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  •  I suspect... (1+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md

    ...that the long term unemployed send out more and more applications and set out a wider net as the duration of unemployment increases.

    That's exactly what I did back in 2005 when I was looking for work -- my job search started out with a relatively tight focus, but as several months passed, I was pretty much applying for anything that would reasonably use either of my degrees (an MBA and an engineering degree).  

    What I didn't do was to send out applications for jobs that I wasn't qualified for -- but that still left a lot of jobs.

    The problem is that not all job listings -- even from major employees -- are legitimate.  When I saw job listings that were still in place six months after I first saw them, I'd question whether they were actually trying to fill these positions.  When I saw a position listed for a "junior engineer" that required some forty specific pieces of experience, I questioned the realism of the position...as another example.

    In any event, what the hell are the unemployed job seekers supposed to do?  Crawl under a  rock and die when they're ignored?

    Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

    by TexasTom on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 03:19:06 AM PDT

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    •  I'd probably do the same. (1+ / 0-)
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      TexasTom

      I didn't intend to fault those who send out lots of resumes when they are unemployed for an extended time, I'd might do the same. After all, I've got little to lose from this activity.

      Although, as a hiring manager, I keep all resumes that get to me. On a couple of occasions I have phone screened and rejected a candidate in part because they were unprepared and then saw their resume three or more years later after they were working again (apparently somewhere they didn't like so much). I didn't even bother to move to the phone screen level even though they might now be "prepared". I hire for positions where careful attention to detail is needed and the failure to demonstrate this on the earlier phone screen demonstrates to me that this person wasn't one to pay sufficient attention to detail. However, I imagine this is a pretty rare case.

      As for job postings open for six months. I've had a legit job opening for more than six months on several occasions. Sometimes, I have multiple openings with the same job description. But, usually, I've just not found the right person for a difficult to fill position and I may have phone screened twenty applicants and interviewed three for the position in those six months.

      Interestingly, the hardest to fill positions can sometimes be harder to fill in a bad economy. The best people for some types of positions can still get jobs fairly easily so they are not unemployed. Enlightened employers also work fairly hard to retain such people as they know these people will be the core of their organization as they expand when demand picks up. Mostly though in a bad economy people are (even if not justified) more hesitant to switch jobs voluntarily if they are modestly content where they are.

      The "junior engineer" postings w/forty specific experience requirements -- probably bogus (perhaps a required job posting for an employment visa position where the employer already knows the exact person they want from overseas).

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