Another Fin24 user has responded to the article Job search a struggle for unemployed:
I have 25 years of working experience and 15 of those years in various managerial positions.
I also have a National Diploma in Business Management and successfully completed two management programmes. My core skill/competency is managing/leading teams.
For almost three years I have applied for work without success. I'm registered with several recruitment agencies, including the department of labour.
I have applied countless times for available positions, was invited for only three interviews, and most employers do not even respond to my application.
Am I considered to be to old at 47? Is it because I don't "know" people and don't have contacts? A business transaction gone wrong left me unemployed, and financially strapped.
Many employers don't consider my application for work as I am blacklisted.
Where to from here? Is there a missing link between government and employers? The government is crying out that there's a lack of skill and experience, while there are so many unemployed that have a wealth of skill and experience which is not being utilised.
In my opinion, should the government create opportunities for the skilled and experienced work seekers, the economy will grow at a faster rate and thus create opportunities for unskilled, semi-skilled and inexperienced people out there.
Bottom line - government should spend more time, energy and money on firstly identifying job seekers with skills and experience, secondly devising a plan to create opportunities for them and thirdly ensuring that this filters down to the unskilled/semi-skilled/inexperienced.
Frustrated, bemused and disappointed.
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