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  •  This economic crisis is really showing. (14+ / 0-)

    Why we need anti-discrimination and hiring practice laws. It seems like all too often the Human Resources positions go to the shallowest and most prejudiced people. The abominable practices that we FIND OUT about are always disgusting. Not hiring people who don't currently have a job, which weeds out everyone who actually needs the job. Credit Checks, that weed out everyone from a poor economic background. Experience requirements that weed out anyone who couldn't afford to take an unpaid internship. Inflated Degree requirements, that weed out anyone who couldn't afford to spend years in school. That also has the effect of eliminating those who are competent at their jobs, but aren't very good in an education environment. Ethnic Names reducing your chance of getting called in for an interview. Urine tests required for every job. A practice that not only is scientifically unsound (the fail rates on some of those tests is 20% over the counter pregnancy tests are more accurate!) but seems designed to humiliate new applicants.

    •  Yes, but, not everyone who has bad credit got (6+ / 0-)

      it because of overspending. Some people were forced to go into debt to pay bills, buy food.

      "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing." - Thomas Paine

      by blueoregon on Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 05:04:32 PM PDT

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    •  you know what I hate? (5+ / 0-)

      all these sites on advise on how to get hired, what and what not to do in an interview, how to write a resume ect ect and the rules keep changing,....its like the style section of any website, store, or magazine..you cant keep up

      its so stupid how we hire people these days, then we pay them nothing, then we want to own their souls after they leave the job....we need total reform of everything and it starts with those applying for a job really making it hard on those that hire to be assholes. if they really want you raise your price and your benefits if you can negotiate them, and almost make that the first thing, eventhough the website advise sections on how to do an interview tell you not to.....do not be timid and you set the rules because without workers these fucking businesses would be nothing.

    •  When you have 500 applicants (2+ / 0-)
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      for every position, you're going to weed them out somehow. Usually you can only spend the time to interview maybe 5-8 people.  No matter how you slice it, 492 or 495 aren't going to make the cut, including many, many people who would do a fine job.

      One person hired, 499 resumes in the trash. There just aren't enough jobs. During those rare periods when employees are in demand, the employers have to relax their requirements considerably to find people, and they do. Unfortunately, however, those periods never last long, because they're considered inflationary and then the Feds raise interest rates.

      You could, I suppose, pass a law saying they have to take all the applications that meet basic criteria and put them in a big bin and have a random drawing to select the people to be interviewed. But that will never happen.

      I don't mean this to sound flippant. I've been in this boat myself. I lost my job in 2000 and didn't find another until 2002, which was not the position in which I had 20 years of experience and which paid 70% of what I'd made before. I never got back to my old career, despite being highly qualified and being really good at it. Hundreds of applications went down the black hole. There could have been age or sex discrimination involved - I'll never know. What I do know is that there just weren't enough jobs.

      Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. -- Napoleon Bonaparte

      by denise b on Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 10:37:56 PM PDT

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