While the U.S. auto industry successfully survived its near collapse in recent years, thanks in part to emergency government funding, many attempting to find work with firms in the sector have faced struggles.

USA Today reports that those looking for jobs at one of the Detroit Three automakers (Ford, General Motors and Chrysler) have found stiff competition when attempting to land a full-time position.  In an interview with the source, unemployed auto worker Paul Roberts said that he has devoted many hours to finding employment in the sector. However, Roberts, who has been out of work for some 30 months, said that he had no clue why he was not hearing a response despite his qualifications.

"It almost seems like it's a secret," said Roberts, in an interview with the source. "I don't have any felonies or anything, you know? It just seems I should have an opportunity at least."

For its part, Chrysler says that it takes applications for both hourly and salaried positions on its site. Rick Munson, head of human resources business systems for the automaker, told the newspaper that once a certain number of applications were received for a given opening it closed down the listing.

In other parts of the country, employment in the auto industry has been similarly competitive. In an earlier article, USA Today reported that a Hyundai plant in Alabama received almost 20,000 applications for 877 openings at a Montgomery.

Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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