Why qualified candidates don't get hired

Ten reasons why no one will hire you

Peter Harris|

In an ideal world, the job would go to the most qualified candidate. However, there are many reasons why you might not get hired for a job – even if you have all of the skills and experience to successfully do the work. Sometimes an internal candidate has the edge, or another applicant has a friend on the hiring committee. Other times, candidates simply kill their own chances of getting hired.

I once spoke with a candidate who had a brilliant resume and who seemed like she would be awesome at the job she had applied to. However, in our conversation it quickly came out that she didn’t have much of an understanding of what our company actually did, and she had obviously never read any of the existing editorial on the website. She didn’t even seem particularly interested in it. I ended up hiring a much less experienced candidate who had done her research and clearly demonstrated a passion to contribute to the work we were doing.

I told this story to a group that included many recruiters and hiring managers. They had their own opinions and stories of about why otherwise qualified candidates get rejected. Because of the nature of their jobs and the anecdotes they shared, the panel has asked not to be identified in this article.

Here are ten reasons other than your qualifications why employers won’t hire you:

    You aren’t very savvy on social media

    When you’re looking for a job, social media is more media than it is social. Remember that anything you publish has the potential to be broadcast to unforeseen audiences. Even if you have strict privacy settings, it is possible for someone inside your network to copy and share photos or posts.

    Employers will Google you and look you up on social media sites. In a recent Jobvite survey, more than 40% of companies said they have turned down candidates based on what they see on their social profiles. Here at Workopolis, we recently looked up a candidate whose Facebook profile picture revealed him wearing only a sock. (Not on his foot.) Your profile picture isn’t private. Choose it much more wisely than that guy.

    A sales manager shared the story of a candidate with a brilliant resume who interviewed well, but who didn’t get the job because he was smoking or holding a bong in what seemed like every photo ever taken him.

    You’ve got a bad attitude

    We’ve all met candidates who come into an interview and start complaining about their former boss or coworkers, they grumble about their past work as if this will show why they’re motivated to make a change. It doesn’t show that at all. It just makes them look like complainers. Employers want to hire upbeat, positive team members.

    And then there are the strange attitudes. On recruiter told me the story of Franklin Worthington the Third, who referred to himself as such on his resume, and who spoke of himself in the third person. “When Franklin takes on a project, Franklin succeeds.” Franklin didn’t get the job. And given that there is so little chance of the employer mistaking you for your ancestors, you can leave “The Third” off your resume.

    You don’t do any research

    As I mentioned in the introduction to this article, not doing your research can cost you the job. Employers want to hire candidates who know about their industry and its challenges, and who have thought about ways that they can contributed to the company’s success. If your first question to the interviewer is, “So, what does this company do?” you won’t be getting the call. (And hiring managers do get asked that very question.)

    You smell bad

    Smokers often use a cigarette to calm their nerves. And job interviews can be nerve wracking. However, if you walk into the interview right after having that cigarette, the chances are that you are going to reek of smoke. That can be a turn off for many people.

    The last thing you want to do in a job interview is give the employer a reason not to like you. The same goes for heavy cologne or perfume use. You never know who has allergies, sensitivities or simple distaste for the scent. Play it safe, go in clean and fresh.

    You’re sloppy

    Proofread your resume and cover letter. So many recruiters told me that this was the deal-breaker that they most often see in candidates. Misused words, spelling mistakes and typos all make it look like you can’t write properly, you don’t pay attention to detail, or you just don’t care that much. Any of those can keep you from being hired.

    Your resume makes you seem like a weirdo or a pain

    A Toronto recruiter is still puzzling over the man she didn’t hire who had an otherwise strong resume until he listed his interests as “a passion for weapons and all things squirrel-related.” Keep all of the information on your resume relevant to the job you’re applying for. There’s no need to list hobbies or interests.

    Another recruiter told me about receiving a resume that stated in the objective statement: “Must be for a company that highly values diversity and sustainability.” It’s not that the employer didn’t value those things, it’s that by making it the opening line of the resume, the candidate made himself look like he’d be a pain in the butt to work with. You need to show an employer why they would want to hire you in the first place before you start making demands about their values.

    Another candidate closed his resume with the line, “Given my obvious qualifications, if I am not selected for this position, I expect to be informed of why.” I imagine they’re still waiting for that phone call.

    You’re desperate

    While it’s good to be enthusiastic about the role, employers are turned off by candidates who seem simply desperate for a job. It’s a fine line: you have to play it cool, but not too cool. Display confidence without being cocky.

    You have no references

    If you can’t find people who will speak well of your work and professionalism, you’re in trouble. I’ve told the story before of the candidate who handed over a typed list of three references, and then she pointed to the first one and said, “But don’t call this one.” After a few seconds thought, she added of another, “Better not call this one either.”

    One candidate gave a recruiter three reference letters. Because the font type and style of all three were very similar, the recruiter decided to call the recruiters to verify. It turns out that the letters were indeed fake. However the worst thing about the story is that all three people called said that until they heard of the bogus reference letters, they actually would have been happy to recommend the candidate.

    Trust your references. Tell them about the job you’re applying for and ask if they would be willing to recommend you for it. If you can’t use your former boss, find someone else at the company that you worked with. (If there’s really no one out there who will speak well of your work, then references likely aren’t your biggest problem.)

    You don’t look the part

    A job interview isn’t a fashion show, and you don’t have to be a super model. For the most part it’s enough to look well groomed, professional and respectful. This means dressing up a little more than you normally would to show that you care and that you take the interview seriously. Here at Workopolis we did pass on a candidate who turned up for the interview in shorts and hiking boots. Read that story.

    You have unrealistic salary expectations

    Of course you know how much money you’d like to earn – and what perks you’d like to have from your employer. But if your expectations are unrealistic, or you’re too demanding or inflexible, it will turn employers off. Do your research, find out the salary range that jobs like yours pay in your area, and be willing to negotiate for the best deal you can get.

Finding a job is hard, and the competition can be fierce. But if you keep getting turned down for jobs that you know you’re qualified for, maybe it’s time to make sure that you’re not inadvertently acting in one of the ways that repels most employers.

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Peter Harris
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Category: Job interviews, Job Search Strategies, Resumes,
 
  • Sandra Davenport

    This is very helpful. I’ve taken notes. Thank you.

    • Rose Higgins

      I agree Sandra, not only to this particular “blurb”, but to all advice that is shared

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  • blink

    And you’re over 50 so you never even get an interview

    • Çapulcu MacLean

      as I’m finding out….

      • Diane Snider-Sturges

        that is so not true!!!! I’ve had interviews and had job offers u r just being negative! Don’t do that to people over 50 employers want us our children are grown and we have time to focus totally on our career and the company we are working for! So put on a smile and let them you know how much you have to offer! Good luck :)

        • farjaad

          That is one positive point the employers should think about. Over 50 employees can focus more now that their children are all grown up. They can also be great trainers.

          • demo89

            If they would only look at it that way

          • Styles Kirkpatrick

            yes my youngest is 15 I can dedicate more to my work!

    • TheSharpenedPen

      Try over 40 these days…

      • nonaldehyde

        Hey Guys, try to keep your chins’ up. Unemployed is like being sick, you dont know when it will end, but it will. I was off work for three years, with severe clinical depression, and at 50, that makes me really damaged goods! I retrained for a year, and networked (which i really hated and didnt want to do, but…) and landed a gig… once they saw my skill set was unaffected in a relatively entry level gig, I know have more responsibility.
        As for volunteering, that is networking. I was moving furniture for the local equivalent of the diabetes society… and they know people, who know people.

        • dee

          You can sure get burn out, just from all of this…I was a single parent, completed ECE courses, helped my aging and then dying mom, took as much ECE work that came my way(even nagged work places), and still really got no where (except in student loan debt, & now health issues too)…Im out of work now, pretty much starving, 58 ,and not sure what next…

    • doo

      Heck, over 50! you should try being over 65!

      • Shaun Hammel

        nah, you have the safety net of SS then.. 40 to 62 are the killer years for unemployed people.

      • Styles Kirkpatrick

        yes, itis why I am forced, to take extreme healthy care ( keep weight to almost highschool ,exercise eat foods that promote good skin care etc) . Yes I look 35 and are almost 50. It does help, but what if I looked my age, it would be even harder than it it is now, I am so trying to keep my freelance work so that I can build clientele and leave the torturous job search headed by HR Nazi’s …not all but way too many

    • Karolina Whithika

      No one will hire their “mom” or “dad” (or grandma/pa either). It’s a function of youth that they view us as stupid or addled (and most of them don’t know what addled means!). There is nothing you can do about it. Start your own business or find an industry that values your age and abilities.

      • Canucky Woman

        I don’t think they view us as “stupid or addled”…I think they view us as a threat. They are still untying the apron strings and don’t want to be questioned or challenged by someone older and more experienced.

        It’s the employer’s insecurity more than anything.

        • goof

          Lol, it’s that attitude… nothing more. I’m all about hiring veterans with calm nerves, insight, and plenty of time to commit to the job, but I see right through any fascade when a person with this attitude tries to bs me.

          And who are you to question or challenge me, just because you have experience? I have experience too and I probably have a lot more information with which to build the context of my decision. While I value the input of my employees, I certainly do not take well to being challenged by subordinates.

          • jt

            You say you can see through the facade too bad you cannot see your way to spelling the word correctly. Its just this type of incompetence these other posters are talking about. Btw thinking of your employees as subordinates shows supreme arrogance. I will bet all of them can spell facade properly

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          • Shaun Hammel

            “…I certainly do not take well to being challenged by subordinates.” Probably because you’re a grade A asshole.

          • Brittany

            You’re exactly the type of boss I’d have to tell it like it really is, and then you’d get all butt hurt because your little ego got bruised and then you’d cry like the little b**ch that you are and I’d have to kick you in your teeth while you cried in your murky soup. The only reason you hold a title is because you’ve been there the longest, not because you’re the worlds smartest manager. I’m used to dealing with your kind. I’d challenge you any day of the week. KNOW THAT!

          • Pamela Kennedy

            And this is why they, who after all do make all the hiring decisions, won’t hire any of US who are older than they are. You already know you’re not going to get the job if you manage to make it to the interview somehow, and the person who’s interviewing you is half your age. Waste. Of. Your. Time.

          • aturner

            So you are saying that you don’t like to do be challenged.
            That is how one grows and improves on skills.
            It seems you are a type of person that likes people eating out of your hand and not lifting a figure to obtain it. Being challenged helps motivates and builds trust. I agree with jt, calling your employees subordinates shows arrogance. I bet you have zero respect from them.

      • Styles Kirkpatrick

        yes….I that’s what I have found..

    • newbie

      Same thing for people who juste finished university… You don’t get an interview because you don’t have enough experience… How the hell am I supposed to get experience then?

      • TheSharpenedPen

        Ya, I went through that too – we all did – but trust me, it gets much worse when you hit 40 or so.

        You’ll be too inexperienced for the first 10 to 20 years and then you’ll be too overqualified from that point forward :)

        • Michael Scott

          Yep…..that’s the way it seems many times. But, let’s face it, if you’re getting ONE version in the first half of your life and the OTHER in the second half…..yer just a shit candidate!

          • farjaad

            I don’t know sometimes I feel that we should sue such people. There should be a law that controls the craziness out there in the field of hiring. Overqualified? What does that suppose to mean? If I have 10 years of experience. Out of which I have 2 years of writing experience and 15 years later I apply for a writing job, i should not be overqualified because I am not. I just has this short opportunity for writing and after that never needed one.

          • Cindy

            I always feel if you are not successful then MOVE! suing? ya something you freeloaders would die to do except the one problem is how are you going to sue if you have to fork up lawyer fees? HMMM!!!!!!!!!

          • Pamela Kennedy

            Meaning, probably a minority.

        • ld

          oh goody. I just turned 40. Is this what I have to look forward to?

          • Fresh Start Careers

            Not if you play the game. I have personally helped a considerable amount of people get into jobs.

          • c sidey

            “amount of people” ….by weight or volume?

          • jt

            Play the game? None of this is a game. You sound very immature and completely untrustworthy.

          • Toni Sykes

            What is the game then?

          • Fresh Start Careers

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          • Walter C

            Just for simply curiosity, what does the story of Dr. Love have to do with getting a job?, unless of course finding a husband requires lots of work, lol. I knew a Dr. Love who was actually a Psychologist and it was interesting seeing so many rich women with issues paying him more than one visit. Anyway, a friend of mine once told me in reference to finding a good job and good position: “It’s not what you know, but who you know”.

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          • dee

            having best friends in the business

          • demo89

            what game

          • Chris Desjardins

            40 you might as well die… Employers are a joke now a days
            want 20yrs with 10 yrs exp in social media

          • Patrick Kabongo Kabissel

            :D can’t tell you! Sometimes can’t figure out what they really need. I got a kind of interview for an IT Trainer position for a very low pay rate but we could not figure out what were requirements; too much for for the position compared to the salary…At the end I just dropped. A year later, the position was still opened because that rare bird was not apparently born yet..

          • El Haji Roku

            Was there.An engineering position with good pay,but no idea what the requirements were. “We are interviewing so we could find a position that best fits you” …what the hell does that even mean?

          • farjaad

            Lol yes I tell you man, it is time now that unemployed need to get together and rise up against this monster of unfair hiring practices and sue the hell out of them

          • Cindy

            go back to middle east and shut the hell up shammy head!

          • demo89

            I totally agree

          • Will

            Is it possible?, If so I am onboard. I have done all of these things mentioned above, and still no luck. These hiring practices need some kind regulation.

          • Pamela Kennedy

            And I know of some unemployable lawyers out there who would gladly take the case!

          • Cindy

            employers are a joke? the only joke I see is the ones who don’t have a penny in their pocket and need to find someone to blame over their misfortunes in life.

          • El Haji Roku

            Hahahaha. Thats a joke. 20 yr olds with 10 yrs of experience,its like you got a job off elementary.

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      • TheKurgan

        Very simple. You’re expected to go volunteer doing work for which you don’t get paid.

        • therimisrolled

          .. BTW, That’s really not as simple as it looks.

          • TheKurgan

            Of course not. But it’s what they want you to do.

          • therimisrolled

            It’s not that it’s what they want us to do… it’s that they don’t want to pay to train someone for the position, and they want someone else to do that training!

          • ali

            i agree with you

          • dc

            It give you experience but doesn’t pay the bills. It only works if you live at home. Unfortunately I cant do that.

          • Ashley Johnson

            Or they just want free labor. And we’re the entitled ones for expecting pay.

        • Toni Sykes

          Then thats cheap labour and exploitation. Once you do voluntary work, they expect it for nothing and they will never give you a paid job.

          • Pamela Kennedy

            That’s why you volunteer in places where they might give you free food or free stuff.

        • Pamela Kennedy

          No, not really – I recently applied to volunteer at the food bank warehouse and got the email response that there were no openings at the present. Really, even for THAT?!

      • blink

        I sympathize with young people as well. they want you all to work for free. It’s terrible with this bogus interning scam.

        • Canucky Woman

          Sadly, it only encourages mediocrity. The best and the brightest won’t get the opportunities, just the economically fortunate.

          • Cindy

            the best and the brightest are OWNERS of companies.

      • dan silver

        Make your own work experience. It shows initiative even if if it pays very little. In your cover letter say that is why you are being entrepreneurial, to get experience and continuing professional development.

