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{January 7, 2010}   Unemployment Woes

A dear friend said to me, “You are too talented to be unemployed for long.”  A wonderful thought, but unfortunately not relevant in today’s job market.  There are many talented unemployed people all scrambling to stand out.  Employers are looking for the person with the perfect skills and the perfect experience.  What they are not taking into account is the “x factor”, which includes work ethic, personality, and ability to work with others, which in today’s world is termed “emotional intelligence”.

Whenever I have been in a position to hire someone, a large factor in my recommendation to hire them was always my impression and intuition as to whether I thought they would fit in and whether I thought they had the right attitude.  Usually my instincts were right.  The only time it didn’t work was when I desperately had to hire someone, and I had to go with the best of a group where no one hit me just right.

My husband had an experience in the job market last year that reflected a company’s lack of consideration of the “x factor”.  My husband was told he was a finalist for a job.  He drove four hours each way for several interviews.  They picked someone else.  He later heard that the person they picked called the day he was supposed to start and said he had taken another job.  The human resources person called and asked if my husband was still available, but told him about a lesser job.  A few days ago he got another call, indicating they still didn’t pick the right person.  My feeling is that they got what they deserved.  If driving four hours each way for an interview of a couple of hours is not an indication that someone wants and would value a job, I don’t know what is.

All of this is to say that I have days when I am very discouraged and feel terribly frustrated by my inability to get someone interested in me.  I know I am not alone, but that doesn’t make me feel better.  I wish for all my compatriots that they would also find satisfactory employment.  Even the most talented and intelligent people can feel worthless in today’s society.


Working Woman says:

It’s a sad commentary when someone so gifted is unable to find employment. The good news is that it only takes one. One person to realize your personal and professional value. One person to realize what an asset you would be to their organization. One person to hire you and realize your worth.

It will happen soon.


oatmeal4dinner says:

Our society places a heavy emphasis upon one’s work. One of the first things a stranger may ask you is “what do you do?”. Many of us are also taught from a very young age about the importance of work. This leads many people to correlate their work very closely to their own self-worth. In fact, their self-esteem rises and falls with their level of career “success”. The good news is that one’s work is not who they are. Included in the measuring stick should also be the reflection of one’s own values in their work. Someone who is not working still has the opportunity to make important contributions to society. I like to call this “Opportunity in Disguise”. With that said, I hope that your spirits are soon lifted and you are able to find the right opportunity very soon.


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