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Old 07-05-2013, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Preferred means exactly that. The closer you come to the stated preference the better your chances, but it is not a deal breaker. Even requirements are negotiable if you can come close and make a compelling argument.

Stating a preference is a way for employers to give potential applicants a better idea as to what they want. This allows you to tailor your résumé and cover letter better to address the job.

I never receive many applicants that hit all of my preferences. Hiring is a matter of compromise for both the company and the applicant.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:56 PM
 
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"Preferred" is code for "an absolute requirement unless you can otherwise show that your accomplishments are on the level of curing cancer."
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:00 PM
 
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In my experience/field, which is highly competitive, preferred is the equivalent of required. "Strongly preferred" means absolutely required. It's a good way to deter you from applying when Masters and 3-5 years are the essential requirements. I've also seen this used in cases where they already have a candidate lined up they want, that candidate has some unique trait that they know not many people have, and they still have to post the position for some reason. Then it gives them recourse to go after the candidate they had already chosen even when other well-qualified people apply.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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Oh, those are my favorite. The reason why kids with Bachelor's and Master's degrees end up waiting tables after graduation.
Yeah they annoy me as well.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:18 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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To me it means go to the next ad.


I seen ads that was looking for a job counselor which had "Bilingual preferred", and I knew it was no point of me applying since I am not bilingual.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:28 PM
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Location: Northern Minnesota
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A different use of preferred: "Native American preferred" (for jobs on the reservation) used to be something I saw a lot in the Duluth MN area. I haven't looked at job ads lately so I don't know if the term is still used, but I always thought that was discrimination. I never came across an ad that said "Whites preferred".
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:33 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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A different use of preferred: "Native American preferred" (for jobs on the reservation) used to be something I saw a lot in the Duluth MN area. I haven't looked at job ads lately so I don't know if the term is still used, but I always thought that was discrimination. I never came across an ad that said "Whites preferred".

Now what job ad is going to say that?
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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A different use of preferred: "Native American preferred" (for jobs on the reservation) used to be something I saw a lot in the Duluth MN area. I haven't looked at job ads lately so I don't know if the term is still used, but I always thought that was discrimination. I never came across an ad that said "Whites preferred".
I think that isn't discrimination as if it was on the reservation, I would imagine Natives would rather work with people they would have a common bond with (that bond being the same race.) Think about it, most people stay within their race to an extent. am not saying it is racist (cause it is not being overtly racist)it is just a short cut the brain runs on. Until this is broken, it exists.
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:04 PM
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I think that isn't discrimination as if it was on the reservation, I would imagine Natives would rather work with people they would have a common bond with (that bond being the same race.) Think about it, most people stay within their race to an extent. am not saying it is racist (cause it is not being overtly racist)it is just a short cut the brain runs on. Until this is broken, it exists.

Is that why the one WHITE LADY at my job stays to herself and talks to none of the other black employees? I think she should quit lol
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:37 PM
 
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A different use of preferred: "Native American preferred" (for jobs on the reservation) used to be something I saw a lot in the Duluth MN area. I haven't looked at job ads lately so I don't know if the term is still used, but I always thought that was discrimination. I never came across an ad that said "Whites preferred".
Actually if this was happening on a recognized reservation - which has tribal sovereignty - it is really not discrimination in the sense you're using it. It would be like a job ad in the US that says "prefer US candidates", the only difference is their sovereign territory generally only includes Native Americans.

There are lots of reasons for this that are cultural and have nothing to do with the outright and implied statements you're making here. Due to religious and cultural observances it is a lot easier to take someone who already understands the culture, knows the language, has paperwork, etc. than it is to take someone from the outside, and teach them all the nuances of the culture AND the job. For the same reason someone in other countries and cultures might be more likely to hire someone from within, than someone from without.

How your logic compares a distinctive cultural/linguistic group to ALL "white" people (which would make me wonder too, how you define white) is mind-blowing.
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