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Five Reasons Why You're Not Getting Hired (Even if you have the experience)
Business Insider ^ | 02/11/2011 | Anne Berkovitch

Posted on 02/11/2011 7:39:33 AM PST by SeekAndFind

It’s a situation facing many people: even though you have experience, you’re still struggling to get a job, let alone a single interview.

Even though the economy is improving and there are increased job openings, gone are the days when simply submitting your cover letter and resume will result in HR knocking on your door for an interview.

Job seekers need to be a lot more proactive and strategic with who and how they network to ensure they stay top-of-mind to not only hiring managers, but also to people within their own personal networks who can lend a job-filled hand.

Below are five reasons why you’re probably not getting noticed along with suggestions on how to not only improve your chances, but also connect you to the job you actually want.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hiring; jobs; unemployment
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1 posted on 02/11/2011 7:39:38 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Real Reasons

1> Obama
2> Taxes
3> Regulatory Laws
4> EPA
5> Energy Costs


2 posted on 02/11/2011 7:45:16 AM PST by King_Corey (www.kingcorey.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Your not Female, Hot and a Protected “Minority”.


3 posted on 02/11/2011 7:45:54 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: SeekAndFind
They left one out .. You are over 60 years old
4 posted on 02/11/2011 7:46:28 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: SeekAndFind

I can’t believe the amount of people that burn bridges.


5 posted on 02/11/2011 7:47:20 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Robe

50 is the new 60


6 posted on 02/11/2011 7:48:08 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Robe

RE: You are over 60 years old

You don’t have to be 60. Even a few years younger will make a hiring manager think twice. AGEISM is RAMPANT.

The average company mentality is this -— when you’re in your 50’s, your expendable (I’d love for anyone to show me a few companies that don’t think this way).

And the government has the gall to make you work till you’re 66 today for you to get your Social Security !! ( Shaking my head is sorrow ).


7 posted on 02/11/2011 7:49:35 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: US Navy Vet

Racism against middle aged whitemen has become institutionalized.


8 posted on 02/11/2011 7:49:41 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: SeekAndFind

Your underarm deodorant has failed you.


9 posted on 02/11/2011 7:50:35 AM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White)
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To: mylife

Actually that has been true for some time now.


10 posted on 02/11/2011 7:51:06 AM PST by WHBates
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To: US Navy Vet

RE: Your not Female, Hot and a Protected “Minority”.

Which begs the question: Why does the government not make the aging boomers who still want to work ( and must work because they can’t get Social Security till 66 ) a PROTECTED MINORITY?


11 posted on 02/11/2011 7:51:14 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: mylife

“Racism against middle aged whitemen has become institutionalized.”

Does that make us the new N****r?


12 posted on 02/11/2011 7:51:45 AM PST by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: WHBates

For at least the past 10 years.


13 posted on 02/11/2011 7:52:16 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: King_Corey

You are not getting hired because the Globalists have shipped your job to China or India. In addition no one in the USA can afford to comply with all the government red tape needed to hire you. Congratulations you are now an official NWO slave.


14 posted on 02/11/2011 7:52:48 AM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: vanilla swirl

Yes, but without the recourse.


15 posted on 02/11/2011 7:53:14 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: SeekAndFind

You can’t rely on personal contacts to get your foot in the door anymore. Thanks to the Federal Government (and in particular something called OFCCP) nobody will accept a faxed or hand-delivered resume anymore. They all want to force you through a web portal where you are forced to self-select all of your race, gender and group identity info so the employer can cover their rear by proving to the Government that they are interviewing and hiring enough people from each of the protected groups.

Having Joe from your old company hand your resume to the HR Manager and put in a good word for you is RACISM, dontcha know...


16 posted on 02/11/2011 7:54:59 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: vanilla swirl

I actually had some one say to me recently “If we go to HR, you will lose, because you are a white boy”


17 posted on 02/11/2011 7:55:06 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Robe

Companies will try to avoid hiring older workers.

