The World Owes Me

Some young people have had it so good for their whole lives that they fully expect everything to go their way forever. And if it doesn’t, they should sue somebody. There’s a woman in New York who is suing her college because she can’t find a job. Yes, that’s right. The college owes her a job.

This isn’t quite how it works in my world. In the world I live in, employers want the best employees they can hire at the lowest prices. Business owners want to make as much money as they can and they buy labor and everything else as prudently as they can. Since most businesses have competition, they need to keep their costs low to survive.

On the other side are employees, who want to get the best possible job with the best possible salary. That makes sense too.

It’s a supply and demand equation for both sides. Employees are competing with each other for the best jobs. Employers are competing with each other for the best employees.

During the early 20th century things were so off kilter that people worked terribly long days under dangerous conditions for very little pay. The government stepped in and made some rules to set minimum standards for employees.

So within those guidelines, we have a supply and demand situation. So what’s a person entering the workforce to do? Make yourself as attractive to employers as possible. Since employers want employees who have the skills to do the job and will work hard. School can help you gain the skills and knowledge for your chosen field. Work experience, paid and/or volunteer, can help you further those skills. An employer usually looks at your school and work record as an indicator of what you’ll do in the future. Many go-getters work at part-time jobs during high school and college. Many succeed at extracurricular activities. People who have used their time to succeed at difficult challenges are likely to do the same in a new job. The more success you’ve had, the more attractive you are to a potential employer.

This young lady had a GPA of 2.7. Not bad, but you can see how employers would prefer someone with a better GPA. But that’s only part of the story. Did she have successes at part-time jobs, in extra-curricular activities, in volunteer positions? What else did she do to prove that she can and will work hard and well? She graduated at age 27. Assuming that she graduated from high school at age 18 or 19, I wonder what she did with her time since then, other than earning a four-year degree? If she used that time in a productive manner, that should be an asset in her job search. If she was content to go to spend her spare time in a non-productive way, that’s probably what she’ll continue to do. Now that she’s graduated and needs to get a job, this is where it gets tough. Finding a job is the toughest job you’ll ever have. You have to be resourceful and work hard. There’s that doggone phrase again: work hard. You have to network with everybody you know. This is where work experience can really come in handy. Did you work at a volunteer job with someone who knows people who might be hiring? Did you work as in intern in your chosen field? Employers love it when a potential employee comes recommended by someone they know. It greatly reduces their chances of hiring someone who doesn’t have the skills or work ethic to do the job. You need to scour job listings every day, apply and follow up. Social networking on the computer is the newest way to get your name out there. Sadly in this economy and tough job is even tougher. Because there are so many people applying for each job, the employers choose the best of the best and many don’t get jobs. Many people who have great college records and years of success in their chosen fields have lost their jobs and are having trouble finding work.

So she’s been out of college for 3 months, sent out resumes and made phone calls and it hasn’t worked. Instead of figuring out what else she can do, she has decided to throw in the towel and find someone else to blame.

Now that the news had picked up her story, she’s really in trouble. Who is going to want to hire this person? From what I know of the situation, I would expect her to do a mediocre job and then sue her employer for not giving her a raise.

About the Author

Coleen Bennett is a Search Optimization professional. In her spare time, she’s learning website design. Visit her website about solar panels prices and solar panels for sale.

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