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Let companies focus on skills, not past errors

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

This is in response to “Hiring process ought to be fair” printed in the SV Weekend July 6. I completely agree with Mr. Spaine – most employers are biased to a certain point.

I’ve seen people with no experience at all hired because they have a family member in a high position, and I’ve seen skilled people let go because the supervisor dislikes them.

Highly skilled persons could apply and would be an absolutely perfect for the job, but because of their background – either felony or union affiliation (as Mr. Spaine stated) – they’re going to be looked over for someone else, or the position will remain unfilled.

There’s a local temporary service agency that won’t even help those with a felony. So, how can people find work if a temp agency discriminates against them and won’t help them?

I don’t know why so many companies and people, in general, act like they’re too good for felons or for anyone that has an unflattering background. It’s legal discrimination against those with felonies or past union affiliation, and the government allows it. Everyone deserves a second chance.  

Companies should be a little less picky about a person’s background and be more concerned about what skills that person can bring to the “table” for them.

Factories complain they don’t have enough skilled people to fill their positions. Our local college now offers a manufacturing certificate. I think it’s great they’re trying to help the community; however, if I’m going to spend $5,000 on my education, it certainly wouldn’t be so I could go work in a factory.

I agree with Mr. Spaine with on-the-job experience is better than college. I’ll add that on-the-job training is just as important because the company will know for sure you’ve been properly trained with their equipment.

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