Rejecting the application before giving the person a chance…

I don’t know if this has happened to a lot of job hunters but one trend I am noticing is that if you don’t have a certain specific job history recruiters are not even giving you a second glance. Lets just say for the past couple days I have been applying to major corporations for customer service based jobs that I could do if I was trained properly but I am getting rejected because I don’t have the “proper” background.

Also, this is further a vicious circle because I am applying there to get job experience but I am being rejected because I lack the proper experience. I am wondering if other job seekers out there are encountering this catch-22?  Even with this bad news,  I am needing to stay motivated though since in a month I join the “long term unemployed” group which would be mean I would have been unemployed for six months. I am wondering if anyone else will be joining me in this group soon enough. Also, I noticed that the closer I get to joining this group, the more  I now feel like Marshall where I would be happy to put on pants in the morning.

I think that is just the thing all those unemployed want a purpose, a place to go, a place where they feel like they can make a difference in somebodies life, even if it is just to make them smile or laugh. Or in some cases people just want to feel like they make some sort of positive contribution to society. I guess for me my ideal dream position other than teaching community college would be to help those that are less fortunate have a better life be it through finding work, counseling, helping them survive the jumping through hoops that is completing community college coursework and getting an AA. I have been really wanting to pursue working for a nonprofit or a place where I just get to help people in general.  I guess my last query to you readers is have you come up with dream positions you would like to be employed in when you get hired?

Is it unemployment or leprosy…

    I have been pondering while if unemployment is the leprosy to those that are employed in the same way that single people were viewed in sex and the city (not to imply that single people are lepers I think all my single friends are awesome).  I am beginning to wondering if a lack of work is like a disease no one wants to catch. I say this because of the many articles I have read about those being unemployed for more than six months and not getting hired because they have not been working those past six months, even if they have been actively looking for work.
This is a problem that is further impacted by companies looking for the elusive purple squirrel of a job candidate that may or may not exist. A search that could resist in many interviews and no actually behind hired for the position that is being sought since companies are too nervous in this company to given some people a try with the fear that it won’t work out in the end.
This all seems too much like a catch-22 to me, if you are unemployed you are not hire-able and after a certain point have the plague to some employers.  While, if you are an employer seeking workers their are some really high standards that might not even be met by the unicorn equivalent of job candidates.  This leaves people in a situation where a portion of society is looking for work, and another portion may or may not hire new workers.
I think part of this puzzle could be solved if unemployed workers could be given a shot by some employers to become part of the workforce, so they did not feel like they were the carton of milk that was expired that no one wants to touch much less drink. I have heard some talk of programs where some companies would subsidize some of the wages for companies so that they could hire those who had been unemployed for a long period of time. I am not sure if this will ever happen or not, but its a good start, and gives confidence to those of us who feel like lepers compared to those who are gainfully employed.  So for those who are unemployed or not, what do you think about this employment conundrum that this country if facing?

The search for employment aka as "Hunger Games"

      As of recently I have been applying for most government jobs because they pay well and they are expected to train you pretty thoroughly before you start a position, and also for most government positions if you have a bachelors degree it matters to some extent. I recently had my application accepted for a government position and was thrilled to know that I would get to take the written test to find out if I would make it to the interview process. Also to prepare myself I looked up online what would be on the civil service test for the job so I would at least be mildly prepared at the time of the test.
When, I showed up to where the test was going to be taken their was a line of people, and while I was sitting to wait for our test booklets I guessed that their were at least 100 people taking a test for two departments that were each hiring one person for each of their departments.  This is not a good ratio 100 people taking a test for two positions, I do not like these odds.  Also, I happened to over hear one person who I think for worked for the county saying that they will pick the top seven scores to interview for these two positions. This test is basically used as a smart weeding out tool to determine who to interview and who would be best for these jobs.
This whole situation made me think of the “Hunger Games” series where Katniss constantly has to use various strategies and get a one up on her opponents during these games. Also, I know that I am not the only unemployed person where I live since our unemployment is about 11 to 12% when I last checked it, and I am sure that is not including those who have given up looking for work, or who have been unemployed for the past couple years.  So, I think in my situation is was more like “Hunger Games” magnified combined with feeling like its Darwin’s Survival of the Fittest and the odds are ever not in my favor.
This has me wondering though if this is how I feel after being unemployed for the past month, imagine how other people feel. Also it had me thinking what are the new tools that job seekers need out there to survive in this dog eat dog world where its about if you already have the skills to do the job, and to some extent about who you know?“Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.” –H. Stanley Judd