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The Curse of the Internal Candidate

Have you ever been the internal candidate? You know who I’m talking about…the employee who is in line for a promotion or moving on the next level at their company. It’s really great for staff morale when companies promote from within; it shows a sense of loyalty and commitment to employees, but it really sucks for the folks that are applying for those same jobs and have no idea the gig has already been promised to someone else.

I completely understand hiring someone from the inside for a new position. They likely have more knowledge on the product, client or brand; they know the style of the company, office and its co-workers; and they’ve probably already been doing something similar to the job at hand for a period of time. It’s great when a corporation moves an assistant to a managerial position. Not only does it show their faith in the candidate, but it lets other employees know they can move up the ladder too.

Now on to us job seekers. It’s so unfair when we apply for a job and get called  to an interview when the job has already been given to another person. As you’re sitting there interviewing, the office manager is ordering new business cards for Johnny Appleseed, who accepted the position two weeks ago. I don’t understand the laws behind posting jobs that have been filled and I certainly don’t think it’s right to put unemployed people through the hassle and disappointment of an interview.

It takes work to interview, much less apply. You prepare, you prep, you research. You write a cover letter, sign up for the company’s job posting/HR portal, divulge your salary history.  You also take time out of your day, maybe find a babysitter for your kids, spend money on public transportation or gas. Either way, you are making an effort and the people interviewing you know all too well that Johnny starts next week and they’re just killing time with you because they have to.

I wish there was a way that companies could just let job hunters know which positions are truly available to them and which are not. It’s a waste of time for HR, recruiters and those of us looking for work. Why put anyone through the hassle of applying, let alone interviewing, when there is no hope for them? Don’t we have enough hopelessness in the job market already? There is zero reason for posting a job that is already promised to someone else. Perhaps a new law, clause or disclaimer can be created on these postings to save everyone some time, energy and frustration. Maybe something like, “Please note – this job has already been awarded to an internal candidate.” Point blank.

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Why the Jaycee Lee Dugard Case Makes Me Angry at Our Legal System

I’m really pissed off at the system.

I have been following the Jaycee Lee Dugard case since it first appeared on my Yahoo! homepage that an abducted girl resurfaced after 18 years. I thought it was such a remarkable story that a kidnapped little girl would be able to reunite with her family, while at the same time, give hope to millions of parents and families whose children have also been abducted. Of course, I assumed she’d be traumatized in some unfortunate way, but at the end of the day, she was alive, and somewhat safe.

As the story has grown legs, I have become disgusted with our legal system. Jaycee’s captor, Philip Garrido, was accused of raping a 14 year old girl in 1972, but wasn’t charged because the young girl was scared to testify. Just five years later, in 1977, he was  sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexual assault on a 25 year old female.  They released him on parole 11 years later. Jaycee was kidnapped in 1989. You do the math. Had Garrido served half of his sentence, even a third, this poor girl would have been saved from this horrific story called her life.

What makes it even worse, is that this sicko checked in with his parole officer, registered himself as sex offender in his community and no red flags were raised for the last 18 years! What good is the system if the policies put forth to keep us safe and protected from these predators are ignored? Why did Megan Kanka’s family fight so hard for “Megan’s Law?” I don’t know these people, I have no relation to the Dugards; hell, I don’t even have kids, but I am utterly outraged for them. I cannot even begin to imagine what they must feel.

When are the people who are responsible for keeping these monsters away from innocent young children, women and even men going to step up and take responsibility? What good are laws and rules if you’re not going to use them to save people’s lives? Instead of worrying about the trivial things like who Jon & Kate are dating or fighting with today, write to your local congressman or councilperson and ask for some kind of justice in your community to protect young, innocent lives, like the one Jaycee Dugard and her two young daughters lost.