Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

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  1. Irving Toller says:

    “Companies won’t even look at resumes of the long-term unemployed.”

    I can see it now, long-term structural unemployment is the secret justification for engaging in a major war. We have plenty of options right now too!

  2. Cornelius Sutton says:

    Long-term unemployed

    It is sad reality of today but we have too many job seekers, too few jobs and the majority of people do not have skills that match the positions that are hiring.

  3. Ms. Gibblers says:


    The Regal theater company is just one more of what I expect will be a large number of firms deciding to choose this route. I don’t blame the company but I think it infers that stockholders would rather have profits than be loyal to their employees. Yes, it is a tough position and yes, I would rather it not be so. But in the end, I would also rather ensure that my employees, the individuals who make my firm successful, are taken care of, even if it trims profits.

    This is but one of the many reasons Obamacare should be repealed.

  4. Desai says:

    @ The Brain Initiative

    It is sad, I really do hope they do something about this tax on medical equipment for brain conditions. I am a lover of neuroscience, and so I don’t like to see these honest initiatives go to waste.

  5. Patel says:

    @ The long Term Unemployment

    This is a sad story indeed. People who have been out of the workforce have hard lives, on top of that this collective experience is not good for the economy in general. We need to provide them with retraining in skills so that they can start becoming active participants in the economy.

  6. Saket says:

    From the Long Term Unemployment Article

    “That’s not really an option today, but it underscores a bleak fact about the recession. When the labor market stays weak for years on end, the damage becomes long-lasting — and extremely difficult to reverse.” This is a powerful ending indeed.

  7. Bubba says:

    Companies won’t even look at resumes of the long-term unemployed.

    Employers say that workers lose some of their skills the longer they are without a job. Some of these are “soft” skills – like getting up for work and coming in every day. In other cases, these are technical skills; a computer technician that’s been away from corporate networks for several years could easily find they have outdated skills. There is also the perception that the dead wood is cut first when firms lay off workers. After two or three years has gone by and no firm has hired you, you must really be dead wood or else you would have been snapped up.
    Being unemployed for long periods without a good reason is perceived to be a signal (for good or bad) that the applicant is unmotivated. I’ve known women who stayed out of the workforce to raise kids and went back to work – they had a good reason. I’ve known people who switched fields and got jobs.
    It’s a fact of life that someone who is employed is in a better position to demonstrate that they are valuable (You could argue the same is true of boyfriends; one who’s taken is obviously more valuable that one that’s terminally single).

  8. Desai says:

    @ Telemedicine

    I think it is important to remember that this is new thing, and I think with more innovation in information technology we just might have something that makes Telemedicine a viable option for many.

  9. E.B.C. says:

    @ Bubba

    “It’s a fact of life that someone who is employed is in a better position to demonstrate that they are valuable (You could argue the same is true of boyfriends; one who’s taken is obviously more valuable that one that’s terminally single).”

    Well done!

  10. Dendum says:

    White House Brain Initiative.

    Probably not what I think it is.

  11. Jacob Druisdael says:

    +1 Bubba

  12. Andrew O says:

    @ WH Brain Initiative: This is quite concerning. I was really looking forward to this initiative and the findings it could bring on brain-related illnesses.

  13. Ryan Ritz says:

    @companies won’t even look at Resume: I find this concerning. What hope do the long-term unemployed have if companies out-right don’t even give them a chance?

  14. Gabriel Odom says:

    On Telemedicine:
    It’s not that telemedicine doesn’t save money, it’s that we do not have sufficient evidence to show that ICU telemedicine saves money. These are two very different statements. I find the majority of benefits to telemedicine to be diagnostic and preventative, rather than curative. While most of us have seen UTMed’s efforts to perfect telemedicine with the South Pole, I say that the beauty of telemedicine is in streamlining the common office visit or specialist interview, rather than replacing the “boots on the ground” in the hospitals themselves.