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Inept young applicants have hiring managers struggling to fill jobs
New York Post ^ | 10/24/11 | Virginia Backaitis

Posted on 10/24/2011 8:58:48 AM PDT by Haiku Guy

He doesn’t think it’s too much to ask of a job seeker. A resume, a statement of salary expectations and a single written paragraph that answers a question like, “What do you believe a good customer service representative’s attitude should be?”

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Stories are legion of inept or half-hearted applicants who submit resumes marred by misspellings, show up at interviews dressed for a beach party, make inappropriate jokes, fail to learn basic details about the job and company in question, and otherwise leave hiring managers aghast.

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“Who the hell is going to hire these people?” asks Heinemeier Hansson. “Who is going to read some of these atrociously bad applications and say, ‘Yeah, that’s the person I’ve been looking for?’ ”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: attitude; company; customer; employer; employment; hiring; inept; job; jobs; managers; ows; publiceducation; resume; salary; service; tards; unemployment
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The other side of the unemployment coin. Some of these folks are just unemployable.
1 posted on 10/24/2011 8:58:52 AM PDT by Haiku Guy
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To: Haiku Guy

Photo Caption: Generation Y-Bother


2 posted on 10/24/2011 8:59:43 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Obama's new motto: Apres moi le deluge)
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To: Haiku Guy

“Who the hell is going to hire these people?”

The DNC..........


3 posted on 10/24/2011 9:04:05 AM PDT by Red Badger (Obama's number one economics advisor must be a Magic Eight Ball.................)
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To: Haiku Guy

Having tattoos and body piercings don’t help, as well.


4 posted on 10/24/2011 9:05:20 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Haiku Guy
The other side of the unemployment coin. Some of these folks are just unemployable.

They're employable, just not at the level they think they should be at.

Executive? No. Floor sweeper? Maybe.

5 posted on 10/24/2011 9:05:24 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Haiku Guy
“Who is going to read some of these atrociously bad applications and say, ‘Yeah, that’s the person I’ve been looking for?’ ”

IRS & EPA

6 posted on 10/24/2011 9:05:57 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Haiku Guy

But when their unemployment payments expire, then they put on a nice suit and run the spell-checker...


7 posted on 10/24/2011 9:06:24 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: Haiku Guy
Stories are legion of inept or half-hearted applicants who submit resumes marred by misspellings, show up at interviews dressed for a beach party, make inappropriate jokes, fail to learn basic details about the job and company in question, and otherwise leave hiring managers aghast.

This is what you get when you have parents who raised their kids following the "everyone-is-a-winner-so-we-don't-keep-score" philosophy and send them to a school where they don't have to do anything to pass the course and know they can take a 99 week paid vacation before they have to get serious about finding a job and, failing to get that job, return home to sponge off parents who never could say "No" in the first place. Big surprise to find them walking around Wall Street with painted faces. Idiots.

8 posted on 10/24/2011 9:06:40 AM PDT by econjack
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To: Red Badger

I had an applicant that I placed 4 ones and four quarters in front of, then produced a fiver, and asked her to make change for a $2.50 purchase. She starteed to cry, as she did not know how.


9 posted on 10/24/2011 9:07:51 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: proxy_user

You could be right. Maybe they are just filling out the applications in order to maintain their 99-week eligibility for the Unemployment check. They FUBAR the app because they don’t want to be hired.

I must admit, though, that I have no idea how unemployment compensation works.


10 posted on 10/24/2011 9:11:05 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Obama's new motto: Apres moi le deluge)
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To: going hot
When was the last time you saw a cashier (other than your own employees) count change back to a customer?

Mos cashiers hand back the change in a stack that makes counting and verification very difficult. They stack the coins on top of the bills.

They annoy me ...

11 posted on 10/24/2011 9:12:26 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: going hot

My son-in-law’s niece came to visit them last summer. She was 16 from Cincinnati. She could not tell time on an analog clock....................


12 posted on 10/24/2011 9:13:18 AM PDT by Red Badger (Obama's number one economics advisor must be a Magic Eight Ball.................)
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To: Haiku Guy
They don't want to be hired.
They are just looking for an excuse to stay on the dole.

WAAAH. I didn't get the JOOOB. The BIG EVIL CORPORATIONS don't want young people/blacks/hispanics/women/fill_in_your_own.

13 posted on 10/24/2011 9:13:51 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: econjack

Well, all of our students want to be ‘upstairs’ executives and not ‘downstairs’ workers. Their ‘educations’ are geared towards being ornamental and having a nice income from a posh desk job, not actually WORKING on something practical.


14 posted on 10/24/2011 9:14:26 AM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: going hot

One of my favorites. We had an opening for a service tech (electronics). Got a decent resume through an agency. Called the guy in for an interview. Didn’t show on time. A while later someone noticed a guy sound asleep in his car in the parking lot. It was him. Badly hung over. He didn’t get in the door.


