Heather von Stackelberg, I know what you’re talking about.

Thanks for the long and thoughtful response, Anzhelika. I’ll keep in mind the tactics you suggest…though I’m not entirely sure how well they’ll work, as in my experience, experience that isn’t in a formal organization, or official “work” experience, isn’t considered to be valid as experience. That’s a great deal of where my frustration comes from — I have experience doing the thing they’re looking for as, say, a volunteer, but I haven’t held the specific job title they’re looking to fill, so they hire someone who has. I’ve lost count of how many times that’s happened…

So I guess I’m saying that you’re preaching to the choir, as it were. This recognition and change needs to come in the HR departments at least as much (if not more so) than change on the part of the job applicants. It’s one of those instances where it is actually the HR department’s problem, but they make it the job seekers problem.

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