Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Workforce + Workplace = Not a good fit

I just got the biggest disappointment of my life...okay, that's a bit dramatic...I am sitting here eating a yummy PB&J sandwich...and I had also grabbed an orange from my fridge on my way out. Well, I decided to eat said orange...but turns out the sucker is a overly bitter, small grapefruit!!! WTF?!

Oh well...

Anywho...back to well, a normal bloggity-blog topic...

I'm kind of laughing at the job market right now. There are quite a few unemployeed folks out there (my lovely Steven included) that are struggling far too much. We're finding that you're either under-qualified (oops, didn't take those last few courses in college) or over-qualified (gosh, I thought I was just being generous on my resume!). My question is: WHAT THE HECK MAKES YOU "JUST-RIGHT-QUALIFIED"???!!!

There ought to be guidelines posted on every single company window. Like in Europe (and some bigger cities I've noticed) where they post the restaurant menus outside so you can see what kind of joint it is before you even touch the door handle... Is that an unreasonable request?!?! I think, essentially, it would weed out all the people that flood the job postings that think because they've, for instance, looked at a forklift that must mean they can drive one! Right? NOT....

Maybe I'm just utterly bitter at the fact that I no longer have the option to be a stay at home mom and that also means I'll more than likely only get about 2 weeks off once the child is here. I have enough to take roughly 3 weeks off, but my mom wants to take a little trip up to Idaho to take a 5 generation picture and introduce my baby to her great-great-grandma (definitely don't want to miss that!)!! So I'm saving up some days to do that little venture...

I don't want my bitterness to extend elsewhere, but really, what are we doing America?!?! Why aren't things going the way they should?!?! Why am I feeling like this is all a downhill spiral that we'll never recover from...

3 comments:

Robin said...

Do you not get maternity benefits down there, paid by the government?

We get 12 weeks of maternity benefits along with up to 38 weeks of paternity benefits...so almost a whole year paid for by the government. Mind you, it's only 55% of what you were making prior to taking the leave but it's still something.

God, there is something seriously wrong with the US government.

Do you get any money from the government for having a child?

Apryl said...

I get laid off next month, and the job search has been daunting.

I took the first year of Dylan's off, collected unemployment and got state aid.

It happens.

Kendra said...

The only leave I qualify for as a part time employee is taking up to 12 weeks off but using all available vacation time...so basically I'll have 3 weeks paid and I could take the other 9 and still have my job secured but I wouldn't be paid!