I was going to start this off complaining about how tedious and demeaning job searching is, for young people, today.
But something great just happened: I got offered a job! Fantastic!
Despite how happy I am about this, I will still complain about the horrible process young people have to go through, to meet the unrealistic expectations of potential employers, because why not? Yes, I’M happy, but the unrealistic expectations of most employers sets young people, who are desperately searching, down a one way road to dispair.
I mean it’s like they want everything and nothing; yes but also no. Like, for example, they’ll say they’ll take on people with very little experience, but then they’ll state that they’d prefer people with about 10 billion years experience.
‘Cause let me tell you something: your qualifications, your GCSEs, A Levels, BTecs, or degrees, don’t mean anything at all. Honestly, you could have all the degrees and qualifications imaginable, but if you don’t have any experience and you’re up against someone WITH experience and hardly any qualifications, they’ll get the job.
Experience is worth its weight in gold, these days. I mean, like, for example my experience: I have over a years worth of admin experience in an office environment, over 2 years worth of customer service experience (11 months retail face-to-face and 1 year and 2 months telephone customer service) and a customer service qualification. But, if I’m up against someone with even a fraction more experience than me, even if they don’t have the same qualifications, they’ll get the job.
Do you even know how many times my minimal work experience actually fit their job requirements, but I still didn’t get the job? I could sit here and rant to you about just that side of it, but I’d need a week.
It’s so hard, expecially as a young person, because young people are constantly being compared to people who are nothing like them. You could fit all the job requirements and have enough work experience, but if you’re 21 and you’re being compared to a 45-year-old with 10 years’ more experience, your minimal experience is puny, by comparison.
This happened to me more than I can even comprehend. Like, employers shouldn’t even be thinking like that?! They’ll say “sorry but we’ve found someone with more experience”. Well, of course you have. This person is ten years older than me, with ten years’ more experience, and I’m like:
“sorry I’ve not been ALIVE as long as them? I’ll be sure to tell my mum to go back in time, and give birth to me ten years’ earlier, before my other siblings?”
It’s so frustrating. Especially when they pair that statement off with “your interview was excellent, we couldn’t fault you for anything, but…”
This doesn’t just apply to office jobs, either – I actually got turned down by a very cheap supermarket (leaving the name out for legal reasons) because I only had a years’ worth of retail experience. Since when do you need loads of experience to work in a supermarket?! It’s a supermarket, not MI5!
And it works the other way, too: They want you to have all this experience but be young enough to stay with the company for a long time – YOU. CAN’T. HAVE. BOTH!
And don’t get me wrong, I’m sure that most of these people who DID get the job are lovely. I’m just saying the employer’s method for recruiting people is very odd and nonsensical.
You know what’s not helpful? People who are middle-aged and above, saying really unhelpful things like “just get a job” or “in my day, you could walk into a place and get a job, on the same day”. Sorry, Grandma, this isn’t the time for nostalgic moments, because in this day and age, the employers will set so many unrealistic expectations for potential employees, that it’s almost impossible to please them. #justsayin’
Today, I was lucky enough to be offered a job, so my new employer must see my potential, and I’m so freakin’ thankful, for that. Because I left my last job under bad circumstances (I was being bullied and my managers couldn’t be bothered to do anything about it). It really knocked my confidence when I felt like I had to leave my job, but I didn’t have another one lined up.
I have spent just over a month unemployed, but actively looking for work. And I know that’s a generic phrase that’s used a lot, today, but when I say actively, I mean it. I applied to between 30 and 50 jobs per week, had an average of 3 interviews per week and spent almost every waking minute job searching.
And today I was lucky enough to be offered a job, meaning I’d only been out of work for just over a month. But just so you know, four weeks can feel like a lifetime, when you’re unemployed.
I mean, I was already trying to work out my monthly finances, for the next 6 months, to see if I’d even make it. Every week that you’re unemployed is so tedious and every day of unemployment gets you down. And if you live on your own, pay all your own bills, and don’t have anyone to turn to when things get bad, financially, it’s so daunting.
My last job was an apprenticeship, but I was paid very little and had to work so much overtime to make ends meet, that I was killing myself, with the hours I was doing. The job was full-time, anyway, before all the overtime. I was only paid about £800 per month, after tax – and that’s INCLUDING the overtime.
The job I’ve been offered is another apprenticeship but it’s for an AAT Level 3 qualification, which is far better than a customer service practitioner level 2, in every way. And the pay seems really good – like it pays close to 1k per month AFTER tax, by my calculations! That’s the amount you’d expect from a full pay job, not an apprenticeship, so that’s amazing!
I’m in so much debt, right now… who isn’t? There’s a lot of that going on, around here. Everyone is struggling, holding tight to every penny they can get. But then it’s gone, towards the overdraft, before you even have a chance to get it in your pocket. In some ways, I can see how it’d be easy to blame other people for that. You can blame the government all you want, but it doesn’t change anything – we’re all still in the same situation, regardless of who we blame.
But you should blame the government, it’s completely their fault – using tax payer’s money to spend on frivolous, unnecessary things, being paid a ton of money for jack all. All while we suffer. I get that some of them have very important jobs but they’re supposed to represent us and they don’t. They’re posh snobs who thrive off the rich lifestyle and don’t care about anyone but themselves.
And can all politicians please stop being lizards? I mean, really, when was the last time you saw someone from the leading political parties, the house of lords or even the house of commons, who didn’t look like they just rose up from a sewer to go to work? They must elect their leaders based on how lizard-y the candidates are. Seriously, they all look a little lizard-y, but all the leaders of the political parties look too much like lizards, for it not to be true.
Maybe that’s how they get them to elect them as leader! They go full lizard and scare the shit out of them – threatening to get their entire species to take over the world, turning the world into a giant, dark, damp sewer system, if they don’t vote for them.
Didn’t Doctor Who cover something simlar, to this? GASP! It’s REAL!
Wow, I went on a bit of a tangent, there, didn’t I?
Well, I think I’ve said everything I’m gonna say, for one day. So, in conclusion:
– I got offered a job, which I am really happy about
– Job searching sucks because most employers are unreasonable
– Everyone is skint and it’s the government’s fault
– The government are all lizard people, who may or may not use their political power to transform the world into a place only habitable by cold-blooded creatures, thereby rendering the human race extinct.
Yeah, that’s about it.
If you’re one of the few people who do read this, then thank you, I appreciate you all and any support you can give me, in getting this shared on social media.
If you don’t read this then you’re not reading this. Or this. Or this.
Until next time, my sweeties