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  •  The last person I am gong to hire is the... (0+ / 0-)

    person who never stops by, who gave up.  Not gonna happen.

    "If Jesus had a gun he'd still be alive today." Homer Simpson, 2013

    by quiet in NC on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 06:12:51 AM PDT

    •  "going", not "gong". nt (0+ / 0-)

      "If Jesus had a gun he'd still be alive today." Homer Simpson, 2013

      by quiet in NC on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 06:13:53 AM PDT

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    •  That's because (7+ / 0-)

      that person (like me) has already stopped by your website, and filled out your electronic form

      That person sent you a resume and cover letter by snail mail, addressed NOT to "Dear sir/madam" but to a real name of a real person who already works for you via networking.

      That person stopped by your booth at the state-sponsored job fair and filled out a contact card and left a resume and cover letter.

      That person read the auto-reply in my e-mail stating that my materials had been received and were being reviewed.

      That person 15% of the time has gotten a further contact from a 23-year-old "Tiffany" or "Josh" wishing me good luck on my search since "we are pursuing another candidate" or "we didn't feel there was a good match with what we are looking for." (We'll ignore the fact that YOUR job requirements and MY resume are a 100%, item-for-item, tick off the list match.)
           The other 85% of the time That person hears absolutely nothing back at all, and after a "decent interval" (3 days? 1 week? 10 days?--the advice varies) has called back and been told, "Oh we filled that position three weeks ago." IOW BEFORE you applied-- because you had an internal candidate but your HR department told you for some "labor law" reason you needed to post it.

      That person has done all of the above 3 or 5 or 12 times A DAY, 7 days a week ("because looking for your job IS your job") for months. That person has knuckles bleeding from knocking on the door of opportunity at your place.

      Do this every month for a year, and then tell me why That person may have trouble getting motivated to keep searching.

      From outside your door....


      "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

      by WineRev on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 06:29:38 AM PDT

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    •  The longer a person is out of work... (7+ / 0-)

      ...the less likely s/he is to be hired even if s/he is looking.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 06:30:35 AM PDT

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      •  I am hoping to hire a person next month... (0+ / 0-)

        if that happens it will either be the guy who stopped by a month ago and said he was losing his job in a month and was planning ahead, or the single mother who lives down the street who drives 30 miles everyday to work at Wendys for minimum wage.  Both those people show drive and foresight.  

        People need to realize that hiring a new person is a big risk for an employer--especially if the job involves much training, which mine do.  In those cases, the employer is going to be out many dollars and many hours before he/she sees any return on their investment in you.  Also, being able to do the job is just one part of the equation, how a new emplyee interacts with the current empoyees is even more important.  If the new employee causes any disruption in the workplace then much more is lost.  So tread lightly with an open mind and chin up.

        For the record, there have been no people stopping by with bleeding knuckles and impresive resumes...probably becuase our area is not as hard hit as others.  I feel for WinRev's "that person", I just am not conviced there are many of those around here is all.  

        "If Jesus had a gun he'd still be alive today." Homer Simpson, 2013

        by quiet in NC on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 07:29:02 AM PDT

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        •  3x as many unemployed as openings. (0+ / 0-)

          Unemployed still greatly outnumber openings in virtually every sector of the economy--overall 3x as many unemployed as openings:

          "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

          by HeyMikey on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 11:02:44 AM PDT

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