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Sunday, May 22, 2005

 

All Who Want To Work, Will. Huh?

I received an email from C.J. who wrote:

"I keep reading that the labor market is getting better but I still can't find a job. What's wrong with me? I actually feel worse now than last year when there seemed to be no hope of finding work at all."

You're not alone, C.J. When the job market is really bad, such as last year, the early 1990s, or the Great Depression, there is little expectation of finding work and the world is sympathetic to your plight because the causes are obviously social and economic, not personal.

However, when times are better and there are jobs out there, your inability to find work starts to reflect on you personally. That somehow you are not good enough, not skilled enough, not looking hard enough, or, worst, don't really want to work. Even in the greatest economic boom, there are still several million Americans unemployed. To suggest that all of them don't want to work is absurd. It may be geographic challenges, industry structural changes, or skill sets.

What is most destructive about the present climate is that jobs are being created in fewer numbers than needed for those entering the labor market, never mind about those who have been out of work for a period of time. Politicians' statements that "All who want to work will find work" is just that, a political statement. Don't internalize it as the truth or you will erode your self-esteem and endanger whatever self-confidence you have left. Stick with the job search and be the source of your own support and empathy.

Comments:
Great story Virginia.
You shouldn't count on the government to create jobs, After all thats not what the governemnt is for. Creating jobs is from businesses growing, given they have the capital for it.

I was recently self employed with my own courier service, I did well until 9-11 and the stock market crash. I had just purchased a home to raise my family in. 2 teenage daughters and my wife.

Suddenly meals got thinner and bills got higher. The only thing I could do was work even harder. I spend 12-16 hours on the road most of that waiting for jobs in between from a dispatcher.
The time came when my vehicles could no longer take the beating and I was out of 2 vehicles that I still owed for.
I took a temp job to keep food on the table. The place I worked at was hiring full time. I doubled my hours working my fingers to the bone, I even had to take public assistance.

My first break I purchased a beat up old car, that made me alittle more fluid. I couldnt find my GED so I studied breifly and got another.

After a year I landed the job and now work regular and do well for my family. I had gone through hell to get it and it paid off. It usually does.
Waiting for work will get you no where, you have to go after it. It's not always what you want, but it is what you need.
In the mean time make yourself ready for something better. If you have to, move.
 
You are perfectly right -- the government doesn't create jobs, the economy does. My concern is not that the administration is at fault for the economy (although there could be a case made for that) but that its attitude is destructive to hard-working, motivated workers who are having difficulty finding a suitable position.

Psychologically, unemployment can be devastating. It sounds as if you have experienced that first hand -- past tense, I hope.

When someone is "down and out" and already questioning their own worth and value, it is a cruel joke for the politicians who have made their money on the backs of those hard workers or, even worse, inherited it, to suggest in their rhetoric that such individuals are somehow lacking -- in motivation, in character, in the willingness to work.

To equate a high income and the good life with effort is not intrinsically bad -- we are a nation of hard workers and doubtless many millionaires had to work long and hard to reach their present position. That does not, however, give them the right to assume that the people who didn't make it, the working class, the disabled, the homeless, and the poor, are not hard working or motivated. Social status, education, intelligence, and skills all have an effect on the ability to reach success.

J. Paul Getty noted that he had started with only a mere $100,000 and created an empire. He had no concept of what it means to not only have no start-up nest egg but to have no money, no credit, no resources, and no connections. There will probably always be the working poor among us. We need our politicians to recognize that the "have-nots" are not necessarily lazy or unmotivated but are caught in circumstances that conspire to keep them in their place. It is in changing those circumstances -- increasing educational opportunities, funding employment training programs, providing low cost childcare and medical attention -- that the government can be most useful.

Yes, we make our own opportunities but we need a "climate of the possible" to make it work.
 
Ah now thats something I can truely concur with.
POLITIANS an not an administration can make a difference. I say this because is wasn't that long ago a different group held the power and the story was the same as it is today. It's merely different rhetoric coming from our POLITICIANS that make differences.
Talking and actions are 2 different things are they not?.

Yes thanks it's finally past and things are well in comparison.

As I said in the previous post, I had to seek out those programs that assisted me which turned things for the better. They were the bare minimal but it helped.
I did acheive those goals and so can others.
All power begins with knowledge Virginia. If a person has the knowledge to help those in need, then they have the power.
It's pathetic that today some people prey on the hopes of those less fortunate.
Selling shovels to a man out of work is an example.
If we have the power and knowledge to help others, it should be a crime to request a reward for it.
If a man needs help to fill out an aplication then we as a Good Human being should give it to them. Not sell it to them.

Thats why I have chosen you to share your vast knowledge to those in need. It's the right thing to do.
When our days are at an end, we can look back and know we have at least tried to make a change.
Our politicians are to represent us, not make our decissions.
We have that power and knowledge to make a change for those in need.
We have that power. You and I.
What will we do with it?
 
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