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Old 02-03-2006, 03:04 PM   #1
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hiring people for a job

so, if you are looking to hire a new employee, would it bother you if they had taken a year off after college? Would you throw out that applicant's resume and move on to someone else?
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Depends on what they were doing, therefore I think I'd still consider the resume. Is there other documentation to consider, such as a portfolio?
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no portfolio in this case, but in related fields there would be. Think of this as an Account Executive/ Sales position. And the year off would be spent either travelling or working in a non-related field.
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I dont see how or why that would be a factor.
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Old 02-03-2006, 03:35 PM   #5
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Well, I have to say I'd be biased, as I 'took time off', but before school, working in all sorts of fields. It always bothered me (before I had my degree) that I couldn't even get an interview because nothing by my work experience was being considered, even though I was a more than qualified applicant.

With my bias in mind, I wouldn't hold that against them.
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I wouldn't toss it aside, that is counter-productive. You didn't mention if there was an interview involved so I have to assume that no feedback was forthcoming?
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Well, there would be an interview, but I was wondering if someone with that "missing year" would even get as far as an interview.
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In that case, I wouldn't worry about it. The biggest hurdle has been overcome. Now it's time to dazzle em' with the person that is described in the resume. A lot of job offers are reconsidered during the interview phase when the candidate describes someone else.

*Remember the Radio Station interview?
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Thanks JC. Yeh I remember the radio station interview very well. I was sooooo nervous. But that was infront of a University's Media Board and not for a "real world job." My Dad (who I've only been able to see twice a year) wants me to travel with him and I would really like that. He is from Spain, lives in Spain now, and says people in Europe do it all the time. Well, this isn't Europe and I've been under the impression that things were different. But I never really asked people who are involved in the hiring process. So I guess that is what I'm doing now.
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I think if the year was taken off to travel and see the world many employers wouldn't view it as a negative. However if the year was taken off to stay home with a newborn or be a stay at home mom for awhile.......that's a whole other sad story.
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