by Jerry Firman
The first part of that headline is not a come on. It is a statement of fact. I don't care whether you live in Alaska, Alabama, Florida or American Samoa. There is a job available. For many, that job may not pay anything but if they don't take that job they may never get another opportunity to work.
The Apply Now! relates to each of us applying ourselves to gaining a fruitful income and providing ourselves with a better lifestyle. We can do that by applying ourselves and our knowledge and our assets to the job at hand. This won't be easy but good things often come that way. We have to work at them.
One of the first things the jobless need to understand is that work and a job are not the same thing. Work is getting something accomplished. A job is just an opportunity to engage in some accomplishment. If you don't understand that then I really do have a job for you.
What do you have to offer an employer? If you say you will do anything, then go do anything because employers want people who will do particular tasks. Is your knowledge up to snuff? If not there are millions of books on the subject. The Internet is rife with great chances to learn. All kinds of self education is available. Make use of it. It will help towards doing that job.
What skills do you bring to the work bench? Are they up to date? There was a time when the carpenter cut a 2x4 diagonally and placed it between studs to create rigidity. No more, last I looked they just put a 4x8 sheet of whatever up and, Wallah, rigid walls. So just because you did something one way on your last job, that doesn't mean it will be that way now. Bring yourself up to date.
Nothing attracts like people working. Ever notice when there is a major construction job in your city the people come out to watch? Sidewalk supervisors often grow to the point they impede the labor of the workers. By the same token employers are attracted to those who are working. They know if you are working and apply for a job you will mostly keep right on working.
So, if you are unemployed, can't seem to get a job and really want one, you have to be willing to work. A man out mowing his lawn might attract a job with a landscaper. A woman detailing the family car might be seen by an auto dealer and put her to work in his body shop. An IT that is out of work could build a solar panel or two, mount them on roof or in yard and attract more attention than he wants. And maybe the attention of an electrical contractor that would provide him a job so that he could work.
If all else fails, become self employed. If you have work assets you can be self employed. You may not be entirely successful working for yourself but you sure will impress a prospective employer when he knows you never quit working even when you lost a job.
Then there are those among us who are sitting on our laurels clipping coupons and wondering why things are going to hell. Maybe we are part of current problems and need to start being solutions. There are many people who are so tied up in what they have done or are doing they lose sight of their neighbor. Their tunnel vision says the whole world revolves around themselves. We need to look outside ourselves and see what we can do for our neighbor. Maybe we don't need a job but can help her/him find one. Maybe we could even activate ourselves and create some jobs.
Thanks for being here.