Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Only wanting what's taken

According to an article from the Wall Street Journal even though the country is at a near 10% unemployment rate, many employers are seeking applicants that still have a job.
If a worker is still employed they must be the "cream of the crop."

What crap.

I've seen so many talented, hard-working people let go ... and to think that they wouldn't even be CONSIDERED by some because they were laid off makes me a wee bit sick. Like walk in on your parents sick.

This reminds me of people who go into a bar looking for wedding rings to find their next conquest. Shame on them for only wanting what's taken without taking the time to check out what's available. They're missing out.


Mario said...

Sten, you're in the business. Bad news that makes people irate sells.

Right now maybe employers are being flooded with applications and are desperate for some means to whittle down the pile; so, employers may be giving preference to those who already have a job. But that's always been the case.

I'm thinking the Wall Street Journal found an angle and the most inflammatory comments to go with it. I'm sure there is truth to this, but it's likely being exaggerated. And why not?

From the Journal's perspective, an article like this is going to be linked to, blogged about, e-mailed, and likely featured on the evening news. That's the upside. For them, there is no downside -- that's all born by the poor souls out of work in the discouragement this article will bring them.

I went through a long period of being out of work and (hopelessly) looking for gainful employment in a particular field. It's easy to get discouraged. People looking for work, presently, ought to take this article with a grain of salt. This is a desperate time for newspapers.

Sten said...

There is very real substance behind that story, though it certainly is not true of all (and likely not most) employers.

I really don't think the Washington Post fabricates news, news papers as a rule do not, no matter how low readership may get.

We leave that to the tabloids.

Mario said...

You cannot read my comment and think that I'm accusing the Washington Post of fabricating a story. I'm saying that they're tailoring a story that isn't news.

It's conventional wisdom that it is easier to get a job when you already have a job.

Anonymous said...

Leave the fabrication to Jayson Blair and The NY Times