I was looking for help and support resources for the HUGE number of unemployed and underemployed people in this country who are probably going to need to find new ways to make a living.
What I found was terabytes of the same old HR pointers and tips regurgitated in multiple different dimensions and folds. With colorful charts, handy bullet points, short lists, you name it.
And not a damn thing that provided the support that they all were instructing you to go find!!
This country, its politics and culture, promote the mythology that hard work and a desire to succeed will result in financial success.
And the reverse of that is that if you are NOT successful, NOT employed, struggling...then you obviously just don't want to work hard enough or don't want success enough. You just aren't trying hard enough. And it is your fault that you are in this situation. You should be ashamed.
The end result? You feel isolated and ashamed. All the benefits you apply for are designed to "weed out" those deemed to be "not trying hard enough", and make you question again and again your own failure.
Washington Post 9/6/2013
The truth? You are legion.
US statistics from January of 2014 shows 10.2 million officially unemployed. 7.3 million are "involuntarily part-time employed" - hours cut or only job available.
And this last bit is a quote from the report:
In January, 2.6 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, little changed from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months.
They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey.Among the marginally attached, there were 837,000 discouraged workers in January, about unchanged from a year earlier. Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.8 million persons marginally attached to the labor force in January had not searched for work for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-16.)
So the math looks like around 11 million people who have no jobs and need one. And another 7.3 million who are getting less work than they need. 13 million people in the US had cancer in 2010
(http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/cancer-prevalence). So where are the support groups for the unemployed? The National organizations advocating for them?
Where is that ribbon?
Why do we still shame those who don't have a job? Those whose jobs have been shipped to other countries, whose industries have vanished, whose skills are no longer valued?
Who does it benefit to marginalize and shame people who need basic healthcare, food, a place to live - because there are no jobs for them?
So take your "7 mistakes of job hunters", fold it until it is all corners and shove it up your arse.