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While reading the Sunday (17 August 1997) "Business" section of the Los Angeles Times, I saw a help-wanted ad for a finacial analyst. The potential employer made two very serious mistakes with this ad.
During the past two years, I was unemployed a total of ten months; even then, I avoided blind ads. I know that, in today's job market, an experienced and talented professional does not long remain unemployed. An outstanding financial analyst — even if unemployed — can be choosy in the true sense of the word, responding only to ads where he or she knows the company and has already evaluated whether working there would be a positive career move. Not the unemployed but only the desperately unemployed — less talented and thus less able to be choosy — will respond. Of course, some recruiters might also submit resumes. They usually remove the job-seeker's name, address, and phone number. Thus, the blind ad will generate blind resumes.
Fortunately, I am neither a financial analyst nor seeking a new job. For discussions of this and other errors committed by prospective employers, see my Recruiting Mistakes Made by Employers … and How to Handle Them".
Updated 17 January 2001
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