Comments on: Here’s why it’s so hard to land a job http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/06/25/heres-why-its-so-hard-to-land-a-job/ Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:11:41 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: act1 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/06/25/heres-why-its-so-hard-to-land-a-job/comment-page-1/#comment-127 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:08:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1115#comment-127 Age discrimination still exists even in boom times. It’s just given other names such as “over-qualified” or “not skilled in current technology” or…

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By: TheBondster http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/06/25/heres-why-its-so-hard-to-land-a-job/comment-page-1/#comment-126 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:31:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1115#comment-126 That’s an interesting idea. I read a study a few years ago in the WSJ that said the average American used to have 5 really good friends in the sixties and seventies and that had dropped to 2 good friends in the last 5 years. It also claimed that 20 percent of Americans claim they have zero good friends. I thought that was very sad. Well, I hope it’s not true.

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By: makemyday1987 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/06/25/heres-why-its-so-hard-to-land-a-job/comment-page-1/#comment-114 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:54:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1115#comment-114 I agree with skills mismatch . That was no small change all three major automakers and all the businesses attached to them and the loss of all that buying power . I don’t think there’s anything to compare to in the past .

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By: KevyD http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/06/25/heres-why-its-so-hard-to-land-a-job/comment-page-1/#comment-113 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:03:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1115#comment-113 If social networks collapsed, that’s just the collapse of one mechanism for finding a job. That job still exists, and would go to someone else through a different mechanism-internet perhaps. If you don’t think there was an actual job opening there, the administrative assistant in this example, and that companies hired people out of charity rather than for an actual need, then that is a different rationale for the shift in the beveridge curve. I do think there is some validness to this employment as charity argument. FDR’s New deal certainly decreased the unemployment rate by doing something that many people did not perceive as a need at the time.

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By: SigmaTheta http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/06/25/heres-why-its-so-hard-to-land-a-job/comment-page-1/#comment-112 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:23:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1115#comment-112 I think you miss the point which is that since 2008 a 45 year old computer programmer has just as hard time finding work as a 45 year old from a factory recently closed. I think that there are two other factors at work.

#1 is the McJob phenomenon. Permanent full-benefits positions have become like suburban houses, overspecified, over valued and a must have for the remaining middle class. It’s horribly costly to the bottom line, so a second tier of benefit-less and contract jobs have been created, creating a whole gray area between unemployed and employed. But those McJobs are a big drain on the bottom line and corps can’t create many of them. Boomers in particular see those as “real jobs” and so the number of available positions relative to seekers is actually far more out of sync than the numbers would indicate.

#2 is that employers have always hired youth and with the mismatch in numbers they can do that exclusively now. You unconsciously know that, as your example demonstrates.

The other factor is an extension of the first point. Gen X and Y are more and more in charge as middle tier managers, who do most the hiring. They don’t give a damn about the bottom line but only that they have like minded people around them. Boomers make them nervous…mainly because they have qualms about lying at the drop of a hat.

It’s always been the case that people use three hiring criteria. 1) How much do you look like the last person doing the job? 2) Will you make me look bad to my boss? 3) How much fun do you look like you’d be to work with? Magnify that by the points I made initially and you have a situation where Boomers in particular are not going to get hired. Unless they want to work 1/2 time on contract while the thirty somethings work from home, get paid time off for hobby breeding…basically play with the toys they want to when they want to.

American business has dire need of two reforms. McJobs and blank check information technology. No one holds their IT department to account in the same way other core activities are routinely. IT really does mean never having to say you’re sorry. Or specify requirements. Or bring ROI. It’s like a whole category of McJobs on steroids. If this isn’t the case, why are so many work visas written for contract positions, particularly in IT? There are plenty of Americans to fill those jobs. But they want a McJob, not a contract position. This has become the fudge factor, but it’s not sustainable.

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By: alwayslearning http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/06/25/heres-why-its-so-hard-to-land-a-job/comment-page-1/#comment-111 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:04:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1115#comment-111 The old saying of “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is true. Networking in the working world is essential. That means one needs to know how to communicate

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By: ssor http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/06/25/heres-why-its-so-hard-to-land-a-job/comment-page-1/#comment-110 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:52:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1115#comment-110 Employers are being more selective than pre-recession because they have a justified perspective that higher quality people are available. The bar has been raised.

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By: Anonymouse_3 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/06/25/heres-why-its-so-hard-to-land-a-job/comment-page-1/#comment-109 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:19:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1115#comment-109 The one ***BLOODY OBVIOUS*** theory is that the employers wish to devalue your job! If they used to pay you at a rate of “x” and they post an “opening” at some value lower than “x”; the employer figures you are overpaid and replaces you…

The whole idea of the Internet has made employers rejoice because they can fill openings faster due to the unemployment rate being so high. (due to a number of contributing factors)

Let us not forget that we are now competing with wages overseas; if you want to survive in this economy – one must compete with someone that can live on a fraction of what you do – and don’t expect any help from the government.

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By: janosphere88 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/06/25/heres-why-its-so-hard-to-land-a-job/comment-page-1/#comment-108 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 03:49:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1115#comment-108 Social Networks.

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By: KenSG http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/06/25/heres-why-its-so-hard-to-land-a-job/comment-page-1/#comment-107 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 02:59:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1115#comment-107 I don’t understand why that theory answers the question of why the sudden and persistent shift at 2008. Are social networks more likely to collapse suddenly than skill sets?

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