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ISIS Recruits Have to Fill Out 23-Question Job Application

Questions range from marital status to preference for suicide attacks

(Newser) - It seems applying to join ISIS isn't so different from applying to be a Subway sandwich artist. NBC News reports thousands of what appear to be ISIS recruiting forms were leaked to various news agencies by a "disillusioned" member of the terror organization. CNN has the full list... More »

Disabled Job Seekers Face Steep Discrimination

Employers much less interested in applicants who noted disability in cover letter

(Newser) - Last year, only 17.1% of the disabled population in the US was employed, in stark contrast to the 64.6% for the non-disabled, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics . A new study out of Rutgers and Syracuse University may point to the hidden bias that explains this. Researchers sent... More »

Guy Applies for Job, Sends Naked Pics to HR: Cops

He did not get the job

(Newser) - An Illinois job applicant either has terrible follow-up skills or terrible texting skills, but either way, he's out of a new gig. Elmhurst police say they took in a report on Aug. 14 from the HR manager of a St. Charles company that alleged one of the candidates for... More »

Job Hunters, Sound of Your Voice Matters

Employers rate people more highly when they hear a pitch instead of just reading it

(Newser) - If you're trying to land a job, it's much better to explain why you're the perfect candidate in person than in an email, a new study suggests. And it's got nothing to do with power suits—it's all about your voice. Employers are more likely... More »

Job Ad for Paintball Target Gets 10K Replies

UK company says it's overwhelmed by responses

(Newser) - It's not every help-wanted ad that asks, "Do you have a relatively high pain threshold?" But that didn't stop more than 10,000 people from applying anyway, reports AFP . The job in question? Human paintball target. The British company UKPaintball has stopped accepting applications to become an... More »

SAT Scores May Count ... in Your 40s

Companies asking job candidates for their scores, even into middle age

(Newser) - Even if you have gray hair and can't really remember taking the SATs, your scores could still come back to haunt you. The Wall Street Journal finds that companies are asking job candidates for their scores even into middle age. College entrance exam scores, says a recruitment head at... More »

More Than 1M Applied for a McJob

McDonald's ends up hiring 62K new workers

(Newser) - McDonald's national hiring binge is done, and the chain ended up handing out 24% more jobs than the 50,000 it said it would. And those 62,000 new employees must be la creme de la creme, because they were chosen from a field of more than 1 million... More »

UK Phone Firm Seeks 160-Word Resumes

Text messages force 'sassy' applicants to get to the point

(Newser) - A British firm is asking job candidates to apply for its marketing job by text message, BBC reports. With a 160-character word limit, mobile phone services company Teimlo hopes to separate those who “just want any job” from applicants who are “sassy” and “good with words,”... More »

Looking for Work? Better Have a Job Already

Another hurdle for job-seekers as unemployment nears 10%

(Newser) - Finding a job when unemployment is at 9.4% is hard enough. But the recently laid-off have another hurdle to contend with: Many employers are most interested in attracting candidates who are still working, the Wall Street Journal reports. “If they’re employed in today’s economy, they have... More »

Mont. City Wants Facebook Password From Job-Seekers

Mont. city requires applicants to give access to social networking accounts

(Newser) - Job applicants for the city of Bozeman, Mont., had better be prepared to submit their passwords for social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. A miffed applicant emailed Montana's News Station about the practice, which City Attorney Greg Sullivan quickly defended. "We do those types of investigations to... More »

The Single Best Question for Job Applicants

Ask applicants what they do when they're not working

(Newser) - Hiring tends to be a total crapshoot, Peter Bregman writes in a Harvard Business Review blog. But you'll get better results if you ask applicants one question: What do you do in your spare time? Hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger flies gliders for fun and used to build intricate models. "... More »

Groups Go High-Tech in Push for Obama Jobs

Groups modernize process of sorting resumes

(Newser) - Special interest groups eager to cement plum spots in the Obama administration are using private websites and online databases to angle for positions, Politico reports. Instead of tossing their résumés onto the pile at, savvy applicants are casting their lots with these groups, which pore over... More »

Help Wanted: Must Make Coffee, Change World

(Newser) - Coffee is pretty serious stuff in Portland, Oregon, but a relatively new shop on the block is taking the preparation of caffeinated beverages to a rarified extreme, the New York Times reports. The Ladybug Organic Coffee Company requires applicants for barista positions to fill out a five-page application, complete with... More »

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