Augu. 3, 2011: I’ve always been a stargazer. When I was a little girl I always looked for the Big Dipper hovering above the northwest side of our house in ND as you walked up the sidewalk. I looked for it every night. I used to look up descriptions of stars and constellations in our set of encyclopedias. These books were purchased in the early 1960s by my parents, and at the time met my young research needs. However, my parents still have them. In fact Pops/Fast Eddie still digs them out when he wants some information on a subject. Needless to say, he will find that Pluto is still classified as a planet!
To this day, I search the sky for the Big Dipper wherever I travel. I also look for Orion the Hunter and Leo the Lion. I was thrilled many years ago when I traveled to Australia, where the Southern Hemisphere skies contain some different constellations, such as the Southern Cross.
So what do stars and constellations have to do with job hunting? While I was sitting on my patio at dusk on a recent evening watching the first stars begin to twinkle, I was thinking over the events of the day and was still miffed about recent articles reporting some employers are specifically or in a subtle way saying “the unemployed need not apply.” I recently came across just that in a position description, in which I met nearly all the criteria except for “Applicants must have a minimum of 18 months in current position, and a solid/satisfactory or above performance rating.” What?! Are you kidding me? I have stellar experience and skills specific to this position, an outstanding, long-term reputation in my industry, fabulous references, long-term employment in several positions, but you won’t even consider me because I am currently not employed! What?! How does that make sense!? It makes even less sense when you consider the incredibly high national unemployment rate and an economy that well, quite frankly, sucks!
It seems to me that these employers should do their part in assisting in decreasing the unemployment rate by seeking out the unemployed, or, at the very least, considering them. They certainly should not rule them out entirely! It seems nonsensical and even mean-spirited to specifically rule them out! It’s as if these employers view the unemployed as workers whose star power has started to dim or fade. I think in some ways quite the opposite is true. In the job seeking groups I attend, I have met many extremely talented and highly capable workers (shining stars!) from all types of fields, who are so very eager to work. Many of them volunteer, work part-time, and take classes and workshops to stay abreast of the latest work skills in their field. You can’t tell me these people are any less qualified or employable than the currently employed. In fact, I would bet money that they would be the most ambitious, hardworking, dedicated employees you could hire!
So employers – listen up! We are employable. Very much so! I absolutely guarantee we would be a highly valuable, extraordinary, beneficial addition to any team of company constellations.
Lisa Jager, Professional, Talented Job Seeker!