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Why I hate Searching for Traditional Jobs
Hello there. If you are following me, then I owe you this warning; This is one of those Rant articles that I write from time to time. Over the past few weeks I have been very despondent about my current situation and felt that it was time to vent, and so you will not find any information about comics, nor any advise about freelance writing, sometimes you just need to acknowledge that life is not a box of chocolates, that you're mad as hell, and you're not going to take It anymore!
Let me preface this hub by coming right out and saying that I'm an idiot.
Why am I saying that you asking?
Well it has a lot to do with the fact I'm one of those Americans that are contributing to the unemployment statistics in the state that I live in, and while I'm not happy about that fact, I'm also really not totally unemployed.
I started writing articles as a freelance writer over a little over a year ago, and I even started my own company with the help of someone to help me get started. I write mostly for what are termed content mills, and I try to do marketing for my business when I have the chance which lately hasn't been possible.
That being said, I still have pangs of guilt when I drive my wife to her factory job, a job she's held for more than 30 years now because like so many days that have come before, I come back to our home and I start (or continue) my writing assignments or start something here on Hubpages.
So over the past few days, I tried doing the traditional thing and have filled out job applications. I can't tell you how demeaning and frustrating it is to go through this process at my age. Applying to factory jobs, first through an email to the HR Director of some company, and then actually going to the facility itself and filling out an application, only to either never get a call back or better yet receiving a form letter in the mail saying that "we want to thank you for filling out a job application, but unfortunately we've decided to go in a different direction."
It almost makes me wonder why I even bothered in the first place. With so many Americans out of work, it's sort of like going to a cattle call when you're applying for a job now, and it disgusts me because I read all of the news reports about Americans being out of work for two years or more and I realize that I may be one of those people who unless they find another way of earning a living may wind up by the wayside.
I just went and applied to a local hardware big box store here in town, and that was a bit of a disappointment also. I interviewed with a department manager, and the store's HR Directer, who was probably old enough to be my daughter. I was told by this pleasant young lady that she would be interviewing another person this week and that their process was lengthy, and I left disgusted.
I'm not quite dead yet people, I'm just a little older than some other people who may be applying for your just above minimum wage job position. Honestly I can't believe that it should be this hard for someone to get hired at a job that pays more than the minimum wage when they are perfectly able to work.
So as I wait to hear from another possible employer that they decided to hire someone else, I have to continue to pin my hopes on my continued efforts at writing articles that I hope captures the imagination of someone like yourself, and can possibly understand my fears, frustrations and overall displeasure with an America that has forgotten many of it's own people in order to meet it's bottom line by out sourcing many manufacturing jobs to other countries that pay pennies for the same labor that we used to perform here.
In America, the land of political jockeying, recessions and unemployment that threatens many Americans...and I'm one of those threatened by the current apathy that we all live with here in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Downtrodden.