Food For Thought: Bridging the Gap

I read comment after comment from those unemployed and am left baffled. Major employers are complaining about a workforce shortage whilst the unemployed complain they cannot be hired, are passed over, over-qualified, etc. What a conundrum we live in. I ask: Where does this truth lie and with whom?

Discrimination and prejudice are alive and thriving in the work place. I take people's recitations of their experiences as true. However, I am mindful of potential personal bias. People telling their experiences from their perspective. With that being said...

Employers and applicants are not seeing eye to eye. Employers seek out this guarantee perfect employee (or as close as they can get). The applicant seeks out employment they FEEL they are qualified for or capable of performing the position requirements. Neither are willing to let go of unrealistic expectations or drop the facade. There is never the perfect job nor perfect employee.

Please understand that I do speak from experience. I'm a felon. I did time. It was over 20 years ago. Employers still slaughter me job after job. Then lie about why I wasn't selected for a position I genuinely meet or exceed the criteria outlined by the employer.

How do we all bridge this gap? Quite frankly, I am finally to the point where I present the real me. I don't go out of my way with the plastic face and fake smiles. I present myself as I am. Bold, confident, and keeping it real. I know me, my life history and qualifications. Does it work? I can state employers have commented on the breath of fresh air and relaxed interview. What type of attitude do you bring with you?

Today I own my own company. Slow but with positive progression. My expectations of employers are extremely low going in to any company. What are your expectations going in?

There are a lot of articles, videos, and the such, teaching people how to obtain long-term employment. People believe there is some magic method or a quick fix. TRUTH: There IS NOT! Each employer company, each interviewer, and even the interview environment vary each time. It is what it is. A fact we cannot change. Yet we can adapt.

My advice is to be the real you. Be proud of who you are. Walk into an interview confident in what you have to present. Admit your errors and lessons learned. Tell them how you'd be an asset to their company and your willingness to learn. These seem to be the common themes among those who are being obtaining employment. Not any guarantee but some ideas to help you on your journey.

A good job is earned with time. Keep pushing forth forging your own path. If that means working at Burger King until you're the CEO of a Fortune 500; so be it. FOOTNOTE: Be mindful of what you post on social media. This cannot ever be overstated. If you have any ideas on how to bridge this employer-employee gap, please share them. Thank you and God bless.

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