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An odd puzzle is taking shape in the labor market: Over the past three years, the number of job openings has risen almost 50 percent, but actual hiring has gone up by less than 5 percent. Companies are advertising a lot more jobs, in other words, but not filling them.
“Don’t give up job seekers, apply for everything. I got the job I wanted, 3 months after I applied. My employer says they advertise for jobs, even when they don’t need someone, then SAVE the resumes until they are ready to hire. Before that, I got a call back on a job I had applied for 6 months earlier. (I just wasn’t ready to commit at the time they called back.)
Beware the Phantom Job Listing
While this "hidden" job market frustrates applicants, companies point out that it is perfectly legal to hire without advertising a job or to advertise one almost certain to be filled by an insider. They say internal hires generally perform better than external ones, at least initially, as research has shown.
Duncan Mathison , an outplacement executive and co-author of the 2009 book "Unlock the Hidden Job Market," concedes that anything hidden is difficult to measure but, by parsing labor statistics and recruiting surveys, he calculates that around 50% of positions are currently filled on an informal basis
reply to post by VoidHawk
Voidhawk, you hit the nail on the proverbial head, as usual.
If you're not getting these phantom jobs, it's somehow YOUR fault that you're not getting called back for an interview. I see the articles on Yahoo all the time: "Why you're not getting hired"...."Why you never get called for an interview".....they blame it on the person....like, it's because their resume is substandard.....or the outfit you wore to the interview was not good enough, or perhaps you didn't ask the right questions, or you said the wrong thing.....
People are getting depressed and upset about it, not realizing that it isn't them.....it's a big lie and the jobs are FAKE.
I think it should be illegal to falsely advertise for a job which does NOT exist. If they're going to do that, they should plainly state that there is no opening AT THIS TIME, but they're collecting resumes for the future. But then that wouldn't be counted in the govt's jobs numbers for the quarter, now would it??
...When we walked into the room we found he’d set up a projection screen. On the screen were the words
PSYCHOLOGY – CHANGING AUTOMATIC RESPONSES.
This set alarm bells ringing in my head, I watched and listened very carefully.
The first thing he said was “It’s your own fault your unemployed, you need to set your sights lower and be prepared to work for less”
He went on to say “The corporations are doing everything they can to help us”
Before he arrived the mood had been quite good because we all thought we were there to get various qualifications or as in my case my tickets renewed but this guy killed that mood straight away.
I watched in disbelief at what was taking place. He was using psychological techniques to change peoples opinion on why we go to work. According to him we go to work for the good of our country and that is it. When I pulled him up on this and told him I go to work to pay my way through life AND be able to afford such things as a car, a home, a holiday etc I was met with a blank stare from both him and the others in the room....
If this is indeed going on, someone needs to blow the whistle.