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Will your skill get you hired?
« on: October 15, 2020, 06:45:42 PM »
For non engineers:  if you left your job today, do you think your ability is enough to get hired in today's climate?

I see an emphasis in larger companies focused on growth centered on directors, managers, etc (those with advanced degrees / stamps), less focus on hiring or even retaining anyone without them (cad techs), regardless of the years of experience. What's it like in your area?


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Re: Will your skill get you hired?
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2020, 08:23:56 AM »
In my experience, going back multiple decades, that's SOP for large organizations. The people who actually get the work product out the door are essential, but unimportant.  Remember that the phrase 'essential worker' bandied about during the age of covid is equivalent to 'disposable employee'.
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Re: Will your skill get you hired?
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2020, 11:37:32 AM »
Do I think it is enough? Well, if you had asked me this question prior to 2010, I would have said absolutely. Regardless of it being "today's" environment, the focus has been and continues to be on removing decision making from the people who have the ability to make informed decisions and reduce everything down to some sort of metric that works for all hiring. Here is a clue: Metrics do not work, at least not in the context of having a potential employee check off a bunch of boxes. Experience counts for a whole lot more than a list of credentials and experience only counts if it comes with the understanding that experience only counts if you are doing the exact same work. Experience driving a bus for example, doesn't prepare you for driving a semi and driving a semi sure as heck doesn't prepare you for driving a school bus. The best metrics can't be reduced to a check box and therefore many employers miss out on the best employees because they insist upon looking at everything from a system of "additive qualities" that aren't really qualities at all.

So no, I wouldn't think my ability would be enough to get me hired today. It wasn't enough to get me hired in 2010 despite having more ability than the person who was hired for the job. (yeah, I followed the jobs ... I'm a stalker like that).

Plus, I have the whole age discrimination thing going against me that isn't going against me but it really is ... Oh, we have this 30 year old applicant .. lets hire them, he will be able to "grow with the company, this other dude will be retiring in a few years".

It's why I have put myself in a financial position to no longer require a job. I work because it's somethign to do.
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Re: Will your skill get you hired?
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2020, 01:09:10 PM »
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My tenacious problem solving and innovation expertise does not come across on paper or map to today's HR filtering methods. Add "born with a face for radio" and a "voice for print" I'd have to reluctantly acknowledge "no". I've been steadily employed for decades strictly on word of mouth recommendations and testimonials, a strategy that is no longer in vogue. As a result have frequently considered leaving the industry to write a book for CAD support professionals who are thanklessly tasked to perform the work of dozens++ of design drafters at the eleventh miracle hour - the book I wished I had in my arsenal 20+ years ago.
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