        • http://www.facebook.com/ginny.schaefer Ginny Schaefer

          I’ll do that … where on the Moon? Danny boy have you ever done that? Nope, thought so.

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        • Styles Kirkpatrick

          IF people could do that, why not make their own jobs…

      • Jimbotron

        Newbie, As one person that’s been through the HR sausage grinder many times over the years. here’s a few things that might help. It’s really not you, it’s them. Do everything they want to hear, it’s an act you have to do, even if it makes you feel uncomfortable, do it. If you do get the job, you’ll rarely see that person again. They are forcing people to act in this fashion. You can never really prepare for an interview, it’s usually a wild card. Technical interviews are a little easier to predict because you usually have the person that you are working for present. The HR people tend to read from a script Just be prepared to sling a lot of poo their way, they really respond to that.
        Be enthusiastic, but not too much. Dress well but not too formally. Again, just tell them what they want to hear. Many times you’ll get that 28 year old female out of HR school (whatever that is) who seems a little off kilter, the overly gungho company person – don’t let that throw you off your game. Always remember, it’s always going to be a dysfunctional experience, I don’t know why that is so but it is. Also, they can lead you on and you’ll never hear from them again. If you’re professional, smart, and carry yourself properly and are qualified for the job and you don’t get the job, it’s them not you.

        • HRProfessional

          See I do have to disagree with the generalization of HR people. You’ve had bad experiences but as a working HR professional, and yes I have gone to “HR school”, which is actually a bachelor of HR Management & Labour Relations as well as two professional designations, I can say that your description certainly doesn’t describe me at all. I’ve never interviewed off a pre-written set of questions, yes I have areas I want to talk about but they revolve around a candidates experience in previous roles and skill set they can bring, I’m more interested in having a normal two way conversation with someone. The thing people don’t realize is any HR person worth their salt is preparing just as much for an interview as the candidate. If you can’t speak intelligently around the company, culture, position (in depth, not just what can be read from a job description), advancement potential, etc etc you’re not doing your job. HR isn’t as simple as it may seem to most people, and while yes you’ve met a few poor examples, the bulk of other HR people I’ve dealt with share similar philosophies to my own.

          • Shaun Hammel

            that was one long paragraph of blah.

          • Styles Kirkpatrick

            funny….yes correct I once interviewed by a hr person who kept me hostage for an hour, she actually had a Barrett in her hair. although about thirty,give or take, she dressed like a little teenager or closer to a tween…I did not get the job, I felt violated, I later was gonna apply at another social organization but found out she now worked there as the hiring person…yuck it I really liked the company bur did want to subjected to this random wanna be teenie bopper, power hungry, nazi…lol

        • Janey Melissa

          thank you for that- I had a strange experience- I did everything right and suddenly Every One of the places I applied for said the EXACT same Thing- all of our workers suddenly came back and we’re going to keep Them till they are 90 years old- ” Seems like they see the t1 and the thin body – they must be envious or jealous or something- they couldn’t possibly think it would interfere with my ability to speak into a phone all day! Oh well, like you said- it’s them- thank you! contact me if you have any more suggestions on if this is even legal!

      • Patrick Kabongo Kabissel

        Hey there. By my humble opinion, to break this chicken-egg dilemma, one needs to consider seriously internship opportunities, volunteering, getting involved earlier into the job market. Don’t wait until you graduate before writing down your first resume…Work early, even for three. Wake up!

        • kristine08

          My son was required to do community service, all through high school. He was also traveling with the schools ROBOTIC TEAM. He had no time for a paying job.
          He is home from UCONN, for the summer, and so far, nobody will hire him, because of “no experience”. They are not even considering all the community work he did in and outside of the US.
          I feel bad that, his giving back, is costing him not getting hired for even a summer position.

          • Karen

            My son is home for the summer as well and nobody wants to hire a short timer. But what’s the difference of hiring someone who will leave in 3 months but return during their winter and spring breaks for the next few years versus someone you hire and train and they suck at it or decide they don’t like the job?

          • Styles Kirkpatrick

            this blows in the face of patrick kabongo who says give give give for free and maybe they hire you

        • Mercurychick

          Doesn’t work Patrick. Many recruiters think internships are cute, but not good enough.

      • kate

        Do volunteer work, looks great on CV knock on doors, they will rip your hands off

      • dee

        I know a young girl would have made a great nurse, but didn’t make entrance requirements for course..So then she took Medical Office Assistant course and passed, but didn’t have the experience…She is making good money now, but hate to tell you what doing….

    • daniel churm

      agree on that 1 …i’m 56 and it sucks out there

      • jim

        this is true. nine months of head banging and now back to school so i can retire

      • nonaldehyde

        53 and it really did for me too. Play on your maturity, stability and reliability…. in my business, dominated by 25-35 yr old rocket scientists, they are always getting married, pregnant, and, oh, when the relatives are sick, marrying, or dying overseas— say bye bye for 6 weeks.
        I’ve lived where I’ve lived for 14 years, have two kids in high school, so where am I going? That’s why I hired a ex-RIM guy with waaaaay more qualifications that I needed… he was not about to uproot his family and move to Austin or San Jose for a job that paid 2x.

    • dunk

      I did and I got a job..well paying. I had transitioned got an MA, took a contract..worked hard. It is about attitude.

      • Jay Wilson

        LOL Yeah…. NO. It’s not.

        If it were about attitude I would still be working successfully. I have enough education to choke a horse now. There is only one thing it’s about for the over forty crowd… and that’s finding a responsible, conscionable and intelligent employer. Sad that this is such a needle in the proverbial haystack.

        • Matt

          Here is the attitude that succeeds:
          - Supportive of others (No LOL Yeah…)
          - Humble (No ‘I have enough education to…’)
          - Taking responsibility (No ‘If [something external] I would’)
          - Positive (No insulting employers)
          It’s not enough to have attitude, you need to have the right attitude.

          • Jay Wilson

            Hmmm…it should be so cut and dry.

            Your viewpoint ignores reality entirely. Are you a robot? Perhaps you might like to write for Workopolis? They seem to love that sort of empty rhetoric.

        • Fresh Start Careers

          I agree, Jay. The situation is sad, but true. Still, I say we are slightly better off than in the EU where you are asked to provide your birthday and the entire career timeline on the resume. Of course, once we go to the interview here – the discrimination kicks in.
          I do hope you have found appropriate employment.

      • xhixhi

        it is all about luck as well

    • Kate Shaw

      My sister got an interview, and the first thing the kiddie who interviewed her said was “I had no idea you where that old!:”

    • Kathy

      I went through a 6 month re-training program, sat with a professional resume builder….now at the end of it all no jobs…why…probably because I am over 50, experienced well enough, trained so-so, but not enough to get to that next level. So now 6 weeks without work!!

      • ld

        I also had my resume done by a professional 5 months ago. I am still unemployed. its just tough all round because of the unrealistic laundry list of ‘must haves’ that employers have.

    • demo89

      or we do get an interview and they know they are just wasting our time. They say the line….we have other candidates to interview

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  • Shahul Hameed

    Really Good Ideas. All messages noted. Thanks you very much.

  • Çapulcu MacLean

    I hope we can have a discussion about the overuse of non-contextual social media information by employers.

    Not hiring a “brilliant candidate” because he smokes weed on his spare time is not only ridiculous, it is possibly a contravention of the human rights code if he uses it for medical purposes. (I doubt it too, but my point is that you don’t know and it doesn’t matter). Since when did snooping on what people do in their spare time become okay and fair game? Would drinking wine do the same thing? I mean, you don’t use gossip in hiring decisions, do you? Why would you use out-of-context information in deciding who’s a good sales manager if they’ve proven they’ve got the goods? Listen, I’m a realist. I know it happens. But let’s not give employers carte blanche to use social media in this way.

    • TheSharpenedPen

      You don’t have a choice in giving this media carte blanche – this was the design of sites like facebook from the beginning and it’s why social media sites are so profitable. Essentially, the employer has a back door into everything you’ve done in the past 10 years, good, bad and indifferent.

      The information that you and others post about you on facebook, can and will be used against you, even in a court of law.

      • Çapulcu MacLean

        You’ve misread me. I’m well aware of the use of social media information and how often it is used. I’m not talking about social media carte blanche: I’m talking about the employers’ use of it, and in that area I certainly do have a say as I push my legislators to restrict the use of this information in hiring. There are all kinds of restrictions on what employers can and cannot consider in making a hiring decision: race, gender etc.They can’t look up somebody’s profile on Facebook, see that they are black, and decide not to hire them for that reason. So we already have a foot in that door.

        Maybe it is time to broaden these prohibitions to exclude snooped information. As I said, I’m a realist, they are going to use it if it is there. That’s one reason I don’t do Facebook.

        I see granting carte blanche as remaining quiet while they expand their reach. I have no plans to do that, and I exhort others to be non-silent as well. in the end, I can’t stop them, but I can protest about it.

        • Nick Kossovan

          You have no clue how social media works. Your example “They can’t look up somebody’s profile on Facebook, see that they are black, and decide not to hire them for that reason.” is pure fantasy. An employer will look you up BEFORE they call you in for an interview, see you are black and not call you. Now how do you claim discrimination?

          The key is not to post anything that you know can hurt you. If you smoke weed then why do you feel the entire world needs to know? If you like to get roaring drunk every Friday night then keep that off the Internet… the list goes on. Nothing appears on Facebook, etc. without YOU putting it there. You alone are responsible for your digital footprint. Blaming employers for using what YOU decide to post as one method of seeing if you are a suitable candidate is diverting your responsibility for what you alone created online.

          • therimisrolled

            Au contraire, LOTS get put on Facebook without the specific individual even putting it there, or even having a Facebook account !

          • Nick Kossovan

            Examples (proof) please… otherwise what you are “claiming” is BS (probably manufactured by your paranoia).

          • therimisrolled

            Are you asking me to be unethical, and stalk you or something? Providing examples in this matter would be unethical…

          • Nick Kossovan

            What’s more unethical is spreading BS / lies formulated by your paranoia. No proof (unable to support your claim) = BS

          • Ashes

            Are u stupid of course people can post a photo of you on there own Facebook of u drunk as a skunk looken like a fool and u didn’t post it someone else did it’s not paranoia it’s reality

          • Nick Kossovan

            If you are dumb enough to get photographed while shitfaced then I have no pity for you… the resulting consequences are of your own making. My advice would be to get some new “so-called” friends and to think twice before getting plastered around people that might take your picture and post it on FB.

          • therimisrolled

            I hope you never have to deal with someone impersonating you, some jealous ex-girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband/colleague/boss and/or their friends, or some stalker… and with information on Facebook and/or other social media that you didn’t put on it!

            PS: I know of people who have had to deal with these things… now you can forget about asking for examples.

          • Nick Kossovan

            Sounds like you, and the “so-called” people you know, have the ability to make enemies (I like the “impersonating you” … if that ever happened you had to really piss off the person.). Given your attitude here I can see why that is.

            The fact is the majority of people have an Internet presence and are careful what they put on social media sites and therefore have none of the issues you have.

            You reap what you sow!

          • therimisrolled

            You didn’t read what I wrote!

          • Nick Kossovan

            Okay … then educate me that what you wrote was no based on either (a) your experience (creating enemies that want to destroy your reputation) or (b) your paranoia thinking (that people would want to destroy your reputation for no reason). I’m pretty sure I got the jist of what you wrote.

          • therimisrolled

            I’m going to make a similar assumption of you to the one you’re making of me…

            You’re assuming that because you use a full name means that you have more credibility than me, and that because I’m using a screenname, that that means I have less credibility than you.

          • Nick Kossovan

            I’m making the same assumption of you as everyone else here is… you are using a screen name because either (a) you don’t believe in what you are posting (People who believe in what they post don’t hid behind a screen name), or (b) you are hiding (from who is anyone’s guess).

            Do you think a screen name gives you any credibility?

          • Enad Nevaeh

            you sound like a “know it all” who thinks everyone’s paranoid. how about i copy and paste all the rude shit you said and put it on facebook with the headline “dick of the day” for everyone else to share and spread all across facebook oh and your real name is there too so get use to everyone calling you dick of the day.

          • Çapulcu MacLean

            I have every clue how social media works, so you are wrong before you dot your first sentence. I worked on a project in which we used Twitter to prove that some employers would not call people who had “Muslim sounding” names and established a pattern over an 18 month period. That’s, my boy, is how you prove discrimination.

            Of course it is inadvisable to have pictures of yourself using drugs on your Facebook page. But what if your page reveals that you are gay, or black or whatever? If employers are using social media to eliminate people because they don’t like what identity group they belong to, that’s a problem.

            You can not post pictures of yourself smoking crack. You can’t help being black, gay or whatever. It isn’t about blaming. It is, however, about tightening employment standards and hiring statutes to dissuade employers from using social media as a means of gathering information, most of it irrelevant.

            In the 1980s, drug tests were all the rage. That hardly happens any longer, except in some necessary professions. We as the public have every right to assert ourselves through laws and regs to protect us and our children from discriminatory practices. Many jurisdictions prevent asking for a picture for just this reason. We’ll never take all subjective assessment out of hiring, but we can and should level the playing field.

          • Nick Kossovan

            You do realise you off as a ranting lunatic. How could you possible even begin to prove employers would not call job candidates with a Muslim sounding name? Do you care to explain how you conducted this so-called “experiment”?

            Look at my profile and you’ll see whatever social media experience you may think you have is very pale in comparison to deep I am in the realm of social media.

          • ugh

            Nick you sound like you just want to pick a fight with someone! You really can’t think of any way to test that? Really? Are you thinking at all? There are many possible ways to test that, the simplest would be to send in the exact same CV in content but with 2 different names. If you really doubt she managed to prove it, ask her about how she did before jumping to name calling, how about that? But than again, I’m silly for expecting a mature argument for someone who would stoop down to name calling and belittling others in each and every one of their comments.

          • Nick Kossovan

            So basically you are saying you have no clue how Çapulcu MacLean conducted her test. There’s no way to determine 100% (without a shadow of a doubt) that any discrimination took place. I will wait from Çapulcu MacLean to hear how the test was conducted and how she came to her conclusion. You are not privy to this information so stay out of this conversation and continue to use “being discriminated against” as your excuse for being a failure. Some people always want to be the victim!

          • Steve Tabler

            You do realize that absolutely every job in Nevada requires that you under go drug-testing before they even consider interviewing you?

          • Will

            I am no longer filling out the race section of applications because I am black. It is a shame that our country still allows this kind of subliminal discrimination. Is there a way to bring this to light. If so I want to help.

          • Brittany

            I’m white and I fill out the race section. Guess what…I haven’t been hired either. So puuuleeaase…give me a break already.

          • demo89

            that’s why i have no pics of myself on facebook

        • Pamela Kennedy

          Employers have been using “snooped information” against you since Day One. It’s called “the background check.” And “the credit check.”

    • Cindy

      why would anyone hire a druggy get out of here! its NOT LEGAL!

  • Bruce A Kit

    And if a previous employers employees call you a gay troublemaker, even though you are not gay?

    • thatguyknows

      What about troublemaker?

      • Bruce A Kit

        After 3 years of being blacklisted in my field of work, yes I have decided to be a troublemaker. “Modifying” my resume to not include a certain company.

