reply to post by Grower
Whether this is right or wrong is irrelevant. It is not illegal (nor should be, as "right to work" means something to people who enjoy freedom and
liberty). But it is a well known viewpoint that many companies share, and it isn't new. This has been making headlines for a few years now (search
ATS and you will find a few threads on it, using other articles as launch points in the OP).
Since I was aware of this, when I became unemployed in February (new ownership bought the hotel i managed) i got creative. Some of my civic roles can
be seen as a "job" if i expand my activities to take up more time (such as doing more Chamber of Commerce business, since i am on the Board, even
though it is nonpaid work it keeps me active among local business leaders).
Knowing that savvy hiring managers in the pay bracket I am looking for would not fall for this ruse, I went and found an actual "job". Once again,
this job didn't pay me much. It was commissions only, selling ads for a local radio station. I suck at sales, even though my father was a prodigy.
Those genes weren't handed forward (subsequently, I am also a horrible liar, a trait my father also didn't share with me).
So i made an attempt at that "job" as well, without risk to my unemployment (as 100% commission jobs do not disqualify benefits. You only reduce
benefits based on earnings - a true win-win for myself in this instance). It kept me even more active among business leaders in the community. To a
point where i was given a lead on a really, really good job that was coming up.
This coming Monday i start. I have worked some really big projects before, but nothing like this. And i am bursting with excitement.
I typed the previous 1 million words to give me the context to say this: we can complain about the way the game is played. That is certainly within
our rights. However, it is a fruitless endeavor. The people who succeed usually tend to succeed for a reason: they figure out the rules to the
game, and then make those rules work for them. If you aren't doing this, you will not be successful.
As a person who has hired, supervised, and fired thousands of people, I can tell you that the first thing I look for in someone is an ability to find
success. Learn the way the system works, then play it like a video game. That is the best advice I can give you.
May not be worth much to you.