Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Just do it;

The unemployed need not apply.

That is the message being broadcast by many of the nation’s employers, making it even more difficult for 14 million jobless Americans to get back to work.

A recent review of job vacancy postings on popular sites like Monster.com, CareerBuilder and Craigslist revealed hundreds that said employers would consider (or at least “strongly prefer”) only people currently employed or just recently laid off.

Unemployed workers have long suspected that the gaping holes on their résumés left them less attractive to employers. But with the country in the worst jobs crisis since the Great Depression, many had hoped employers would be more forgiving.

“I feel like I am being shunned by our entire society,” said Kelly Wiedemer, 45, an information technology operations analyst who said a recruiter had told her that despite her skill set she would be a “hard sell” because she had been out of work for more than six months.

Legal experts say that the practice probably does not violate discrimination laws because unemployment is not a protected status, like age or race. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently held a hearing, though, on whether discriminating against the jobless might be illegal because it disproportionately hurts older people and blacks.

The reason employers are doing that is because they think it's simply a tool to automatically sort out the undesirables. They figure that if somebody hadn't found a new job right away, there's something wrong with them, and so they're eliminated before even applying.

My advice to anyone that is looking for work in that situation is to lie on their job application, and make up things on their resume that will enhance their chance of being hired. Do whatever it takes.

Could you imagine the worthless politicians in D.C., or this worthless president we have, doing anything about that? Can you imagine them passing a law making it a federal crime to refuse to hire someone based on the length of time since their previous job? It will not happen.


By the way.. I liquidated my portfolio. The last 2 years it had actually made pretty decent returns, and my broker tried to explain to me that I was making the wrong choice. Of course, it made decent returns in the last 2 years because in 2008, everyone lost nearly half the value of their investments so it had no place to go but up.

The Loon Brigade is playing chicken with the national debt. Everyone just assumes that they'll give in at the last second and avoid disaster. I'm not so sure. In any case, stocks are starting to tank again and I'm not going to risk it. They were starting to go back downhill before this even became an issue.

If the chance of something bad happening is say.. 50/50, then it's insane to leave money in stocks if the best you can hope for is an annual gain in single percentage points. That's especially true when the inflation rate is so low. Cash is much better.

The only way I'll buy back into the market is if the political situation in the US is not completely insane, and I don't see that happening for a while. I'm going to throw some money into a game company instead.

1 comment:

Kor said...

I heard Zynga is going public, those shares could do gang busters if they jump on the Google+ train for their shitty casual games instead of just focusing on Facebook.