Companies like Cosmopolitan, Epic Records, and Palm Restaurant Group, are hiring candidates off television. The new CBS reality television show, "The Job", has candidates all over the country applying for what seems to be the only way to get a steady paycheck these days... now back to the real world.
Despite job openings, The Labor Department identified "discouraged workers" as the problem with the economy. Age and parenthood were reasons given for a sense of hoplessness that's effected 3.25 million people. In December 2012, unemployment rates for women and African Americans rose. The rate for white women bumped up one-point (6.3%). Black men represent 14% and black women 12.2%. For teens, black and white teens represent 40.5% and 21.6% of unemployed workers. For millenials, ages 18 to 29, the latest job report doesn't hold much promise for employment either. To read more about the unemployment program through 2013, click here.
What about those who are looking for work, but haven't been hired? In "By Any Means Necessary", Yolanda Spivey conducted an experiment. She created another profile on a popular job search site, but as Bianca White--a white woman. "Bianca" received a call the same day, requests for interviews, and some employers called more than once. Positions with a competitive salary and benefits went to "Bianca". Yolanda didn't receive any calls. Unemployment and discrimination are real.
Career advice blogger, Penelope Trunk, offers great options for those who may have been laid off, fired, or "discouraged". She doesn't recommend selling your soul to be the next reality show star, but she encourages you to grow as a person and professional. What is your jobseeker experience? Do you have any tips or theories about the hiring process?