U.S. employers are posting a lot more job openings:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of job openings in the United States rose to a near 13-year high in October, a hopeful sign for the U.S. economy and labor market.
Employers outside of the farming sector had 4.83 million jobs waiting to be filled during the month, up from 4.69 million in September, the Labor Department said on Tuesday.
Job openings across the U.S. economy have increased sharply since April, and the number of open slots in October was just shy of the 4.85 million jobs available in August, which was the highest reading since 2001.
The media and certain people will herald this as good news, and tell you that the economy is getting better. That may or may not be the case:
While employers haven’t been as quick to actually fill those openings…
Ooops. So companies are posting jobs. Whether or not those jobs actually exist is another thing altogether. One thing that these companies may be doing is creating the job ‘opening’ after they have already decided who they are going to hire:
Many open jobs are never advertised at all, or are posted only after a leading candidate—an internal applicant or someone else with an inside track—has been identified. Sometimes, as in Mr. Nottingham’s case, a hiring manager creates a new position ahead of schedule to accommodate a favored prospect.
So why are these job ‘openings’ posted then?
Even though federal labor rules don’t require employers to post openings, human-resources departments at many companies require them to be listed on a job board or career site for some period, says Debra Feldman, an executive career consultant based in Greenwich, Conn. Such postings are meant to make hiring fair and transparent, and may help to protect employers from discrimination lawsuits or audits by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Another thing that companies are doing is advertising these ‘open’ positions, even when they have already decided to promote someone internally.
…the practice irritates many job seekers, who feel shut out of companies and often don’t know they are applying for phantom positions.
“You never get a fair opportunity to show what you have to offer,” says Jo Ann Bullard, an HR specialist who was laid off in April by Orc Software. She says she has since applied for more than 500 jobs and has interviewed for several of them, only to later learn from HR contacts that those companies preferred to promote insiders.
There’s a word for what these companies are doing: fraud.
A false representation of a matter of fact—whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of what should have been disclosed—that deceives and is intended to deceive another so that the individual will act upon it to her or his legal injury.
Fraud is commonly understood as dishonesty calculated for advantage.
I have the solution. Just get rid of all Human Resources departments. They’re just Affirmative Action programs for people with worthless degrees anyway.