Friday, November 29, 2013

Disposable People

That's what the long-term and underemployed people, especially those over 50, are in this shithole of an economy.

As I have said repeatedly, the fault lies squarely with Washington trade policies, tax policies transferring wealth upward, and the refusal of these politicians in both political parties to do one goddamned thing about a crisis situation.

And we ARE in a crisis that never had to happen in the first place.

Economists have long thought that the strain of unemployment, plus the erosion of skills and loss of contacts that naturally occur, helps explain the “structural” unemployed in a nation’s work force. But new evidence shows that bias plays a much larger role than previously thought. Some of the long-term unemployed might never find work because businesses simply refuse to hire them.

In a recent study, Rand Ghayad a Ph.D. candidate at Northeastern University, sent out 4,800 dummy résumés to job postings. Those résumés that were supposedly from recently unemployed applicants with no relevant experience were more likely to elicit a call for an interview than those supposedly from experienced workers out of a job for more than six months. Indeed, the callback rate for the long-term jobless ranged from just 1 to 3 percent, versus 9 to 16 percent for newly unemployed workers.

Unemployment becomes a “sorting criterion,” in the words of a separate study with similar findings. It found that being out of a job for more than nine months decreased interview requests by 20 percent among people applying to low- or medium-skilled jobs.

It needs to be illegal to do that, but even if it were, there would still be masses of unemployed because there aren't enough goddamned jobs out there to be had.

I am "lucky" I am even working as a substitute teacher/classified for two school districts/ESDs. It's barely enough to keep my head above the water, but I can't pay rent or utilities or even begin to round up the money to get an apartment.

This one comment pissed me off royal:

I've been a career coach for 15 years. There are certain things job-seekers, even with significant barriers to employment--including long-term unemployment--can do to improve their chances:
1. Do not limit your job applications to jobs posted on large job boards.
2. Maximize the keywords on your resume to match exactly the wording in the job description to improve your chance of getting through Applicant Tracking System software.
3. Aggressively expand your professional network through current contacts, professional associations, alumni groups, community groups, and LinkedIn. Try to get an internal referral each time you apply for a job.
4. Maintain a positive attitude in your networking and interviewing. Focus on your strengths and how you can benefit the employer.
5. Fill your gap of employment with volunteering, consulting, community activity, or skills-improving training.
6. Be flexible regarding the jobs you will accept. Be open to switching jobs, taking temp or part-time jobs, relocating.
7. Apply to a minimum of 100 jobs per month and outreach/networking to 5-10 people per week.
8. Practice for your interviews as if they are a major exam.

All of the above is MUCH harder to do when unemployed: lost confidence, no fixed address, no money to clean your business suit or attend networking events, no computer/internet or phone. I've personally observed top people being discriminated against because they were unemployed and older. Government intervention is also needed.

The fact she admits it costs money to do ALL of those things contradicts her previous remarks. The problem is there aren't enough jobs. It's like playing the slots in Vegas.

Volunteering is a waste of time which should be spent looking for work, and it costs money for transportation to and from the place. It brings in no money at all. The same is true with the rest of her stupid, insulting advice which is at least thirty or forty years old, and all of those cost money as well.

When you're destitute, you can't do much of anything.

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