If you’re a follower of CNA Finance, you already know this by now…Anyway, every morning, I start the day off by jumping around the blogosphere and reading posts from my fellow PF bloggers. It’s actually my favorite part of the day; if I’m not careful, I could easily blow through half of my day reading. Anyway, in my morning reading yesterday I came across a post that I would have to say has been my favorite post this week. What’s the post?
News Flash: Giving Up Will NOT Help You Find A Job at Club Thrifty! As a matter of fact, you may have noticed it in the “Great Posts From Around The Blogosphere” section in my post yesterday about Sweetness. In the post, Holly explained that she wrote a stellar piece that was picked up by major sites like Yahoo! Small Business. She went on to explain that a ridiculous percentage of adults without jobs have given up on their search; and talked about some of the comments she received on the post. For instance, this one really got my attention…
“Adjust their (our) expectations? So I take a #$%$ part time retail job where the employer expects me to be on call 24/7 if they need me to come in, making it hard to schedule other job interviews (assuming I get one), or go to school to better myself, and then I get pigeonholed as someone who has no experience whatsoever, making it even harder to find a better job? No wonder so many people, like me, have pretty much given up on finding a decent job (you know, one where the employer respects your contributions and the work and the total job experience isn’t completely degrading).”
My Pity Party Sense Is Tingling!
It really is unfortunate that a staggering amount of people feel this way. So, today, I’m going to break this comment down into parts, tell you what I think about it overall, and let you in on some things you can do when you start diving into a pool of self pity.
Breaking Down Erik’s Comment About Finding A Job
Adjust their (our) expectations? So I take a #$%$ part time retail job where the employer expects me to be on call 24/7 if they need me to come in, making it hard to schedule other job interviews (assuming I get one)…
Absolutely! I’ve had to work in the middle of the night for minimum wage in the past. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely hated my job, I didn’t feel like I made any money once I paid bills, and at times I felt like a monkey could do that menial tasks I was told to do; but you know what? Somehow the bills got paid! Any spare second I had, I found myself looking for other ways to make money. Eventually other openings came, and life just continued to get better. So yes, I agree with Holly, you may want to adjust your expectations.
…or go to school to better myself, and then I get pigeonholed as someone who has no experience whatsoever, making it even harder to find a better job?…
Really? Pigeonholed? I know it can be hard to find a job with no experience, but everyone either has to do that or live off of government subsidies for the rest of their lives. By furthering your education, when you do start your career, you’ve got the upper hand on your competition. As a business owner…I’d much rather hire an educated prospect than someone without a degree.
…No wonder so many people, like me, have pretty much given up on finding a decent job (you know, one where the employer respects your contributions and the work and the total job experience isn’t completely degrading).
This is the part that really gets me…you’ve pretty much given up. Giving up doesn’t mean that you were defeated. It means that you gave in, that you don’t have the drive, the desire, the determination to make something of yourself. No matter where you are, or what your skills are, there are jobs out there for you. Sometimes you have to start at the bottom rung, work your way to the top; and do it all only to be kicked back down. It’s hard, but you know what, if you work hard enough and keep a positive attitude; eventually you’ll find yourself in a great, stable position.
What Have We Come To?
We are citizens of the United States of America. We are blessed to live in a country known as the land of opportunity! You know, the land where people leave their families, risk their lives, and risk their freedom to live on in the hopes of living the American Dream! We’re not the type of citizens that stay down when we’re knocked down no matter how many times it happens. We’re not the type of people that roll up into a ball and hope that all of our problems will end; and the world will be given to us on a silver platter! No, we’re the type of people that find opportunity. When we can’t find low hanging fruit, we climb the tree…heck, sometimes we climb the tree just to prove we can! We are strong, we are proud, and most of all, unlike many of our fellow human beings, we have the opportunity to make something of ourselves. So, if you ever find yourself in the midst of a pity party again, stiffen up your upper lip, dry your tears, and remind yourself that here in the United States, the only thing holding you back is you!