15 posted on 10/24/2011 9:15:30 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Red Badger

Definitely don’t tell them to turn stuff on or off clockwise or counterclockwise!


16 posted on 10/24/2011 9:15:33 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: NewHampshireDuo
Motivation noticeably lacking.
17 posted on 10/24/2011 9:17:09 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Haiku Guy

and these are the nitwits who will be paying my social security.


18 posted on 10/24/2011 9:17:25 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Haiku Guy

Most are employable, but are not worth the minimum pay required by law.


19 posted on 10/24/2011 9:18:22 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: going hot

I had an applicant for a job once, electronic technician, the would not shut up the entire interview. Constantly talked. I could not get a word in much less a question..............


20 posted on 10/24/2011 9:18:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (Obama's number one economics advisor must be a Magic Eight Ball.................)
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To: Haiku Guy

“Who the hell is going to hire these people?”


The same government that educated them.


21 posted on 10/24/2011 9:18:47 AM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Haiku Guy
I reviewed a lot of applications for convenience store clerks, you probably wouldn't believe me if I told you how bad it is!
22 posted on 10/24/2011 9:19:33 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: ArrogantBustard

They have no idea what they are handing back to you. They merely stack it like the numbers say on the machine.


23 posted on 10/24/2011 9:20:16 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: ArrogantBustard

LOL - that drives me crazy, too! I always end up dropping the change trying to put it in my purse. I want change first, then bills!


24 posted on 10/24/2011 9:20:40 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Haiku Guy

As a factory foreman a decade ago I saw this problem.

Too many of the new hires were just plain worthless and the more educated they were the worse they were. I had college grads come in and all but announce that they would be working in the front office or engineering lab within a week. Most didn’t last a week because they assumed that they could come to work when they felt like it.

One of the old timers said that people my age were a pain in the butt when we started but we actually understood that were were there to do the job we were hired for and that the boss was in charge.


25 posted on 10/24/2011 9:21:08 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Haiku Guy

And on the other side of the coin HR is as inept as the applicants and run for cover when accountability for hiring is mentioned. They hide behind profile testing such as the Chally test and others. If the applicant turns out to be a loser they have cover...”We screened and tested using the best available technology.” How about, you do your best to find the right person and some don’t work out so you release them? Oh, I forgot, not working out is someone else’s fault and the unsuccessful applicant can sue you.


26 posted on 10/24/2011 9:22:17 AM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: thackney

All part of the communist goal of having “the party” be the sole source of employment and/or sustenance for the entire population.


27 posted on 10/24/2011 9:22:44 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Haiku Guy
The company I work for has been able to hire a lot of college graduates to fill $9/hour positions doing data entry grunge work.

They are all desperate to pay their college loans and they all seem to think their next job will pay them fantastic amounts of money.

Sorry, kids. The world changed while you were in school.

28 posted on 10/24/2011 9:22:53 AM PDT by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Prokopton

Nope, they don’t do floors, windows or toilets.


29 posted on 10/24/2011 9:23:43 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Haiku Guy

They’ve been passed through the public education system,without learning much, with A grades, and they’re told they’re “winners” because no one is a loser. Then, they get their piece of paper saying they’ve “graduated”.

Out in the real world, they apply for a job and find that the employers aren’t impressed with them and that they’re unqualified for even the most basic employment. They can’t understand why.


30 posted on 10/24/2011 9:23:51 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Red Badger
“Who the hell is going to hire these people?”

Government.

31 posted on 10/24/2011 9:27:58 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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Here they have to get a form signed showing they applied. They would shuffle through the door with the little slip in hand and say,"you don't need no help, do you"?

They were scared witless someone was going to hire them. I told a bunch of them that the man who signed slips wasn't in and made sure he never came in, LOL.

32 posted on 10/24/2011 9:28:41 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: NewHampshireDuo
I've been retired for some time. But my favorite (which goes back a couple decades) was the guy who answered on his application:

"Have you ever been injured on the job?". His answer: "Yes".

The next question was "Explain injury". His answer: "Something that hurts you".

33 posted on 10/24/2011 9:30:21 AM PDT by bcsco (A vote for Cain will cure the Pain!)
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To: Haiku Guy
Why work when Mommy and Daddy will let you play video games all day in your basement apartment rent free?


34 posted on 10/24/2011 9:30:49 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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35 posted on 10/24/2011 9:31:46 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: going hot
I had an applicant that I placed 4 ones and four quarters in front of, then produced a fiver, and asked her to make change for a $2.50 purchase. She starteed to cry, as she did not know how.

I believe it. Nowadays, grocery store cashiers have to look at the register to see how much they owe you, for even the simplest, easiest subtractions. It's quite discouraging.

36 posted on 10/24/2011 9:31:59 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (Go, Herman!)
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To: Niuhuru

I never did understand why someone would major in sociology, history, etc. except that they liked the subject. You’d think they’d pick a major that would help them land a job. My guess is that a fairly high percentage of college graduates who are underemployed majored in these or similar subject areas.


