Attacking Automated Job Application System Annoyances

Dear reader,

Today, I applied for a job.  Or, rather, I have been applying for many, since I wrote this on my old Ramble About Writing blog back in 2012.  We’ve all been there, and many of us are pretty familiar with the process.  First, we re-vamp the resume…

Wanna hire me?  I take consulting/promotional work!

Then we write up a cover-letter that tries to make us seem skilled without sounding self-centered.  Then we just hit ctrl+p, grab an envelope and a stamp, and…

No, wait, that’s not how most companies handle resumes anymore.  And why should they?  There are trees to protect!  And not to mention that there are, like, tons of people applying for each job.  Let’s start by looking at the education field:  I’ve competed against 800 people for a single, one-year-long job as a teacher.  Assuming one can even keep one’s resume down to one page (is that one too many ones?), that’s two sheets for each person.  Forget a “stack” of resumes, we’re talking about an entire crate, easy.  So, naturally, my area devised an automated resume-handling system called “On-Line Application System,” or OLAS.  If you think this article is going to complain about OLAS, you’re wrong. Click here to read more!

Jesse Pohlman Publications and Projects, 2/19/2015

Hello, friends!

This is a casual update post, mainly so that I can keep readers informed as to what I’ve been up to, lately!  You might be surprised at how long this list is…

Articles by Jesse Pohlman

– An article I wrote for TheHill.com’s Congress blog, Gerrymandering Exposed In Florida, was published on December 12, 2014.  It’s about the exposure of a scumbag!  What more could be better?

– On January 22nd, I received a Daily Kos Community Spotlight for an article I wrote about Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman, on the eve of King Abdullah’s death.  Saudi Arabia’s King Salman – Unexpected Innovator or Alzheimer’s-Stricken King?  explored the background of the new ruler, and analyzed some of his strengths as well as weaknesses.  It addressed rumors that the new king may be suffering from some form or another of dementia, a disease I know quite well, but so far no major media outlets have played this up.  I’ve written other articles at Daily Kos, and I’d encourage you to check them out. Click here to read more!

An Undead, Zombie Valentine’s Day’s Wishes

I know, I know; your neighbor got bit by a “dog” and now he’s chasing your children around the house. Zombies are hardly a new thing, but we’re so used to seeing them on TV that we stop thinking about the make-up that goes into creating a good zombie! It’s a good thing Kat Anguera is a master of both the camera and the blood-colored make-up kit.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, check out this good gentleman offering this lady a luscious bouquet!

Unfortunately for him, he might be a touch too late. Click here to read more!

Protostar: Memoirs Of The Messenger Now In Paperback!

This may be a bit belated, but my sci-fi space opera, Protostar:  Memoirs Of The Messenger is now available in paperback!

Protostar by Jesse Pohlman

Protostar by Jesse Pohlman

Here’s a five-star review from artist Cecelia Ivy Price:  “It’s like Ghost in the Shell meets Outlaw Star (For any old school anime fans.) Intergalactic warfare and furtistic weapons. Get read, highly recommend it!”

Ensign Lahira Ocean is the chief navigator of the Human battleship, the George Washington. Born on the world Magellan, she hails from a wealthy family, and joined the fleet as a precursor to her future as a trade magnate. Aside from astronomic charts and hyper-drive calculations, she studies history as both a pastime, and a lens to understand her life’s path. She regularly muses about retirement, despite her incredible skill at military affairs. Fate intervenes when scanners on a Human-held planet, Hudson, pick up an approaching group of alien ships. The George Washington is deployed to supervise this initial contact, but the greeting Mankind gets is as horrifying as it is stereotypical of a 20th or 21st century science-fiction epic! Click here to read more!

The Educational Value of Saturday Morning Cartoons

Growing up in the late eighties/early nineties, there was one thing I loved:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Okay, so I loved other things, too, but Saturday Mornings were special.  I was just a sucker for the shows that broadcasters just knew would keep our little imaginations running.  It wasn’t just my childhood that was shaped by this type of programming block, however – Wikipedia has a page dedicated to the history and strategy behind the Saturday Morning Cartoon!  What’s more, as explained by John Cheese of Cracked.com, this kind of TV-By-Theme, like Cartoon Network’s “Toonami” and Nickelodeon’s “Nicktoons,” are being phased out as on-demand programming, DVR’s, and hundred-channel-TV-Services allow consumers to more exactingly choose their shows. Click here to read more!