If I hear another professional complain about poor job markets in America, I’m going to lose my shit.
Employers would have you believe that the job market is saturated- that talent pools are dry, new graduates are dumb, and “workers aren’t what they used to be”.
I’m here to tell you the truth:
The truth is, the people at the top (or at least, the people doing the hiring) have gotten lazy. People have forgotten the value of training a good person to do an easy job, and would instead trade ten man hours for a dull, ready made employee.
One of the first things you notice when you start looking for a job outside of college is that everyone wants college graduates, but no one seems to care what you majored in, or how well you did at school.
The second thing you’ll notice will really confuse you, though. You’ll find a suitable entry level job- one you know you meet all of the criteria for, and one that you’re sure you’ll be exceedingly proficient in. And it pays fairly well. And then you read that they require five to seven years of relevant work experience.
And then you re-read the job posting:
Under $40,000? Check.
All tasks I am awesome at? Check.
..So what’s the problem?
Simply put, no one wants to take any sort of risk. The fact that you don’t come ready made with a manufacture’s warranty makes you a liability. It doesn’t matter if you’re intelligent, talented, motivated, or unique. What matters is that you fit the list.
And that’s why there are so many problems in this country- because ordinary people are getting extraordinary opportunities over younger and more talented people who have more to offer.
Our opportunities are few and far between, and we are being forced into competition just to survive in the job market at all.
At this point, the qualified perspective post-graduate applicant’s best chance at a job is to lie about his past work experience. Once you get your foot in the door, and you are face to face with your enemy, things tend to get easier.
I’m done ranting. But I do want a job doing something I love.
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