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Forum Post: 99er's and other Job Searchers: Has anything changed, is anybody calling you back within 3 days of your reply to their job ads for an interview?

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 26, 2012, 10:54 p.m. EST by economicallydiscardedcitizen (761)
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This is an interview (link below this note)that took place in California in January 2011. Now that it is January 2012, is anybody seeing change with their application to response rates from employers you apply to online or in person for the most basic low wage/subsidy qualifying jobs?

I recently applied again to 'entry level' jobs in my area as a test to see if I would get a more 'normal' call back to interview or spot interview rate, gave employers a week and a half to reply back and even called on them in person twice with ZERO callback or attempts at SPOT HIRING for entry level jobs which tells me that our economy is far from any change.

What is happening in your corner of the country? Here's the interview link and thanks for visiting! http://www.youtube.com/user/george4title?blend=1&ob=4#p/u/144/44cHA_zmKeY

I interview John about what's happening in Ca with some of the long term unemployed. You can hear the desperation in his voice as families run out of options. I will meet with him later on and see if can create a series.

http://www.rantrave.com/Rant/Unemployed-In-Denial-99ers-T... The results of a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted between Dec. 21, 2010, and Jan. 9, 2011, and released last Thursday, seem to indicate that many unemployed Americans are outrageously optimistic, if not completely in denial, about the severity of the current unemployment crisis in the U.S. "Despite today's nearly double-digit unemployment rate, 4 in 10 unemployed Americans expect to get a job in the next four weeks and one in three underemployed have the same expectations with respect to obtaining a full-time job." If this Gallup pole data provides us with an accurate reflection of popular opinion among the unemployed, then 40% of the 15+ million people collecting Unemployment Insurance actually believe that a job is magically being whipped up just for them. While 4 in 10, or 40%, may not seem like much at first, you must consider that for all those people to actually reach this goal then roughly 6 million jobs need to be created -- by next week, or so. Of course, even if this occurred, those '4 in 10ers' would be disappointed to immediately find themselves in competition with the 8+ million 99ers (who are still seeking a Tier 5 Unemployment Extension) and the 15+ million underemployed, as well as the hoards of teenagers and illegal immigrants, for these newly "created" jobs.



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[-] 1 points by Mooks (1985) 12 years ago

I hired a new employee last month. I had been looking for someone for about 4 months but the first batch of applicants were pretty bad. So there are people hiring out there, but people with no skills are in pretty low demand.

[-] 0 points by economicallydiscardedcitizen (761) 12 years ago

Mooks, Was the job 'entry level' or above entry level and if the latter, was the salary at or above 'average American income' for someone living in New York City or San Francisco ie: $40K and above. Thanks for any additional information about the job you filled.

[-] 1 points by Mooks (1985) 12 years ago

She was hired as a dental assistant. It is not really entry level but at the same time she obviously cannot be "promoted" to hygienist or dentist so you can call it whatever you want.

She has about 8 years of assisting experience and an assisting certificate from a community college, and she is an extraordinarily pleasant person which is the main thing I look for in an assistant because that can't be taught. She is starting at about $18 an hour, we are in a more rural location though so that $18 goes a bit further than it would in NYC or SF.

[-] 0 points by economicallydiscardedcitizen (761) 12 years ago

$18 an hour is a reasonable entry point for someone looking to support themselves and maybe up to 3 children if necessary without any assistance from public or private sources but you're right, a dental assistant is not entry level or something that allows for 'on the job training' which is what entry level jobs are all about.

In my job history while still in my 20's I've held my share of 'phone monkey' jobs for various retailers where they train you on sales technique for a few days, work with you on the call center sales floor and you sink or swim. Starting salaries were $8 to $10 per hour with commissions on daily sales volumes of $80 to $270 hourly averages that brought the salary with bonus/volume commission to $15 and $22 per hour and that was back in the 1990's in the San Francisco East Bay Area, Concord, CA.

I'd like to see entry level jobs based with training and a bonus component for production volume for job types that involve the sale of food or hard goods products by phone or directly in person and as manufacturing returns, on the job training as well with salary adjustments as workers become more skilled and production levels increase to average and above average income levels for WII income employees.