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MonteLukast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-10-10 10:16 PM
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12. I sent you a PM, but I'm going to cut and paste here...
... what I think is a VERY important point that has as much to do with the job market as with JRE:

That leaves the process with which she joined the campaign. Sounds like she was just as pushy, and shoehorned herself into the volunteer staff. Somewhere along the line she mentions to JRE dreams of having a film/entertainment career, even though she has no experience. He offers to give her some entry-level experience, if she can produce some adequate samples.

My friend in King said something very important: JRE is the type to give "sad sacks" a second chance. How many employers are willing to do that? How many times do we hear of a skill and qualification gap on the part of our job applicants, but no employer being willing to actually bridge that gap and *provide* some relevant experience? A boss who actually *is* willing to do this, would be damn near your savior!


Read that part again: "How many employers are willing to do that? How many times do we hear of a skill and qualification gap on the part of our job applicants, but no employer being willing to actually bridge that gap and *provide* some relevant experience?"

I will proceed to shove aside all we know about Hunter's hidden agenda here, to make my point.

Before Hunter was a mistress, she was an employee. One with no prior experience in the film industry. She was NEVER going to get the usual channels to give her the time of day for her new career path. Not entry-level in her 40s. Not just starting to break into a new field.

Because employers just are not willing to do it, whether out of bottom-line concerns, time pressure, or simple lack of imagination. They say all the time they face a glut of applicants with missing skills... but they refuse to do anything at all that would ACTUALLY help the jobseekers fill those gaps. They just smile and tell you, "Good luck, elsewhere." They tell you to go somewhere else to get practice.
They make the excuse that they have no money or time, or too many applicants. They tell you that the only good, sane, non-disruptive job applicant is one who just sits back and waits for the phone call. Who waits for the Job Fairy to leave skills and experience under your pillow. Who continually spends their OWN time, energy and money, making themselves attractive to an overly-choosy and capricious "mate", and believes magically that SOMEDAY things will come through.

Bull. There IS no "somewhere else". Every employer thinks the same when it comes to "fit", even if their particular definitions of "fit" are different from company to company.
There ARE no other fish in the sea-- because all the fish are of the same mind. In fact, you have, effectively, ONE fish.

What I fear is our ability to make the leap, get our foot in the door, and get some actual relevant job experience will be REALLY chilled after the Edwards stuff works its way out.
Because JRE *was* an employer actually willing to bridge that gap. He actually was willing to start Hunter on a career path, by giving her a real opportunity to get some real experience.
And now, because of what has transpired, his decision will be seen as a bad move by every employer in the job market... and bosses will be even LESS willing to give opportunities.
His example will be taken, and rightfully so, of the importance of a background check. Never mind that background checks are already too intrusive to the average job seeker. Hunter was one who slipped through the cracks, and because of her, the noose can only get that much tighter for the rest of us... we will have to that much more defend, explain, and justify our lives at job-hunting time.

It's really a lot like airport security. They already overdo it, take our dignity, freedom of movement, and ability to connect with our loved ones away.
But still, somebody slipped through.
And of course, no one bothers to use a little judgment. They act as expected: we will all be forced to suffer MORE intrusiveness... because there's no room for judgment when you're too afraid of the risk.
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