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Old 06-09-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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I thought So Many People Where Looking For Work

So I have had an add out for over a week now with only one response. That response was half a$$ and she then called back to ask if she could use me for her unemployment. My add is pretty open to just about anyone so its not like I'm limitting it too much. I called someone else looking for and employee and they are having the same problem. I had more calls coming in before I placed my add from people just looking for umemployment referals and now that I actual need someone they are no where to be found. I say its time to start kicking people off unemployment and making them go back to work.
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So I have had an add out for over a week now with only one response. That response was half a$$ and she then called back to ask if she could use me for her unemployment. My add is pretty open to just about anyone so its not like I'm limitting it too much. I called someone else looking for and employee and they are having the same problem. I had more calls coming in before I placed my add from people just looking for umemployment referals and now that I actual need someone they are no where to be found. I say its time to start kicking people off unemployment and making them go back to work.
I woulda like to have heard your response.

I dont agree with kicking people off, but we need to seriously look at the system.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:47 PM   #3
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Kind of vague on the subject. What is the job for? What are the qualifications? What part of the country do you live in?
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Re: I thought So Many People Where Looking For Work

Yeah, is this one of those commission only no benefit type jobs?
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Old 06-09-2011, 07:19 PM   #5
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Re: I thought So Many People Where Looking For Work

Was there as much bad grammar and spelling errors in your email as there is in your thread title and post here? That might have had something to do with getting no response..
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Was there as much bad grammar and spelling errors in your email as there is in your thread title and post here? That might have had something to do with getting no response..

We placed an ad at work for a salesperson and have had a good response
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:57 AM   #7
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Re: I thought So Many People Where Looking For Work

I posted an ad on craigslist last week and received 100 resumes by the end of the day.

It's a general warehouse job, Part time.
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Re: I thought So Many People Where Looking For Work

Firstdown, certainly you are not using your own anecdotal experience, rather than firm unemployment statistics, to make this argument.

I mean, terrorists have never attacked my house. Should I then conclude that there is no such thing as a terrorist?
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I posted an ad on craigslist last week and received 100 resumes by the end of the day.

It's a general warehouse job, Part time.
ditto. When I had the restaurant we only advertised on craigslist norfolk.
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It greatly depends on the job and where you're advertising it. When I had an entry level financial analyst job open back in the winter, I advertised it on tons of college boards and my inbox filled up because of resume submissions.

Putting a help wanted ad in the local paper, for example, is a horribly inefficient way to advertise for a job. Not saying that's what you did, but you have to consider how many qualified eyes your job ad is reaching.

Administrative assistants, insurance agents etc. should all hit sites like career builder, and most importantly, LinkedIn.com. Leverage your own personal networks. If you're not on LinkedIn, get on it pronto.
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Perhaps the prospective employees frequent the Warpath lol....
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:22 AM   #12
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We tried to hire a administrative assistant about a year ago. The one we really wanted turned the offer down because she would only "earn" slightly more by working and paying to send her kids (2) to daycare then she would by staying home and collecting unemployment. What parent would turn down a opportunity to spend more time with their young kids? When her unemployment drys up shell go back to work and her excuse wont be that she couldnt find a job and thats why she hasnt worked in 2 years, it will be that she decided to spend time with her children while they were still little.

I donít want to give too much awayÖ.. but im younger, not married and I donít have kids. If I were to get laid off I would collect the highest amount possible (around 22k). Since I am younger I donít have much in the way of qualified retirement savings so I would also be eligible for some food stamp assistance in VA (means tested). I donít have a lot of fixed expenses, a lot of my current income is used for purely discretionary spending. Like the mother who decided to stay home with her children for 2 years while getting paid, I too would have a very difficult time forcing myself to accept a job when given the opportunity to do soooo much more. Who would pass up a sabbatical in their 20ís? Or what parent would pass up time to spend with their children? There are a lot of people who truly need unemployment, but there are also a lot of people who just like options it gives them.
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It greatly depends on the job and where you're advertising it. When I had an entry level financial analyst job open back in the winter, I advertised it on tons of college boards and my inbox filled up because of resume submissions.

Putting a help wanted ad in the local paper, for example, is a horribly inefficient way to advertise for a job. Not saying that's what you did, but you have to consider how many qualified eyes your job ad is reaching.

Administrative assistants, insurance agents etc. should all hit sites like career builder, and most importantly, LinkedIn.com. Leverage your own personal networks. If you're not on LinkedIn, get on it pronto.
How did anyone stand out. I mean thats crazy. A virtually full inbox from one job.
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How did anyone stand out. I mean thats crazy. A virtually full inbox from one job.
That just goes to show how the young recent college grads have been the ones who've suffered most from the downturn in the job market. So many of them are out of work.

With that many it was easy to find one whose academic record stood out. The winner had a BS in Finance from Wharton, Summa Cum Laude.

I also had a Georgetown, a Carnegie Mellon, and a Chicago grad to choose from. Good market for employers looking for young talent, bad for the kids.
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We tried to hire a administrative assistant about a year ago. The one we really wanted turned the offer down because she would only "earn" slightly more by working and paying to send her kids (2) to daycare then she would by staying home and collecting unemployment. What parent would turn down a opportunity to spend more time with their young kids? When her unemployment drys up shell go back to work and her excuse wont be that she couldnt find a job and thats why she hasnt worked in 2 years, it will be that she decided to spend time with her children while they were still little.

I donít want to give too much awayÖ.. but im younger, not married and I donít have kids. If I were to get laid off I would collect the highest amount possible (around 22k). Since I am younger I donít have much in the way of qualified retirement savings so I would also be eligible for some food stamp assistance in VA (means tested). I donít have a lot of fixed expenses, a lot of my current income is used for purely discretionary spending. Like the mother who decided to stay home with her children for 2 years while getting paid, I too would have a very difficult time forcing myself to accept a job when given the opportunity to do soooo much more. Who would pass up a sabbatical in their 20ís? Or what parent would pass up time to spend with their children? There are a lot of people who truly need unemployment, but there are also a lot of people who just like options it gives them.
If you're interested in building anything resembling a meaningful career, the worst thing you can do is stay out of work for an extended period of time.

To prospective employers, the longer you're out of work the worse you're regarded. It says that you either haven't been able to beat out others for available jobs (you're not that good) or that you haven't been looking very hard (that you don't care).
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