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Unemployment issues due to online life - Love & Humanity Novel

Updated on October 22, 2014
Detail from Labor, Charles Sprague Pearce (1896)
Detail from Labor, Charles Sprague Pearce (1896) | Source

Why does looking for work on the Internet suck!

Who doesn't wish that most companies today would just get rid of the internet only means to applying for their job openings, and submitting resumes to get these non-existent jobs in New York City, and in many other locations in America as well as worldwide.

Unemployment is constant for the most part no matter what moment in time it is of the year or in that of the world. This predominant factor does indeed need to change somehow, as for us humans always having to do without, and for long lengths of time due to lack of employment options.

As for using the internet and online life is concerned, it has indeed put a major damper on how people look for employment, and since the economy isn't doing good at all yet, people tend to give up easily after a while of searching aimlessly for work knowing things are looking grim for them.

Unemployment is universal

"Driver looking for work" Unemployed German laborer in 1949
"Driver looking for work" Unemployed German laborer in 1949 | Source

We need to go back in time

If things were to go back to traditional methods of doing business, where employers were to ask of potential employees to apply for work directly through the work locations where work was indeed available, none of this mess would be happening today.

This may very well correct the unemployment issues if the methods to alert employers and apply for work did indeed get back to normal again, because when you come to think of it, it's become more of a huge problem rather then a solution to things, since everything went up and moved online for the most part.

When you think about it, it truly isn't a fair playing field for us folks whom are looking to gain a real job per say, and we have to face these unrealistic online portals, and website job screening web pages, such as Career Builder, Monster and many other job board websites.

Great depression back in 1930's

Unemployed men outside a soup kitchen in Chicago, 1931
Unemployed men outside a soup kitchen in Chicago, 1931 | Source

What really happened to physically applying for a job

What ever happen to applying for a job at the specific job locations where the openings were actually posted, and what happened to going from store location, or office location to drop off your actual physical resumes?

Those days need to return, because the methods of gaining employment online just aren’t working at all today. This can be proven using statistical data of any corporation’s website, which is where the vast majority of job applicants are now forced to go, to submit their job applications, and resumes.

Out of millions of potential applicants, what do you think is your chances of getting that job position, and especially since its now considered to be accessible by even billions more viewers online, equating to email over load for most companies, and also for respective job seekers in dire need of employment today. Many companies were even forced to put into action a automated system for scanning resumes, which filters out those resumes which lack the keyword effectiveness to fulfill the job requirements.

What we're going through today, is identical in part to this moment during the great depression suggestive by the image below

Unemployed men, marching for jobs during the Great Depression in Canada, 1930
Unemployed men, marching for jobs during the Great Depression in Canada, 1930 | Source

Unemployment is everywhere it seems and widespread

Government unemployment office with job listings, Berlin, Germany.
Government unemployment office with job listings, Berlin, Germany. | Source

Job scouts and Networks

Of course there are online networks (Job Websites) dedicated to scouting, job postings, recruitment, and the likes, but many of them are merely looking for more online users to sell and market to, which is how the web works pretty much, and it’s not a true effective method at gaining employment, because all you get is loads of email by them stating that this job is offered and that job is offered, but in such high volumes that your email account ends up being over loaded.

This is all you receive today mostly, and by looking at all the spam emails one receives, its easy for anyone to clearly see that its just a means to gain these scam networks potential earnings, and not for anyone to actually get anywhere. Simply falling for their online gimmicks they continue to come up with is common place today for the average person.

For over four years since the official collapse of the economy back in 2008, people been seeking employment online, and not a single job interview has been generated for many folks. As for myself I use to apply for jobs on the ground, and never had a problem finding one, and I had gotten job interviews right away.

All these issues with employment need to be fixed and fixed pronto if anyone is to regain a normal functioning lifestyle in America or elsewhere for that matter. Until such a thing occurs many of us will continue to be forced to find alternative forms of earning income on the web, such as Youtube, online writing, freelancing, and so much more new age strategies to survive.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Ericdierker, yes indeed being fair is truly something that we all need today, and I hope with the re-election of president Obama, that people decide to do right for one another, and including those of employers who are forcing folks to go online to seek employment, while at the same time they aren't really thinking about us at all.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @old albion, Thanks bro I dug into my frustrations with that of the online world in terms of being somewhat forced to apply for work in their real world, and not finding anything at all, and for years for most of us.

      I'm currently self employed, but my earnings are far to low to even think of paying rent anywhere, and I currently reside with loving family members who care a great deal, and so you know how it is bro, life is rough today and for everyone.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The value of fair pay for hard work makes a civilization, well, civilized. I hope online labor and enterprise soon adjust to that reality. It is not there yet.

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      Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Mike. Top class hub. We in a civilised society need to feel that we are contributing. Denial of the 'dignity of employment' has floored so many proud men and women. Well done.

      Voted up and all.


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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @always exploring, I hope so,many of us are struggling out here, and that darn Hurricane didn't make matters better for most people here on the East Coast without employment.

      I will be praying for such a change to come, and for companies to wise up a bit, oh and thanks for the cool comment, for sharing, and the visit.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am sure your article will benefit people looking for work, hopefully the economy will bounce back soon...