While older workers may be more experienced, two things work against them. First, is that companies can generally get away with paying younger workers less money. Secondly, older workers in group insurance plans will cost the company much more in insurance premiums. So pay and benefits for older workers will cost the company money.

Another factor depends on the job. But for all but senior management type positions, the fact that someone has 20 or 30 years of experience in some field does not impress employers. If they can hire a 35 year old with a degree in a certain field and five years of experience, that’s just as good to them as a 50 year old with 25 years experience. And the younger worker will cost them less money, so the bias is towards hiring younger workers.


18 posted on 02/11/2011 7:56:04 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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I consider that a hostile work environment.


19 posted on 02/11/2011 7:56:37 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sorry, Mr. SeekAndFind, this position has been closed and shipped to China. Thank you for your interest in Profits Uber Alles, Inc.


20 posted on 02/11/2011 7:58:26 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (When evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will believe in abject nonsense.)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

I think these are the real five reasons:

1. You are not an Illegal Alien from Mexico/Central America

2. You are not Communist Chinese

3. You are not Indian

4. You are not Muslim

5. You are white

The real reasons


21 posted on 02/11/2011 8:01:27 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Newt Gingrich and Chris Matthews: Seperated at Birth??)
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s how it is: when you are 50 to 60, you are expendable. By the time I was 22, I was already investing in mutual funds and building my portfolio because by the time I hit 30, there was no way I could live my life for another decade doing a 9 to 5 job, while being yelled at 10 in the morning for financial reports ala “Office Space”. (Yes, it has happened). That’s why I became a consultant.

By the time you hit 50, you should be on the Board of Directors. It pains me to see parents nowadays say “make good and you’ll work for a company for 40 years” instead of “Become an independent and stable consultant by 30 and create your own business”.


22 posted on 02/11/2011 8:02:04 AM PST by max americana
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To: SeekAndFind

Another issue I see in the company where I work and I think is common these days;
I have been given more job duties many of which do not relate to my education or experience (IT). Make fewer people do more work. Then when you try to fill an empty spot (we have had an opening for several months now) you can’t find anybody because the expectations are unrealistic. Nobody could possibly have that broad an experience base. I started seeing it about 10 years ago. It seems the only qualified person would be someone who has held the exact same job at the same company for the last 10 years =/

So when our budget is approved next month they will discover that the company is getting along just fine with the headcount we have. Even though the existing staff is getting burned out covering too much.


23 posted on 02/11/2011 8:03:20 AM PST by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: screaminsunshine

You are not getting hired because the Globalists have shipped your job to China or India. In addition no one in the USA can afford to comply with all the government red tape needed to hire you. Congratulations you are now an official NWO slave.


Probably the most accurate of all reasons posted so far.


24 posted on 02/11/2011 8:03:24 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Newt Gingrich and Chris Matthews: Seperated at Birth??)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ok wanna think outside this paradigm....own your own business. You have a worker bee mindset and you are always someone else’s female dog.


25 posted on 02/11/2011 8:03:50 AM PST by pburgh01
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To: SeekAndFind
2010-2011's Top 5 Reasons For Not Hiring:

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26 posted on 02/11/2011 8:04:07 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Some people’s best bets might be seeking work with small businesses, the small ones which are too small to have layers of management or HR departments. These types of businesses are too small to set up internal P & P to screen job applicants on race, gender, etc.

Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but, aren’t certain companies, say with 20 or fewer employers, exempt from a lot of the record keeping and filing government paperwork proving they don’t discriminate, etc???? I thought the smallest of businesses were exempt from the bureaucracy of tracking the minutia of race and gender and ethnicity of their employees and applicants. Is this true???


27 posted on 02/11/2011 8:04:24 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: max americana

SPOT-ON FRiend!

I’m 35 and have a very good well paying management job however my goal is to break free of the corporate rat race by the time I’m 40.

50 is the new 60 and I’ve seen far too many companies offer early outs for those in their 50’s or simply won’t hire anyone over 50.

By the time you reach 50 you better be prepared to have your own business of some kind.

Couple this with high unemployment and those in their 50’s don’t stand a chance...


