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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


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