        • Cindy

          ewww you rebel you

    • Pamela Kennedy

      That’s either libel or slander. Of course if you hire a lawyer and pursue that (or if you ARE a lawyer and pursue that) then you’re even MORE of a “troublemaker”…

  • Miralissa

    Haha my comment didn’t even appear since I called peter an A s s h o l e

  • Miralissa

    LOL this thing filters everything..anyway to dumb down my previous comment, the whole not having references and being “desperate” is complete horse (insert word for brown thing) for several reasons..

  • Jimbotron

    I don’t know about you but my experiences with interviews the people in personnel to be a little strange . They seem to live in their own little world completely oblivious and detached from reality. The lousier the job, the more they seem to play it up.
    I had one interview with 2 HR women that hammered me with questions unrelated to the job at hand. One of them called me back on the phone to tell me they ‘weren’t moving forward’ with my application. I asked her ‘ how in the world did you decide from the questions you asked me that I was not the person for the job.? She was speechless because she couldn’t answer the question. They also seem to have quite the collective chip on their shoulders. They are just 2 faced yes men and women for the corporate executives. There is more BS coming out of Personnel than any other dept in a company or govt office.

    • TheSharpenedPen

      Hiring has become politically based. I have to laugh at what they teach children in the school – no not how to put condoms on bananas and how free markets should be replaced with socialism – those are problems too – no, I mean how they teach these kids that if they work hard, they’ll get a great job and have a great future.

      Spoiler kiddies: everything is group work now – there’s no reward for working and studying hard. Under the new normal, the old axiom: “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is more true than ever.

      • TheSharpenedPen

        Thumbs down for the truth? I’m used to that :)

        • Canucky Woman

          An opinion. Which I disagree with.

          But I wouldn’t be so conceited as to assume my opinion as “truth.”

      • Efrem

        …a friend on the hiring committee…
        The article puts it very clear!

      • Lakshman Kumarar Deva

        I fully agree with you it is ABSOLUTELY TRUE THATS THE BOOTOM LINE.

    • Morse Fullemwider

      I’m over 60 and did get an interview recently for a professional
      position with a large corporation. The HR person looked like and acted like she was fresh out of
      high school and was asking me questions from a prepared script and then
      ticking them off, saying “Oh! That’s awesome” at the end of each
      answers. When I asked her questions about the company, such as what
      they felt were their major hurdles, where they saw company in 5/10
      years, she couldn’t answer the questions, but said I was asking “awesome
      questions”. I’m not kidding. I know HR people are the keepers of the
      job keys, but this did not bode with me well. I ended the interview and
      said it was and “awesome experience”. I know we are their to impress
      the employer, but it’s also a 2 way street.

      • Joseph Bates

        I had this interview for a junior position with 3 HR people when I was very new to Canada. As soon as we sat down I knew right away that I’m not going to get hired judging from all the body language and where discussions are apparently heading. I played along because it was a way for me to learn more about the Canadian employment environment ,which knowledge I can certainly use. However as we were getting nowhere, the more I get so appalled by their ignorance so that I ended up doing a lecture (quite politely) on what HR and companies are all about. I was 48 and had 25 years of HR work behind me, the latest being HR director of American company of 15,000 employees in Asia.

        • Pamela Kennedy

          That’s Canada for you. Welcome to Canada. Where each foreign ethnicity group type clique has to “stick together” and “hire their own” no matter what; Americans being one of them. Even those of us BORN in Canada who were raised and educated in the States get treated like “Americans” or worse, “foreigners from overseas” (wtf on that one). It’s as if, Canadian Aboriginal/First Nations born in Canada, raised in the States and all college degrees obtained in the States, returning to Canada – is the absolute worst thing you can BE in Canada. Good thing we have Social Assistance we can live off of….with all those college degrees, no less.

      • Jimbotron

        I turn 54 next month so I know what you are talking about. This is going to sound nutty and to me a little embarrassing. I was preparing for an upcoming interview and I actually went to Shoppers drug mart and looked at the men’s hair dye products. Here I was for the first time in my life wanting to hide some of my grey hair. And for what ? The people in HR ? I decided not to. This is what It comes down to after all my education and experience ? Kind of robs you of a little dignity.

        • nonaldehyde

          Attaboy Jimbotron… I have many paranoid theories about HR, like others in this thread, you just have to roll with it… when they send you an apparent bimbo for a 100K job, that isnt them being stupid. HR couldn’t care, or understand, how imminently qualified you are for the gig, so put yourself in their chair. What do they want to hear to move you ahead? Save your standard deviations and 5 nines for ppl who can understand the importance to the gig.

        • goof

          Just be happy you still have a use for those products :p

        • demo89

          especially when many of the 20 and 30s somethings have gray hair too

    • TheKurgan

      She was speechless because she couldn’t tell you why you weren’t hired. Lack of oral skills.

      • therimisrolled

        Depending on the context, that can count as discrimination due to a disability !

  • johny

    Are those HR guys the right employers? let’s say for a Mechanical Engineer candidate.
    I doubt it.

  • Leese

    And you couldn’t even use the correct accents on the word “resume” in your article, but yet, you have a job. Unbelievable!

  • Roustam

    From my own personal experience, I have to admit that all 10 reasons mentioned above really make sense to me. Don’t be too desperate, make sure that you look, smell and sound good, be cautious and courteous, but don’t be afraid. Follow those patterns and your chance of winning the job of your dreams will surely soar,

    • TheSharpenedPen

      Except for the one about the references – if you don’t have references and can’t get any – then get some books on dumpster diving for dummies.

      • Jeri-Ann Abbott

        I have references from people I have worked for and with for the past five years or so. Any positions before that, none of my former co-workers or supervisors are with the company, and I don’t have contact information for them. Not unusual in this day and age, but it can make for an awkward pause in an interview.

    • therimisrolled

      I see some REAL reasons that aren’t included at all in the list…

      Every company says they’re equal opportunity employers… and that they expect their candidates to be honest… Well, I’ve got news for those who really believe that they actually do!

  • TheSharpenedPen

    If you’re on Facebook – get off of it as soon as possible. People have been charged, fined, demoted, dressed down and fired for the most inane things. Facebook will definitely hurt your employability chances. Think of it as a voluntary version of the NSA spy program and go from there. If you really must have a facebook account, keep it a skeleton – don’t flesh it out with too many details of your personal life.

    • Canucky Woman

      Um, do people not realize there’s such a thing as privacy settings? Employers don’t have to see a damned thing if they’re set up correctly.

    • Will

      That should be illegal for a company to use your non-work related media to determine if you worthy of doing a job.

  • johny

    I’ve been in several places and I saw pretty ladies in HR positions not that much on their brain potential.

    • TheSharpenedPen

      I’ve seen women handed jobs, like computer programmer and automotive mechanic, who couldn’t write a line of code or turn a wrench. They had classmates do their work for them in school, got their grades bumped with group work, and when it comes time to apply for the job – all those guys who helped her along – they get cast aside and she ends up with the job. I’ve seen it play out time and time again.

      • No Way

        I have witnessed this myself in school, the female copies my paper and gets a perfect mark and I end up with a 80%

        • TheSharpenedPen

          I took a law and security course many years ago when I will still deciding what I wanted to be when I grew up. (I’ve realized since then that I really don’t have as much choice in that as I once thought). Anyway, the instructor tells the women of the class to stay behind – they were going to be given a special job opportunity.

          Naturally I asked why the men in the class were not allowed to stay and learn about this opportunity. The professor replied that it was a job at one of the major banks doing credit card investigation. The job being offered would pay $50,000/ a year to start, but that the bank was only looking to hire women for this role.

          • I am woman

            This is turning into a women bashing discussion, guys. There are many women that work extremely hard in their positions (I happen to be one of them). I have come across many men and women that cannot do the jobs that they have. NOT only women.

          • Cindy

            no .prostitution doesn’t count as a profession

          • BerryFlinger

            You are wrong, women have it so easy especially if you are hot. I have never met an unemployed woman in their 20′s or 30′s if they didn’t want to be because of this ridiculous family they think they need to have and burden society with. Then we are supposed to feel sorry for them when they bring upon the stresses of parenthood. Don’t even cry wage gap when you were out of the work place to play mommy. Give me a break.

          • Pamela Kennedy

            We do not either “have it easy” in Maths, Sciences like Physics or Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Engineering, or Law. The “especially if you are hot” part is probably MOST of the reason why women aren’t taken seriously in Math-related fields. No field which requires a BRAIN is anything that’s welcoming to women with open arms, especially minority women. And the darker our skin the more people assume we must not have enough brains for Math, let alone any of the applications of Math like Physics or Engineering.

          • Pamela Kennedy

            It’s called the “pink collar ghetto,” people. There will be NO upward mobility whatsoever. It’s kind of like Call Centers (barring technical support ones).

      • Brittany

        Gee…like, maybe I should apply for a programmer position. I don’t have any experience with code whatsoever. I never knew I could just like go off my looks alone! Thanks for that info! On to bigger and better things! lol Totally joking but very interesting.

      • Pamela Kennedy

        Well too bad women don’t get this kind of “leg up” in any of MY fields, now isn’t it. I belong to all kinds of Women in Math, Women in Physics, Women in Law, etc, professional organisations because we still have to try to FORCE our way in to those fields where the men don’t want us and make our lives a living hell if we somehow manage to smash the Glass Ceiling.

  • Bruce A Kit

    I am on FB but not my real last name but a shortened version. They could not find it if it fell on their heads! lol

  • johny

    I’ve once been fired just because of a simple courtesy. After a vacation in Las Vegas I’ve got everyone a little present (a hat, deck of round cards, etc.). What was wrong with that?!…

    • TheSharpenedPen

      The gestapo must have ruled something you did ‘politically incorrect’.

  • tokoloshiman

    so what is valued – falseness – a fake desire to always want to have worked for the company applied to because its so great etc- even if its a sewerage plant. ( “yes i’ve always dreamed of being a sewage plant worker and reveling in al the muck@! since i was a little child” how about a bit of reality in job interviews instead of faux attributes and shallow claims learned by rote to “fit in”. What the interviewers miss is the ingenuity of man , his ability to adjust his innovativeness and drive to scucceed, the inner things they cannot see.
    Act like a robot in other words and fit in to be the sheep yes man they really want and for as little as possible outlay!.
    PS i did recruiting and placement work very successfully myself !

    • TheSharpenedPen

      I agree, but I think that employers would really prefer to hire a woman over a man if given the choice – helps to round out the quotas better.

      • TheSharpenedPen

        Thumbs down huh? Well then, you just earned yourself another example:

        I took a motor vehicle mechanics techniques course in the late 90s. We were all told that our seats were as good as gold (apparently it was really hard to get in – my brother and I had listed ourselves as native :)
        The course cost a couple of thousand at the time – standard fair for a college certificate back then.

        Anyway, we found out why there were no women in the class: there was a female only course, running alongside ours (we saw them enter the garage one day and asked). Their program was free, open to women only, and had free job placement assistance at the end.

        We men paid for our course, had to sit on a waiting list to get in, in many cases, and did not receive any job placement assistance whatsoever.

        Case in point.

        • Pamela Kennedy

          That’s because we women have a HARDER TIME in those fields and NEED the “leg up.” Even in Maths, Physics, and Law – those are fields that it seems Society doesn’t WANT to see women in – as evidenced by everyone’s jaw-drop surprise when they see me and I have to beat them over the head with the fact that THOSE are my fields of study. The assumption must have been that I look “too stupid” for those fields. I would apply to be a Truck Driver or something except that my High Blood Pressure would probably rule me out of passing the DOT physical.

      • Pamela Kennedy

        Really – tell that to the Sciences, Maths, and Law fields. Yeah, didn’t think so.

  • Trevor Jones

    I started my first boutique hospitality company when I was 24. I founded a commercial real estate leasing consulting company shortly after. I am well respected in the industry. Recently I had an interview with 2 guys who both thought they were hot shot lawyers working for a development company who wanted to bring increased value to the company. Both looked about 37 and 1 had a huge ego. The guy with the huge ego was 25 minutes late for the interview. He thoughts my references were bragging about my background. I obviously knew more than him and his counterpart. These guys had never started anything in their lives. The company is Liberty Developments. I decided after about 25 minutes I had enough of these neophytes and walked out of the interview. The problem is that younger people think they are smarter than the older people but both have different skills and networking contacts and social media contacts. Its time that younger people realized that older people can teach them things and we are ” not going away”. I have met more people who have serious degrees from Shulich and other Universities and cant tie their shoe laces. Rant is over. Wake up young people. You need the older people who have founded companies with sweat equity.

  • Debbie

    yep, over 65 is the kiss of death even if you don’t look or act old.

  • Habibeh

    I can think of 20 reasons why someone should hire me, and one good reason they don’t – it’s because Canadians are mediocre and only hire mediocre people!

    • TheSharpenedPen

      It’s the system in place: people are just hiring on the basis of the programming they receive.

    • Pamela Kennedy

      No it’s because they only hire people they already KNOW.

  • Summer Wine

    … and you forget that your skin colour has much to do with whether you get the job or not in certain places. I was subjected to abuse when I went to work as a casual in an all-white department in Victoria. I do not want to go into the details, but the experience there was scary and abusive.

    • TheSharpenedPen

      It’s usually the other way around… The RCMP (The Canadian Mounted Police) had a policy of denying white males applications for many years – since it refused to hire white men in order to make up quota requirements. Later on, the force experienced a shortage of applicants and had to open things back up again.

      • Summer Wine

        Victoria is not as diverse as other large cities as Vancouver, Toronto, etc where racism is at a minimum. Victoria wants to keep their city as white as possible. Two days ago, I spoke with an employment counsellor who is white who told me that she has heard that if you are not white, it is next to impossible to get a job in Victoria unless you want to work as a caregiver, maid, janitors, and the other jobs that whites do not want to do.

        • TheSharpenedPen

          That’s propaganda. No one is having an easy time finding work right now. I’m an ‘advantaged white male’ with over a decade of experience in his field (Nursing) and I have been unemployed for 6 months now. The human rights boards don’t represent white males in cases of discrimination, but they will help you – just ask them.

          • Summer Wine

            Vancouver is crying out for nurses. Some nurses are working back to back for 18 hours. I do not know where you are, but if you are looking for a job in nursing, you should have no problems finding one in Vancouver.

          • TheSharpenedPen

            I’ll take that under advisement – I’ve just about exhausted all options here.

          • Guest

            My last interview was conducted by two young girls in their early 20s who had just completed nursing school. I had easily 10 times their experience level. Surprise! I didn’t get the job.

          • Cindy

            sweet!

        • Pamela Kennedy

          What – since when are Vancouver and Toronto at “minimum” racism? I’m an Aboriginal Canadian “First Nations” and I get treated like “foreign” “black” all the damned time in the cities, and lumped in with them where I don’t belong and I tell you, THAT makes for more “uncomfortable” LIVING situations than you could possibly have experienced in mostly-white Victoria. I’d hella rather be around mostly Brits because at least culturally and upbringing-wise I fit in better with them than with what so-called “native” White Canada wants to lump ME in with. And don’t get me started on Montreal. Racism in TWO languages.

        • Pamela Kennedy

          Actually, since Victoria is the provincial capital, also try the Provincial government jobs. Of course, those require the usual Canadian government level of rigamarole, no gaps in employment, all references (more important than EDUCATION, now isn’t it) must be IN Canada, and yada yada yada…..

      • Cindy

        that’s bs I see nothing but white male police everywhere. where did you get your info from and where are you from?

    • Cindy

      oh now blame races right GET OUTTA HERE! first off why would you want to work in those kinds of places anyways?

