With Halloween right around the corner, what’s more scary than hobgoblins and ghouls and even Mel Gibson?
Well, the current job market for one.
There are jobs out there, a lot of them, but you had better bring your big guns to the table. From my own research in looking for a new, full-time job, there seems to be a lot of specialty markets looking for just the right person of higher learning and niche experience.
Employers definitely have the upper hand these days as they seem to have their pick of the cream of the crop.
I recently tried to get a position for a local online university and was cut after three interviews. A person I shadowed for the job was so overqualified that she told me she used to make three times what she makes now.
All I can say is that it does not say much for the company I tried to work for if I couldn’t get a job selling college programs to prospective students with a respectable four-year degree under my belt (and good, relevant job experience).
The job I applied for was a good job, maybe not a great job or dream job and definitely not a Millionaire Matchmaker kind of job.
Here is some unpleasant news which we probably already know: a college degree is no longer a guarantee of a good job or well paying job. Most of the jobs I have researched here in the Phoenix metro area require at least a Bachelor’s degree and pay in the mid-30s range. I saw a post for a Master’s level position that paid under 40 thousand.
Yes, these are scary times.
I am noticing employers requiring much more experience, and specific to that of a particular job, along with a degree.
How does a kid coming right out of college get that kind of experience?
For that matter, how does anyone?
I saw a recent job post for Pinal County that preferred over five years of forensic interviewing experience? Huh? Do you have to be able to fly the Space Shuttle too as well? I think these kinds of unrealistic expectations on the part of employers makes it easy for people to lie and tweak their resumes.
Have you personally led an expedition to Antarctica?
Can you speak ten languages, run a marathon, and breath underwater?
Do you have a Phd, a MD and a JD with film acting experience and a black belt?
Personally, experience is a bit overrated. With the right training, anyone can be taught to do about any job.
The problem is, no one wants to take the time (or money) to train anyone properly. Education had taken a backseat to almost everything in every level of our modern society. As long as the TVs get bigger, who cares?
Arizona remains at an unemployment rate of over 9%. Read more here.
The US Post Office has been supposedly hiring part-time jobs with no benefits around the state, but there may not be a post office much longer so those jobs may even disappear. They were actually offering a position that was essentially a reserve to the reserve.
Read more on the troubles of the US Post Office here.
I was told the post office is losing money because of declining mail volumes. Interesting. If I don’t check my mail for three days, it is absolutely bursting full.
I wish the mail volumes were decreasing.
I wish for a lot of things.
A good, well paying, full-time, and satisfying job soon would be on that list too…