Hired

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Trendy job-seekers get useful advice in MTV reality series.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series shows what it takes to get hired for a job. It also offers advice to help job seekers improve their resumes, interview techniques, and other skills.The message that job-hunting is a serious activity that needs preparation and focus comes though clearly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A career coach offers honest and important advice about presenting oneself when looking for a job. The candidates appear very trendy, but some of them lack polish and/or professionalism.

Violence
Sex

Some mild sexual innuendo, including a few random comments on cover letters and during interviews.

Language
Consumerism

Company names like American Rebel PR, and brand logos like Von Dutch and Steve Madden are visible. A career coach from the for-profit internship placement service, University of Dreams is featured. Female job candidates are shown carrying Chanel bags and other high-end accessories. Apple laptop computers are visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Job seekers sometimes celebrate getting hired with drinks at a bar with friends.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this MTV reality docuseries, which follows recent college grads as they interview for jobs, offers sound and practical advice about job hunting. The show's focus on super trendy positions and candidates offer a slightly skewed picture of most college grads' experiences looking for first jobs. The show contains some occasional mild sexual innuendo (in the form of random comments), as well as occasional scenes of people drinking alcohol to celebrate landing a position. Tweens might not be too interested, but teens (and even adults) will find positive advice being offered here.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 and 13 year old Written byhallieandelenasmom June 18, 2010

thirteen-year-old loves it!

my thirteen-year-old loves this show a lot!
Kid, 12 years old June 7, 2010

Good show for tweens. 12+

I have recently seen this show on MTV before. It is a very good show. There is never any violence and nothing to cover up before you little kids come in the roo... Continue reading

What's the story?

HIRED is a MTV reality documentary that gives viewers an inside look at what it takes to get a job. It features various unique companies that are looking to hire qualified young people to fill their open positions. Interested college graduates meet with a career coach, who gives them advice on how to improve their resumes, cover letters, and portfolios. They also receive suggestions on how to improve their interview skills. Cameras follow the candidates during the interview process, and excerpts from each of the interviews are shown. After the finalists are evaluated for the position, an offer is made to the best candidate for the job.

Is it any good?

The series shows how competitive it is to get a job in today’s economy while documenting the process by which people get hired. It also highlights some of the common mistakes young job seekers make during their searches, like sending in unpolished resumes and not showing enough enthusiasm when meeting a perspective employer. There are definitely some awkward moments, especially when a nervous or over-confident candidate bungles through an interview. But the interviewer’s feedback helps give today’s job hunter a sense of what goes on in the heads of people looking to hire.

The lessons being offered here are both important and practical. Unfortunately, they are slightly watered down by the unrealistic setting in which they are being offered. The companies featured on the show are pretty trendy, and all the qualified candidates appear stylish and good-looking, too. In spite of this, the series still manages to send the message that finding a job isn’t easy, and to be successful at it, you have to be prepared.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it takes to get a job. What’s the first step towards finding a position? What is a resume? A cover letter? Many jobs require you to have prior experience, but how can you get experience if you haven’t worked before? If you are called for an interview, what kinds of things can you do to make it go smoothly?  Parents: What are some of the experiences you’ve had when job hunting? Kids: What kinds of things can you do now to help you find a good job later in life?

  • How much of what you see on the show is real? What parts of the job hunting process do you think are not shown? What kinds of things do TV producers think about when deciding how to edit or present a documentary-style show like this?

TV details

  • Premiere date: May 17, 2010
  • Cast: Ryan Khan
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming

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