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Why I hate Searching for Traditional Jobs

Updated on March 14, 2012

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.


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    • animekid profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hello jpcmc.

      In my case it's not about finding a job I like, it's about the difficulty of getting hired period. On the other end of the spectrum, I keep thinking that even now, I do not appreciate what I have.

      I get to get up everyday and run my own business, be my own boss and I'm only limited by my own drive and ambition.

      I think I have to remember that above all else, while I'm struggling I've taught myself how to do this and I'm making my own way, and when I look at things from that perspective... Honestly I should be ecstatic.:)

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      JP Carlos 

      6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      My dad often told me that if I found a job i truly love i'll never work a day in my life. It's alsways nice to do what you love but then again, we need to earn a living. Because of this I work and i do what I love. In many instanvces they are two different things. I envy those who earn from doing what they love.

      You're not alone in the world of people in search of satisfaction. All I can say is good luck to all of us!

    • animekid profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Upstate NY

      Wow. It looks like my rant hit home. I want to thank all of you for commenting on this topic. It's actually a real sore point for me at now. I want to reply to each of you so...

      @NeilsHotDeals I'm actually going to be working on a podcast talking about working as a freelance writer, and another project.

      @lifelovemystery thanks for understanding. I'm already a Linkedin Member, and when I first joined I had someone who reached out to me to help me get started and I owe that person a lot.

      @LucidDreams thanks for the encouragement. It's hard to stay focused on running a business when the bill collectors are always calling. I do have a few clients at this point but honestly, this is still a way of life that I'm not used to, and I have a long way to go. baby steps .

      @mours sshields to you I applaud your choice to take care of your family. I just think that it's become more of a market for employers than for those seeking employment. My daughter has an associates degree in journalism and she just a semester away from getting her bachelor's degree I believe, and she's not working in that field at the moment, and they way things are now, who knows if she ever will.

      @coffeegginmyrice I totally understand what you're going through. Last year, I blew through what little pension I money I had, I did work a few crap jobs in between but honestly nothing that was substantial. The last job that I was hoping would turn into a full time position, wound up lasting three days. Needless to say I was not a happy camper.

      Again thanks to all of you for commenting and let's hope for a better tomorrow...I know that cliche but it's all I've got. :)

    • coffeegginmyrice profile image

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      It is the same here in Toronto, Ontario. I have four months left to my employment insurance and my savings is draining to the only very important expenses: bills, grocery and my 16 yr. old daughter's monthly allowance for commuting to school and back. I have even cut her lunch allowance to zero because I cannot afford it for now. My RSP and RESP contributions had gone to a halt. I have to keep being hopeful and be persevering. Good luck to you. Don't give up.

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      mours sshields 

      6 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      I can understand your frustration. I'm in my early 50's, and haven't worked much outside the home for many years.

      I stopped to raise my kids and have worked with my autistic son for many years.

      I'm constantly looking for more consistant work. It's frustrating!! Atleast, I'm not the only one. Thanks for

      writing on this.

      Marcia Ours

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      6 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida

      So many are having the exact same problem. I really think that working online as you are, and figuring out a way to start a new service business on the side is a great way to go.

      This is your chance to take charge. Good luck to you!

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      Michelle Orelup 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      animekid I feel your pain. I have been unemployed for eight months and accepted a job offer yesterday. I wrote a hub about it yesterday. Are you familiar with using or If I can help, give me a shout, and I wish you the very best. Trust me, I understand the rant.

    • NeilsHotDeals profile image


      6 years ago from New York

      All I can say is that keep writing and develope your own brand so that you can stand out.


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