A vent perhaps, but something that needs to be said, what does it take to get a decent job? Within the last year and a half I’ve applied to more jobs than God knows and I just don’t get it, some have had the courtesy of replying back and others, who knows. Of the one’s that do I either get your “over qualified” or “under qualified” (for the same job description) or a computer generated “dear John” message “we’ve decided to go another route”. I know that I’m qualified for over 90% of them and yet I’m still looking for that career, not just a job. A 10 percent unemployment rate for Hispanics/Latinos those numbers don't really seem to mean as much or translate into much that is tangible for those communities. I know because I am one of those Hispanic Americans who are unemployed. Every time I hear the words "are things better for you now than they were 4 years ago" I cringe. While I never have stopped looking the grind of constantly applying and not finding anything has taken its toll. I live in stark contrast to the mantra being freely passed about that espouses the idea that a certain demographic in this country is lazy, don't want to work, and want government handouts. While my situation could be improved slightly by seeking assistance, I choose not to. I want a job because working for what you want is the ethic that I was raised on. I don't want a check handed to me and I don't want to take away from someone else. While freelancing has kept some kind of income flowing, having a job right now would not only offer me the ability to be more independent, but would also allow me to pay down debts that I have incurred.
Most HR departments have no methodology to determine what is going on in a prospective job applicant's life. They scan the resume and does a background check and if anything doesn't fit into their "template" of an ideal candidate - they go on to the next person.
There are too many people like me who send out resumes daily, faithfully, spending hours searching for jobs but never quite finding one. Not qualified for one, but overqualified for the other. It's hard to be entrepreneurial with very limited funds and no steady source of income. While minorities are disproportionately affected, the bottom line is we are all Americans.
We want to work, I want to work, and we need there to be jobs, not only for our own good, but ultimately for the good all of us.