    • Pamela Kennedy

      If you’re talking about Victoria, BC – then let me assure you that the rest of BC is no better, especially if you are a Canadian ABORIGINAL with brown skin. Hell, foreign “brown skinned” ethnicities get treated BETTER than our own Natives. ONLY difference between Canada and the US in that regard is Social Assistance. Social Assistance from the Provinces, not from the individual TRIBES as it is in the USA. (In the USA if your Tribe doesn’t have a Casino then you don’t get a “check.” And all that “free” financial aid for college, people – it’s LOANS.)

      Let me see, if you are a woman: you had white men put their hands all over you in the workplace and when you complained to Human Rights Canada they took THEIR side. All the Western Canadian provinces are notorious for that kind of thing happening to our Aboriginal women.

  • TheKurgan

    All of this is bullcrap. There’s only one real reason you won’t get hired, and that is:

    If you won’t make the company money, don’t bother.

    • Cindy

      that’s right just like Donny brasco

  • blink

    I actually had one employer ask me how I would feel taking orders from someone younger than myself. It was such an age-ist question. I just answered, ‘Plenty of people are younger than I am’. What I wanted to say was, I don’t mind as long as they aren’t stupider than me.

    • Gerald

      I absolutely love the sentiment noted in the last line of your post blink. You might be disappointed to find out that in my experience, this is actually a very common question. I’m mid-thirties and used to be in hospitality where this question was offered out to me on a few occasions during interviews. But of course hospitality attracts a younger crowd in the mid and sometimes upper management level so age differences can vary widely. I do agree with you that the question is age-ist, but the only thing I can say ‘in defense’ of this question is that this reality comes into play ALLOT in hospitality (and many other industries too I am sure). There are allot of people who out there who despite their ‘enhanced age’ despise taking direction from people half their age for reasons that (seem to be at least) based on nothing other than they don’t want to be told by a ‘young’un’ what to do. Not possible to say conclusively of course.

  • Allan Carr

    Ok if they don’t hire old guys and don’t hire young guys who is getting all these jobs? I would hire the “squirrel related” dude in a second. But that is just me.

    • TheSharpenedPen

      They don’t hire ‘guys’ to be more succinct.

  • Older & Wiser

    I am 58 years of age and I have never struggled as much with finding employment as this past year or so. I had an interview with a Pediatrician in Surrey who upon walking into the interview, took one look at me and said,”Well at least we don’t have to worry about you running off and getting pregnant.” What a jackass !! This was a man who supposedly loved children, yet getting pregnant was considered a liability. Not to mention that being over a certain age was considered unacceptable. The work force has an attitude toward older employees. What is so shameful, is that the best thing about getting older is the wisdom that you aquire over the years. Do all these youngsters and corporate fools think we don’t get it?

    • Tallulah

      I am 59, and will be 60 in a couple of months. I’m sure interviewers think I’m getting feeble-minded or weak-limbed….. However, I got a job about 5 years ago wherein the interviewer (my potential manager, not HR) told me that my biggest hurdle would be a woman I would be working with who “could not work with a woman over 50″. Apparently she had “mother issues”…… After 2 weeks of training on the job, it was coming to the time when I would end up working with this 30-something woman, I was let go because she refused to work with me. The company was happy with how quickly I learned, but she had been there for 2 years. I didn’t pursue any action, because I couldn’t be bothered wasting my time – I feel it would have ended up being “he said/she said” and as I didn’t have any proof (no, I didn’t bring a tape recorder to the interview or the exit interview), what could I do?

      • Gerald

        Disheartening story Tallulah, sorry to hear about it. I’m sure others have pointed out in similar ideas in other threads but…Anyone with even a little experience in the ‘work-force’ (to some extend ‘the great unwashed’) knows that there is a through and through psycho or otherwise completely dysfunctional person in nearly EVERY work environment. Probably not much consolation now but you are almost certainly better off not working in an environment where your employer values the twisted sentiments of some troubled person over the benefits of having a quick learning newcomer, who they clearly wanted to employee otherwise they wouldn’t have hired you in the first place. In a real sense, it’s their loss, not yours.

        • Tallulah

          That’s one of the reasons I didn’t pursue it. This wasn’t worth my valuable time, because I had better things to put my energy into.

          • JoJOe

            That will haunt you, why? Because you are valuable. If you need to defend that even with a letter even a late letter, you should. This is about your confidence and value as a person and unique individual. Write a letter, save all responses.You always need to stand up to your values. That will make you a powerful player and that will come across in your next position. Write the letter.

      • demo89

        and that idiot will be that age someday too

    • Jay Wilson

      Next time you go to an interview take a digital recorder. If you can capture this sort of crap you could make a legal case against jerks like that, or at least make his life really difficult for a while. It would be worth it in my estimate.

  • TheSharpenedPen

    Western, ‘diversified’ societies try to make the claim that white males have some sort of ‘advantage’ over other groups – I guess this is despite the racial and gender quotas with which they have to contend, the denial of scholarships, government programs and bursaries offered to other groups,..

    There’s just one huge problem – who are the majority of the homeless? They’re men, and in most cases, white men. In some cases black men make up the majority of the homeless, but no where in the western world do women outnumber men living on the streets, nor even come close.

    White men even make up the majority of the homeless in places like Scarborough and Toronto (Canada) where they are clearly a minority population. Elsewhere, in once-Great Britain, for example, women outpace men for employment, despite the fact that women take leaves from work to spend time with children, as they do elsewhere in the western world.

    In short, if it’s so great to be a ‘white male’ why does it suck so bad?

    Please note: I will undergo a race change operation as soon as these come available. A gender change, while no doubt helpful, would be psychologically too damaging I think.

    • Pamela Kennedy

      The only reason women don’t outnumber men the streets, homeless, is that women will tend to shack up with a man to avoid being on the streets even if that means putting up with an increasing amount of domestic violence lately. Women are more likely to be able to find some man to house them for free in exchange for daily or nightly rape, beatings, and sometimes even almost-murder or a lot of times, actually being killed. That’s how women become the “hidden homeless.” And actually minorities make up more of the homeless than whites, because whites will be more likely to have menial lousy paying jobs that barely keep a roof over their heads while minorities, even with MORE education than those whites, will be less likely to be able to get even THAT much. I have yet to see or be in a place where I as an Aboriginal Canadian First Nations with brown skin, stood a better chance at a better life, job, housing, etc, than my less-educated white female counterpart. If anything I’ve wound up right next to them in the Battered Womens’ Shelters.

    • Pamela Kennedy

      Gender-change surgery is less invasive and easier to come by than skin whitening, trust me.

  • Guest

    i Have no Experience in job because i had to Finnish school first now that i’m don’t the Only experience i got was from CO-OP classes which wasn’t a real work paid industry it was just for experience and school hours. Now that 2 years past i am sending off resume i tell them i never worked before but how am i supposed to gain the EXPERIENCE like everyone else did in the work industry, if they wont Believe nor Except me. its really Hard because i have no experience, and the only experience that i do have is from high school. so my only thought is to tell them my experience was from school and they wont hire me because they want someone that is fully trained and experience . its like how and what do i do to Gain it if they all keep rejecting me. How can i POSSIBLY GAIN Any type of EXPERIENCE if they don’t give me i try

    the people that work can have the Most Best work Experience Jobs out there but with the Baddest Personality and someone that never worked before that’s Desperate will give them there all with the best Personality. i just wish they can Understand how i feel about the work industry because lot of people are unemployed due to the lack of experience. i just wish they can give people chances and they will see how devoted me and other people that are looking for jobs how well we all can do.

    Haven’t they ever thought that the people that never had a job can be the most Devoted Determined and desperate people to work at a job ever.

    • Older & Wiser

      Dannette,
      As a former college instructor, the first thing that you might want to upgrade is your grammer. You seem to have a great deal of difficulty with spelling and punctuation; in addition to the proper use of capital letters. Please do not take this the wrong way, it is meant to help you.

      • TheSharpenedPen

        I don’t know about that. Today’s companies can’t even portray a professional image themselves through the use of proper spelling and grammar: how can they expect those things from their employees?

        • TheSharpenedPen

          No, it’s true. Go to some of these company websites, as I have done, even some of the big brand corps, or read some of the trash that now passes as journalism – the errors that you will find will be atrocious.

          We are living the movie, “Idiocracy”, with shades of “Atlas Shrugged”.

      • Ricardo Henrique Tabone

        By “grammer”, do you mean “grammar”?
        Is Guest a former college instructor and that is why they need to upgrade their grammar? (That’s what you wrote, basically).

  • Dannette

    i Have no Experience in job because i had to Finnish school first. now that i’m don’t the Only experience i got was from CO-OP classes which wasn’t a real work paid industry it was just for experience and school hours. Now that 2 years past i am sending off resume i tell them i never worked before but how am i supposed to gain the EXPERIENCE like everyone else did in the work industry, if they wont Believe nor Except me. its really Hard because i have no experience, and the only experience that i do have is from high school. so my only thought is to tell them my experience was from school and they wont hire me because they want someone that is fully trained and experience . its like how and what do i do to Gain it if they all keep rejecting me. How can i POSSIBLY GAIN Any type of EXPERIENCE if they don’t give me i try

    the people that work can have the Most Best work Experience Jobs out there but with the Baddest Personality and someone that never worked before that’s Desperate will give them there all with the best Personality. i just wish they can Understand how i feel about the work industry because lot of people are unemployed due to the lack of experience. i just wish they can give people chances and they will see how devoted me and other people that are looking for jobs how well we all can do.

    Haven’t they ever thought that the people that never had a job can be the most Devoted Determined and desperate people to work at a job ever.

    • TheSharpenedPen

      No. The mindset is to only hire people who don’t really need the job. Have nice clothes, a fancy car, a great education and a long list of work references? That’s who they want for the job under the false pretense that said person has the most to offer. You could offer far more, perhaps, but like Hollywood movies, no one wants to take a chance on an original.

      • therimisrolled

        Translation: It’s not about your ability to do the job; it’s about the quantity of experience you are able to claim with references who may be selective in how good/bad they are willing to provide you with ! @Dannette:disqus

        • TheSharpenedPen

          The best person for the job went out the window ages ago with affirmative action programs. If this were not the case, we’d be more competitive in the world. Never mind the fools, like the president, who claim that ‘American workers are the most productive in the world’ – this is only true if you count paper filing and word processing as ‘productive’.

          Real productivity (actually producing something for export) means hiring the best which is why manufacturing in America is folding, and with it, many of the supporting jobs and much of the standard of living that we have taken for granted.

          • Cindy

            affirmative action does not allow for anyone to create their own business now get out of there with that bs

      • RealityAddict101

        Lol you are on a role my friend. I agree wholeheartedly !!!!

      • Cindy

        that’s right because those people would never steal

    • Darcy Hudjik

      Danika, I do get the dilemma of “I can’t get a job without experience, but how do I get a job if no one will give me experience?” ; I’ve had problems with that one myself in the past. I can think of two solutions Job shadowing or internships and outright volunteering.
      However, that appears to be secondary to a more glaring issue that I saw in your post that could be causing your resume and cover letter to get tossed; many spelling, capitalization, and punctuation errors. Employers will see this as a lack of attention to detail or just not caring about the quality of work that you do.
      I recommend that you take a refresher course in writing skills to help yourself. I can personally recommend one that I took through Coursera (it’s free, online, and you can fit it around your job search) called Crafting an Effective Writer. If you don’t see an upcoming schedule for it, I believe that there is another session offered in the fall.

      • Danika

        NO ITS OK IM NOT MAD or UPSET anymore. BC i have STARTED TO WORK FOR MYSELF NOW it feels good to work for myself instead of waiting for someone to EXCEPT me to work for them when i could be the boss FOR MY OWN SELF and work for myself so i dont ever wanna get a job bc now im actually getting payed wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more then EMPLOYEES bc i work for myself now YAY MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE My job now is working for myself And what i do now so LUCKY ME i jst stood back and said to myself i rather work for myself and thats what i did and many people are Loving what i do and all bc i never got a job wich is GOOOD now pple are coming to me and wanting to work for me now so god is good look what he did for me amen :D

        • Cindy

          slanging rocks

  • Summer Wine

    There is no race more prejudiced than the whites! I speak from experience. In Toronto, if you are white or Chinese during a certain politician’s reign, it was difficult to get a job unless you are black, east Indian, Pakistanis or disabled. But in Victoria, if you are not a white person, it would be extremely difficult to get a job even if your credentials are much higher than the whites. Their first priority is to hire a white first.

    • TheSharpenedPen

      That’s an out and out lie. You know something? I have never seen a job ad which specifically denied the right to apply, to any racial/gender group before, in my life time, other than ‘white male’. White males, and only white males, are told to not even bother applying. Oh, and then we’re told how good we have it waiting in the unemployment line or living on the street.

      Sorry, not buying the tripe that you’re selling.

      • TheSharpenedPen

        Try being a (white) male nurse! Ha! You’d go bonkers long before I have.

      • Summer Wine

        Did I say they advertised for white people? They don’t tell you. But most people know that if you are not white in Victoria, your chances of getting the job is very slim even though you are much more qualified than the whites. I will reiterate that my personal experiences have shown me that the whites are very racist.

        • TheSharpenedPen

          Bull. Like I said, go to the human rights commission and they will shred any company that doesn’t cater to non-whites. Go ahead and try it.

          Just tell the human rights commission that they won’t hire you because you’re ‘not white’ and you’ll be in the next day. Go ahead and pick up the phone.

          I wish I had that option…

          • Summer Wine

            I do not think there is a Human Right Commission any more. I think they did away with that department many years ago.

          • Ricardo Henrique Tabone
          • Summer Wine

            Thank you, Ricardo. I didn’t know that there was one until you posted the link.

          • Ricardo Henrique Tabone
        • TheSharpenedPen

          Or try being a white guy applying for work in China town. LOL. Good luck with that… At least the government will acknowledge (and jump all over) any discrimination claim that you might make.

          • Summer Wine

            Why would a nurse try to apply for a job in Chinatown? There are no hospitals in Chinatown. There are only jobs for waiters, waitresses and cleaners.

          • TheSharpenedPen

            I wasn’t always a nurse? And now, quite frankly, I’m applying for every job I come across, nursing or not.

      • Pamela Kennedy

        Glad you’re so young that “no Injuns need apply” wasn’t officially allowed in “your” lifetime, then.

    • TheSharpenedPen

      Are you by chance Asian? Asians often get screwed over by affirmative action programs as well – the government views you as ‘advantaged’ because you tend to perform better in school, for example. Welcome to the whiteman’s world Asians! Have higher test scores and still can’t get into that prestigious university? Now you know how whitie feels.

      • Summer Wine

        Yes, I am. A certain government in Toronto viewed us as white even though they do not advertised or tell us that. Even some whites tell me that they have to cut an arm or a leg in order to get that promotion.

        • TheSharpenedPen

          You see, you can be discriminated against should you find yourself in the ‘advantaged’ category and you have no recourse. I was looking through the union pamphlets where I was working as a nurse, and they outlined all of the ‘protected’ groups. Do you know that heterosexual, white male was nowhere on that list? I mean this list purported to outline all of the groups that were protected from discrimination, and yet only heterosexual white males didn’t make the cut.

          Perhaps you are being discriminated against, but you should consider that maybe the people in Victoria, BC have seen so much of the reverse that they are taking it out on you? I don’t believe that whites are any more racist than any other group.

