posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 09:13 AM
Thank you for the feedback everyone. I know it is somewhat farfetched to have a secret no work list, but that article sticks out in my mind and it is
almost 3 years later, and I couldn't find any more current information than found in that article.
I am on LinkedIn and have tried several different methods of finding a job from posting on Craigslist (which actually got me one interview) to
traditional job search sites, through job postings on my university's career center, and word of mouth through friends and family. These are tough
times and I know that it costs a tremendous amount to hire someone on, so an employee has to be profitable from day one and many companies can't
afford the time to train someone. Because of this, many engineering job postings require five years experience in a specific field, so I believe this
is a big part of the difficulty.
I do have a pretty good credit score as I've been able to stay afloat so far, so I am extremely fortunate to not have to worry about that aspect.
I actually have been rather strict with my privacy settings for a few years now where only "Friends" (not "Friends of Friends") can see my posts.
I did not find my Facebook page through a Google search, so I'm fairly certain that companies have not been reading my posts.
I have read that some employers find the lack of a Facebook page suspicious, so maybe I am just too restrictive with who can see basic information on
my profile. I'll try changing my settings so companies can see my profile page and know that I have a FB account; I didn't think about this before
and maybe that's part of the problem.
With that article bringing up the possibility of a no work list, E-Verify keeps popping up in my mind because it is so ubiquitous with every employer
mandated to use it. Right now, it is used to check for illegal immigrants, but I could easily see it being expanded to include not allowing
"terrorists" to work. There is a greatly expanded definition of who is involved with terrorist activity including disagreeing with the government,
paying in cash, liking online privacy, or having more than 7 days of food.
I thought I would throw this out there and see what people thought. Thanks again for the comments as I have been trying anything I can think for a
year now to become employed again as an engineer and pay off my student loans.