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Ericdierker, thanks bro for the cool comment, and for taking the negative feedback route, even though I sense its quite the cool sarcasm by you. Nice funny bro!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @MarleneB, living this online life is definitely not for everyone, I persuaded my wife to tag along and join me on youtube.

      I also got my uncle to almost join the online battle there as well on youtube he has one video uploaded (He's an educator, a math tutor part time & self employed too), and he has joined here on hubpages but hasn't found time to write a single hub yet, go figure he works all the time and runs errands all day, plus he's been retire for over 20 years now.

      Me I own my own E-business, I developed it myself, and you know the rest of the story as for what I've done here on hubpages, and I thank you for giving my hubs such awesome reviews each time you have chosen to communicate to me on them.

      You truly as a nice person, and very supportive indeed, I will take the time to make it to your corner of hubpages again soon, I owe you a few visits Marlene, see you then.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I mean this most complimentary. Your article stinks because, well, because it is true.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from USA

      CloudExplorer, I wish you much success in your ground search for employment. But, at the end of the day, I love the idea of being able to earn a living online. If I didn't have retirement income to fall back on, I would not be able to put as much time and effort into trying to make this online thing work. If for no other reason, I want to prove to myself and others that it can work. There are tons of people who are extremely talented, but can't get "regular" jobs because of physical limitations. If they could earn money online, that would be so sweet. I'd like to be a success just so I could share and show them how to do it. Imagine the knowledge we could glean from people who could spend their time sharing their thoughts with us instead of punching a timeclock at mindless jobs just to get a paycheck. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking the almighty paycheck. We all need one of those at the end of the month, so they are nice to have. I just think it would be so cool if people like you could spend your time online, pouring out your wisdom for us to have and use... and you do it because you get paid for it. I'm dreaming, I know, but I'm technically retired and so that's pretty much all I have to do these days. Thank you for all your sharing. I am one who appreciates it a lot.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @MarleneB, yes indeed its a rough situation when humanity depends almost 100% on automated systems, and computing networks to get their business done and all.

      I do like the factors of earning money online, but I hate try to find a real life job online, and lets just hope they will think about creating a law to change the recruiting process back to the way it should be.

      Thanks for the cool comment, and for sharing with me.

      I will definitely begin looking for employment on the ground soon, even though most places will not accept the resume anyhow, that's how my wife got her last two jobs, and still is working at one of them.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from USA

      I really "feel" you on this one. The online process is so impersonal and it allows employers the ability to easily ignore people seeking employment with their companies. I like the old fashioned way of getting jobs. It works. My stepson landed an awesome job using the old-fashioned method. He typed up a resume and went door-to-door- smiling, introducing himself, and handing out his resume. A couple of days later, a manager called him in for an interview. He got the job. That was about five years ago. He still has that job and is loving it. Following in her older brother's footsteps, my oldest daughter did the same thing a few months ago. A lot of companies would not even let her leave a paper resume, so she kept going until she found a company that accepted her resume. Eventually, she got a job and has already been promoted to an assistant manager position.

      Here's the thing about the online process - like you said, it doesn't work. It never has worked and it never will work. We have to get back to face-to-face where there is some sort of commitment to the process.

      Nice hub. I know a lot of companies won't even see people anymore. You can't even get in the door. They hold up their hand and won't even let you hand them a paper resume. You are forced to go online to submit your resume. I hope employers wake up and see that the online process isn't working for them.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @mpropp, thank you for your perspective on this hub topic I chose, I actually quit my day job to start my business, but never knew it would be so hard to look for another job if I needed one that is.

      I wrote this for all those folks whom are unemployed currently, and its a shame all the true, unseen reasons why, you know.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @lrc7815, thank you so much for that cool comment up there, I know right, darn online scheme's and all annoy the mess out of me.

      So if we can't beat em we much join them by going digital ourselves, as in earning online today Hah! thus the reason I've chosen to become a hubpages author, and Youtube video news, and real life video maker (:

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @billybuc, Thanks Bill for the comment as you do so regularly for me, yup working from home it is, I guess, and until them silly scallywags decide to change their policies about recruiting and staffing.

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      Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Interesting perspective Mike. I have been fortunate to not have to apply for any positions on-line, since the new practice of posting your resumes there. I think my company, which is global, does follow this practice now though (when I first got into my position/field 20 years ago, we were still doing it the "old-fashioned" way). I remember getting out of college and spending a lot of time and effort in picking out just the right paper stock to print my resumes! I guess that wouldn't be necessary for doing it on-line, would it....I agree with you, applying for jobs face-to-face seems to be a much better method.

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      You made some great points Mike. I've been unemployed since April and I know that if I could walk into a business with my resume in hand, I would get hired. As it is, I'm nothing more than a piece of paper cometing with hundreds of other pieces of paper. It's really sad. Thanks for shining the light on it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree completely, Mike! This online crap is not working at all. I used to tell my students that they can certainly do the online thing, but nothing beats face-to-face, and to get out there on the streets and do it the old-fashioned way.

      Great information my friend! I wish you a great week of writing and a successful week of business.



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