          The problem is that the government, with its quotas and preferences, generates feelings of racism, sexism and of course division. It’s your standard divide and conquer mentality – don’t give in to your hate, but rather direct it appropriately.

          • Summer Wine

            I agree with your last paragraph totally. I feel that jobs should be awarded to people based on merit, and not based on gender, color and race.

          • TheSharpenedPen

            Then why does the government always focus on these things? Why do applications always ask what race/gender you are?

            You know how it should work? Applicants should be assigned a number and those doing the hiring should never even be given the names, race or gender of the applicants. If your number is called for an interview – then that’s the point where they find out the demographics – not before.

          • Cindy

            wont happen because if you are white or colored own a business you will hire your choosing and there isn’t anything anyone can do about that.i know I would definitely not hire any white person they are lazy and stupid not by gender but by race to be honest

          • Cindy

            it should be based on crooks and whites are crooks get out of north America and go back to Europe.everyone knows whites like to sue people so why would anyone of color ever and I mean EVER hire you scum

          • Cindy

            gee isn’t sexism and racism a whitemans invention along with fascism,colonialism,imperialism,classism,jim crows law

      • Cindy

        that’s bs I see lots of Asians have their own businesses. look at the billboards and market signs they don’t read in english

      • Pamela Kennedy

        As it just so happens I outscored 97% of the, yes, WHITE people in the country on my ACT’s.

    • Cindy

      I doubt Chinese have any problems they are rich and bring loads of money

    • Pamela Kennedy

      Really, was this RECENTLY or what? As I debate coming back to Nova Scotia, with the natural amount of DREAD that that entails (everyone I meet who’s “FROM” there is the most bat-ass racist I’ve ever met, and even for Canadians!) I would love it if there WERE a place where a white girl with only high school wouldn’t get a job over me, Aboriginal with 95wpm typing and not only a Bachelor’s, a Master’s, but a Law degree. I’m not saying it’s humiliating sitting in a legal word processing pool type job right alongside white girls with nothing but high school diplomas but the problem is that they tend to treat me like crap resulting in a hostile work environment and do things to make me get fired…that sort of nonsense is the story of my life.

      Now, as I’ve implied before, my problem is going to be “no Canadian references.” Canadian birth certificate/social insurance number but that’s IT.

  • Canucky Woman

    So it’s never the employer’s fault. Thanks for letting me know. Pffft.

    • therimisrolled

      Look at it this way… It seems even Workopolis admitted against seeing someone who is unique and prefers someone who is typical!

      • Canucky Woman

        Conform! Conform! Yecch.

        • TheSharpenedPen

          George Orwell was a man ahead of his time. Maybe we could shout, ‘conform! conform!’ during our early morning exercises in front of a giant two-way monitor?

          • TruthSayer42

            Having read through pretty much all your posts on this page, I think I now have a better understanding as to why you may be having problems obtaining suitable employment. If you exhibit the same attitude during an interview as you do in an anonymous on-line post, I can certainly understand why you would be passed over. Perhaps if you were to drop the entitlement attitude and take some responsibility for your own actions instead of blaming everyone else, you may discover that there are good positions out there, and one of them is a perfect fit for you!
            Good luck with your search.

          • Pamela Kennedy

            Yes there is. Closed captioning for the deaf, in my own home, where I don’t have to be SEEN by anyone so there’s no racism thrown at me on a constant daily basis – surprise that I type fast enough to do it, for starters.

        • Brittany

          I will never conform!

      • Çapulcu MacLean

        Exactly. Isn’t it pathetic?

    • Cindy

      no considering they are smarter then you that’s why they are business owners.

  • TheSharpenedPen

    Western nations are dying. The job market and hiring policies are merely reflecting this fact.

    • Cindy

      no western nations are expanding.just too bad you aint in it LMAO!

  • Bill

    I couldn’t agree more. Have the degrees and experience since my resume reaches back to the 1980′s. It took over a year to get an interview with a firm only to be told that I wouldn’t fit in with the younger engineers.
    Over 50, forget ever being hired, be self employed and fight for the contracts with the others who are in the same boat!

    • Pamela Kennedy

      Yeah, I’ve learned to leave the 80′s off of mine. If I left the 90′s off too – then there would go all my higher education except for Law School.

  • Ruth Lavoie

    My experience with finding full time work the last 3 years very difficult due to my age nearly 60.I have found work through Temp Agency’s which i have disliked their lying to people.for example my last job i was told it was good until April.Well after working 6 weeks i got laid off for about a month called back for 2 days laid off again.Then called back for one day and had no idea when i would be called back. My question is people started working at this place same time as me they are still working and around my age.Then there are people who worked for 2 years or more get laid off.There is no future there for anyone as people are only making minimum wage no benefits.As far as i’m concerned They the temp agencys are robbing the poor.I have totally given up looking for work and applying for my CPP.No wonder people are stressed out.I am no longer stressed.To keep busy and from going insane i joined a gym at the cost of my daughter who is helping me and my husband who no longer works.The only income we get is his CPP and his pension from his work he took very early which adds up to about $800 a month.Very sad indeed.

  • cuffy_rosie

    My own process of applying for a perm job has been long to say the least. If I was a stay at home mother returning to the workforce I’d likely be able to move this rock faster. As it is I have a self employment background mixed with retail and plenty of education. In my efforts, I have seriously worried about my references. They exist and for some reason I never have had to use them causing the timeframe from when they last talked to me to increase forcing me to seek out a new reference. I can’t believe how many volunteer things I’ve done.

    • TheSharpenedPen

      I can’t even get the volunteer work – don’t have the references I guess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eleanor-Dorst/100000491554177 Eleanor Dorst

    I am 63 and I have lots of university, skills, and experience… I never get a toe in the door not alone a foot… Is this just blatant age discrimination?..

    • Jimbotron

      I would love to see a company get sued for age discrimination. The hard is proving it, they cover their tracks pretty well. It would set a good precedent.

      • Cindy

        it will never happen and I can say that with authority because if you are not at a age where you can be long term in the future there is nothing you can do about it and anyone after 50 could have a sudden death.

      • Pamela Kennedy

        Oh especially in Canada, they come up with all other excuses that Human Rights Canada accepts as “real” reasons for the discrimination. Usually they use the one about your references not checking out, or you not having any. That’s considered legitimate reason in Canada for getting rejected for whatever it was, including but not limited to your PASSPORT. Case in point. I was born in Canada. I was not raised in Canada nor did I receive any education there (spent a whopping 3 months of my infancy there). So since that means that none of my “references” will EVER be IN Canada, I stand no chance whatsoever of getting a Canadian passport, not until at some point in my life I manage to meet people IN CANADA and they’ve known me either 5 or 10 whole years, I don’t have the form in front of me so I can’t remember which is the requirement. And yeah, BORN THERE. And this is from me going to Human Rights Canada with complaints every time I got screwed over by some Canadian agency “abroad” – and them telling me rubbish like that.

    • Cindy

      no you suck

  • Canucky Woman

    I think what it boils down to is that employers want to hire people who are exactly like them. They don’t trust people who are different and it makes them uncomfortable.

    Employers get a stack of resumes and want the hiring process to go as easily as possible. So any resume that isn’t perfect gets weeded out. Then at the interview stage, if two people are equally qualified, then odds are the employer is going to choose the person who is the better “fit”. And, just like high school, the better fit is someone who is just like them.

    • Jimbotron

      Remember that Seinfeld episode where George Costanza is looking for a job.
      He encounters an executive who keeps telling him to conform. We want conformists here George, not free thinkers …..at the end the drones are sitting in a restaurant at a table chanting one of us, one of us, one of us !

    • Brittany

      Vomiting!

  • Gerald

    Maybe Workopolis could try to make a write up on a more
    real-world based dilemma such as “Why you still don’t get the job after
    successfully acing every last point referenced in our ‘Ten reasons why no one
    will hire you’ article.” Now THAT would be super helpful.

  • Jay Wilson

    You will not get many interviews if you meet these criteria:

    1. You are white
    2. You are male
    3. You are over 40
    4. You are well-educated

    The drones that write these articles know this to be gospel — but you won’t see it in print because the company is terrified of the stigma of being labelled politically incorrect.

    • TruthSayer42

      I guess that my only redeeming factor is that I’m NOT well educated!

    • Darcy Hudjik

      You forgot two:
      1) You want to make more than minimum wage

      2) You can’t currently afford a car, or are medically unable to drive ( so many jobs either want you to have your own reliable transportation, or they provide you with a vehicle, as it’s necessary to do the job).

    • Cindy

      really? so what you are saying is there isn’t any white EMPLOYERS? what happened with that?

  • Bobbie Garnet Bees

    I subscribed to workopolis as sometimes their articles can be interesting. But then along comes an article like this. I’m sorry, but there’s no way on earth that you’re going to get me to work anywhere that cares more about dress codes and personal appearance than they do about my character or skills.

  • TruthSayer42

    I have been reading some of the comments here but I’m having difficulty figuring out exactly what they have to do with the article above.
    Things seem pretty straight forward, a company is looking to hire the best person to fill a position. If the position is for a head-shop, pictures of you puffing on a bong might be a good reference, but if the position is one of extreme dangerous positions, a stoner might not be the best choice.
    As for age, you don’t get 30 years experience out of a 20 year old, so you kids might be starting at an entry level position while the older person may be coming in as your boss. Get use to it, one day you will be at the top instead of the bottom.
    And for you older guys (politically incorrect, should be people) same thing, you have the experience but if you walk in with the attitude that you won’t get the job because of age, well you have signed your own death warrant.
    I started my current job at 56, and I’m a high school drop out with no papers or certifications. I advise engineers on what works and how to solve problems in the field, and I make good money,

    The most important thing to keep in mind, no one owes you anything. Drop that sense of entitlement and just maybe you will get someplace.

    • Efrem

      What’s your field?

      • TruthSayer42

        I am a motor vehicle mechanic by trade, I currently work in the automotive manufacturing sector doing phone technical support for customers across North America as well as writing technical documentation, on-site training and advanced troubleshooting. That is for the past 3 years with the current company, 6 years doing the same thing on a completely different product line before that, and 9 years before that, same thing, different product.
        Give me the engineering level documentation to a product and access to the engineers that designed it, I’ll write and improve manuals, create training programs, and help the engineers to improve the product.
        I have a good job working for a good company, and have a great boss. But like anyone that is on the ball, I always keep my eyes open and my resume up to date!

      • Cindy

        probably a bottom boy!

    • Pamela Kennedy

      We don’t “walk in” thinking we won’t get the job because of our age. We walk in and see the jaw-drop look of surprise on people’s faces and KNOW that’s what that means. This is not done sight-unseen. You walk in and they’re SURPRISED TO SEE YOU even though they should have known you were coming? We don’t have “an attitude” OUTSIDE the door. These things happen instantaneously upon SIGHT of each other. It’s the figurative “door slamming in our face” phenomenon. We can tell by the look of surprise on their faces and the fact that the conversation/interview turns to something we have YEARS of EXPERIENCE knowing that it’s the “brush off interview” – it’s classic. It usually involves them going over your resume with a fine-toothed comb grilling you about everything on it instead of any mention whatsoever of the JOB details of the job you’re supposedly interviewing for. Some of us out here have over 20 years’ worth of experience having THAT interview instead of any REAL interview questions. And the only jobs we’ve gotten didn’t involve an interview, just an “appointment” from an “eligibility list” sort of thing.

  • MrRealtor247 .

    Women always get hired whenever possible because employers can pay them about 15-20% less for the same job. Don’t believe me…..it’s happening right before your eyes. “Where do you want to be with us in ten years” cut the crap as I don’t even know if I’ll still be alive then.

    • Cindy

      aint that sweet! some nice pleasantries

    • Pamela Kennedy

      Yes, it’s called the “pink collar ghetto.” Lower paying jobs and certain TYPES of jobs – typically “just over Unemployment” jobs.

  • Judy Loeb

    I would like to hear some positive comments….There has to be some out there…All this negative stuff is very disheartening as I am 56 and find myself in a position of having to start all over again…Not a very easy task at my hands at the moment….I am scared to death :(

    • shauna

      Not to worry Judy…just know you are not alone. Just think about what skills you have, what you’d enjoy doing and apply. Be confident! Its a chance to do some thing that maybe you never thought of or something you’ve wanted to try. There’s something to be said of life experience….it does have value contrary to what many people have said. Best of luck!

    • TruthSayer42

      Been there, done that, a few times. The very first thing to do is to polish your resume, second thing, go to your e-mail address list and send a personalized e-mail to every person on that list telling them you are looking for a new position and have a current resume available should they happen to know anyone that may be in a position to direct you to a company that may be hiring.
      And don’t censor the list, send it to everyone. My contacts included elected reps from 4 levels of government, city, regional, provincial, and federal, it included co-workers from past companies and the company I just left, there are a couple of radio talk show hosts, there are contacts from sports that I’m involved with and other organizations. Everyone gets an e-mail, because out of all those people, someone knows someone that is looking for a qualified applicant with my exact skill set.

  • Sasha S

    Sloppiness can be observed in published articles as well as on resumes. Point #2 second paragraph, second sentence has a glaring typo. And Point #10 second sentence has one as well. “You’re” and “your” are quite basic, no? So are “on” and “one”.

  • Sasha

    Sloppiness can be observed in published articles as well as on resumes. Point #2 second paragraph, second sentence has a glaring typo. And Point #10 second sentence has one as well. “You’re” and “your” are quite basic, no? So are “on” and “one”.

    • Jimbotron

      Correct, I have seen so many typos and grammatical errors in job listings. Maybe HR should be judged the way they judge others.

  • Saboor Khan

    I think that people over 50 & from developing countries too must be given a chance to work in your esteemed country, i have been applying for quite sometime but am yet to get any positive response hoping to have an affirmative response
    saboor from Pakistan

    • Cindy

      no pls go to stinky Pakistan we don’t want you terrorist stinky ragheads here

  • Glen Wither

    Finding a good job today is akin to winning the lottery; it’s sheer luck of the draw. Since 2008, whatever trust, loyalty and unspoken deal that existed between a worker and the company leaders simply evaporated and never came back. The Great Recession carved out a great swath of experienced, productive and well paid workers and placed them on poggy, welfare, the street. Thousands of jobs simply disappeared and those whose skills and experience are in those industries can retrain on their dime if they have the money, and then hope to get an interview as an INexperienced worker who may only have ten or fifteen years of working life left. Oh, far too little says the recruiter. So most are simply done.

    Older workers are forced to retire earlier than planned, and to make the lifestyle sacrifices they never thought they’d need to make. Many of these folks have tried all the advice available out there, advice easily dispensed by those who are employed in the HR field, and found the recommendations a waste of time. yes, move to where the job is; but try and get a phone interview from a recruiter who doesn’t want to pay the expense of a flight for a candidate: “the second best will do and is located here thanks” is their thought.

    Now, some of the folks in this discussion have slammed the “Hot” locations for jobs. Places like Regina are great for young professionals or trade workers looking to get a lot of experience quickly, especially in the banks, insurance and government spaces, but Regina is a tough place to make home and the workplace is essentially a training depot with high turnover – that is why one see a lot of available jobs. And you do not want to get caught there when the Bust occurs – I know, I lived there when I started out.

