this is insanity. shouldnt the first applicants your looking for be those that are unemployed? Im not talking about the slackers and freeders, Im talking about the everyman that was fired due to cutbacks, first, or the kid out of highschool or college. Im well aware that certain specialized fields require you to be trained, but honestly, as long as the person is willing to work, willing to learn, and capable of both, they should have a shot at being hired (I see this more in older generations, it sickens me that kids nowadays dont know the meaning of work). I'd ask how for how many applications and resume's they posted between their last employment and today too. It'd let me know how serious their searching was for a job.
This climate of joblessness has a different set of parameters than a few years ago. Employers need to adapt to them and they should be named if they discriminate like this. It is discrimination by the way, and wrong even if it is not covered in the Employee Protection Act.
There are times when my boss and I butt heads, but for the most part we respect each other and I am a firm follower of him because he was willing to teach me the job that I am in.
Oniya, it may suck, but you might want to ask Mr. Oniya to try for Walmart, fast food or anything if he hasnt already. Anything to get back in the system as a working employee. I dont know if its prudent, but shoot, even asking to sign a 1-year contract with the company that he'll stay as an employee and wont quit of his own accord. I dont think its legal, but maybe it will let the employer know that he is serious about any job.
eff congress and eff the banks for crashing this stuff...