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letters | filling the jobs of the future

Connections often outweigh skills

IN THE article “State tech economy growing, but not fast enough” (Business, Feb. 13), a technology company executive said there are more jobs than qualified candidates to fill them. Perhaps the candidates exist, but they are not getting to the employers.

As a recently laid-off worker from a telecom company, I have been aggressively pursuing employment by working with the outplacement company hired by my former employer. That company is trying to give me the tools to find a job, not help to actually find one.

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There are many roadblocks to employment, including shady recruiting practices, uneducated HR screeners, and false jobs advertised on websites. A statistic that keeps being reinforced is that 75-80 percent of jobs are filled through networking, 15 percent through recruiters, and 5 percent through job boards. These numbers imply you need to know someone who knows someone in the company where you are applying. What is the possibility of that?

Kelly Borseti

Andover

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