    I believe one of the biggest factors at play for people like London Grey who are continually passed over is that the person who would be supervising and has the final say in a hire, doesn’t want to risk being shown-up by a better experienced and perhaps wiser underling, and risking their own job. Even if you are willing and able to take a down-step and take a back seat, it’s not you making the decision. Forget the mentoring, if companies wanted mentors they’d have retained them in their employ. They want cheap and malleable, and experience is just a commodity to many recruiters.And what is going on with those job ads? How many of us have looked them and thought: “what planet are these folks from?”.

    So who ultimately loses? Our nation, that’s who, and the corporations. And we need to be concerned about civil unrest rising as a result of this horrible employment problem. When WWII ended, jobs were hard to find but Canada made it possible through the Wartime Housing Act for veterans to buy homes easily. Why? Our leaders didn’t think it wise to have combat capable people wandering around with no stake in their country. A house, a family, a job, and a mortgage made them stakeholders. If you listen carefully, there is a growing undercurrent of unrest here and to the South, as more of the young forgo family, stable living-wage jobs remain rare, and housing becomes unaffordable. Smart people with nothing to lose are not unlike combat ready veterans. Unless employers get their act in gear on the hiring front and start spending the piles of accumulated cash, there will be trouble, lots of it. Time for a New Deal, methinks. Our government should start a real Action Plan by creating and airing ads focused on changing the mindset of employers to reconsider on-the-job training, understand the high value of older workers, and support programs like Ontario’s Training Initiative for Older Workers (50-64). Housing and living alternatives, like private cooperatives and Co-Living projects, zoning changes that allow more ‘granny flats’, need new government support and seed money, along with built examples worthy of broad emulation. If work has changed radically, then our personal expectations around wealth, housing and life style need to change as well, to new and desirable alternatives.

    So lets stop talking about how to write a better resume, or wear better clothing, or use our networks, these things are not a panacea, and the cards are stacked against the unemployed. Lets talk about what’s next, how can we make money and what the New Deal should look like. And remember, ultimately, if workers refuse, the masters must listen. Or do they just offshore the work? Humm. Thoughts anyone?

    • http://www.victoriatamara.net76.net/ Victoria Tamara Blog

      Well written. And so true Glen.

    • Diane

      VERY well written, I agree! Many large companies DO have lots of money to spend…but end up giving it back to their shareholders in the form of increased dividends / stock buy-backs (to keep those who have the wealth investing in their company) or to their top executives. No conspiracy theory here…I’ve witnessed this first hand.

  • http://www.victoriatamara.net76.net/ Victoria Tamara Blog

    This is one of the downfalls regarding the mentality of Canadian business and the HR depts. The worse thing today with most companies is that they don’t even respond back or call. After submitting a resume or after an interview. But I can tell you thing, those business or companies, I would never recommend or support in the future…they don’t realize how their ignorance or actions will only hurt them in the long run.

    It’s true, if you are 40 or over, healthy, experience, etc…they will not hire you…

    and to make matters worse not even university students can acquire a job due to the lack of experience.

    • Cindy

      not at all….build a bridge and get over it

    • Guest

      Yes. You can go to college, shoulder yourself with tons of debt, get a bachelors degree in say, IT… and if you are lucky enough to get a job with said degree you can look forward to making less than what a CSR used to make in the 90′s. But with 20 years of programming experience, Project Management, network security/admin/support, be the son of God, Allah, and Abraham Lincoln all at once, be an engineer, a doctor, a lawyer, and shoot rays of employer money making power from your fingertips you too can get a job that pays 40k a year.

      • Pamela Kennedy

        You forgot to mention “being fluent in American Sign Language” which will net you an additional $4K a year bringing the grand total to $44K.

  • Nancy Lopez

    “But if you’re expectations are unrealistic”…. Grammar mistake here!

  • Kate Shaw

    I am retired now, thanks be to God, but worked 25 years as a legal secretary and by the time I retired, I was wondering who they are going to find to take those jobs in the future. That’s a very responsible job and your boss does not set your hours — Mr. Justice Jones at Superior Court is calling all the shots, along with his ignorant, sassy and forgetful minions who nevertheless hold your whole life in their hands. For the modern secretary in her prime breeding years, the wail of “but I leave at fiiiiiiiiiive!” will not butter the first parsnip. The only people who take those jobs these days are those over 35 or 40 who can be nice to people they hate, never forget anything, have studied Latin (the lawyers mostly don’t know it these days, but they use it) and don’t rely on spell-check. Oh, and they don’t expect to spend half their working day updating their facebook page, tweeting OMG to their BFF, or downloading Apps. The best legal secretaries have no idea what any of those things are.

  • Jimbotron

    Quote from the article above: “I told this story to a group that included many recruiters and hiring managers. They had their own opinions and stories of about why otherwise qualified candidates get rejected. Because of the nature of their jobs and the anecdotes they shared, the panel has asked not to be identified in this article.”

    I hope the folks on this panel are reading and absorbing the comments below and realize all the stress and acrimony you are causing workers looking for a job. It’s time you face the fact that more often it is you who are the problem. You would not believe the animosity out there in the general public for the people in HR. It’s out there and it’s real. Just start a conversation with someone about a weird experience you had with an interview and believe me 9 times out of 10, they will start in with something like ‘Oh wait till I tell about this one interview I had………….’ It’s rarely positive. HR people tend to be a tad askew and are essentially lackeys for the company brass. And you know how far you can trust an executive – exactly, as far as you can throw one. I implore you people in HR, please change your behaviors, show some modicum of decency to people you interview, knock off the fake smiles while kicking someone in the bum in your mind. We are not circus animals jumping through hoops ! Please come down to earth and join the rest of us, you’ll find some of us are not that bad.

  • Steph Coe

    i work overseas now and I must say that hiring officers in Canada are
    extremely unprofessional and rude. In no other country do you have an
    interview and then hear nothing back. Many overseas employers even
    respond to a CV by thanking the applicant for sending their CV. In
    Canada they seem to think they are royalty and don’t need to show respect.
    Shameful. It’s time that Workopolis turns the tables and asks us about
    the panels

    • Cindy

      sound like your future husband

    • Pamela Kennedy

      What do you mean “in no other country” – I think Canada got that way mirroring its neighbour to the South.

  • Barb A. Walters

    Interviews over 60 years went for interview for receptionist last Thurs @ a well known furniture store in my area- there were 7 applicants-3 mature ladies, each with several years experience, 4 young women with a few years experience. An email each applicant had been sent indicated stage 1 all would consist of interviews in a group session. Applicants would be scaled down to 4 for stage 2 skills testing.
    Two company officials took turns asking a series of questions of the 7 of us seated at a large boardroom table. Stage 1 took approximately 20-30 minutes.
    At the end of that stage 1 session the 2 officials left the room for a few minutes, they came back in to advise the 4 who were chosen to go on to stage 2 were surprise surprise! the 4 younger women 3 of whom indicated they would only be in this area for another year while completing their University . 2 of them had seemed personally acquainted with the person who would be their potential supervisor.
    This has proven to me that with my over 20 years of clerical experience it is the age not experience employers now seem to be looking for. Which means the best qualified person doesn’t necessarily get the position that was advertised .
    Somewhat discouraged but I will continue to search for a part time employment position where past considerable clerical or medical experience might be of benefit to a company.

  • Tami

    Companies want under 40.
    They don’t want experience; they want education. Why would anyone with a Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree want a low-paying job as a receptionist or admin assistant? Apparently that’s what’s required.
    I have 25+ years in admin and customer service. I have a diploma from a reputable community college. I am, however, over 50.

    • Diane

      I must agree…I am 47, divorced white female with 28yrs experience in Financial Services. I have securities licenses and – here is something that really “should” be of interest to employers – I have actively practiced giving advice, financial planning, customer service and all variety of administrative functions. Employers look at my resume and 1) calculate how old I am based on the fact my resume is chronological 2) Assume that my background means that I am “too expensive” for them…a few have asked if they can afford me before a salary range is even brought to the table. I’ve taken workshops on how to improve my interviewing skills, polish my resume, network…all manner of things that should make me a more marketable candidate. Would I be willing to go back to school to obtain a degree or even switch into another field of work (I have a diploma in Business Administration – achieved part time while I was working to make ends meet)? Absolutely…but it’s not economically feasible for me to do so. My kids depend on me.

      Ironically, I’ve been told by hiring managers that they want someone with maturity, experience, polish and an employee willing to do work they may feel as “mundane”. I have a family to support and simply want…no, let’s be honest – NEED a job.

      Thank you for allowing me to state my feelings. While this won’t help me to secure employment, it’s comforting to know there really IS a problem out there regarding age and perception of mature candidates.

    • Pamela Kennedy

      No they do not want education – too much of that and you’re overqualified.

  • Chris Chevrier

    The best piece of advice? Know someone in the business you’re applying to. If you do, you can break every rule on this list, and still get hired. yay nepotism!

  • jordan684

    this is a gem: “Given my obvious qualifications, if I am not selected for this position, I expect to be informed of why.”

    I have to say that I agree somewhat with the sentiment (although the wording isn’t great). Serious job seekers spend many hours tailoring their resume, cover letter and other supporting materials (portfolios, research papers, etc.) only to be met with stony silence and discouragement for their efforts.

    I’ve hired many employees and know that it really isn’t difficult to acknowledge receipt of an application or to notify someone that they were not successful – everyone has an email address – it’s easy to find on a resume or letter. And sure, there’s sometimes a disclaimer “Only those selected for interviews will be contacted…” but to me, it’s a bit of a cop out.

  • Debbie

    Horrible double-edged sword, either you struggle out of college for a position that have spent anywhere from 4-8 lyr.earning a discipline, thousands in student loans and then have to work for minimum wage. I am now 65 yrs. old and need a job have two master’s degrees and now I am back working for minimum wage. This is just wrong.

    • Cindy

      HAAAAA you will never get a job at that age you might as well go move to florida .

  • Debbie

    I would like to take a poll of people who are underemployed, making less than the “statistics” said that their chosen profession would pay, and yet have done everything right, get the education, do the internship or working for free, what is wrong with this country?

    • Cindy

      don’t blame society blame yourself! why didn’t you open up your own business.

    • Pamela Kennedy

      I would especially like to see such a poll taken of the supposedly “top” University graduates. Princeton/Yale/Dartmouth/Cornell/Penn/Stanford/etc. Not Harvard, because Harvard still gets everything they want in life. How many Ivy League graduates are having to work for themselves because not even McDonald’s or Wal-Mart will hire them…that sort of thing.

  • June Green

    funny but I need extra money as I have been retired for 6 years and did not plan well so heads up gang I am looking for work too and I am 67 so make sure when you get a job again plan for retirement as it smacks you in the butt before you know it and how does a person like me get a job when you young ones are having trouble and you think you got problems’-))

  • Анна Мазурина

    This is not all the reasons. Canadians do not consider Russian candidates, especially if they are young girls. I do not know how in Canada, but in Russia demands made by Canadian employers are considered simply fantastic! For example, knowledge of two languages​​, degree, having a car is right and all insurance, not to mention the absolute competence of the candidate as a professional.

  • Анна Мазурина

    I was so offended that I was denied a visa to visit Canada in the Congress that I was bursting with curiosity what do you have for such a magical country)))

  • Chris Desjardins

    If your to qualified, they want young push overs that have no related experience. I have applied for jobs that I’m perfect for nothing happens. It takes to much energy and time to get an interview its easier to just start a business now a days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eleanor-Dorst/100000491554177 Eleanor Dorst

    Yeah,try being 63 and being rejected constantly…is that not looking the part!??

    • Cindy

      naw that’s normal for you LOL!

  • Trevor Jones

    I find the interview process quite biast these days. Firstly employers are not allowed to ask your age but will ask for your background employment records far enough back that they can determine your age. Employers are not supposed to discriminate but now ask that you do a Skype interview for simplicity and to save time and yet the real motive is to see you in front of a camera and see your looks and age. This saves them the time taken to interview you and turn you down because in their mind, you are too old. I honestly believe Skype creates a discriminatory environment when it comes to interviewing people. It is a major asset when conducting normal business conferencing. I have had the luck and ambition over the years of having started several small businesses but recently saw a couple of business opportunities contract
    wise that tweked my interest and was dismayed by the whole interview process out there that candidates have to go through, the lack of followup by recruiters after an interview, and even the disregard for a prospects time when the interviewer shows up late for the interview. If you are over 50 and walk into the room and the interviewer is 32-38 you know you might as well turn around and walk out again. These people do not want to hire someone the age of their father no matter how talented.

    • http://about.me/davidalangay David Gay

      Ageism is one of the last prejudices to weed out of our society. I’m turning 50 this June, and I’m not ashamed to admit that. I’ve yet to reach my limit in what I am capable of doing, and do not believe people I or anyone else in my age group (or older) have a best before date. The interviewers seem to forget mandatory retirement was removed from the books a long time ago

      http://about.me/davidalangay

      • Cindy

        you can try to take mulcairs place in NDP

      • http://about.me/davidalangay David Gay

        Heh, Cindy writes and then deletes so I cannot reply to it:

        you can try to take mulcairs place in NDP

        6:17 a.m., Thursday June 12

        I reply:

        Conservatives make lousy socialists. Didn’t think that one through, did you?

    • Pamela Kennedy

      Skype interviewing also lets them discriminate on the basis of race or perceived-race. Gender – they should be able to tell that by your first name, at least for most people.

  • JoJOe

    Certainly is nice to see I’m not alone.
    Reading all of these posts and what do I want?
    I want more of them !!!
    I want you all to have a voice !!!
    I want us all to prosper doing what we love to do !!
    I want us all to have a roof over our heads, food in our bellies !!
    I want us all to have future prospects future goals !!
    I want us all to get together !!!

    I WILL BE BACK !!!

    In the meantime, keep those posts pouring in..
    I have a plan.

    • Cindy

      you have a plan? oh god’

  • http://batman-news.com Jack Michel

    50 years old and cannot find work. Over 15 years of exsperience in my field and I am offered entry level jobs if I am lucky. Youth are told they need exsperience. Those with exsperience are not even considered if they feel their own positions are at risk no matter what The age today. I have bills to pay just like the rest of the world but am ignored why? Because of my age? My exsperiece? I don’t want your job , I just don’t want the 10$ an hour jobs being offered. I refuse to work 2 min. wage jobs just to survive. I deserve more respect . Older workers are being pushed aside when we could be an asset and teacher as well as reliable and loyal.

    • Cindy

      wow! you better get cracking old man our taxes aint going to support your old age for very long.

  • Rosa Pinheiro

    I have 27 years of experience in administration/secretary and have a hard time believing that employers don’t hire you because of your age. I do believe that this is one of the reasons and then they tell you that you are over qualified lol, sad but it happens and further more they expect you to do the work for 2 and get paid minimum wage.

    • Cindy

      go fight in mma

  • Emilio Kléber

    For me it’s that it’s just been too long. After a certain point you fall through the cracks. I can’t put the stuff that I’ve been doing to survive on my resume because it’s embarrassing, illegal, and/or will actually look worse than saying I just did nothing..

    I’m too proud to go begging my friends or family for help, I’ve tried to hint to people that I was in trouble and people just get scared or say they can’t put in a reference and why would they? Why help out someone who is already done? That would just jeopardize their own job.Now I can’t even talk to anyone I asked for help any more out of shame. Can’t even show my face at places where I think that people I know will be. Don’t have any friends left. I don’t know where to even start with government help, and with all the Republican greedy fucks and sad fake Democrat sellouts are doing to destroy that, I doubt there is any money in the system even left for me.

