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Are you really doing "everything" you can, to get a job?

14 December 2012, 15:22
Our Pres believes that a large percentage of the unemployed are also unemployable - this effectively means that these unfortunates (currently) lack the skills needed to enter the labour market at its most basic level. If you are in this situation, what are You doing to change it?

I once read (somewhere) that a person's pride dictates what work they are willing to accept. E.g. You might be too proud to work as a cashier in a large retailer or as a packer behind the counter. It might be worse, you might see the job as a receptionist as one which is completely beneath you. I pity you and I wish you (if the shoe fits) the best of luck (even if it's only 4 numbers and the bonus).

I'm convinced that most of the unemployed are capable of at least learning a skill.

When people are considered for employment, this potential is usually explored at some stage during the interview process. What usually works against the candidate (i.m.o.) is their ability to communicate effectively. I'm not saying, develop a twang or a United States of South African accent. Improve your language skills is the message. Get rid of the slang and break the belief that you need to know big words to get your point across effectively. Listening skills helps as well. Don't misinterpret the interviewer and jump to conclusions that they are all bloody agents. Remove chip from shoulder, add to fire and walk away.

I recently read a half-decent article about the availability of online open-educational material and its applicability in the current economy...and from my own collection of PDFs and manuals (a few Gigs) I can relate. There is a vast amount of information (good and bad) online. The more you acquire (royalty free if you can), the greater is your (unemployed or not) capability of being employed. You might even go the private school way of starting your own venture or initiative - either way, Good for you. 
Go out and read. Read until you comprehend. Try until you succeed and Excel when you get that job!

Disclaimer: I have purposefully elected to ignore the fact that some h/w and s/w might be required...there are unemployed people with smart phones, while I'm still rocking my beat up Nokia N82.

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