Could someone please help me understand why a current Southwest job vacancy in Midland, TX clearly specifies LOCAL CANDIDATES ONLY? Seems to me, if an individual meets or exceeds the qualifications of the job, and they are willing to relocate themselves to Midland from say...Jacksonville, FL...because they have a genuine passion for competing for a career opportunity with one of the best companies in the world, WHY on earth should they be excluded from consideration?!?! It seems to fly in the face of everything I've come to believe about how Southwest fundamentally operates! I REALIZE (all too well) the national unemployment rate is approx 9.8%. I REALIZE that Southwest probably gets 1000 applications for every vacancy. Does that also mean that someone who very likely could be among "the best and the brightest" is automatically excluded from competition because, just like 290 million other people in the US, they happen not to live in Midland? I'd love to coach a sports team that competed against other programs who limited their team's true potential based on non-sensical, exclusionary rules . Chalk up an automatic win every year!
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