U.S.....Racist and Time Consuming

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IT Guy in New Brunswick, New Jersey

93 months ago

I've been job searching in the IT field in the NE area since October...and nothing. I've had 20 interviews within the past six months, but they give me the usual "We'll get back to you" jerk-off response and then a week, two weeks later, they decide to go with a "stronger candidate" (meaning a candidate of non-African origin).

Right now I just have a part-time gig and two more interviews next week, so who knows? I've interviewed with hospitals, universities, private companies, and all give the same response. I've been a Network Engineer for 2 years and a Help Desk/Support Specialist for nearly 6, and a Computer Science Degree, and I'm not qualified? On phone and in e-mail "They look forward to meeting me", but when I meet in person they have the look of "should we shake hands or call security?". Now I know HR people will come in here and say "Maybe you are asking for too much(I ask for 10K below market value just to be considered), or you are playing the race card(no), stop being lazy, etc, or maybe you dress wrong(I'm not naive)." All those assumptions are false and the positions I aim for aren't even manager level, just levels of 3-5 years of exp. and whatnot.

I hear of horror stories of system admins who are art majors and don't even know about mail servers or servers in general, and just last week I met a "Network guy" and I asked him is his network running static or dynamic addresses and he didn't know what I was talking about, and this is the competition? This is the guy who is more qualified than me and meets companies expectations?

Point is U.S is racist towards minorities in the IT field, but I feel the HR people just inherently feel threatened by racial diversity in the work environment and it wouldn't be a good "fit" for their company. Now if I filled out an application to be a security guard or a trash man, then of course I'd get the job, but fill out an application to be in the IT field? "We'll get back to you shortly."

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twizJ in Denham Springs, Louisiana

93 months ago

Stay strong my brotha.

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DJW in Irving, Texas

93 months ago

I recently relocated to the DFW area from Mississippi. Although I have been back and forth for several years, I have never experienced such extreme racist behavior until 2 years ago. I freelanced at 4 top law firms over a 6 years period, plus 15 years experience as a legal secretary and just recently completed a Bachelors degree in Paralegal Studies. My ultimate goal is law school and practice in the areas of civil rights, entertainment and employment law.

Approximately two years ago, it seems that the job market was a little slow. I blamed it on a sluggish economy, but now I am beginning to see an evil plan taking shape. I have been actively seeking employment as a legal secretary or paralegal for the past 3 years. Every week I send out resumes in response to jobs of which I know I am qualified. The responses I get are generally positive your resume is very impressive or you certainly have a lot of legal experience but when I show up for the interview, the look on their faces is priceless. Employers tell me that I have a wealth of great experience, impressive credentials, and outstanding references, so what is the problem? Am I seen as the triple threat -- Intelligent, Black, and Female?

Tomorrow I am going to get up, put on my corporate attire, go downtown to one of the top law firms, walk right in, sit down at a desk and just start working. When they ask who are you and what are you doing here, my response will be, oh, I am the new legal assistant, I just started today.

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technogal in Louisville, Colorado

93 months ago

Tomorrow I am going to get up, put on my corporate attire, go downtown to one of the top law firms, walk right in, sit down at a desk and just start working. When they ask who are you and what are you doing here, my response will be, oh, I am the new legal assistant, I just started today.

New suit, $200.00, new briefcase $300.00 pulling one over on some biast lawyers, priceless.

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Jobless Female in Washington, District of Columbia

93 months ago

White female -- live with all the transplants from all over the world in this area and I can't get a job either. I was born here and love this area, yet I get the same treatment as you have described, yet I am not black. It's not a racial thing - it's corporate greed, government mishandling of laws, and a huge loss for all of us that are trying to survive what they created. The whole country has gone awry.

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DJW in Irving, Texas

93 months ago

It's not a racial thing - it's corporate greed, government mishandling of laws, and a huge loss for all of us that are trying to survive what they created. The whole country has gone awry.

Thanks for clearing that up for me. Its good to know that we are all in the same boat (so to speak). What has happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave, we call America?

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Jobless Female in Washington, District of Columbia

93 months ago

The land of the free ceased when they decided to form what is now known as our government. I learned in school that the government was formed so we wouldn't be taxed! Now we are being taxed out the whazoo because the govt. uses our hard earned money frivolously and no one will put an end to it. The home of the brave -- we are the brave soldiers who fight each and every day to get a friggin' job, try to eat, try to keep the roof's over our heads and we are the ones who have the most experience in survival! The government has given the rich all the tax loopholes, the corporations the right to lay-off due to their poor planning, and yet we are the ones who lose our homes, our cars, our 3 squares a day. When I was subpoenaed for jury duty if I was a no show the penalties were 90 days in jail or a $1000 fine -- they just don't know how tempted I was to not show because 90 days of food weighed heavily in my thoughts -- I mean I looked at it as the ones who have the jobs and actually aren't really doing them would be paying for my stay and food. May not have been the Ritz but I sit here in this temp position making $45k less than the employee who does nothing but make personal calls all day, comes in at 10; goes to lunch at 11:30 to get back 3 hours later, while I do all the work. Now, can anyone out there tell me that we should pay someone $75-80k for that? They know I am the one doing it 'all' yet no one will do anything about it. Temp positions are here because employers don't make their employees do the work because they can hire someone for pennies a day to get it all done. This is a govt. temp position and it kills me every day to see what we the taxpayers are paying some of these idiots and I have come to the conclusion that I cannot get a govt. job because I am too keen on what is really happening here and they just don't want to hire someone who works. This country and the govt. is insane and yet they wonder why all the people are filled with such hatred

