Even It Up!

Shifting the balance for jobseekers

Suck it up, jobseekers!

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Or that’s what our journalists seem to be saying anyway.

There was article in today’s ‘Tiser (pulled from the CareerOne website) where a Generation Y jobseeker was railing against the stereotypes that were working against her.   Her premise was that she was hardworking, and didn’t expect things to just be handed to her on a silver platter, but was still not given a go.  The Gen Y jobseeker was advised by the journalist that:

…in a tight job market all candidates have to deal with clichéd views – working mums, mature aged workers, new migrants and so on.

…Gen Ys must show they are willing to stick with one job, give their all to tasks they might not enjoy and be prepared to learn the ropes thoroughly before pushing for a promotion. Don’t dwell on whether this is a fair thing for you personally. (my bold)

And this is precisely the thinking that really gets up our noses because, rather than challenging the status quo, the jobseeker is basically told to suck it up.   There is an acknowledgement that it’s not fair, but there is no editorial questioning what can be done about it.

And why would there be?  Recruitment (up until recently) brought in major dollars for both the online and offline world.  Editorialising and interrogating the employment status quo by journalists would, in effect, be biting the hand that feeds them.

According to Adnews “revenue from employment ads, which represent a third of the classifieds market, fell by 12.3% last year”.  Warren Hogan, economist for the ANZ said that ” The number of job ads in March is now a staggering 44.6% lower than a year ago… Newspaper job ads have now fallen by 61% since peaking in November 2007″.

In this environment, it would be even less likely that hiring process would be critiqued.  Newspapers, which have decreasing reader numbers anyway, want to protect whatever income source they have.  According to Roy Morgan Research, Saturday newspapers (more than any other) have experienced the sharpest drop.  And guess where the employment ads are traditionally placed?

No wonder employment journalists are circling the wagons.

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Written by evenitup

April 25, 2009 at 12:43 pm

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