    So what do I do? What are you supposed to do as a total failure who no one will hire, and the only job you can get won’t even pay for you to live? Sleeping in the car is awful, it’s cold, your back hurts like hell every morning, you get woken up with lights shined in your face by some asshole coward rentacop with a taser who laughs at you and chases you out.. and once my car breaks down or towed then what do i do? Am I just supposed to kill myself now?! Because that would be cool .. but can the government or the businessmen who fucked our country just sell me a fucking cyanide pill to make it quick and easy so i can check out of this pointless stupid life? I just want to finish it now without making a nasty scene for some other poor bastard to clean up. thats all

  • Jordan Barrett

    If I’ve been blacklisted by a company will it affect me getting a job anywhere else?

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  • Mary Vuong

    I am 53. I’ve had 1 interview in 6 years. If you’re over 40 forget it–you are not going to get an interview.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ginny.schaefer Ginny Schaefer

    You don’t have relatives or friends in the company. That should be number one. Number two you are too inexperienced or too old (as in we don’t like people we don’t know or will ask questions).

  • Joe Dixon

    The whole HR thing has become a racket and people with a BS Degree in Human Resources have fallen lock stock and barrel for the BS. They have spent untold thousands of dollars on how to learn to ask nonsensical questions and basically to reject those that don’t fall into the categories of BS that they learned at university. The best HR people were people who never went to university, those that learned on the job using common sense ways of reading people. If it is a highly technical job, keep HR people a mile away from the hiring process. The technical people who do the job plus the managers who supervise them should be the only ones who have any say in the hiring process in that case. Large companies and government are the worst for rejecting highly qualified people who would be good, but are only rejected because of the damn HR software they use. It rejects any resume that doesn’t use any of the “key” words that the software is programmed to see. If a person is “out of the loop” on the latest mindless trends in resume development (which means most people who have been doing useful things all their lives), they are going to be rejected by this bloody software. I suppose this also goes for people who don’t see how social media would improve their lives. They will be rejected if they don’t have a silly Facebook or Linkedin account.

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  • http://www.FindCelebrityJobs.com/ Celebrity Assistant

    I guess this is the “brutal honesty” list. Yes, many of these are true (but unfair). The best personal doesn’t get the job. We all know that. There is a way to overcome most of these but many experts say this is the “new normal” job market.

  • john_willow

    I really don’t see why employers think social media is important. If you join LinkedIn, it starts posting phony messages from you to others. I have experienced this with someone who supposedly sent a message saying he liked my resume. He happened to be a musician I know, as well as an entrepreneur. When I asked him about it, he wasn’t even aware of the message. It’s kind of like the way FaceBook posts phony lists of who’s going to an event. When they say people are going who couldn’t possibly know about it, you know there’s something wrong. With all the fakery out there, if you are an employer who thinks it’s important to look someone up on social media, because you think you have the right to pry into someone’s private business, you are not my kind of employer.

  • Mygeist

    My husband and I both were interviewed for similar entry level positions at Electrolux in TN. After a rather lengthy process time, he was hired and I was not. When asked why I wasn’t, the HR person told my husband it was “company policy NOT to hire people out of work for a lengthy period of time”. This doesn’t sound legal but there are many strikes against me, beginning with the fact that I’m in the United States, I am also I’m 55 years old and female. There have been personal things to content with in the 8 yrs of my unemployment like taking care of things in accordance with my mother’s nursing home life and later death though I still actively sought employment. So I’ve been passed over for 8 years because no one would give me a job because I’ve been unemployed? Do they not see or want to see that this only adds to the length of time of unemployment? To me this is illogical procedure. I was previously employed 8 years on night stock crew in Denver Colorado, and even though this is not a factory setting, it was very industrial with many tiered skills involved. My ‘husband’ who was supposed to be looking for work in his profession of bodywork in Denver at the time, feigned seeking employment. Later I found it was never his intention to to start with. He sat around 6 years playing World of Warcraft and other similar games whilst maintaining the one he was playing with me. This is more than a lesson learned which will make my negative experience valuable to me. I plan to persue what I was told and post the results of this as soon as I can get some definitive answers from Electrolux HR and a labor law site if I can find one that will be open with me. Kindest regards to all, know that your input on social concerns such as these is valuable to all and that if my negative experiences have lead me to you that you have removed part of that negativity and I am greatful to be able to glean from you. Non nobis solum, Sheryl

  • Robert Wannson

    They make sure to turnaway most black men REGARDLESS. Gay, Straight, Militant or Spineless, Qualified or not. Black man getting hired is a miracle and
    Americas going to hell in the end for this bullshit

  • ss

    This article isn’t all necessarily true. Your resume makes you look like a weirdo? I like weirdos you know why? Because they are brilliant and not your average joe lying about their quirks to look the way most Americans believe should “look” or “act”…Social Media? So, the dude might like to smoke some weed, who cares you’ve all done it before, your pictures just not on Facebook yet. If the dudes working hard, and not wake’n baking before work what he does on his own time is his business, i didn’t hire you so I can creep on ur Facebook and fret about “ooohh this dude smokes bud…shitttt” , I hired you to expand my $ dollar sign”. Your desperate? Ha! expecting someone to play it cool at a job interview is like asking a dog breeder which dog barks the least. You can act as “cool” as you want at an interview, but when tuff situations arise at work that “cool” mask might turn into a “bitch” mask at the sight of something scary, and threatening. Thing is you really don’t know the persons fortitude, and cool power until at the source of what they were hired for.

  • Glen Victoria

    AN Amazing Testimony On A Spell Caster Who help me to get pregnant, So me and my partner have been trying for a baby for the last 5 years now and we have had no luck. I don’t have a regular cycle so it is hard for me to tell when I’m ovulating or not, but we always have sex at least 2 times a week, sometimes more. I know it can take up to a year to conceive but everyone i know who have had a baby have conceived within 2-3months of trying and it is really getting to me. my partner had a fertility test about a year ago and his sperm were fine. I’m thinking it could be a problem with me but I’ve never had any symptoms of any problems. My partner does smoke and have the occasional drink, and i used to smoke and also have the occasional drink. i know i’m slightly overweight but that shouldn’t affect our chances too much,one faithful day my friend told me to contact a spell caster that help her aunty, then i contact the man on this email: babaka.wolf@gmail.com , after three months the doctor confirm that i am pregnant thank you Dr Babaka for helping me get a baby, I am thankful for all he has done. contact him via email: babaka.wolf@gmail.com if you are trying to get a baby or want your lover back. he has powers to do it, he has done mine.

  • TallTexan2

    Thirty years of successful program and project management experience … Masters … certified PMP … professionally fashioned resume … sent out 400+ job applications/resumes in the past 2 years. Interviews? 1 Job offers? 0

    Color me clueless ….

  • disqus_CQNVnI9nX3

    Don’t be too young. Don’t be too old. Don’t dress too casually or too formally. If you don’t talk enough you don’t have social skills. If you talk too much you’re a chatterbox who doesn’t focus on the job. If you have work experience, they want more education and vice versa. Don’t stay at any company for too long or short an amount of time. If you specialize then you don’t have a wide array of skills. If you’re a jack-of-all-trades then you aren’t specialized enough. Be sure not to lie or tell the truth. If you ask for too much, you’re arrogant. If you don’t ask for enough, it shows that you have no ambition. Finally, don’t be a worker of any kind because it shows you can’t manage, and don’t manage because it means you don’t actually know how to do anything.

    Ten years ago there weren’t enough people to do all the work that companies wanted done. Now they look for any reason to not hire anybody, and also relentless try to find reasons to get rid of the people they already have.

    This country is a joke now.

    Good for you if you’re such a perfect worker and you can always get a job. One day your hot streak will end, and when it does you will never recover. They want to hire God and pay him minimum wage, unless they can make him an intern and not pay him at all.

    • Cindy

      don’t be a douche

    • BerryFlinger

      Seriously best comment I’ve read period. So true yet sad.

    • Will

      Yes, I agree with you on that.

  • Kathy O’Shea

    Im over 50 and have a great amount of job experience but was terminated for age discrimination reasons ( the made up other bull about why I was being let go ) since then I havent found anything that stuck been through 3 jobs .. how do I explain this job hopping??

  • Emiliano Babarah

    Oh my God, I’m so glad to tell everyone the real thing that happen to me…My name is EMILIANO BABARAH. If i refuse to share this testimony it means i am selfish to my self and to people i love so much whom might have similar problems, March 16th about something 7:23pm after taken our dinner my husband got crazy started calling a lady name Melisa I love you, i was so mad and started crying like a baby…then my husband left home for the idiot called Melisa, and never return back home then i believed when he uthen nderstand his self he will surly come back to apology, but instead he left me So i complained to my friend she told me she was having such problems in her marriage until she was introduce to DR ORIOMON who specializes in bringing back broken homes and broken marriages DR ORIOMON cast a spell for me in May 4th surprisingly my husband came home May 6th apologizing that i should forgive him that it will never happen again, i was so glad and gave the thanks to DR ORIOMON who save my marriage, if you are having similar problem you can contact him and His email address is (oriomonspiritualtemple@yahoo.com) you can still save your marriage if u really love your husband.

    Thanks EMILIANO BABARAH_USA

  • Emiliano Babarah

    Oh my God, I’m so glad to tell everyone the real thing that happen to me…My name is EMILIANO BABARAH. If i refuse to share this testimony it means i am selfish to my self and to people i love so much whom might have similar problems, March 16th about something 7:23pm after taken our dinner my husband got crazy started calling a lady name Melisa I love you, i was so mad and started crying like a baby…then my husband left home for the idiot called Melisa, and never return back home then i believed when he uthen nderstand his self he will surly come back to apology, but instead he left me So i complained to my friend she told me she was having such problems in her marriage until she was introduce to DR ORIOMON who specializes in bringing back broken homes and broken marriages DR ORIOMON cast a spell for me in May 4th surprisingly my husband came home May 6th apologizing that i should forgive him that it will never happen again, i was so glad and gave the thanks to DR ORIOMON who save my marriage, if you are having similar problem you can contact him and His email address is (oriomonspiritualtemple@yahoo.com) you can still save your marriage if u really love your husband.

    Thanks EMILIANO BABARAH_USA

  • Killian Morrison

    I shouldn’t have to get on my hands and knees and beg for a job at McDonalds. I have a good work history and plenty of awesome references from past employers to back me up. Sloppy application is null because it’s all online today. I’ve always been hired when I get an interview, but nowadays I never get a call back and they specifically tell you “not to call them”.

  • farjaad

    Bogus!!! I pay no attention to these part time writers whose aim is to increase unemployment by rejecting qualified candidates for childish reasons

  • farjaad

    This is what I feel!!

    Employers should go back to age-old, time tested hiring skills.
    1. Know exactly what skills you want (don’t be like: “I really need vanilla icecream but some nuts on top can be nice to have”). You should know by now which skills will help one succeed.

    2. Focus on hard core skills rather then ever changing technological skills. I see a lot of QA Analyst, Business Analyst positions requiring knowledge of tools A,B,C instead of focusing on their analytical, problem-solving and project management skills.

    3. What’s up with 3 years of this and 2 years of that? Are these measures justified? Do you honestly think that 3 years of automation experience verses 5 years of automation experience makes any difference? I don’t know what more of automation will one learn in 5 years versus 3 years when all other factors are constant i.e. I mean how different issues you will uncover from one cycle to another cycle (sure there will be defects introduced because of making new changes to the software) but when you are building (and enhancing the same product) using the same technologies(environment) nothing substantial-new comes up. For other professions like surgery number of years do matter ( and make sense ). You will never be comfortable with a surgeon who has only 1 year of experience

  • kate

    My dad works in management, the first thing he looks for is if you have 2 kids a mortgage….shows this, you will come to work, do overtime!

  • Cosmic1

    Don’t forget the other reasons most people aren’t hired: 11.The position is already taken by someone the interviewers know and they are just going through the motions. 12. Recruiters are looking for people who are already working, so if you are free to work you don’t qualify. 13. Companies are looking for a ready-made “perfect” fit, rather than training smart, determined professional individuals. 14. Recruiters have NO idea how to transfer skills from other industries. 15. You are too experienced or not experienced enough. 16. You are too old or too young. 17. Recruiters have no idea how to look past a resume. 18. Decisions are made based on the applicants ability to use keywords(LOL). 19. Recruiters are lazy and not really listening/looking past the obvious. 20. There are too many unnecessary barriers between the job and potential employees.

    It’s not as difficult to find work as everyone has made it. Most of the jobs outside of technology and the medical field can easily be done by the average college graduate. Companies just need to train and stop pretending they can’t find qualified candidates. Everyone has to start somewhere. People have gaps in employment. Being unemployed is not a disease and having been self employed should be looked at as valuable experience. I would love to see more articles that point out how unethical and ignorant the hiring process has become, rather than blaming smart qualified candidates.

    I can’t believe the hiring process has become soooooo stupid, yet run by those who claim to be so intelligent.

  • Cindy

    I don’t see employment as a problem for all you who are claiming my question is why don’t you be self employed instead of whine all the time.cant find a job move then!

  • RGT

    I know exactly what salaries are being paid in my profession and in my geographical area. I’m more than willing to negotiate and I’m flexible. But companies these days are coming in $10+/hr or $20k BELOW AVERAGE simply because they can and they know that someone will take it.

    Looking the part, could also mean being a minority and they want to hire white or vice-versa because of affirmative action.

    Unfortunately losing ones job in this economy will not leave most people level headed and yes some may even come off as desperate for a job because their mortgages need to be paid.

    Everything else in this article is pretty helpful though.

  • RGT

    I know exactly what salaries are being paid in my profession and in my geographical area. I’m more than willing to negotiate and I’m flexible. But companies these days are coming in $10+/hr or $20k BELOW AVERAGE simply because they can and they know that someone will take it.

    Looking the part, could also mean being a minority and they want to hire white or vice-versa because of affirmative action.

    Unfortunately losing ones job in this economy will not leave most people level headed and yes some may even come off as desperate for a job because their mortgages need to be paid.

    Everything else in this article is pretty helpful though.

  • Ty

    What’s the solution Please!!!! Anyone this is annoying as hell. We are all here saying what is real to us and what’s happening. Ok what are some real solutions. We’re in a trap until we all try and make some real changes. Is it even possible at all?

  • Ty

    Will Things ever change!

  • nick

    #11 You spend all day on Workopolis reading pointless articles that basically say “it’s all your fault you’re unemployed”

  • Gaurav Phd

    What bullshit!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What a bullshit!!!!!

    You know someone from inside and you will get a job?? You have skills or not! That is not what is required. You cannot be self respectful and independent of references..

    Do you want to challenge me?? I can prove hundreds of under skilled and non communicative workers working for top giants in top class positions.

    All you need is someone who can help get a job!!

    OR Couple of thousand dollars to get thro… Will prove it even today 2014!

    Also, no big female actresses are decent enough to get thro a movie?

    Stop corruption and talents will beat the shit all you dumb buggers who have got a job!!!

  • Gaurav Phd

    All the above said TEN reasons are just reasons….Do not dwell in that world……
    I hired one guy once just because I wanted one real ugly guy in my team.

    Once I hired just because she was beautiful. I hire if they speak my native language!!!!!!

    Well if they Booze with me, or if I learnt he boozes, I will hire!!!! I work for the top Giant fortune 20 company..

    I do this because, I was hired the same way.. Questioned that if I booze, I said Yes. I got hired……

    Why do you think companies attract paying more ??????? Because, they want all talents working for them.
    Talk to me buddy.. Do not crapp here.

