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Getting a Job and Keeping It Ain't What It Used To Be

Updated on August 2, 2010

Two Unemployed People

"What this country needs is more unemployed politicians"- Edward Langley.

My step-dad and I are both unemployed- it's the American way. Both of our situations are quite different: He has 45 years experience, including owning his own business, but never set foot in an institution of higher education. I have an impeccable education status, a finely tuned resume, but only a few years of actual experience. Basically, we are two people who represent the masses of those unemployed; some are skilled, some are educated, and if they're educated and skilled, they're probably still looking for work too.

Albert Einstein For Hire

"What is the good of being a genius if you cannot use it as an excuse for being unemployed?" - Gerald Barzan.

It's during this time that I wonder what people like Albert Einstein's resume would look like. Would a current employer even take a second glance at him? What would be his range of job opportunities? HeĀ dropped out of school, quoting his creativity got lost within the confines of strict learning methods. When he decided to go back to school, he failed the entrance exam. When he finally redeemed his education status, he only excelled in two areas: physics and math. After he graduated, it took him years to finally find a teaching job. Knowing all this, it doesn't make me feel as bad about my unemployed status.

Today, getting a degree, being 'well-rounded' (good at everything), and putting on a good game face during an interview is an expectation of employers. There are probably unemployed geniuses and unfound talents looking for work as I write this hub. There are also employed people with talent and knowledge being wasted at dead-end meager jobs that stunt their spirit.

Government's Responsibility

"One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed" - Oscar Wilde.

I applied for a federal grant/loan to get an applicable certification, which would give me hard skills in a particular area, but federal government will not approve it because I had to be a 'degree seeking' applicant. Government wants us to get degrees, but what are they doing about all the unemployed degree holding people knowing that proof of skills is what employers are really searching for.

The irony of education is you learn how smart you are and what you are capable of, then you are turned loose into the real world where you work in a job that is far below your intelligence level. You are now smart enough to realize you are capable of so much more, but stuck in this job because of a bad economy. Gone are the days when someone worked a job their entire life and felt secure and compentent for that exact position.

Government is taking control, and I don't mean this in a favorable way. Obama is ensuring government has more control over more things in our country than ever. Is this good? People will vehemently argue both sides, but I'm not doing that here. People are already foregoing love and family in place of pleasing employers just to keep their meaningless job. Many generations ago, we depended on our family to support us and be our support system, and now we depend on the government.

Quote from 1999 Office Space movie - "We don't have a lot of time on this earth. We weren't meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements."


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      John Biasutti 5 years ago

      For all those complaining older people out there let me say that the one thing that you do not want is a job that continually challenges your creativity and skills.

      This is what leisure time is for.

      If the job continually requires you to use your creativity and problem solving skills then you will burn out after about three years.

      This is the sort of job that continually throws problems up in your face, requires endless tests and trials and at the end of the day requires more cleaning up disposal costs for bad product.

      The type of job that you want is a stable, predictable job which can be done the same way all the time perfectly.

      Just remember : Creativity = Waste; Predictability = Profit.

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      Lizett 8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      thanks for the comments.

      Mindfield~ Being in several types of jobs, I've noticed it's the least skilled in the highest positions. They are jealous of those below them who may either threaten their position or have better or more creative skills. That's why they squash every ounce of spirit from us.

      Yes, jmell did get it right. I'm over 30 and I never have been unemployed until a year ago and it's amazing how employers will bypass you if they get a notion that you have a family/kids and other responsibilities of someone over 30. They want kids who don't know how to set boundaries and will put up with abuse, etc.

      The worst job I had as far as working with mean-spirited people was in a Human Resources department- you'd think they would be a little more humanistic.

      Einstein is just one of the historical greats that wouldn't fair well in our employment climate right now.

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      MindField 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Izetti, you knocked this one out of the park. I blame the heart attack I had on June 1 not a little on the horrible jobs that came before it. I have great skills, seem to be hired for those great skills, then get shunted into icky little spaces ruled by mean-spirited, narrow-minded, and often downright cruel trolls who get their jollies making me do the most menial things that require no skill at all.

      The quotation you picked for the end of your article was the best I've ever seen on the subject.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Meaning is the holy grail of life today. Thank you for this hub, Izetti.

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      Very true and great presentation of the real world. Jmell's comment hits home in our household as at a certain point you realize if you are over 30, a whole lot of jobs are given to the young, who can be paid less, pushed around more, etc.

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      I like the note of getting Einstein hired by some company. I bet that he will never be hired nowadays!!! Great hub dear.

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      Lizett 8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      That's almost a whole other hub about employers hiring "old"er people. YES! Employers want drones and worker bees with no thinking outside of the box, I mean cubicle. Well at least you're getting back constructively by starting your own business. I'm always reminded of the movie "office Space" when people talk about getting back at employers.

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      Jmell 8 years ago from El Paso, Texas, USA

      Oh....your statements are so true! I finally finished my education after 25 yrs and got my bachelors thinking I would land a GREAT job now. Hahahaha - joke was on me.

      What I'm facing is that employers don't want OLD people or those with "set" ways......because employers are moving into the global direction and prefer robots or simple worker bees.

      LOL.....ok, so I got even - I'm opening my own business.