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An HONEST employment site that caters to people with no job skills

Once again I wonder if this is the correct category for this idea...

At the moment I lack any impressive qualifications and am looking for an entry-level type job, and doing so is very difficult on the internet. The majority of positions are not advertised; you must seek out the grease bins yourself. However, there has got to be a better way. If and when jobs are currently advertised, they are cryptic, evasive, suspicious seeming, or have positions that are too highly advanced for poor mortal job seekers. And there aren't enough good leads. I was envisioning a web site that, unlike online classified ads, actually provided the name and contact information of advertising employers. And, unlike and others, it would be targeted specifically at the local entry level market.

The site would actively contact local business owners and ask them to voluntarily report job openings and closings on a regular basis. It's fairly obvious who to call: large call centers, restaurants, and retail stores. It just makes employment a little easier for those still looking. A little more work could be put into finding more unique positions as well. This type of site would probably have to be independently set up locally in each city to work well. It would feature internship information and possible freelancing opportunities too.

To sum it up, a more informative, more detailed, and more-up-to-date local-based job search database for the up-and-coming in society.

Maybe they could add online applications and resume services. Revenue would be paid by businesses seeking employees, and by ads: employer fees would be kept as low as possible.
-- polartomato, Jun 21 2002

"You want fries with that ?"
-- 8th of 7, Jun 21 2002

It's cheaper and easier for most places to stick a sign in the window.
-- pottedstu, Jun 21 2002

Oh, come now. Introducing the Internet makes any idea unique.
-- jester, Jun 21 2002

Make it and I might croissant it.
-- salachair, Jun 21 2002

You don't have a local newspaper with a recruiting page?
-- angel, Jun 21 2002

So you want a web site that job hunts for you?
-- phoenix, Jun 21 2002

Sounds like a temp/contract agency for the masses. It might work best if it were, in fact, an agency's web-site, where they list current available positions, in an attempt to get more people to sign-up with them.
-- Matty, Jun 21 2002

Have I missed something ? Don't we have something called a "Government " which is supposed to do stuff like this for us, i.e. Jobcentres ?
-- 8th of 7, Jun 21 2002

so polartom...what *exactly* are you qualified to do?
-- runforrestrun, Jun 21 2002

But anyone who knows how to use the Net _does_ have a skill. (Btw, we can't do italics on here?)
-- Ander, Jul 31 2004

I suspect that if large call centers, restaurants, retail stores, and other "no-specialty-skill" employers had a hard time filling entry-level positions, they would turn to the local online or print classified ads. If they aren't advertising, they more than likely have more walk-in applicants than they need?

The convenience store I worked at in high school had a dozen walk-in applicants a week, and the call center I worked at for a few years had a dedicated "job hotline" number listed right in the phone book.
-- Capt Skinny, Mar 22 2009

I think it's a good idea. My experience is that job ads are written in a code which i am utterly unable to interpret and it's a complete mystery what prospective employers are seeking. I also suspect that many posts are advertised in order to satisfy legal obligations and that they already know who they're going to employ.

[Ander], no, no italics, but then we don't speak in italics either.
-- nineteenthly, Mar 22 2009

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