrote that Hayden “openly admitted as an officer of the board that sales quota was doubled.”
The sales rep, identified on the message board as Jenmonstersale, added, “It is unheard of to be in an organization where when you hit your goal, the goal is increased 100% the last day of the month when the whole sales team is overachieving.”
Yahoo!’s Matt Martone extended an open invite to interview with his company, writing on his blog that, “If you are a departing rep or manager and want to sell more than listings and resume search you should give me a call, email me, or connect with me on LinkedIn.”
Networking at the JobBurner Campfire…
JobBurner.com is a new website community that uses personality matching and social networking features (with personalized profile pages, blogs, and forums) to match employers and jobseekers.
The management team includes Zoë Goldring and Gretchen Ledgard, both of JobSyntax.com fame, who allege that existing technologies haven’t provided “long-term and strategic solutions” to connect the best technical professionals and available career opportunities.
In other words, this is another company hyping a move past traditional resumes and keyword searches.
Job postings, also posted on its affiliate sites, are free until February 28. Once the trial period ends, listings cost $200 each.
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Kidzania: The Happiest Place on Earth…
A new children’s theme park in Japan, which can accommodate up to 3,000 children a day, is dedicated to offering children a fun taste of the working world.
The Kidzania park has 50 company-sponsored pavilions that offer a chance for kids to test their prowess as pilots, dentists, electrical engineers, and more.
For example, a dentist-in-training learns how cavities form, then inserts a filling in the tooth of a doll.
Many education officials in Japan are worried about the work ethic of its young generation. Some government reports show that about 640,000 Japanese youth between the ages of 15-34 are neither at work nor at school, compared with about 400,000 in 1993. (The government refers to this group as NEET: not in education, employment or training.)
Plans are in the works to develop Kidzania at six more locations in Japan.
There are no immediate plans for a park in the United States, though more parks will open in Mexico City; Monterrey, Mexico; Jakarta; Lisbon; Dubai; and possibly South Korea and China.