  • Gaurav Phd

    I am referring to only PRIVATE COMPANIES !!! I respect Government Companies.

    I am talking of only privately help companies…

  • Gaurav Phd

    Government World is different scenario across different countries..

  • Gaurav Phd

    Be a Phd, to make more sense!!

  • Gaurav Phd

    Success and Failures are both in my Life Basket, ask me for more suggestions. Political views play a lot of role!!!

    I am one of them.

  • Gaurav Phd

    Guys and Gals, if do not find a job, TRY it from someone who works in a company who will help you to find a job in your area.
    Make sure you are less qualified than him else he will not let you go forward in the company. Ha ha..

  • Gaurav Phd

    Find a Company which has funds lasting long….
    Read newspapers..

    about qualification, its your choice…
    Today being a PhD guy, I feel if I had found the job that I am working today after my diploma.. I would have not gone for PhD.

    Education in one place where can learn.

    Finding a job, if A SINGLE RULE IS STRICTLY FOLLOWED ACROSS GLOBE, YOU WILL GET A JOB.

    RECRUITERS SHOULD BE CHANGED EVERY 6 MONTHS, MANAGERS SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED EVERY 2 YEARS.

    CEO and COMPANY OWNERS SHOULD REMAIN FOREVER!!!!

    THEN YOu NOTICE Difference!!

    Believe ME!!!

  • Ayesha

    I see most people doing really well in their careers from the age of 35 uptil 50 … after that if you dont have your own super business, its a downhill ride.

  • Henry Westwood

    My Name is Emil.I will love to share my testimony to all the people in the forum cos i never thought i will have my girlfriend back and she means so much to me..The girl i want to get marry to left me 4 weeks to our wedding for another man..,When i called her she never picked my calls,She deleted me on her facebook and she changed her facebook status from married to Single…when i went to her to her place of work she told her boss she never want to see me..I lost my job as a result of this cos i cant get myself anymore,my life was upside down and everything did not go smooth with my life…I tried all i could do to have her back to all did not work out until i met a Man when i Travel to Africa to execute some business have been developing some years back..I told him my problem and all have passed through in getting her back and how i lost my job…he told me he gonna help me…i don’t believe that in the first place.but he swore he will help me out and he told me the reason why my girlfriend left me and also told me some hidden secrets.i was amazed when i heard that from him..he said he will cast a spell for me and i will see the results in the next couple of days..then i travel back to Us the following day and i called him when i got home and he said he’s busy casting those spells and he has bought all the materials needed for the spells,he said am gonna see positive results in the next 2 days that is Thursday…My girlfriend called me at exactly 12:35pm on Thursday and apologies for all she had done ..she said,she never knew what she’s doing and her sudden behavior was not intentional and she promised not to do that again.it was like am dreaming when i heard that from her and when we ended the call,i called the man and told him my wife called and he said i haven’t seen anything yet… he said i will also get my job back in 3 days time..and when its Sunday,they called me at my place of work that i should resume working on Monday and they gonna compensate me for the time limit have spent at home without working..My life is back into shape,i have my girlfriend back and we are happily married now with kids and i have my job back too.This man is really powerful..if we have up to 20 people like him in the world,the world would have been a better place..he has also helped many of my friends to solve many problems and they are all happy now..Am posting this to the forum for anybody that is interested in meeting the man for help.you can mail him to agumaguspelltemple@gmail.com I cant give out his number cos he told me he don’t want to be disturbed by many people across the world..he said his email is okay and he’ will replied to any emails asap..hope he helped u out too..good luck:agumaguspelltemple@gmail.com.Once Again His Email Address Is: agumaguspelltemple@gmail.com

  • jane smith

    i am hear to give testimony of how i got back my husband, we got married for more than 9 years and have gotten two kids. thing were going well with us and we are always happy. until one day my husband started to behave in a way i could not understand, i was very confused by the way he treat me and the kids. later that month he did not come home again and he called me that he want a divorce, i asked him what have i done wrong to deserve this from him, all he was saying is that he want a divorce that he hate me and do not want to see me again in his life, i was mad and also frustrated do not know what to do,i was sick for more than 2 weeks because of the divorce. i love him so much he was everything to me without him my life is incomplete. i told my sister and she told me to contact a spell caster, i never believe in all this spell casting of a thing. i just want to try if something will come out of it. i contacted Dr okojie for the return of my husband to me, they told me that my husband have been taken by another woman, that she cast a spell on him that is why he hate me and also want us to divorce. then they told me that they have to cast a spell on him that will make him return to me and the kids, they caste the spell and after 1 week my husband called me and he told me that i should forgive him, he started to apologize on phone and said that he still live me that he did not know what happen to him that he left me. it was the spell that he Dr okojie caste on him that make him comeback to me today,me and my family are now happy again today. thank you Dr okojie for what you have done for me i would have been nothing today if not for your great spell. i want you my friends who are passing through all this kind of love problem of getting back their husband, wife , or ex boyfriend and girlfriend to contact drokojiehealinghome@gmail.com. and you will see that your problem will be solved without any delay. he is specialized in solving of other problems including the following:
    (1) If you want your ex back.
    (2) if you always have bad dreams.
    (3) You want to be promoted in your office.
    (4) You want women/men to run after you.
    (5) If you want a child.
    (6) If you need financial assistance.
    (7) If you want the cure of HIV AIDS
    contact him now for immediate solution of your
    problems on Drokojiehealinghome@gmail.com
    Thank you

  • AA

    I am an educator with a master’s degree and 17 years of experience. I have enjoyed teaching, however I am ready for a change. What business world careers am I truly qualified to undertake? I am fairly tech savvy, a quick learner, I love to analyze data and I am a great problem solver. Lol I know I’m not interviewing right now, but thought more information would help anyone answering my question. Thank you.

  • http://www.mikemakki.co.uk mike makki

    the best one is when you know more than they do…they get insecure and
    they start giving you the impression they want to hire you then they tell you
    you are not suitable for the position……morons in charge….. that all I can say

  • Bruce Baillie

    Now blink that isn’t always the case, Since turning 50 I’ve done 5 jobs, granted it does get harder to be picked when you’re over 50 but it’s not impossible! Ya just gotta keep trying!

  • Brown Emma

    My name is emma brown, i want to use this medium to testify of how i got back my boyfriend after 8months of separation, I and my boyfriend broke up on the 12th of August because he felt i was cheating on him with a male friend of mine, i tried all i could to explain to him but he paid deaf ears, i was emotionally devastated because i really did love him until i saw a post on the internet about a spell caster, who helps people gain back their lost love, at first i doubted if it was real because i never believed in spells but decided to give it a try, when i contacted this spell caster, he helped me cast a re-union spell and i got back my boyfriend within 48hours (2days). Contact this great spell caster for your relationship or marriage problems via email dradelabispelltemple@gmail.com….
    if you are out there passing through any of
    this problems listed below:

    1) If you want your ex back.
    (2) if you always have bad dreams.
    (3) You want to be promoted in your office.
    (4) You want women/men to run after you.
    (5) If you want a child.
    (6) You want to be rich.
    (7) You want to tie your husband/wife to be
    yours forever.
    (8) If you need financial assistance.
    (9) How you been scammed and you want to recover you lost money

  • demo89

    How about employment gap….over 50, that’s why I have a gap idiots. The interviewers know it.

  • GTown

    How are you supposed to give references if the last place you worked at moved to a new location and when I asked the security guard for the new addresss. He would only tell me that “they moved to Park Ave on top of the police station”; a little vague if you ask me.

  • GTown

    This is another issue in Quebec, too much corruption, not enough good jobs and if you’re French is not perfect, Good Luck!!!

  • http://855-my-dcdbs.com BigDave

    I think there’s another reason that’s not listed here, and it’s something that a few of my family members have recently suggested to me; Perhaps you have comments regarding your faith or political viewpoints on your personal Facebook page that the hiring manager or company’s HR representative do not agree with. Even if you are the most qualified candidate, they will select someone less qualified, who they think has their same values (or lack thereof).

  • No Andno

    You guys should go on Youtube & look up “NEW WORLD ORDER”, “FEMA CAMPS” & “RFID CHIPS”. I read somewhere that they are going to make it even harder to get hired on purpose. Satanists run the government & they say they’ll bring order out of chaos. But first they have to start the chaos. The government is buying tons of hollow point ammo & training the military & police for a massive civil war. Jobs, going to work, money, movies, TV, music & video games are all just a distraction so we don’t know what they’re really up to. Things are going to get really bad in the next few years.

  • Elizabeth Anel

    Oh you are 25 and current college student, I been looking for job for a long time now. I had applied for almost every retail store that I can think of, I even applied for McDonald, hotels, restaurant and I am getting tiring of being rejected.

  • Naiomi Suchit

    or over 40 and indian

  • britney

    I want to use this opportunity to thank Dr. look man for helping me get my lover back after he left me few months ago. I have sent friends and my brothers to beg him for me but he refused that it is all over between both of us but when I met this Dr. look man he told me to relaxed that every thing will be fine and really after just a week I got my man back. so thank you so much dr look man. here is the email and phone number of Dr. Olokum SUCCESSSPELLCAST@GMAIL.COM

  • http://www.facebook.com/grieverxvii GrieverXVII

    Don’t you just love it though when employers demand a vehicle and all this extra stuff but don’t pay nearly enough per hour to maintain any of it? makes perfect sense…

  • aturner

    Hi I am a 35 year old woman that is married and have children. I just had an interview at a fortune 500 company. In the beginning they asked me, “so tell us a little about your self”. I talked about my education and what I achieved in the last five years. Then they asked me, “what do I like to do in my private time”. I said, I like to spend it with my family. Then I notice one of them looked at my hand to see if I had a wedding ring on. He asked me if I had children and how many. Then one comments with a shit eating grin, “I bet you are really good at cleaning”. “Can you handle using a hand tool”.
    If they took the time and looked at my resume they would of realized I had 8+ years in production. Of course I know how to use hand tools! But, I felt like he was talking about something else. After all of that, I felt that the rest of the interview went very well and I had the job because they asked me, when can I start. The next day I received a phone call saying they decided to go a different direction. After that I felt they did not hire me because I was married, have children and a woman. This is the first time in a interview that someone bluntly discriminated against me.

  • Lara Smith

    i just want to share my experience and testimony here.. i was married for 6 years to my husband and all of a sudden, another woman came into the picture.. he started hailing me and he was abusive. but i still loved him with all my heart and wanted him at all cost…then he filed for divorce. my whole life was turning apart and i didn’t know what to do .he moved out of the house and abandoned the kids.. so someone told me about trying spiritual means to get my husband back and introduced me to a spell caster…so i decided to try it reluctantly. although i didn’t believe in all those things… then when he did the special prayers and spell, after 2days, my husband came back and was pleading. he had realized his mistakes. I just couldn’t believe it..anyways we are back together now and we are happy. in case anyone needs this man, his email address dr.zakispellhome@gmail.com his spells is for a better life. again his email is dr.zakispellhome@gmail.com

  • John M Holt

    I am Myrtice Annette Townse from TEXAS and i want to give a testimony. I was diagnosed of HIV in September 2013 by the doctor and it was like my world was crashing before my eyes. I was asked to go for a confirmation which i did and it proved positive. It was then i felt like giving up on life and my dreams of making it in life. I looked for a solution but there was no solution. I didn’t want to die because i had vision and mission. It was like giving up in life because many people knew about my status and that was more killing as they avoided me thinking i could spread the virus easily. I came depressed and wanted to giving up on life.I have heard about spell casters who claimed they could do anything but don’t know anything. I became discouraged.But because i still wanted to live a good life, i contacted many of them who only asked me to pay heavily for what they could not cure. The last one i contacted got away with my hard earned 3000U$$$ and just disappeared. I still did not give up. I went ahead contacting some many others till I met His Spiritual who told me that i sill have a good and bright future if only i wanted to live. I said yes and he told me what to do which i did and after casting the spell, he asked me to go to the same hospital and have another test. I am writing this with tears because i have seen and heard about people with the virus who died. I thought for a while i was going to die but here i am very strong. I went to the hospital and it was medically proven that i was HIV negative. I was like life was taken out of me for a second. My doctor could not believe this. I have really gone to hell for the past ten months but am happy that i now have my life back. I am here to say to people living with the virus, you can be cured if and only if you contact His Spiritual. This is not to deceive you but to give you a new life. Please i would not want to keep this to myself alone that’s why i am here so the world will know there is still a real spell caster whose interest is seeing people happy and spiritually free from any oppression from the wicked. I will leave his email address so you can contact him and explain you ordeal to him. Meet him on his email address at (odumaspiratualtemplehouse@gmail.com) You can also contact him by phone his number is +2347055413648

  • kate

    i graduated last year and im yet to find a job. belive me i get the interviews, but in the end they always hire someone else. after every interview i get rejected from, i figure out what i may have done wrong so for the next interiview i try and do everything right. i have now had my 25th interview and have yet again just been rejected, it really annoys me because by now i have managed to master the interviews and yet they choose someone else, and they usually never get back to me.

  • Greg Cookman

    I have a few problems I’m 29 and i want to do an apprenticeship so i can gain experience but unless you’ve just left school no were will touch you even if you are willing to take the measly 2.50 an hour the apprenticeship offers because you have to, to move on your career path.
    Also how can I get experience when I don’t have experience if you wont offer me experience?
    I think the best way is volunteer work I mean yes work for free, terrible I know its slave labour, but it looks good on your CV and it also give you some knowledge and understanding of what it feels like to work in that particular area of work, although I know financial wise its impossible for most.

    Most retailers want young faces to be part of there businesses and young people are cheaper to hire so I’m even at my age to old for most.
    And don’t get me started on agencies wow they are a joke i’ve had so much trouble from agencies calling up offering work than cancelling last minute ect its a joke out there now days.

    • aturner

      Hi Greg, the problem is not that you
      are too old. I am 35 years old and I did things backwards. I had my
      children, graduated from college, and then I got married. I graduated within three years with a GPA of
      3.66. I have a Bachelor degree in
      Business Administration/Computer Information Systems. The problem that I notice is that they see
      our age group as a joke because companies believe that people who fall between the
      ages of 20-35 have poor work ethics. I look
      younger than 35, which it makes it harder. I really don’t like it when someone
      treats
      me like I am in my mid-twenties and never worked. I worked since the
      age of 12 years old. I also noticed people who get apprenticeships;
      they know someone within the company. It’s
      a popularity contest. My husband was
      over looked for an internship because someone’s uncle worked at the company.
      The person they picked had a GPA around 2.5 and my husband’s was 3.79. Internships and apprenticeships use to go to
      people who did very well in college and had the skills to do well within the
      company, but no longer. Companies use to
      not like to hire friends and family of employee’s because of conflict of
      interest but that has all changed. I
      right there with you on how we are supposed to get experience when companies
      are not willing to give us experience. I
      have seen job posts asking for 10-15 years of experience for an entry level
      position. Basically they are saying, “We do not want people who fall in this
      age group working for us”. My husband
      works for a fortune 500. They are always
      looking for intelligent people to work in sales. They will not hire husband and
      wife do to issues in the past, so I can’t get a job there. Where do you live? I might be able to help get you an interview
      because I have inside information. I can
      give information who will be interviewing you and what they are looking
      for.

  • http://twitter.com/devans00 devans00

    Always good to read other points of view to learn from.