Originally Posted by JLRodgers
This applies to a "government" job (USDA like office), but I was wondering something....
Is it legal to say the following (when posted in newspapers, online, etc): "we have an opening for *tons of crap*, only people currently working for us need apply"
I ask as if they have to offer the job to others outside the place, their last comment outright says they won't consider you, so it seems.... too honest and fishy. Thought I'd ask you all.
I don't think it's odd that a company advertises a position that has already been filled from within. It's not an uncommon practice. I find it kind off odd they say outright in their ad, though, but that's only because I've not seen it before.
I can only speak absolutely for Australia but I think the rules could be similar. Some jobs must be advertised by law. This is quite common with government positions. It happened with a job of mine when, years back, I worked for the govt. I had a temp job for a few months and when a full time position came up I was asked to apply as they wanted me to stay. They didn't just want "a worker" they wanted me. However, by law, new positions in the government must be advertised. This is apparently for transparency and fairness. To ensure I got the job the ad was tailored to my specific skill set - we pretty much said, without saying it, "must be Kiz" as part of the requirements!
It was odd seeing resumes trickle in for this new position but, lo and behold, I got the job.
Another scenario I see often is jobs that are going to legal immigrants. One way of coming to Australia, and the US, too, is by getting a job that apparently cannot be filled by a current resident. I haven't had my morning coffee yet so I can't remember the details, but there is some provision for coming to our countries as a "skilled immigrant". A "skilled immigrant" can have legal residency if they have a job that an Australian (or American) cannot fill because there are none that applied that were suitably skilled. When a company sponsors an immigrant to stay through this scheme they must prove that they did try to find a citizen to fill it but could not. To tick this box they must advertise. And like with me, lo and behold, who just happens to get that job? The person they had in mind.
Sometimes you see jobs that say things like "Chef. Low wages, bad suburb. Call XXXXXX between 10:45pm and 10:50pm Tuesdays only" and you think - are they really looking that hard for someone? Well, nope, they ain't.
Never, ever seen it written directly in an ad, and I've worked in advertising for years now.