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I have read several opinion columns about Red Ventures’ entrance to Indian Land. I am an insurance professional who is licensed in 11 states to sell life, accident and health insurance.
In the past eight years, I have worked for a total of three companies with reputable experience and training. Since the announcement of Red Ventures coming to Indian Land, I have applied for a total of six positions. I admit, the first position I applied for was a bit above my head, most likely. For the rest of the positions I applied for, I’ve been more than qualified, based on the requirements listed.
The most recent position was not even a position, it was an interest to attend the sales job fair on Oct. 26. When I expressed an interest, I felt sure I would get an invite. Instead of an invite, I received an e-mail from the same e-mail address, “Do not reply,” stating, “Our team has reviewed your background and qualifications and after careful consideration, we have determined that your credentials are not a fit for our needs at this time and you will not be permitted to attend the sales job fair.”
Since when is someone told they are not permitted to attend a job fair? This company made a hype about coming to Indian Land and being a help for the job ecomony in our area.
After all of my rejections, I have come to the opinion that they are simply looking for people who live in North Carolina, no matter what job experience the individuals may have. I rode through the parking lot on a typical business day and have found that at least 90 percent of the vehicles have a North Carolina license plate.
Some people have said that Southern accents caused them to be turned down. I’m beginning to feel a Lancaster County address causes you to be turned down. Shame on Red Ventures for marketing themselves as a community company and shame on them for moving to Indian Land for tax savings alone.