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LaunchPad 361º: This Week’s Recruitment Fix

Natasha Bernal

This week’s news helped us to find out how marijuana is affecting employment, what law recruiters hate and possibly the best recruitment prank of the year.

I hope you have had a productive week! To keep updated on everything that is going on in recruitment, I am always following the latest news from around the world. Today, I’m sharing the news articles that caught my team’s collective eye in the last few days. I hope you find them interesting!

How Did the Marijuana Law Affect Employment in Colorado? – According to this article, the controversial legalisation of the drug in Colorado has meant that people are flocking to the state (and its university), creating a new hub of opportunities. Will it help to drive Colorado to a new high?

employerWomen don’t apply to ‘male sounding’ jobs – Apparently, female jobseekers are triggered by certain keywords that make them avoid job posts that they think sound ‘male’, making them less likely to be in leadership roles. Yes, this article by the CIPD is serious, although we came up with speculative vacancies that make much more sense to avoid: ‘Male Gigolo’ or ‘Beard Model’, anyone?

Above the Law: Recruiters’ Pet Peeves – This article, written by an anonymous New York HR Director, leaves no doubt about how law recruitment works: not only do recruiters not want to talk over the phone, they don’t want follow up e-mails or for people to behave like ‘assholes’ to their receptionists. Ouch! Are these seriously good tips for aspiring lawyers, or just very particular recruiters?


Get Your Partner Abducted by Aliens With This App -- We love the inventive app that law firm Aaron and Partners set up to launch on April Fools Day this year. Through the app, you can use a picture of your annoying partner and get rid of him (or her) in hilarious and gruesome ways if they anger you.

Richard Branson’s Desert Launchpad Awaits First Passenger – We love people talking about Launchpad (even if it has nothing to do with us!) Richard Branson is set to reach the stars with Virgin Galactic, which is waiting for its first passenger in the desert. We might be recruiting on the moon soon!

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Natasha Bernal

Natasha is a journalist with an extensive technology and startup news background. She brings LaunchPad to life through words in our blog, press releases and updates. As the person that shapes our brand personality, she makes our goals and ideas reality in the online world.