Good morning, my fellow Americans. I have an important announcement today that simply cannot wait. Why? Because it has to do with your ability to earn an income, support your family, and achieve the American Dream. Is there anything more important than that?
Let me answer.
No, there isn’t.
Let’s start with the backstory on today’s post and what has me so fired up today…….
The Unemployed Have Given Up
I recently wrote an article that ended up on Yahoo Small Business. (You can read it here: Harris Poll: Nearly Half of Unemployed Not Looking for Work) For those who don’t want to read it all, let me summarize.
Basically, a recent poll of unemployed adults age 18 and older showed that 47 percent of the long-term unemployed have given up on their job search entirely. Out of those who have given up, 45 percent blame the economy for their situation, 36 percent blame themselves, 19 percent blame their most recent boss, and 18 percent blame the government. A full 82 percent of those polled also agree that they are “becoming more discouraged the longer [they are] unemployed.”
I feel for those who have given up because, as we all know, it’s brutal out there. Jobs created in the last few years have not been of the highest quality, and a growing body of research indicates that many of the jobs created in 2014 are merely part-time and in low-paying industries. But, what do you do? Crawl in bed and refuse to get out? Wave your white flag and give up?
Is that truly the answer?
I’ve worked in a wide range of menial jobs, even as an adult. For example, I used to clean houses for a living in my early 20’s. I worked in a group home for adults with intellectual disabilities. I worked as a nanny for several families. I even worked as a waitress more than once, despite the fact that I absolutely despise working in food service.
I hope that I am never in the position to work in any of those jobs again, but I certainly will if I need to. Why? Because that’s where you have to start sometimes. Because the low-paying, menial jobs are often a stepping stone for bigger and better things. Because I want to pay my own bills and I never want to have to rely on someone else to support my family.
This is the mentality I learned to adopt when I was growing up, and I believe it’s a mentality that is lost on today’s workforce. And comments like the ones left on my Yahoo post prove it:
“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).”
“I’m 49 and haven’t worked since 2006. I gave up after a few years of not being able to get an interview with anyone.”
“Last time I checked, going back to school required some amount of money. If it comes down to going back to school, or making sure I keep a roof over my head, food on the table, or my electricity on, I know what the obvious choice is.
People are barely making their bills, never mind making their bills and having enough left over to further their education.
Christ…these writers couldn’t be any more #$%$ dumber.”
“Yes, it was my fault for not wanting to get out of bed at 2:00 A.M. to make $9. I actually spent more on gas than what I would make so they fired me.”
Newsflash: Giving Up Will Not Help You Find a Job
While I don’t know everything, I do know one thing for sure. Giving up will not help you find a job. And neither will trolling Yahoo for opportunities to announce your intellectual superiority to the world.
However, actually looking for a job might yield some results. Consider hopping on your computer (or heading to the library) to create a simple resume on Word. Don’t know how to create a resume? Head on over to WikiHow where they can teach you how to do almost anything. Once you’ve completed that step, create a profile on LinkedIn and attempt to get your foot in the door (any door) that way.
If you don’t like those ideas, leave your house immediately and approach businesses directly to see if any might be hiring. Ask friends and family members if they know who might be hiring too. Also search your local Help Wanted ads for leads. It can’t hurt! You can even consider looking for work online. Hell, I know people who literally tweet articles and comment on blog posts for a living. If you can type and speak English, there are ton of jobs all over the internet with almost limitless demand.
No matter how trendy it might seem, you don’t have to resign yourself to being unemployed for the rest of your life. And if you have a family, you should never stop trying to support them. Look for a job- any job– and know that your efforts will eventually pay off. If not, at least you can say you tried and that you never gave up.
What advice do you have for someone who has given up on their job search? Do you think there are jobs out there? Why or why not?