Found an article and it made me think about some points I’ve already addressed in previous posts but need to add on to them.
“It’s humbling,” Trabanco said as he waited outside an American Apparel store in Manhattan. The 50-year-old, who said he used to earn more than $100,000 a year, only briefly considered leaving when he realized he was among the oldest people in line for a chance at a job that may pay as little as $9 an hour. “You can’t be proud,” he said.
It certainly is humbling but where did all his savings go? Making more than $100,000 a year and nothing to fall back on? It’s probably more than humbling, it’s lifestyle changing. If only he was more frugal and planned better. At least he has the right idea by ditching being prideful and taking whatever job opportunities are available. His heart is in the right place but it’s not efficient job searching.
“We were a little surprised,” said Beth Sharp, senior vice president for human resources at closely held Aerosoles of Edison, New Jersey. The footwear maker drew 175 applicants for 20 positions, Sharp said.
If you are applying for a job and see there are 175 people waiting on a line, how long do you think it would take for you to get interviewed? It’s not very time efficient. You can use that time to job search and post resumes. Even volunteering would be a better use of your time. Don’t follow the masses when there are job opportunities. Even if you are the best candidate for the job, use your time more efficiently.
A job loading trucks or stocking shelves used to get 50 applications and now attracts as many as 300, Firth said.