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- 2113 days ago -
A few weeks ago, Sonia Montoya, 26, landed a job interview at Garcia Nissan Santa Fe, off St. Michael's Drive. A single mother of an active eight-year-old boy, Montoya had made it to the interview phase for an administrative assistant position...

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Rose Becke (141)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:06 am
Thanks Carrie

P A (117)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 1:44 am
An unpleasant and unwarranted remark to assume this young lady had 'gotten lazy' in her year being unemployed - but come back at them with statistics about the number of job applications you make, about your hours looking for work - how you help your neighbours - and if at all possible do some voluntary work - this will help convince employers that such a remark would be unfounded - and that you wish to contribute to society as well and are a worthwhile future employee.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 2:35 am
How could taking care of a home and children make you lazy?

karin h (22)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:50 pm
sad. if you have a job you aren't looking for another one!

karin h (22)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:57 pm
I hope she files a discrimination lawsuit as well.

Süheyla C (234)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 1:31 pm

Veronica C (22)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 6:21 pm
It's not new that people can't find a job when they aren't already working. Employers have a really crappy attitude toward the unemployed. They get away with this because it's hard to get them held accountable for it. She could try to fight on discrimination, but then would you even want to work for that person after you've filed a lawsuit against them? They'd really make your life hell.

Talya H (10)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 6:23 pm
Thanks for the share

Christine Stewart (134)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 8:00 pm
It is terrible to not want to interview a person for a job because they have been jobless- everybody has been losing their jobs lately- that's why they are looking for work!

Robert O (12)
Monday September 10, 2012, 1:14 am
Horrible. I get chills just thinking about situations like that. Thanks Carrie.

Phillipa W (199)
Monday September 10, 2012, 9:09 am
sadly, I know her situation all too well although it hadn't been said so bluntly. I had a job, same job for over 4 years. During that time, I did apply for other jobs, and frequently was in the final 2 for consideration, but lucked out. Then I got restless and at the time it seemed that as long as I had my job, I wasn't going to do a thing because it was too safe. So I quit, and started education. Was involved in a car accident, and missed a couple of weeks. Missing weeks of an art course meant I fell too far behind to catch up. So I ended up dropping out because I couldn't catch up. After that, every time I applied for jobs, I missed out as I was over 21 and they could hire a teenager to do the same work for half the price - at times I was told that directly. Before I knew it, I'd been out of work for a year. Then 2. After that I pretty much became unemployable due to that fact and nothing more. At job interviews I never even got a look in, and I did several courses and gained certificates, but none were actual TAFE or university qualifications. Then I had children anyway, and once I started applying for jobs again I was always told to go online. Where the only questions were do you have a drivers license (I'd let it lapse as I didn't have a car), and proper tertiary qualification. So nope, I haven't ever even heard back after filling out the forms. Even for check-out jobs! When I got my job in the first place, they were worried that I was OVERQUALIFIED because I'd finished high school with uni entrance so they asked me if I'd actually be happy working there! Not anymore. And now my certificates and qualifications I do have are over 5 years old, so not applicable anyway. So to work, I literally have to start over from scratch with an empty resume and not having landed a single job in over 10 years believe it or not.

Debra Van Way (12)
Monday September 10, 2012, 1:42 pm
Phillipa-I certainly understand what you have gone through. I have always hated applying for jobs. I have done all kinds of stuff-typesetter, advertising sales, furniture sales, secretary, warehouse/shipping manager, advertising layout/design, teaching porcelain doll making, teaching stained glass, inventory control, customer service for an online travel site that starts with an E, case worker for the Red Cross, served a tour in the Air Force, painting houses-pretty much anything legal. I haven't worked in 7 years because I am taking care of my Mom who has the big A. Once she is gone, I will be sadly out of luck job wise. Before when I was younger- I was constantly hearing excuses like I was over qualified for "fill in the blank" job until I started a new kind of work to get over qualified in again. Now I will turn 60 in December. It will be interesting to see how they dance around trying to phrase "you don't have any recent work history and you are older than dirt" without appearing to be discriminating against older workers. Sigh....guess I have to think of a new profession AGAIN.

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday September 10, 2012, 2:46 pm

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday September 10, 2012, 4:18 pm
Sad post.

K B (89)
Tuesday September 11, 2012, 6:42 am
Thanks for the article .. please sign my petition .. I appreciate your support

Amy Stotler (9)
Tuesday September 11, 2012, 12:17 pm
it's sad that it's so true. Thank you for sharing.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday September 11, 2012, 12:27 pm
Link to Karla's petition Support Schools Adopt ADHD Training

David Menard (43)
Tuesday September 11, 2012, 1:41 pm
I Know how she feels been looking a long time

M B (62)
Tuesday September 11, 2012, 1:51 pm
This is very bad, yet so true. Many times it's like "no home, no work - no work, no home. I feel lucky I don't live in the U.S., where employees are treated like shit on a regular basis. I wish the Union would stand stronger, they need to fight those bad guys who talk about "laziness".

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 11, 2012, 2:04 pm
How much longer until we get that jobs program that most of us desperately need to get out of our personal chunk of the recession?

Cindy B (61)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 11:35 pm
So very, very depressing. So scary. So infuriating. And so very unfair.
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