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Published: Wednesday, May 7 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

A few thoughts from someone who has been on the hiring side of jobs. If you really want a certain job, be proactive. Don't just send in the resume and wait. Call, E-mail, do anything to show you are very interested in the position. That way your resume might not get lost among dozens of others, but be seperated as a good prospect. And, yes it's true. From recent experience, the younger the employee, the less reliable. Hiring older people has netted a work staff that is much more diligent, reliable, and long term. The young these days seem to approach a job as "what can you do for me" rather than "what can I do for you", and move on much more frequently to other jobs.

Shawnm750
West Jordan, UT

I'm glad that in this article they at least recognize that employers aren't exactly behaving the most professionally either. I cant tell you how many times I'd apply for a job, get interviewed and told I was "definitely" coming back for a second interview, only to never hear from them again. Sometimes I'd apply for a job, never hear anything and then a few months later I'd get a letter or email stating that they had selected another candidate. I always appreciated the response, but there's something to be said about giving a timely response.

I think most applicants are casting a wide net, which is okay sometimes, but are often submitting applications base on their being able to meet only a few of the qualifications (mostly out of desperation.) On the flipside, employers often ask for qualifications and skills that a person won't ever need/use for that position, but that the employer would simply like to have.

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

Another major problem with employers is that they rarely, if ever, indicate the expected pay range early in the employment process. Many employers are trying to hire talent on the cheap, and then are surprised when the applicant doesn't show up to a second interview or rejects an offer of employment.

Good to see @happy2bhere's company hiring older employees. That is not the norm. Age discrimination is alive and well.

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