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Posts: 1 From:Sierra Vista, AZ, USA Registered: Jun 2005
posted June 18, 2005 11:02 PM
I am a recently graduated PC Technician from Cochise College, and I am highly disturbed by something that I feel merits community attention. I recently applied for an IT position at Workforce Sevelopment in Sierra Vista AZ. I have been seeking work for one month this week. When I did a follow up with Mary Tiemann about when the interviews were going to begin, she had told me that they were going on this week. Mary also told me that the hiring director wasn't going to contact me because he/she wanted someone with more experience, to sort of hit the ground running. Now I do understand that as a recent graduate I might not be the most qualified individual for this position.However I have a really good reason for looking for work now as opposed to later. The reason why I chose to start looking for work with only a certificate rather than waiting for my associates degree. Is due to the fact that my wife and I are expecting a second child due in October. My wife is handicapped, and requires me to be the full breadwinner. Yet despite Workforce Development knowing of this, I am denied a position that I could fit into and handle very easily (I scored no less than 4.0 on my semester GPAs). Also to make matters worse, I indicated on my resume, skills with relevancy to the position I applyied for. While the skills I listed aren't every skill that is being looked for, they are in fact relevant to the position I've applied for. Additionally, I am a very quick study. The point that I cannot understand is... How come a place called 'Workforce Development' will not hire a person that is not only a quick study, but also continuing to DEVELOP his education? To me this seems very wrong in that I went to Workforce Development in the hopes of obtaining gainful employment. Not to continue looking for work as a professional job-hunter. Overall, I feel that Workforce Development isn't doing all that could be done to help job seekers. I mean they could be offering direct job placement for starters. Overall, it really shows that Workforce Development doesn't believe that the people who come to them for assistance; have any real merit as potential employees. My recommendation is for job seekers to petition for change in thier methods.
------------------ "The true warrior knows there are no enemies but the self. Thus all who appear as enemies are merely pale reflections of his own dark self" - Anonymous
Posts: 51 From:Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA Registered: Apr 2003
posted June 21, 2005 12:13 PM
I read your message over very carefully, and while I am not familiar with the company you highlight, perhaps I can point to a reason or two that might explain why you were passed over for this position.
1. In your message, I found no less than five misspelled words - the most glaring being that of 'Sevelopment' rather than 'Development'. If you can't even spell the company name, why would they want you to work for them?
2. There were punctuation errors throughout the message -- small details yes, but when looking for a position in the IT workforce, small details mean a lot.
I congratulate you on your high marks in school, but most companies have a very hard and fast rule with respect to a job and the requirements necessary to qualify for that job. Certificate positions are very competitive, and those charged with selecting people to fill those slots use any means available to narrow the field.
Good luck in your search for a job, and best wishes to you, your wife and soon-to-be enlarged family ...
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