Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My take on the job market

What’s up with the job market? Is it really that bad? I don’t think so. In fact, I know there are jobs out there. So why are so many people who want to work jobless? Here are my thoughts on the issue.

First, it’s an ‘employer’s market’ so to speak. Because the number of jobs outnumbers the amount of people searching for work, employers are free to restrict what they will accept. That means lower wages for positions that a couple of years ago would have normally paid more. Yes, in many cases the dollars per hour have become outrageously ridiculous. Companies are asking for applicants to have experience and or four-year degrees yet they don’t want to pay more than ten dollars an hour.

Now, many folks are applying for positions just because ‘it’s a job’ without even remotely qualifying for the job posted. I’ve spoken to persons who said they have open slots but that they can’t find skilled workers. I guess playing a cop on a game on your XBox doesn’t count for patrol experience, right? When I lived in Las Vegas, the common complaint from supervisors was that young persons would rather get jobs as a valet at a parking lot or a stripper instead of finishing school and going on to college. The reason provided was that they could make more money in a short amount of time, and maybe move up the chain in the casino or club.

I hear from friends and family that finding open jobs is tough. Before the Internet came about, one looked at the newspaper to see who was hiring. Now, you have to check the Net, but what website do you go to? There are so many it boggles the mind. Some companies have their own sites, yet others use a service. How do you know what place to check for open jobs? Government agencies are just as bad: every city, county, state, and federal are done separately. Once you find a position, you have to fill out endless forms on-line. Not all sites are friendly and even after you fill in the last line, did the application go through? The majority of the sites aren’t very good in feedback. Was the application accepted? Will you hear back one way or another? Who knows if you were even on the correct place? Why isn't there ONE place to fill out an application? If you don't know a company is hiring, how can you try to get hired in the first place?

It’s a mystery. 

I think most of the on-line forms are scams so the Human Resources (HR) can avoid talking to people. HR Departments are the biggest killers of jobs. I don’t understand why they will ‘paper screen’ out one applicant yet will allow another to continue. I also wonder why they take forever to post positions once an employee resigns. If HR will only allow so many applicants, then they should put a time limit on the process, or have the IT department set it up so after so many apps are received, the system locks and a message displays that the applications are closed.  They set job parameters so high; almost no one can meet them. It’s a wonder anyone can get a job.

Yeah, I know...you can only work with what walks through the door. Wait, try going to a company and applying in person. It almost is unheard of anymore. In fact, some of the bigger companies will tell you to go home and get on-line. They forget, no all of America has computer access. 

There are still a few places without cable, hell, still without enhanced 911!! And the FCC is trying to shove the NG911 down the throats of financially-challenged agencies. 

Over-qualified folks are applying for jobs and taking the spots for minuscule pay. That’s making it tough for the average joes & janes to find regular work. How do you pay your bills when the best you can get is part-time or temporary work paying ten or eleven dollars an hour?
Recently my husband tried to change careers. It’s not the first time in his life that he has made a change from one type of job to another. With the Affordable Care Act in place, he thought he’d switch back to medicine from the construction field. He went to an accredited school, completed the class, did an internship, took & passed the certification test, and acquired his state license. It doesn’t matter what he did. Needless to day, it’s been a year now. EVERY job he’s applied for has turned him down. No experience; he’s ‘overqualified’ (really??); he won’t stay after he gets experience; and, from the Veteran’s Association (who actively advertises on TV for folks to apply) – he not a vet). The bottom line, why would a guy in the construction field, a former 20+ years firefighter/paramedic want to work in medicine again? His experience is too long ago to count and his recent training is wasted.

So, there are jobs out there but good luck discovering where they are. What we found out is that you have to apply for a newly posted job on the first day. After that, forget it. Jobs receive so many applicants, HR’s screen out anyone after the first day with exception of specialized positions. Even jobs in law enforcement can be overwhelmed by superfluous applicants who have no business putting in the job. All the people see is work.

What do you think? Am I right or wrong?

Stay safe out there!

Friday, April 18, 2014

San Jose commit regecide and slay the Kings in game one of the Western Conference Quarterfinals

Wow! The San Jose Sharks came out to play last night at the SAP Center. When the horn sounded at the end of the third period, the Sharks were up 6-3, taking the critical first game. Wearing the alternate Black sweaters, the Sharks hit hard in the first period getting goals by Captain Joe Thornton, rookie Tomas Hertl, and fan favorite & alternate Captain Patrick Marleau. As expected, the game was very physical with both sides putting hits on the other. After the third goal, LA Coach Darryl Sutter had the most frustrating expression on his face. Once the fifth goal was scored, the entire LA bench had a hangdog look about them.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tribute To A Best Friend
Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot on the floor....
then I remember,
it's where you used to lie,
but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound....
then I remember,
It's where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the road,
and up beyond the hill,
then I remember it can't be yours....
your golden voice is still.
But I'll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall.
I'll wrap these treasured memorials
in a blanket of my love
and keep them for my best friend
until we meet above.
Author Unknown

On April 11, I lost my companion and friend, Moshuh of 13 1/2 years. Those readers of the blog may recall “Moshuh’s Adventures’. Moshuh and I explored the County parks in western Nevada, primarily Washoe and Carson City counties together. It allowed us to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather while checking out the many dog-friendly areas available to Northern Nevada residents. I had to halt the trips when he just couldn’t handle the excursions.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's time for the National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week again

The annual Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is almost here: April 13-19. It’s time to let your dispatchers know how much you appreciate them.


Spend a full day (or evening) shadowing a Public Safety Telecommunicator (also known as a dispatcher) and see what their job is really like. But before I get in to the in’s and out’s of a dispatcher’s job, how did the National Week come to pass?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Red King: King William Rufus of England

"Here stood the oak tree, on which an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrell at a stag, glanced and struck King William the Second, surnamed Rufus, on the breast, of which he instantly died, on the second day of August, anno 1100. King William the Second, surnamed Rufus, being slain, as before related, was laid in a cart, belonging to one Purkis, and drawn from hence, to Winchester, and buried in the Cathedral Church, of that city."

The inscription on the Rufus Stone which supposedly marks the spot where William Rufus was felled by the arrow.

If one thing is certain, it is being born with Royal blood doesn’t make one safe from harm. Case in point: William, second son of William Guillaume le Batard – more commonly known as William the Bastard or King William the Conqueror (of England). The young son of the Conqueror had reddish hair and a ruddy complexion which landed him the nickname of William Rufus. The King had decided to bequeath Normandy to William’s older brother, Robert Curthose and England to William. A fourth son, Henry wasn’t due to get any land at all. Poor Henry would end up with a pouch of silver, about $5,000. Pounds, once his father kicked the bucket.

The division of the lands wasn’t acceptable by the family. Robert and his father were known to argue over it. In fact, Robert fought his father at the Vexin, in combat. Robert felt he should be heir for all of the lands, not just part of them. It was written by some historians that Robert and William never truly reconciled after the fight and that Robert’s lack of presence at his father’ deathbed was a result of the rift.

King William II also known as William Rufus