December 11, 2006

Dear Sacramento Bee,

I have been alerting you to the fraudulent jobs ads that you have been running for the past two years, but have not stated your position on whether you condone running help wanted ads when the intent of the employer is to NOT find any qualified applicants.

HP Roseville has been laying off its highly skilled workforce over the past few years. There are many qualified Americans in the job pool. While HP has been lobbying Congress to increase the H-1B cap, they have not turned out at CSU Sacramento job fairs nor run help wanted in the Sacramento Bee - until yesterday.

This ad for a "Senior Software Engineer" is a sham. It does not list any skill requirements and explicitly directs that applicants not phone to ask about the skills desired. This is clearly a PERM ad which HP will present to DOL to demonstrate a "good faith" attempt to find a qualified American. While U.S. companies are able to fill 99% of their positions with U.S. workers, 99% of the time, somehow, employers like HP are unable to find a qualified applicant when they don't intend to.

Here's the same "opening" on CareerBuilder

It appears HP has set up mail stop 4206 for applicants to fake ads:

This job does not exist - it is already filled by a foreign worker:

When I worked at this HP site during the dot-com boom in 1998, we were weeding through stacks of highly qualified applicants from ivy league schools. There was never a shortage of resumes to recruit from.

Search for Keyword "Roseville" - 4000 workers at the site - SIX TOTAL OPENINGS - ONLY ONE IS SOFTWARE RELATED:

http://h10055.www1.hp.com/jobsathp/content/search/search.asp?Lang=ENen

12/01/2006   Embedded Software Design Engineer (Entry Level) United States - California - Roseville Full-time
11/28/2006   Customer Relationship Manager (Workplace Services) United States - California - Palo AltoOther Locations: 
United States - California - Roseville Full-time
11/10/2006   Engineering Project Manager United States - California - CupertinoOther Locations: 
United States - California - Roseville Full-time
09/24/2006   TSG Sales Finance Specialist I United States - California - RosevilleOther Locations: 
United States - California - Cupertino, 
United States - California - Palo Alto Full-time
09/24/2006   TSG Sales Operations Finance United States - California - Palo AltoOther Locations: 
United States - California - Cupertino, 
United States - California - Roseville Full-time
09/20/2006   Finance Project Manager United States - California - RosevilleOther Locations: 
United States - Texas - Houston Full-time

Given HP Roseville's purging of several hundred workers, and their dearth of Software Engineering openings, this practice is shameful and should be exposed.

Sincerely,

Mr. Kim Berry kim@programmersguild.org

See more info on fake job ads:

www.programmersguild.org/RIR/