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Jobless Female in Washington, District of Columbia

93 months ago

I get calls from creditors who I owe money to and I am treated like something on the bottom of someone's shoe. I didn't ask to be layed off, I don't even owe them that much, but because I am barely making enough to pay my utilities I am being hounded like a fox. As if I purposely set out to do this. Now 30 calls in 4 days is 'by law' called harrassment BUT I can't seem to find one law firm that will do anything to stop it -- no justice whatsoever and owing $750 isn't breaking any of the credit companies. I have always lived a very modest life and now my modest life has turned into almost homeless. I am not into fancy or designer anything. I just want 3 squares a day, to be able to watch an hour of tv that doesn't cost to watch because nowadays you can't seem to get a picture without cable -- that's a racket within itself. You use to be able to call at least within a 20 mile radius of where you lived -- now it's long distance. Just 5 years ago gas was under $1 a gal and now look at it! And they are banning cigarette smoking all over because 'IT' is going to kill -- No it is the govt. and the corporations that are killing us. We live to die but at the hands of our own country because they have made it virtually impossible for anyone to live and its only going to get worse. I pray for all of you who are in the boat with me, I am a person who cares about everyone and respects everyone no matter what color they are because I can still see the good in all people -- unfortunately, I can see the bad in the greedy ones too. Anyone who knows me - knows that I can put myself in anyones shoes and feel their pain. I have very little and am losing what little I do have, but I did give a man a sandwich because he, too, was hungry and already homeless. People looked at me like I was crazy, yet no one knows how close I am to being that man. That is the one thing this country hasn't taken away from me and that is my heart. We the people -- are losing a lot.

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Toupee Black in Tampa, Florida

93 months ago

Corporate and political greed. I have been to many interviews and have more than enough experience to handle any job I have applied for. I have references up the kazoo but nothing. I have been told by an interviewer that I might have had a better chance if I had dyed my grey hair. It was all I could do not to laugh at this dim wit who sat there judging me by my age with her blonde hair and dark roots. I was born in this city, paid my taxes, and worked hard to raise our children and in return, I am tossed aside. Too old to hire, too young to retire. Now, they want bilingual, younger, prettier people. I have been to places where I was told "they like to hire their own kind" meaning people from India. I have been told that even though Spanish isn't really needed for the job, they want to help the immigrants so they only hire Hispanic. I have been told that they need to meet their minority quota. In other words, we are all discriminated against in one way or another. And now we are competing with everyone who has access to a computer, instead of just people in our town. I went to one interview where they told me they had 742 people applied for that one position so just being one of 5 people chosen to interview should be an honor.

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Jobless Female in Washington, District of Columbia

93 months ago

This world has definitely lost it morals. We are too young to retire and too old to hire. I can't afford to get my hair done! Can you? And what does hair color have to do with experience? People go prematurely grey everyday. This country needs to realize that pretty on the outside doesn't mean squat when it comes to work ethics!

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Jobless in DC area in District Heights, Maryland

92 months ago

Jobless Female in Washington, District of Columbia said: White female -- live with all the transplants from all over the world in this area and I can't get a job either. I was born here and love this area, yet I get the same treatment as you have described, yet I am not black. It's not a racial thing - it's corporate greed, government mishandling of laws, and a huge loss for all of us that are trying to survive what they created. The whole country has gone awry.

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Yup, I'm a white female that's having a hard time finding a job too.

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Jayme in Saint Clairsville, Ohio

91 months ago

Jobless Female in Washington, District of Columbia said: This world has definitely lost it morals. We are too young to retire and too old to hire. I can't afford to get my hair done! Can you? And what does hair color have to do with experience? People go prematurely grey everyday. This country needs to realize that pretty on the outside doesn't mean squat when it comes to work ethics!

Jobless: Here's a hair hint for you. Revlon Colorstay. $2.99 just about everywhere. If you really think it's your hair color, isn't it worth $3 to fix that?

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Chris in New York, New York

91 months ago

My 2 cents:

I interviewed with a snotty pretentious recruiter in NYC for a word processing coordinating position not too long ago. After we sat down and started talking to each other, the interview did not go well at all. She expected one thing, I expected another. She asked me situations on how I would handle irate attorneys / I gave her my honest opinion and says, "I don't think you're a good fit for this position."

I stated that was fine - I refuse to work for a company that wants an employee to be treated like a piece of garbage for menial pay...($28.00/hr for this positon is not enough for this type of role.) --

Luckily, I didn't have to test.

The atmosphere of Williams-Lea was quite...."uppity" - I don't know how else to word it. Definitely not my cup of tea.

NEXT!

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