17 years ago
for positions that already are actually filled. These ads often contain
phrases like "experience in the position offered" or "experience
performing the duties of the position offered" prefaced by the word
years or the phrase "years of".
For example, right now on the Career Center at
there is a listing of this type by TRW Automotive Engine Components for
a Senior Materials Engineer for Sevierville, TN.
These phrases mean that the employer already has a foreign resident
filling the position. He just is advertising to demonstrate that he
cannot find a suitable American. Often the ad will have ludicrously
detailed requirements (which of course were generated from the specific
background of the incumbent). Usually the ad will have an alternative
to already being filling the position. However, sometimes HR slips up
and literally advertises only for the incumbent. ( For example, see
If you reply to such an ad, then you are playing the losing game of
competing with an incumbent. You would have a better chance of winning
a game of three-card Monte!
Listing these ads under "help wanted" truly is fraudulent, since
the only help desired is actually getting a stack of "unsuitable"
resumes to comply with labor law. Shouldn't these ads be listed under
a different category than real openings?
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