28 posted on 02/11/2011 8:13:02 AM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: SeekAndFind

1 You are white.
2 You are male.
3 You are middle aged.
4 You don’t kiss ass, you just do your job.
5 You have a life, you spend time with your family, you have friends outside of work, you don’t obsess every minute about office politics.


29 posted on 02/11/2011 8:16:49 AM PST by detective
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To: SeekAndFind

that is what the death panels are for. They protect seniors for excessive lifespan.


30 posted on 02/11/2011 8:18:59 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: max americana
It pains me to see parents nowadays say “make good and you’ll work for a company for 40 years” instead of “Become an independent and stable consultant by 30 and create your own business”.

What is worse is all the parents just smiling and nodding when their kid says they wait to go to college for a degree in Social XYZ Therapy Studies. At least the 9-5 means they are not back living in your basement in 6 years.
31 posted on 02/11/2011 8:26:24 AM PST by TalonDJ
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To: longtermmemmory

typo.

protect seniors FROM excessive lifespan.


32 posted on 02/11/2011 8:26:39 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Last time we hired an 'older worker' he stayed long enough to sprain his back and collect 50,000 from workers comp. He had a bad back when hired but put off the pain. Small business can't afford indepth physical exams for hiring. So we don't hire old guys. Ever.

Workers comp insurance and lawyers have made hiring very problematic. Who wants to hire someone who will take you to the cleaners - Only a small percentage of job seekers aren't angling for a permanenet disability.

In uncertain times, no one wants to gamble with their livelihood - especially the guy with skin in the game. Ever.

33 posted on 02/11/2011 8:27:21 AM PST by x_plus_one (Who sews the wind reaps the storm...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Because HR depts are run completely by homos and silly bitches


34 posted on 02/11/2011 8:27:53 AM PST by Paddyboy
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To: max americana
you’ll work for a company for 40 years

Those days are long gone. There is no more long-term loyalty on either side.

35 posted on 02/11/2011 8:32:47 AM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Interesting discussion. I don’t know if all of the comments are valid in my environment (consulting, DC metro area) but I am 58 and operate as an independent through my LLC. If I am “hired” I don’t cost the company benefits and I don’t count in their statistics.


36 posted on 02/11/2011 8:32:57 AM PST by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: mylife
I can’t believe the amount of people that burn bridges.

Yeah, that just happened where I work with one guy. He got a bad review and blew up. He quit, and blew ALL the bridges behind him on his way out. IMHO, good riddance, he was a lousy employee anyway.

I'm in IT, in a fairly small market. Unless he's moving (I've no idea, I'm not all that friendly with him) ... I'd call it "unlikely" that he'll work in this area again. Everyone knows everyone else, and he'll trip over his co-workers again, for certain.

Dumb. I know that its tempting to blow bridges. But a civil "I've decided to pursue other interests" or somesuch vanilla comment, is always the more prudent course of action.

37 posted on 02/11/2011 8:32:57 AM PST by wbill
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To: TSgt

You wont stand a chance by 45. Kids are younger and it is damn simple to understand they will take your job. I will retire by 50 or younger, especially with this kenyan klown of a president who is absolutely clueless.


38 posted on 02/11/2011 8:33:53 AM PST by max americana
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To: x_plus_one

Thanks for the input. I had not thought about scammers out there, such as the guy you dealt with. That just adds another reason for employers to try to avoid hiring older workers.


39 posted on 02/11/2011 8:33:53 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: wbill

We have a guy that is melting down right now.


40 posted on 02/11/2011 8:38:45 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: vanilla swirl
Does that make us the new N****r?

As others have probably noted, it's been that way for a while. All this 'equality' and 'diversity' stuff is crap in any aspect that actually matters.

41 posted on 02/11/2011 8:41:31 AM PST by Noumenon ("We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.")
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To: vanilla swirl

I have been given more job duties many of which do not relate to my education or experience (IT). Make fewer people do more work. Then when you try to fill an empty spot (we have had an opening for several months now) you can’t find anybody because the expectations are unrealistic.


