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SoVaNow.com / May 01, 2013
I am writing to express my extreme frustration and disappointment over the job situation here. I want to complain not only about the lack of jobs and the apparent nonchalant, non-caring attitude by the elected powers that be over this lack of jobs, but also to complain about the fact that when one does apply for an available job here in Mecklenburg County it doesn’t matter how much experience you can or could bring to the employer — what really matters is who you know, who you’re friends with that can get you into the company. Over the course of 5 months I have applied for multiple jobs (both full-time and part-time) that I have experience in and have only gone on one interview and I didn’t get that job because I was overqualified. So I went back to the drawing board and tried again, still to no avail as of yet.
I have been told by several persons that “in order to be considered for any job here in Mecklenburg County, it’s who you know; you’ve got to have a friend already working there or be a friend of a friend in order to stand a chance.” I think that is absolutely ridiculous and archaic especially when you have a lot to offer a potential employer in terms of experience, dependability, and a good work ethic. I have also run into the problem of applying for a job only to find out that a retired person who is collecting a pension and social security has gotten the job “only to get out of the house.” Why don’t those people step back for a moment and consider volunteering, after all there’s always more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. They don’t need the money that bad if they’re “just looking to get out of the house.” Instead, what they are doing is taking potential jobs away from persons who actually need to work.
I have also been told by another potential employer when I went in personally to check on the status of my application and resume after not hearing anything for 3 weeks even though I had left messages and emails that “we are waiting on 2 more applications that we’ve been expecting to come in.” I may be wrong here, but isn’t that “waiting on 2 more applications that we’ve been expecting to come in” also known as, we are waiting on 2 people that we know personally to apply? Another thing that I don’t understand is why these companies like HP and Microsoft have moved in and don’t bring much needed jobs for local people to work at. Instead what do they do? They move in here, where taxes are cheap, and bring their own people with them who can either afford to commute back and forth from Raleigh, Richmond, etc. or can afford to move down here and offer little if any job opportunities for the locals. That doesn’t benefit the working class people here and if anyone benefits, it’s our elected officials who are probably getting or have gotten a monetary kickback “under the table” from it.
The mindset of these elected officials is that they have either retired and made their monies and are not interested or worried about bringing new job opportunities or if they are currently working they have their comfortable job and are not worried about the rest of us. The mindset of potential employers here is that if they don’t know you or your family, then they’re not going to hire you no matter how much you could offer them in terms of experience and know how to get the job done. It’s these sad facts that prohibit new economic growth and deter those that are currently looking for jobs to stay in this area and those who are and will be coming behind us to stay locally and work.
I am aware that there are some who will read this and deny the facts mentioned, but they are only deluding themselves in their own little reality and are comfortable with living the way they are while fooling themselves and trying to fool the rest of us.
Trudy K. Wood
Frustrated job seeker