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Dear Employers

Dear employers

I know you have a job to fill. I may, depending on the specific job, decide to apply.  While I recognize that the process is not easy or quick, I would like to provide some suggestions to improve it for the both of us.

  1. Please be honest about the job. If the job is a sales oriented job, please do not advertise it as customer service. If the job is physically located outside of New York City, please do not state that it is located in New York City. It is a waste of my time and yours when I have applied and then have to cut the interview process short because of the actual location of the job.
  2. Please provide details about the job. I saw an ad last week where it extolled the virtues of the company. However, the ad stated nothing about the specific responsibilities of the job, what past experience was needed or the skill set required to successfully accomplish the job. I doubt that I was the only potential applicant who passed on applying.
  3. But at the same time, please try to avoid going too specific about the past experience or skill set required. I understand that you need to fill the position and there are certain requirements to be successful in the position. However, having too many requirements may scare off some applicants who have some, but not everything listed on the ad. And you never know, the person who succeeds in the job may not have everything you need to succeed in the job,  but they can still learn.
  4. Keep the application process simple. I understand the reason for taleo and other HR websites of that nature. It is easier for you, but it is not easier for the applicant.  It is frustrating when I have uploaded my resume and then I have re-type it from scratch or correct the information that was transferred incorrectly from my resume.
  5. Be open to employees that are above entry level. There is nothing wrong with being an entry level employee, we were all entry level at some point. The new college graduates who fits into the entry level status deserves a decent job like the rest of us. But what about the rest of us who are not entry level, but are having trouble finding long term work because almost every job ad they see is entry level only? There is something to be said for paying your dues and earning both the status and income that comes with being a non entry level employee.
  6. Tell me something about the company in the ad. I say this for three reasons:
    1. Identity theft is rampant these days.  If there is no information about the company on the ad, how am I to know that you, the employer, are legitimate and actually hiring as a pose to being a front for stealing my identity? The last thing I want or need as a job seeker is my identity stolen.
    2. I understand that you may not want to be contacted by applicants unless you have contacted them first to setup an interview. However, knowing what product or service you provide is one of several pieces of information that I look for when applying for the job.
    3. Several months ago, I applied for a job and had a phone interview with the company. I did not move forward with the interview process  for reasons that will not be disclosed here. That same company re-posted the ad last week and I applied again. Suffice to say that had they stated at least the company name on the ad, I would have not re-applied for the same position.

In conclusion employers, I only ask that you consider my suggestions, for the both of us. It will make my life easier, your life easier and it may help to fill the position.

Sincerely

A job hunter

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A Needle In A Haystack

Those of you who have been following my blog recently know that I was laid off over the summer.

About a month ago, I was lucky enough to be hired temporarily. This job, even though it is temporary, has been one of the most emotionally and professionally satisfying jobs I’ve had. But like most temp jobs, there is a finite end date which is coming up quickly.

The issue I am coming across in my search for long term, more permanent employment is that despite the fact that the government and the press keep saying that the economy is getting better, I don’t where the jobs are. The jobs I do see advertised are usually hover around $1o/hr salary wise. While many of these jobs are entry level, some are not, but still pay an entry level salary.

I am not entry level, I have not been for quite a while.

Is it me or am I just being foolish? If I am being foolish, please tell me so.  All I want is a job that fits my background that will hopefully be long term, that pays a reasonable living wage and provides reasonable benefits. Is that too much to ask? Or is this elusive white professional rabbit as easy to find as a needle in a haystack?

A while ago, I met a friend for dinner. He told about a neighbor of his. This neighbor has had a successful career as a librarian for a number of years. When the economy went under in 2008, like many people, he lost his job. To make a long story short, a man who has had a successful high level, high paying job for years and should be slowly moving toward retirement, had to move back to his parent’s house because the only job he could find was a minimum wage retail job.

I know I am not the only one who is unemployed or under employed. There are millions of us who simply want to get back to work to take care of ourselves and our families. I don’t think it is too much to ask, but every night that I go online and apply, it feels like I am looking for a needle in a haystack.

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