I had to chuckle when I read your post.

When I left my Previous Employer I held the following jobs.

1. Computer Engineer
2. Computer Operations Manager.
3. Supply guy, AKA Purchasing Agent, Shipping and receiving and Storage manager.
4. Building Engineer and Primary Property Custodian.

I was on call 24/7/365. and every damn one of the Union people made more than I did by a bunch! My company also was very niggardly about yearly raises that never matched inflation and in fact we normally got zero raise every two years or so. There was no COLA for the Exempt workers.

And it took them almost a year to get a replacement for my slot. Who from what I hear on the grapevine might be up to speed in a couple more years. But She manages to fill a number of minority slots on the payroll and was therefore qualified.

Bitter? Not at all, life is good right now.


42 posted on 02/11/2011 8:44:52 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: mylife
LOL. lots of it going around.

The guy at my place offered two weeks notice and was politely told that it wouldn't be necessary, then he was given an escort out.

Frankly, I'd welcome an escort (he didn't, quite loudly actually). If someone cuts off my accounts and escorts me out, then I can't get blamed for any issues. But whatever, he's going to have problems if he stays in the area.

I'm hearing that hiring in my area (the Southeast) is picking up. Managers are talking about salary reviews, to be sure that they're staying competitive. First time I've heard that kind of talk in awhile. Things might be picking up - you hearing anything in your area?

43 posted on 02/11/2011 8:44:55 AM PST by wbill
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To: wbill

I read on FR yesterday the BLS report that for experienced college level professionals the unemployment rate was only 4%.


44 posted on 02/11/2011 8:47:51 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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experienced college level professionals the unemployment rate was only 4%.

I might believe that. My company has been hiring MBA's to work the phones. They can't find the 100K/yr corner office jobs, so they're doing what they need to do to make ends meet. $12-15/hr (and promotion prospects) looks good when compared to sitting at home, I suppose.

When I talked to the director in charge of that department, she was loving it. In a good market, it's a cruddy job, high turnover, hard to find good people to stay staffed up. For the last 12-18 months, she's been getting and keeping topnotch people for the positions.

So, I bet unemployment is necessarily low. Wonder what "underemployment" looks like.

I'm starting to pay attention to what the market looks like for IT. Will see how my company does with a few things, there's been a lot of turnover in my dept lately.

45 posted on 02/11/2011 8:56:58 AM PST by wbill
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To: mylife
I actually had some one say to me recently “If we go to HR, you will lose, because you are a white boy”

And if it's like the HR where I work, its predominantly black women.
46 posted on 02/11/2011 8:58:40 AM PST by crosshairs (The word for actor in Greek is hypocrite (its true).)
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To: SeekAndFind
More reasons why the job situation now is unlike any we have encountered in the past, while unemployment, if calculated as it was in Reagan's day is:



125,000 new LEGAL workers are brought in each MONTH, for a total of 1.5 million per year. Keep that in mind while looking at this chart from Pew, an Hispanic advocacy group.



Foreign Born Gain Jobs; Native Born Lose Jobs

The Most Generous Nation in the World... at Giving Jobs Away
47 posted on 02/11/2011 8:59:43 AM PST by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: mylife
We have a guy that is melting down right now.

Burning both ends of the candle?
48 posted on 02/11/2011 9:00:50 AM PST by crosshairs (The word for actor in Greek is hypocrite (its true).)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t care how desperate I get...God forbid...I am NOT opening a social networking account on Facebook/Twitter/MtSpace. Never gonna happen.


49 posted on 02/11/2011 9:01:54 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tyrants flourish only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.)
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To: Robe

Absolutely. I recently applied on line for a job in a call center. Though there was nothing in the app that asked for my age, one of the on line “tests” I was required to take included an age question and there was no choice for “I’d rather not tell you”.

Their defense, if I were to raise the issue, would be that the “test” was given by a third party company, not by the company I was applying to.

I have not yet received a call back and I don’t expect one.


50 posted on 02/11/2011 9:03:26 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God.)
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