37 posted on 10/24/2011 9:32:17 AM PDT by econjack
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To: Haiku Guy

My wife interviewed an applicant who was then caught shoplifting on the way out.


38 posted on 10/24/2011 9:32:20 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Haiku Guy

The purges in 2008 and 2009 were about eliminating dead weight and incompetents.

Anyone who shows up with a fluff BA degree is already in the negative. Speaking skills are difficult to find in applicants. Most aplicants who deal with the public don’t know that you have on 10 seconds to make a good impression and those hiring want to see the impression you make since you will be the face of their business.

the get hired stories on FNC CNN and MSNBC are utterly useless since they are speaking on the assumption of competence.


39 posted on 10/24/2011 9:32:44 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Damn, I think I know that guy. Does he live in Chamblee, GA?


40 posted on 10/24/2011 9:32:57 AM PDT by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: CrazyIvan
My wife interviewed an applicant who was then caught shoplifting on the way out.

Did they get the job?

41 posted on 10/24/2011 9:33:27 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: econjack

When I was in school, we Engineering majors were derided as unimaginative losers who were only motivated by future earning potential.

To which we responded, “And your point is...?”

Why would anybody go to school for any other reason than to get a better job someday?


42 posted on 10/24/2011 9:35:49 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Obama's new motto: Apres moi le deluge)
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To: dfwgator

Unless it was for a roadie gig with Jane’s Addiction, I’m guessing ‘No’.


43 posted on 10/24/2011 9:37:06 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: Hoodat
Damn, I think I know that guy. Does he live in Chamblee, GA?

I think that guy lives in Chamblee, Doraville, and maybe a little bit of North Atlanta...

44 posted on 10/24/2011 9:39:14 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Obama's new motto: Apres moi le deluge)
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Some of these folks are just unemployable.

But they have a shelf full of last place trophies and a lot of self esteem!


45 posted on 10/24/2011 9:39:14 AM PDT by Iron Munro ('We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them.' -- Mitt Romney)
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To: dfwgator

No. And I kidded her that she hadn’t explained the employee discount very well.


46 posted on 10/24/2011 9:39:26 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: bcsco

Sounds like a sit-com line. LOL.


47 posted on 10/24/2011 9:41:12 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Haiku Guy

There is also the fact that many in HR are inept at interviewing hiring or even setting job requirements. Writing “shotgun” job requirements that mandate the job experience of an experienced person for jobs that are entry level or a little above are a problem. Others include things like 5 years experience in a technology that has been around for 2 years. Not all of the unemployed or job seekers are inept or even inexperienced. Much of this seems to be for the same reason technology companies continue to claim that they can’t find experienced engineers from the U.S. when there is a glut of engineering experience; they want an excuse to hire a foreign worker.


48 posted on 10/24/2011 9:42:07 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Haiku Guy
As a hiring manager, I have to agree with this. Many younger applicants that apply for open positions are unemployable. As a result, I end up hiring a lot of older people who have been around the block and know how to handle customers, pressure and have a good work ethic.

A lot of younger applicants will ask me how many "sick" days that our company provides each year. Really. Why would anybody applying for job ask a question like that unless they planned on banging in sick a lot?

They also tend to have limp handshakes, don't look you in the eye and have limited command of the English language (despite a "college" education). How can I put these people in front of my customers who are giving us thousands of dollars each year in business?

Another thing I notice is that they can't seem to tear themselves away their cellphones for more than a few minutes. I see them waiting in the lobby texting on their phones. Then even during the interview, they will glance at their phones every now and then.

While our positions require a "college degree" according to the application, that is really to weed out the worst of the candidates. We will happily hire people regardless of education who display a good attitude, a willingness to work hard and learn, a firm handshake and have a clue about customer service.

49 posted on 10/24/2011 9:42:43 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Haiku Guy

I’m always stunned at the inability to follow simple directions. “Send your resume and a cover letter to this email address.” How hard is that? And we still get people who submit their resume through the online application process. Then they call me, “Did you get my resume? I used the online process.” I always ask them, “Did you read the instructions on the job application?” And these are people who are applying to teach at a university... *Sigh*

The other one that gets me is interviewees who haven’t done any prep work to find out anything about the position or my organization. You’ve applied for a job teaching for me, and you have no idea what we even do here. Nice... So, how do you know you’ll be a good fit for our organization? Or that you’re qualified to work for me? Or did you just apply for all the teaching positions?

And don’t even get me started on people who can’t be bothered to tweak their resume to be relevant to the position they’ve applying. It’s a teaching position, why haven’t they listed any teaching experience???? Yes, I can see they have professional credentials, pages of them, in some cases, but have they ever taught anything? Idiots.


50 posted on 10/24/2011 9:42:56 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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