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Experiences with Discrimination

If a company that I really liked was facing a public lawsuit for discriminating against a group of people I belong to, I would have to say I would first be disappointed. I would probably read up as much as I could on the case, to see if it was blatant discrimination or if there was any room for a misunderstandings. If this was happening to a different company, one that I did not care about as much, I would not do this. This situation would likely influence how I would interact with this company moving forward. I would probably try to erase any history of me supporting the brand on social media (unfollow, unlike, etc.). In today’s society, any ties or links to a scandal or unethical company can reflect poorly on you.

As for supporting them and buying their products or services, I would probably withhold on doing that for a year after the scandal. Whether or not I support them after that is dependent on how the company and their PR department handles the scandal. If they address it and try to right their wrongs, then I would have no problem giving them a second chance. On the other side, if they try to cover-up the scandal and keep it on the down-low as much as possible, I would probably never give them my business again. Even if this company that I really liked hadn’t discriminated, I would have never applied to work their anyways. It’s kind of like when people say “never meet your heroes”. I would hate to go work for a company that I really liked, only to find out that they have a terrible work culture or unethical habits, because then it would be ruined for me.

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Blog Post – The Case for Recruitment and Selection

An organization might prioritize allocating resources to marketing strategies or product design because the costs associated with it are more easily seen and laid out. Same goes for the benefits and sales it will bring into the company. These are clearly defined numbers, so organizations see this and decide to go in that direction. These companies think more in the short-term, what will get them money fast. Organizations can’t always see the value that is added by great employees, especially because it often takes a longer period of time to recognize. A lot of companies also think that they should focus on spending money externally, and less on the internal works of the organization.

One potential strength from prioritizing marketing over employee selection is that it creates brand awareness, and helps the company stand out to customers. Therefore, bringing in sales and a profit for the company. One weakness associated with not focusing on employee recruitment and selection is that the company will constantly have to hire and train new employees if they are seeing a lot of turnover. Word often gets around to potential hires if a company has high turnover rates and if past employees have disliked working there. I know this is true for myself. I worked at a grocery store chain, and I heard about another grocery chain in our area that had such high turnover and no one wanted to work there. Another weakness involved with not focusing on employee recruitment is that it will be very expensive to hire new employees so often, and their are a lot of costs incurred. Organizations could use the time spent on hiring new employees on other areas of the business if they just hired the right person from the start.

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Blog Post – Job Application Experiences

The last job I applied for had a pretty standard and simple application process. All I had to do was upload my resume along with a cover letter. I know it is pretty easy, but there is something about writing cover letters I really just do not like. They make the application process so much longer because you have to write a new one for every job you apply to. Cover letters always make me seem like I am begging a company to hire me, and I just do not like that impression. They are also kind of redundant because they just repeat what is in your resume. I know a lot of people who will not apply to a job if the application requires a cover letter.

The last job I interviewed for had an initial over the phone interview which I also did not enjoy. I couldn’t read the facial expressions or body language of the interviewer, and there were a lot of long pauses when I assume she was writing stuff down. I also don’t like phone calls in general, and I think a lot of people my age can agree. I just get really flustered over the phone. She also told me about how the interview process worked and how many rounds there would be and what each would be like. I thought about it, and in my opinion, that job was not really qualified to have such a lengthy and serious interview process.

After the phone interview, I did not really have a desire to work for that organization. I was not all that excited for the interview anyways because I knew it was over the phone and I knew what some of the work would entail and it just was not for me. I was secretly hoping that they would not email me with a second interview date, because I knew I would probably say yes and continue with the process anyways even though I did not want the job.