Oil and Pregnancy Don’t Mix, But Apples and Berries Do

apple blackberryMaybe not so much for apples and oranges, but BlackBerrys and Apples do indeed mix.

Within days of last month’s announcement of 4,500 upcoming layoffs by the sinking ship that was once BlackBerry, Apple threw a “career event” in a hotel a few minutes from the firm’s Canadian headquarters.

Sifting through the LinkedIn profiles of the mobile device maker’s engineering and operations professionals, Apple sent out personal invitations. The pitch:

If you are interested in working on the world’s most advanced mobile devices and operating systems as well as alongside other amazing, talented and passionate engineers then Apple may have opportunities for you.

apple spaceship headquartersNow don’t you go calling this poaching. Apple doesn’t like poaching. But the government makes ’em do it.

No word about how many Berryites will go Apple, but it’s gotta be appealing. Besides being wildly successful, Apple is in Cupertino (average winter day temp: around 60 degrees) and BlackBerry is in Waterloo (average winter day temp: around 30 degrees). Plus Apple is getting this cool, new space ship headquarters that got approved just a couple days ago.

Think BlackBerry Has Problems?

Chevron recruiter to applicant: “Thank you so much Ms. Smith for coming in today. Before I can officially extend an offer, I have a few more questions. This will only take a moment. Ready?”

Candidate: “Yes. Go ahead.”

Recruiter: “Have you ever had an abortion? And how many miscarriages and stillbirths?”

Paging Gloria Allred. Gloria Allred you’re wanted in courtroom 1.”

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Chevron medical questionsChevron’s invasive medical questions, part of its Australian recruitment process, has created a major public stir after the media there got hold of the company’s application. Among the many questions on the form are several about pregnancies, menstrual cycles, “lumps or pain in breasts,” and sexually transmitted diseases.

Some of these questions appear in Section F, which is voluntary. Others are scattered elsewhere, in parts that are required.

Chevron says the medical documents were “guided by industry standards to ensure staff are safe and fit to work,” and were lawful.

Australian lawyers are less sure of that. “It has to be asked, is the information that is being asked reasonable to the employee carrying out their job?” one employment lawyer wondered.

On the other side of the world in New York, Chevron is suing a band of Ecuadorian rainforest inhabitants and their lawyers who won a $19 billion judgment against it. Chevron inherited the lawsuit went it acquired Texaco, but after losing — fraudulently it claims with considerable justification — it’s now suing in American courts to not have to pay damages, for, among other health and environmental issues, reproductive damage done by oil dumping.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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