U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Work and Employment > Job Search
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 01-26-2013, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
7,653 posts, read 15,337,656 times
Reputation: 6670

Advertisements

Assume everything else about them is average or above average. Another title for this thread could be called "What would you do if your applicants had these work histories?", but that's too inelegant.

Candidate 1. Graduated with highest honors from small local university in 2010. Worked at family business until it closed shortly after finishing college, and then at two low-paying jobs requiring no more than HS education for no more than four months each. Unemployed rest of time without justifying it on resume.

Candidate 2. Never held a job for more than one year, although with short periods of unemployment (<4 months) between each job. What stands out is that the last 7 jobs were in Quantico, VA; San Diego, CA; Bemidji, MN; Puebla, Mexico; Concord, NH; Danbury, VT; Nelson, BC; and Vancouver, WA. Does not justify phenomenon on resume.

Candidate 3. Has an M.B.A. and some moderately impressive past job titles, but also served 18 months in prison for a count of felony false imprisonment.

Candidate 4. Normal job history. However, includes a large picture on his resume of him in a FUBU jersey looking like a thug.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-26-2013, 09:09 PM
 
4,546 posts, read 4,729,540 times
Reputation: 3595
Quote:
Originally Posted by tvdxer View Post
Assume everything else about them is average or above average. Another title for this thread could be called "What would you do if your applicants had these work histories?", but that's too inelegant.

Candidate 1. Graduated with highest honors from small local university in 2010. Worked at family business until it closed shortly after finishing college, and then at two low-paying jobs requiring no more than HS education for no more than four months each. Unemployed rest of time without justifying it on resume.

Candidate 2. Never held a job for more than one year, although with short periods of unemployment (<4 months) between each job. What stands out is that the last 7 jobs were in Quantico, VA; San Diego, CA; Bemidji, MN; Puebla, Mexico; Concord, NH; Danbury, VT; Nelson, BC; and Vancouver, WA. Does not justify phenomenon on resume.

Candidate 3. Has an M.B.A. and some moderately impressive past job titles, but also served 18 months in prison for a count of felony false imprisonment.

Candidate 4. Normal job history. However, includes a large picture on his resume of him in a FUBU jersey looking like a thug.
What am I hiring them for?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-26-2013, 09:10 PM
 
2,633 posts, read 5,516,126 times
Reputation: 2871
Wow.

Is this customer facing or have any bonding/fiduciary requirements? If so, I'd strike #3

#2 is circular filed regardless.

I'd phone interview the other 3 to get a read. (Unless you've struck #3 for the reason above).

That's making chicken salad out of chicken sh--
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-26-2013, 09:12 PM
 
3,279 posts, read 6,607,924 times
Reputation: 8308
Candidate #1 would be my first pick, then candidate #2.

Candidates #3 and #4 would be rejected.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-26-2013, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Up North
3,406 posts, read 7,560,362 times
Reputation: 3053
what is the point of this thread?


1 or 2
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-26-2013, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
7,653 posts, read 15,337,656 times
Reputation: 6670
Candidate 1 is me.

Candidate 2, 3, 4 I made up. Candidate 2's travels would be interesting to discuss a little in the "pre-interview" stage.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2013, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Olympia, WA
200 posts, read 395,565 times
Reputation: 232
In America, we don't put our pics on resumes.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2013, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Maryland
18,624 posts, read 16,430,900 times
Reputation: 6348
Quote:
Originally Posted by travelinhobo View Post
In America, we don't put our pics on resumes.
Yeah but if you put a link to your linkedin profile which has a pic you do.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2013, 07:18 AM
 
2,612 posts, read 4,768,481 times
Reputation: 3943
Quote:
Originally Posted by tvdxer View Post
Assume everything else about them is average or above average. Another title for this thread could be called "What would you do if your applicants had these work histories?", but that's too inelegant.

Candidate 1. Graduated with highest honors from small local university in 2010. Worked at family business until it closed shortly after finishing college, and then at two low-paying jobs requiring no more than HS education for no more than four months each. Unemployed rest of time without justifying it on resume.

Candidate 2. Never held a job for more than one year, although with short periods of unemployment (<4 months) between each job. What stands out is that the last 7 jobs were in Quantico, VA; San Diego, CA; Bemidji, MN; Puebla, Mexico; Concord, NH; Danbury, VT; Nelson, BC; and Vancouver, WA. Does not justify phenomenon on resume.

Candidate 3. Has an M.B.A. and some moderately impressive past job titles, but also served 18 months in prison for a count of felony false imprisonment.

Candidate 4. Normal job history. However, includes a large picture on his resume of him in a FUBU jersey looking like a thug.
Are you sure candidate 2 is not military (or married to military)? Some of those locations I know have military bases.

Candidate 1 obviously has had difficulty finding a job in this economy. I'd give them an interview at least. They might just need a chance.

What the heck is felony imprisonment??

And what is a FUBU jersey?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2013, 07:46 AM
 
67 posts, read 94,416 times
Reputation: 94
Speaking as an HR professional:

1) seems to be a solid candidate. It's not uncommon to see periods of unemployment or underemployment in this economy.

2) needs some additional investigation into work history. Typically we see this scenario with military personnel/families. If that's the case, probably an acceptable candidate. Otherwise, short periods of employment in unrelated positions could suggest performance issues, but the candidate should be given an opportunity to explain.

3) history of violent crime = 99.9% chance of immediate rejection. The only exception if a LOT of time has passed since the conviction, with excellent references and work history afterwards. Even then, definitely a long shot.

4) depends on the nature of the job, but would probably not get an interview. Not because of his appearance, but because including a photo (especially a casual photo) with an application suggests lack of professionalism or understanding of business etiquette. Also, interviewing this candidate would be risky for the employer, because a rejection could be grounds for a discrimination suit under Title VII considering the candidate's race/ethnicity, gender, age, and disability status were known prior to the interview.

Hope this helps.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Work and Employment > Job Search
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top