Thursday, July 22, 2010

how i am offended daily by job searching

i look for jobs every single day. all kinds of jobs, in all sorts of locations. i'm still being picky a bit, to the extent that i'm not applying for just anything... i'm applying for types of jobs that i think would actually interest me and that i'd enjoy being a part of. things like working for photographers. and psychics. no really. i totally applied for a job working with a psychic.

anyway... i can't tell you how infuriating it is to come across job postings for things like "executive assistant" and then you read the job description and they are clearly wanting an experienced and seasoned exec assistant who has years upon years of experience assisting high level execs. and then you scroll down to the pay and it says some bullshit like $10 dollars an hour. and it takes everything in me to not respond to the ad and ask them what the fuck their problem is. because who in their right mind looks for an EXECUTIVE (not administrative) assistant with YEARS of experience and then offers them a pay range that is basically like spitting on them?!?!? it's disgusting to me. and completely offensive.

not to mention the fact that $10 dollars an hour is LESS than i make on unemployment. and it's barely more than minimum wage. no one in california can live off of $10 dollars an hour as a grown up. see, i'm a grown up and i need grown up money.

i just don't understand what companies are thinking. and it's not just one listing i've seen. it's been multiple. also the listings for jobs where the responsibilities and job duties you'll have are almost a full page lenth long in list form... and once again, pay range is $10 bucks an hour.

are places doing this right now because people are desperate so they know they can offer no money, but still get quality workers? or are they not getting quality workers? because i'm a complete and total quality and amazing employee who does a fan-fucking-tastic job, but you won't find me at this point in my unemployment even entertaining a job offer that pays $10 bucks an hour. or $12. i'm not in the business of fucking myself. and i'm sure if i was, i'd make a hell of a lot more money.

i just think that if you're looking for quality employees who are knee deep in their careers already, you should pay them what they're worth. pay them for the experience that you're requiring they have. otherwise, you need to advertise for entry level positions and then pay them crappy entry level wages.

i just think it's crappy. and rude. and freaking offensive. at least to me it is.

9 comments:

R said...

you are absolutely brilliant, and 100% correct. it's a bunch of bullshit, no wonder they aren't getting any good workers - hell, if I was making $10/hour I'd be pissy and one of those employees who doesn't give a shit about their job... ridiculous. nicely put.

Ericka said...

just out of college, i went on an interview and was told that, given the job market (in ohio around 2000), they could hire me or they could hire someone with 20 years of experience who could run the factory. the hiring manager told me that they knew that when/if the job market picked up, they'd lose him but in the meantime they were getting one hell of a deal.

so, if they can get away with it, they'll totally screw you. ironic that so many people are so against unions when they protect you from this kind of crap.

anyway, good luck on the hunt!

Katie said...

so fucking true!!!! the other day my boss let it slip that she hired me at my pay rate - which is the same rate she started with the company 10 YEARS AGO!!! THANKS A LOT!

SUEB0B said...

Many employers are taking total advantage of the recession. I even saw a company (Fresh & Easy) BRAGGING that they pay their workers minimum $10 per hour.

The worst are these ads for bloggers. They will be like "Must have extensive experience in construction and home repair and writing, professional journalism experience only. Must provide own photo equipment and be a great photographer. We need 2 posts a week and pay $4.73 per 350 word post." WHAT THE EVERLOVING HELL, PEOPLE????

Nyt said...

It's no consolation, but it's that way everywhere. Capitalism by its very nature is subject to the laws of supply and demand. There's a tremendous supply of workers out there and a limited amount of jobs. Add that to the fact that businesses exist with the sole purpose of making money?? And you end up with what we've got. I have friends right now who are being offered a full 50% less than what they were earning, even with their education and experience. It's both humbling and infuriating at the same time.
@Erika I know some folks think that unions protect you from things such as this, but it's not necessarily so. While the union might guarantee you $50 an hour, there will only be a single job available. We've just ended a laborers strike here and businesses are now looking around knowing that they can no longer afford to hire more than a skeleton crew at union scale. Instead of creating new jobs in the next year, these businesses are looking at maybe being able to create a new job in the next 3 years. That 12% percent increase over the next few years that the union demanded might have been 1 new job for every 4 union employees if used another way...

norcalgirl28 said...
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norcalgirl28 said...

Oh Jenn you so sound like me when I was looking. I would read all the computer skills you need, the legal programs you need to know and then get down to the pay rate, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT, and they are offering less than a third of what I made ten years ago. AND these are firms that I KNOW paid far more than this just five years ago. Like you, I have almost responded to them to ask what the hell they are thinking by completely insulting people with this pay offer Plus, you are obviously not going to get anyone with any sense of pride in themselves to apply for the job. If you don't have pride in yourself, you aren't going to give two shits about the work product you turn out. They just don't seem to get it though as it has been going on for almost two years.

Megan said...

Their making any sense about their jobs. I like what you said on this blog and It's really true.

judy in ky said...

You're right. It is crappy and rude. The rich get richer, and the little people get nothing. Not fair!