The repeat ads

While looking at one of the various free newspapers I receive every week I looked as I always do at the job listings. I saw one job that fit me to a T and sent a resume right away and got a response thanking me for applying and that they would be looking at resumes and calling in for interviews. When I saw the email I immediately recognized it as a repeat response I received months ago. That time I also sent a resume for the same job, got the response which made me think I would get an interview then nothing. This tells me that what likely happened was the person they did hire quit after a few months, telling me either the company is horrible or they hired someone who was a horrible fit.

Reminds me of a radio station I applied at. That one they called me in for an interview, only to have the owner (a much older man)tell me I knew more than anyone they interviewed but because I was “too old” (he wanted people in their 20’s)he wouldn’t be hiring me. Need I mention this radio station often hires every few months too?

This is what happens when employers don’t hire me or even give me a chance. They go for what are likely the youngest applicants then when they don’t work out they have to hire again. Of course I have no way of knowing whether I would have worked out but I do know they are hiring people who aren’t good choices while I sit ┬áhere unemployed.

10 thoughts on “The repeat ads”

  1. Unless your voice is like that of Diane Rehm of NPR, who I believe had a stroke a few years ago that affected her ability to speak, or is in some other way established and distinctive such as Wolfman Jack, who died a number of years ago, I don’t see a lot of difference between a 20-something and a 30-something’s voice.

    The local NPR station in Colorado Springs hires interns at no pay with the promise of their own two-hour music show. How long that show will last, I don’t know, because I seldom listen to NPR after 7 p.m., but they do re-advertize the internship every few months. I suspect that the station where you have been applying is exploiting the young and eager applicants who will work for nothing or nearly so in the hope of breaking into the business.

    Sometimes jobs aren’t filled at the time that they are advertised, and the duties of that job are split among the remaining staff. When the next person leaves, making the staff more short-staffed, might be what is triggering the ad, because they are now down 1 1/2 or so full-time equivalents rather than just one.

    The news has been reporting that the quit rate was up in December. This is interpreted as good news, because the argument is that people don’t quit unless they think that they can get another job quickly or have already got the next job lined up. I’d rather wait for a trend of a few months of sustained quit rate improvement, because at least some of those who quit in December were holiday season or other temporary hires, and I’m not sure how the seasonal adjustment of that statistic works.

    1. This was an actual office job creating marketing plans, events, etc so not much if any on air jobs. I have done on air but have found the office jobs are more stable. I don’t know how much they were paying since he didn’t say but it is possible the pay is low so people don’t stay. If he had said something like “the pay is low” I would still have been interested since radio is my love.

      1. There used to be a point of view that you wanted people with roots in the community, possibly a house, so that they would be more likely to stay at a job, even at lousy pay. I work with a guy who moved away from one job with just what he could fit into a compact car, and who changes jobs every couple of years.

  2. The company once again rejected me today after sending the resume on Friday. I am tempted to send them a blistering email because they are playing a joke on people.

    1. Don’t they say anything like “Previous applicants need not apply”?

      I’m noticing two troubling trends in federal jobs: more cancellations of job announcements and jobs that are at a lower pay grade than the duties carried previously.

      1. Not this one and even if it did I would ignore. There is a company that said previous applicant not apply but since I never got a rejection from them I still apply.

  3. Repeat ads….

    The favorite of many!!!

    Yep, there is something wrong with a company that runs more than perhaps 2 ads within a month.

    It used to be that companies ran ads on Sundays and Thursdays (at least in our neck of the woods) — the Thursday ad was for the benefit of those who did not get the Sunday paper — and then the hiring entity used to wair perhaps a week to 10 days until all of the resumes were received and then they’d contact those they wished to interview.

    Anything goes now.

    Last year I replied to an ad. To make a long story short, the hiring manager (who also owned the company) didn’t know what he wanted. I left a message in response to Ad #1 and he called me; after discussing the job with me,. he decided not to face to face interview me. This was the guy who wanted a “secretary” who could do steno — I mentioned him quite awhiles back on this board, and the antics that ensued thanks to the number of ads he ran.

    After I spoke to him initially: he proceeded to run a grand total of 14 (that’s right 1 and 4 — as in FOURTEEN) ads within a 2 week time period. Yep, he ran one ad a day.

    He had to be some kind of nut. Nobody in their right mind runs that many job advertisements.

    If the ad is a frequent flier, avoid it.

    Something is wrong with the company or the hiring manager, or how the company is run — there’s a rapid turnover, or maybe a cash flow problem where the employee isn’t being paid for their work or they fire who they hire in very short time, etc.

    Something is radically wrong: avoid that company’s ads like you avoid the proverbial plague.


    Too bad you don’t have the bucks to own and operate your own 10 watt radio station.:)

    It’s perfectly permissible — the FCC has permitted it for the last several years, to my knowledge.

    It would be kind of neat: you could sell ads to very local businesses — and you’d pursue your dream of being in radio.

    Alas…if wishes were horses, etcetera.

    1. Strangely I have been checking into both internet radio and brokered radio (this is where someone sells ads for their show). I originally checked into it when internet radio was new but at the time I didn’t know if it would pay off.

      Yes this one company always runs ads and so does a few other places near me, like a group home for mentally challenged adults and they always say previous candidates need not apply. Makes me wonder who they are hiring. The grocery store is always hiring in the deli, I apply and get rejected. The funny thing is I know some who have been hired and most are less skilled than me, like a drug addict.

  4. Repeat ads.

    You gotta love ’em.

    Oh, I’ll admit that there might be a legitimate reason why the ad repeatedly appears but wow, how many employees are you going to have that decide they don’t like the job and leave on short notice, maybe spending a few weeks there?

    There are people who try a job out while still gainfully employed.

    They call in sick at their current job and show up at the new job for a few days, to see what’s what. It’s not going to take you 3 days to draw a conclusion, unless the place is horrible or there is an immediate clash with you and the boss or some other employee.

    At a former job, my boss decided to get rid of me and put an ad in the paper for my job.

    The company owner at that job is the kind who eventually fires everyone, including his office manager who was there for 30 years –I found this out when I dropped in for a visit to say hello to the staff; I was already gone about 5 years — I was fortunate enough to find another job and quit on him first before he canned me.

    He hired somebody and I called in the day she was scheduled to start the job; he wanted me to train her and I wasn’t down with that.

    When I returned, his new hire was gone. She stayed a day and left (she also got into a minor scrape with her car as she pulled into the lot that day). I am guessing she never really resigned her job and tried his place out. I do not blame her.

    She was a no show from there on in and the company owner was oh so crazy about her that he never called her to see why she was not returning.

    Sometimes a job ad is NOT a job ad at all.

    Maybe they are collecting data or names and addresses for a mailing list or maybe they are testing the waters.

    Sometimes you’ll see a company place an ad and never hire anyone; somewhere along the line the hiring manager changes his or her mind and nobody is called in for an interview. I’ve seen it happen more than a few times at my former companies.

    Here’s another example: the lab manager’s job at our facility.

    I had a part time job at another lab in addition to my full time job and at the part time job, everybody wanted to know what was up with the ad. The section head of one of the departments at the part time job was real interested in the job at our place — imagine his surprise when I told him not only was nobody interested but apparently the job ad was not a genuine one!

    Nobody was ever interviewed for the job.

    When we saw the ad, we wondered was somebody leaving (actually, the current lab manager DID leave but it wasn’t until the end of the year; that’s another story in itself)

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