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To wonder why people (employers) mess young people around?

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Cocklodger Sun 27-Nov-16 18:04:48

I'm closer to 30 than I'd like to admit but I can still recall getting messed about by most employers.
I now see it happening with young relatives and their peers, by young people I mean 16-20 kind of age bracket, just why?
Some examples, a personal one,
Respond to job advert, Send or take your CV to them. the job advert states no experience is needed as full training is provided. thats great as you have little or no experience, and maybe 1 reference from work experience or a seasonal job.
You attend interview, the manager flicks through your cv and before you open your mouth you are told ''not enough experience apply for another position in a few years''. This happened to me for about 2years in half of the jobs I applied for. It stopped happening when I was about 19.
you get offered the job, you supply your one reference and then offer a college/school/character reference or two to support. You then get told you need at least 2-3 employment references.
This has happened twice in 6 weeks to my younger sister, who is 17 with little experience and I'm currently supporting in finding work so she can afford to live. No parents involved.
??? Why don't employers just state their requirements?
Or, another one. you put your DOB on CV. you get called for interview, offered the job, they then clarify your age and withdraw the offer as you're 16/17 not 18. I had this happen to me after a 9 hour job trial, which I was out of pocket for. No reimbursement. No payment. confused
I'm no longer in this situation and have been in the same job for years, but so many young people are and I wonder why?
Young people often aren't entitled to benefits either. or other financial support. so teens and young people fending for themselves also get the short straw in that way too.

Cocklodger Sun 27-Nov-16 18:06:18

PS the reason why I don't understand the 2-3 employment references rule is, if thats the case why offer the job to someone who's only ever had one job? I suppose that goes for anyone of any age though

ilovesooty Sun 27-Nov-16 18:17:12

Your CV shouldn't have your DOB on.
If it's a job where you need to be over 18 that should be specified from the outset.

Cocklodger Sun 27-Nov-16 18:20:10

I started doing the DOB thing when I got my time repeatedly wasted to be honest, I don't do that anymore though, I'm not job hunting and I'm well over the age of 18 now unfortunately . Agreed it should be set from the outset.

Pineapplemilkshake Sun 27-Nov-16 18:44:43

It's not all employers who do this though. I recently advertised for a receptionist (I'm a GP). We ended up choosing an 18 year old over older candidates for several reasons. She scored higher at interview and was better prepared. I preferred someone we could train from scratch rather than an applicant who had drifter between lots of jobs.

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