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Old 08-06-2012, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I found this article from following College Prowler, conscientious college student I am. I am surprised it hasn't been posted here yet.

Can you imagine how many postings there were? Hundreds of thousands of people searching for a job everyday and people on here decry the unemployed for being lazy and not wanting to find a job?

There must be something to this, right? Discuss please.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:18 PM
 
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OH-MY-GOD!
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:28 PM
 
Location: USA
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Not surprising. Just more of the "Recovery" that we're all supposed to enjoy... oh, and the "non-Recession" that we're in... Right...

You can even find such skewed ratios among legitimate companies:

GE job posting closes after 10,000 applications received - Louisville - Business First

As for how many jobs these 10,000 people applied to, the best I could find online was an estimate of 380.

BREAKING: GE Appliances adding 380 jobs this summer in Louisville to meet bottom-freezer refrigerator demand - Lane Report | Kentucky Business & Economic News

So, yeah... 380 jobs, 10,000 applications received in 1 day before the job postings were removed. Nothing like a 3.8% average chance of employment to create a Recovery! Oh, sure... many applicants probably applied to other locations, but they are probably also competing against other people for those jobs... No matter how one looks at it, the jobs situation in this nation is currently terrible with no sign of improvement.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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So, yeah... 380 jobs, 10,000 applications received in 1 day before the job postings were removed. Nothing like a 3.8% average chance of employment to create a Recovery! Oh, sure... many applicants probably applied to other locations, but they are probably also competing against other people for those jobs... No matter how one looks at it, the jobs situation in this nation is currently terrible with no sign of improvement.
Wow, for a second there, I thought you said 3.8 chance of UNemployment and was about to post how oblivious you were if not the articles you linked! It surprises me that I expected a pessimistic response there!

But it also makes me wonder how employers deal with the applications from such job postings. If everyone is similarly qualified and appearance and personality do not matter, then they could just as well base it on luck and create a lottery, picking out X applicants out of Y job applications.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles Area
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Just goes to show how massive of a problem this country is currently facing.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:08 PM
 
Location: USA
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Wow, for a second there, I thought you said 3.8 chance of UNemployment and was about to post how oblivious you were if not the articles you linked! It surprises me that I expected a pessimistic response there!

But it also makes me wonder how employers deal with the applications from such job postings. If everyone is similarly qualified and appearance and personality do not matter, then they could just as well base it on luck and create a lottery, picking out X applicants out of Y job applications.
It gets worse - apparently, this is just the most recent WAVE of hiring for these positions at GE:

GE accepts 10,000 online applications for Appliance Park jobs - WDRB 41 Louisville - News, Weather, Sports Community

Read the comments section at the bottom, and you'll see what I mean... If there were 10,000 applications each for what appears to be 2 earlier waves, well, the situation is even bleaker than previously estimated.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:12 PM
 
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Not too shocking at the numbers, it's pathetic. Yet unemployment is down?? I do not agree.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:16 PM
 
Location: where people are either too stupid to leave or too stuck to move
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Geez . Makes me hopeless
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:22 PM
 
Location: NJ
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"Sure, the job didn’t exist, and you might protest, “But Eric, how cruel of you to lead all these people on!” Then I thought of the mountain range of jobs to which I had applied in the last few weeks, followed by the complete lack of correspondence from these potential employers, and then I didn’t feel so bad."

I agree, what he did was reprehensible.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:29 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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I agree, what he did was reprehensible.
Yeah right, real companies do it every day. Get a grip.
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