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Employers missing the boat
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:00 AM
To the editor:
Since no one in this town wants to bring up the important issues in today's society, except for the bombing in Boston, I want to enlighten you all.
We are not in Boston, we are in Madison. Why not worry about the things that are closer to home. Too many people here are jobless because of the high standards that the businesses set forth. Many need to have a diploma or GED, but let's get one thing straight. What is the point? There are too many people and not enough jobs. Many people won't have the requirements that the employers are looking for.
Instead of turning down these potential, possibly the best, employees they would have had, they would rather turn them down for not having a GED/diploma, not being old enough or not having the proper training. What is wrong with taking a little time to train a person?
Why does one need a GED/diploma to work? Do they want really smart people working for them? What about those who don't? Say, those who dropped out because they were trying to take care of their families?
Anne is right on so many levels. Most of the places that hire around here either want a degree of sorts ( which I understand in some circumstances ) but they want you to have experience as well. Well, without a job, I cannot obtain that experience. Why not train me on the spot? I will say, you SHOULD have a HS diploma, or GED to work, or at least be working towards it. It shows you worked to get it. Potential employers may pay for you to earn a degree, and without a high school diploma you cannot do this. For instance, you can be trained on the spot to become a pharmacy tech, and that means you would earn a certification for that field, and without a HS diploma you can't, so I do see why the majority of employers expect you to have a HS diploma or GED, but you can't obtain experience for a job, without having a job. Like they say, you need experience to work, and need to work to have experience. It's a vicious cycle. Madison has WAAAYY too many people and definitely not enough jobs. I have applied at several places here in Madison, but because I chose to be a stay at home wife and mother,, these people won't hire me because I'm 24 with no job experience. It's so discouraging. I was a military wife for almost 6 years, and my ex husband didn't want me working. I've had a couple interviews around town and they always single me out as soon as they find out I have children because they assume I won't have childcare. This is an asinine assumption and unfair. I paid a lot of money to home school myself and earned my high school diploma, and for what? I deserve to have a job, and a decent job, making decent money just like everyone else. I can't even build a resume, like most employers want, because it would be blank, due to my lack of job history, and the fact I've only been a homemaker and mother for the last few years. The jobs that are out there wouldn't even begin to pay even half of my bills. That is another issue minimum wage needs to be raised in the state of Indiana. Something has got to change. This town is getting expensive to live in, and there are no real jobs out there. And on that note, if anybody out there is hiring, you can reach me at email@example.com I'm able to work with most computer programs both MAC and Microsoft based, have experience with children, and can multitask very well lol.
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