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The Myth About Help Wanted signs

Updated on December 9, 2010

Obama recently showed he cared about the 10 million unemployed people in America and was able to get their benefits extended. However, right away, many started bashing those same unemployed people calling them lazy and other names. Obviously, these people are indeed working or retired with a steady income.

The myth about help wanted signs is that just because there are job openings, yes, even at the lowest end of the economic latter, it does not mean a professional, who is out of work, can get it. The same applies to those in trades. Why?

Many variables are present: for every job, there are six applicants. The reality is, it is more like 10-20, depending on the job opening. Employers are overly anal about who they select, listing umpteen thousand skills, when the reality is, on the job, maybe five will be used most often. If the applicant does not have one on the list, the chance of getting that interview drops. Of the applicants who send in the resume or CV, only the top ten will have a face to face interview. If the resume reveals the age of the applicant, yes, age discrimination can occur, especially if the employer is seeking a young applicant. So, you might be 45 yrs, out of work, tons of experience yet, never get called because you are too old, so the employer thinks. This can easily occur after an interview.

Some managers will not hire professionals or older workers because of college education. Yes, that BA or MA or PhD might be the reason, especially if the job is a low level kind of job one normally can do with only a HS or 1-2 yrs of college. The reason most often cited by managers is, while they know this educated applicant can no doubt do the job, in their minds, why waste time training them when everyone knows the silent code-if a job that fits their experience and education is got- they will leave in a flash. It is expected but why should a manager be left holding the bag? Thus, for them, they simply do not even deal with it-they accept the application and then toss it, focusing on applicants that think earning $15 hr is a "good" wage.

This brings us to why many of these types of unemployed take their time looking. Everyone hopes to avoid the last ditch attempt to find work at Safeway as a bagger. These people are earning the highest level of unemployment, it is their right to get it back in this time of need to keep them afloat without draining their bank accounts. Should time play against them, when they apply for a $12 hr job, they already know, they most likely will not get it, and the longer their unemployment status is, the worse it is for them to regain what was lost in money and self esteem.

But the manager could care less. Sure, they may provide lip service to the dilemma, but when it is crunch time, a non-professional person who was only unemployed only for a short bit will get the positive nod over the educated professional who has been out of work for a year. The manager's mistaken hunch is that "there must be something wrong with this person" because he has not worked for a year.

Oh, let's not forget those qualified for jobs that would have got them had it not been for bad credit checks, Facebook bloopers, or blogs that should not have been written.

Those who have never been out of work long really have no idea about the reality of the current dilemma. They should be thankful it is not them.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 7 years ago

      well, there are many reasons why unemployed stay unemployed and it is not always because they are not trying.

    • moncrieff profile image

      moncrieff 7 years ago from New York, NY

      You came up with intersting points on the unemployment dilemma! Hope this crisis will be over, maybe in a few years.