Friday, December 25, 2015

10 Obvious Ways Employers Are Clearly Unfair + Illogical

    Of course, many aspects of the entries below are fair, I'll focus on the unfair and illogical aspects. In desperation, as I adapt this from another article.

      You aren't very savvy on social media (ME TOO) 

    When media is more media than it is social. ....broadcast to unforeseen audiences. Employers will Google you and look you up on social media sites... more than 40% of companies said they have turned down candidates based on what they see on their social profiles.... looked up a candidate ...wearing only a sock. (Not on his foot.) Your profile picture isn't private.A sales manager shared a story .... brilliant resume who interviewed well,.. didn't get the job because he was smoking or holding a bong in what seemed like every photo ever taken....

    Why are you judging people on who they are as individuals? Why must they adhere to a rigid outline of a quintessentially 'boring' person? When Facebook and Google accounts didn't exist, did you benevolent employers hire private investigators to look into your applicants personal lives simply for additional reasons to not give them jobs? What are you hoping to find from looking at Facebook profiles? 
    Should someone put up a false character image/impression on Facebook for all of their true friends to be confused by? Is a picture of a man and a dog better than a woman with three cats? Is it fair for employment to not be awarded on an objective basis?

    You’ve got a bad attitude (ME TOO)
    Start complaining about their former boss or co-workers, they grumble ... Employers want to hire upbeat, positive team members.And then there are the strange attitudes.... Franklin Worthington the Third, who referred to himself.. you can leave “The Third” off your resume.

    Do attitudes not change? Is strangeness not subjective? Is everyone supposed to appear happy? Even when in unemployment-poverty? So, for further divisive discrimination, sad people should not be able to get jobs? To force(make) them make themselves happier? Is it really that strange people shouldn't get good jobs? That we should all be the same?Why expect people under stress and unemployment to smile in the face of your idiocy and the resulting pragmatic hopelessness? What the hell is a pre-apprenticeship employee?

    You smell bad (ME TOO)
    Smokers often use a cigarette to calm their nerves. And job interviews can be nerve wracking. going to reek of smoke... can be a turn off.... last thing you want to give the employer a reason not to like you. ....heavy cologne or perfume use. You never know who has allergies, sensitivities or simple distaste for the scent. Play it safe, go in clean and fresh.

    So people shouldn't smell of anything? Is it fair for interviewers to base their judgements on their distaste for smokers or a woman's perfume? Instead of character, capability and skills, are the majority of job interviews simply tests of personality up against the standards of an opinionated hater? Who you have to get to like you? Who, with some people types, will reject attempts to build rapport? What if the applicant is struggling to stay smelling fresh due to unemployment? Wouldn't it be helpful to put deodorant or in the waiting rooms? Luxury....

    You’re sloppy
    Proofread your resume and cover letter.... deal-breaker that they most often see in candidates. Misused words, spelling mistakes and can’t write properly, you don’t pay attention to detail, or you just don’t care that much. Any of those can keep you from being hired.

    People who speak the native tongue as a 'second language' are at a disadvantage? No, but those who write like it are? Aren't foreigners forgiven for poor grammar, when you recognise their foreign name? How do you know the difference? Isn't it that natives can have names that look foreign? I'm confused- and so are any employers that are thinking about how they function.

    Your resume makes you seem like a weirdo or a pain
    A Toronto recruiter is still puzzling over...who had an otherwise strong resume until... interests as “a passion for weapons and all things squirrel-related.” Keep all of the information on your resume relevant to the job you’re applying for. There’s no need to list hobbies or interests.Another recruiter ... objective statement: “Must be for a company that highly values diversity and sustainability.” It’s not that the employer didn’t value those things, it’s that .. the candidate made himself look like .. pain in the butt ...You need to show .. before you start making demands about their values.Another candidate closed his resume with the line, “Given my obvious qualifications, if I am not selected for this position, I expect to be informed of why.” I imagine they’re still waiting for that phone call.

    So, on our CV's, basically we shouldn't write anything unrelated or make any demands? We shouldn't provide any information about our personalities or expectations? Okay, then...

    You’re desperate
    ...good to be enthusiastic ...employers are turned off ...simply desperate for a job. It’s a fine line: you have to play it cool, but not too cool. Display confidence without being cocky.

    People shouldn't say that they want a job until it is offered? Should we act like we don't care if we don't get the job? Yet, show that we care about the company? But not the job? Why is really wanting the job a bad thing?

    You have no references
    If you can’t find people who will speak well of your work and professionalism, you’re in trouble. ...candidate who handed over...three references... she pointed to the first ... “But don’t call this one. ...Better not call this one either.”One candidate gave a recruiter three reference letters. Because the font type and style of all three were very similar, the recruiter decided to call the recruiters to verify. It turns out that the letters were indeed fake. However the worst thing about the story is that all three people called said that until they heard of the bogus reference letters, they actually would have been happy to recommend the candidate.Trust your references. Tell them about the job... ask if they would be willing to recommend you for it. If you can’t use your former boss, find someone else at the company that you worked with. (If there’s really no one out there ... references likely aren’t your biggest problem.)

    Aren't we all sick of the old 'experience needed for experience' paradox? Why explain it only with unpaid volunteering? Which is typically (for most people) impossible to execute.What are the long term unemployed supposed to do here? Do worthwhile workers, people with valuable skills, always> Always have formal references from previous related jobs? Are you sure?Is it reasonable for you 'despicable' employers to expect all applicants to be able to get recommendations from people who worked with them years ago? Last year or month even? In a time where so many businesses are opening and closing in short time-spans? Do management changes or unresponsiveness result in a lack of reference availability? Why is it not illegal for employers to refuse the authoring of written references? Aren't all written references probably fake?

    You don’t look the part
    A job interview isn’t a fashion show, and you don’t have to be a super model. For the most part it’s enough to look well groomed, professional and respectful. This means dressing up a little more than you normally would to show that you care and that you take the interview seriously. Here at Workopolis we did pass on a candidate who turned up for the interview in shorts and hiking boots
    I'm Finished. In every way.

    You have unrealistic salary expectations
    Of course you know how much money you’d like to earn – and what perks you’d like to have from your employer. But if your expectations are unrealistic, or you’re too demanding or inflexible, it will turn employers off. Do your research, find out the salary range that jobs like yours pay in your area, and be willing to negotiate for the best deal you can get.

    I'm finished, with a reminder that the majority of people live near to 'poverty lines', which around 20% are recorded to be under, with the average yearly income representing an amount that around two thirds (72%+) of the population live under. So for the majority of people, general work will only earn short-term sustenance money. 

      Taking figures, whilst recognising their deceptions actually changes them - the compilers really do play around. I could but won't do an article on that. Yet, in England, one of the worlds richest countries, 30% of the population pays an effective 60% tax rate (40% in-20% out). Precisely half of the population earned over 35k (before taxation to <30k), while around 50% of income is made by 5% of the population - .. from the ten year old 2004-5 census. We work because we need to - and most people will take any 'average' fee.

    I wish that employers could comment on what the aggressors claim, instead of just re-spouting inapplicable historic rhetoric.

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