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Lots of Job Postings… But Are They All Real?

Not all job ads are attached to actual jobs, it turns out. The labor market remains robust, with 10.8 million job openings in January, according to the Labor Department. At the same time, companies are feeling budgetary strains and some are pulling back on hiring. Though businesses are keeping job postings up, many roles aren’t being filled, recruiters say.

Then we talk to Matt Mareno, Chair of the Waukesha County Dems, about the sea change happening in Waukesha.

Guest: Matt Mareno

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Have You Heard About The Fake Job Posting Crisis?

Have you heard about the high number of job openings in the US? Apparently, there are 1.8 job openings for every American who is looking for a job. That’s great news, right? Not so fast! Turns out, many of these job openings might not be real.

Economists have long expressed skepticism about the government’s monthly job openings report. With the availability of free job-listing tools, companies can easily list a job opening without actually planning to fill the position. It’s like going window shopping and trying on clothes, but you have no intention of buying anything.

And with remote work becoming more common during the pandemic, some businesses are duplicating job listings across multiple websites to expand their pool of candidates. It’s like posting the same picture on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, hoping to get more likes and followers.

But wait, there’s more! Some employers are deliberately advertising for jobs they have no intention of filling. They just want to have a strong pipeline of candidates, like a fisherman with a net. They want to catch as many fish as possible, even if they don’t need them all.

So, why are companies doing this? Well, some are trying to create an image of health and growth, especially if they’re venture-backed startups eager to impress investors. It’s like wearing Spanx to make yourself look slimmer and more attractive.

But let’s not forget about the employees who are caught in the middle of all this. Imagine working for a company where your job is always posted online, and you’re at risk of being replaced at any moment. It’s like being in a relationship where your partner is always looking for someone better, and you’re constantly on edge.

So, next time you see a job opening that sounds too good to be true, remember to take it with a grain of salt. It might be like a mirage in the desert, tempting you with promises of water and relief, but ultimately leaving you parched and disappointed.

Three Headlines and a Lie (Courtesy of Morning Brew)

Three of these headlines are real and one is faker than any photo of an unlikely subject in an overly puffy coat. Can you spot the odd one out?

  1. Hawaiian airline offers to fund ‘any hobby imaginable’ for pilots who join its team
  2. North Carolina seeks to ban participation trophies for children
  3. Giant stolen Dairy Queen spoon found in Phoenix middle school yard
  4. How to find STEVE, the elusive cousin of the northern lights aurora

Guest: Matt Mareno, Waukesha County Dems Chair

Waukesha isn’t the Republican stronghold it once was. Part of that is because of the hard grassroots work of the Waukesha County Democrats. Don’t believe us? The City of Waukesha, by .1%, actually voted for Janet Protasiewicz on Tuesday.

We talk to Matt Mareno, Chair of the Waukesha County Dems, about their strategy, what’s next for 2023 and 2024, and ways for you to get involved.


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