originally posted by: DragynWyllow
Macman, Not everyone has the choice to work anywhere they want on a whim. Most of the time it simply comes down to being hired. If getting hired were
that easy, with my employment history, even without a degree, I should have businesses clamouring to hire me! And I did, before 2009. Unfortunately
that is not the case. I've mainly been turned down because $10/hr was simply too much to ask for. They want part-timers, people who probably still
live at home with their parents so that their need for more hours and more money is greatly reduced. They want degree-level skill for entry-level
wages and time.
A few things that came out of the paragraph that I thought worthy of discussing further.
First, it's government intervention and regulations that make people a bigger and bigger financial risk to take on. The shift in the US is quite
likely to be towards low staffing numbers and part time/contractors rather than full time. This is one of the expected impacts of the Affordable Care
Act, which essentially penalises employers who exceed a certain number of employees. Of course, there are plenty of large companies who realistically
have no way of cutting staffing to those levels, but even there they will be making staffing decisions on the basis of limiting outlay as much as
Sorry, I said it was penalising companies, I mean to say that it "encourages employers to be socially responsible", by making it increasingly
financially nonviable to employee people full time.
On top of that, increases in regulations generally lead to increased employer contributions/payments in relation to staff - not payments to staff, but
payments to the government.
Of course, that isn't so bad if the regulations actually help the company make more money... but when has a regulation ever done that?
So one of the first hurdles you are facing in your jobsearch is that the government is slowly pricing you out of the market - you are too big a
financial liability to take on as a new employer unless the company have no other choice. Or unless you have some stellar money-making skills that
will outweigh the potential additional costs. Basically, you get paid less because government intervention has reduced your value to the company. The
company aren't considering the $10 p/h you ask, they are considering the $10 + all the other contributions on top
p/h that you will actually
Now, on to the second hurdle. It's a buyer's market. Less jobs means more people looking so wages go down. Basic economics, especially when employment
represents such an increasing liability for the employer. They want degree-level candidates for entry-level work because people with degrees will
agree to do it
. Often those sorts of requirements are simple filters to reduce the massive number of applications they will receive. In a better
market where those candidates could justify holding out for a better wage, the companies would either have to offer more or drop the requirements for
Don't blame the "big corporations" - they are some of the few that can still afford to hire you despite the government regulation of the market. Blame
the government for creating a situation where many companies are simply too frightened to hire because the government has made you - yes you,
personally, and every other person looking for a job - into a liability. Sad times indeed.
All that aside, good luck with your search and I hope you find a job that will support you both financially and professionally.
Edited to add:
one of the best decisions I ever made was to work for myself - though I am actually required to be self-employed for one of my
roles anyway, as certain work is not allowed to be carried out from "behind" a company due to a requirement for personal accountability.
Lots of companies love having a good working relationship with a trusted outside contractor - they can pay to get a job done, one payment, none of the
hidden extras that come with employment, and they only need to pay me for agreed work. No sickpay, pensions, holiday pay, health insurance... they can
pay me more per hour than an equivalent employee, while still paying less per hour overall as there are no additional contributions needed. I have
never been so happy in my work, even with all the additional risk I have to take on.
If you have a skill set and experience that is genuinely that needed, look into starting up your own firm, even as a one-man band. Also, once you
start exploring the red-tape and hassle that surrounds running a company, you might have a lot more sympathy for them
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EvillerBob because: (no reason given)
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