Recently I’ve been receiving texts from my daughter asking me random questions like: “What is my [her] mission statement?” and “What are my [her] career high lights?” I have to confess that even at my age, I’m not really able to respond to either of these questions for myself, let alone answer them for a teenage girl who is desperate for employment in this shite economy.
Now I know we’re in a never ending recession, but surely unskilled jobs need not be so bloody complicated to apply for?
Who; I would love to know, is the twerp who coined the phrase “mission statement” in relation to a job? Seriously! Why would an unskilled worker need to go into that sort of detail to empty bins or clean toilets? For that matter why would anyone have a mission statement? It’s one of those phrases that only ever get mentioned on CVs, and is a complete load of b***ocks.
When I first left school, back in the mid 80s (not many jobs about then either), the best way to get an unskilled job was to just go into your local workplaces, factories and shops; asking the question: “Do you have any vacancies?” There was no need to register your details with an employment agency, or online with some sort of directory that forever emails you spammy job vacancies that aren’t even related to the work you are looking for. All you had to do was ask the receptionist or floor manager if they currently had any vacancies; and if they did: Shock Horror; they might even give you an interview on the spot, or maybe later in the day! Yes that’s right. If you suited the role, they might actually let you start your new job without the need for vetting by an employment agency, thus saving themselves hundreds, or even thousands of pounds a year.
There was no need to interview 742 applicants for a £7 an hour job serving burgers or pushing a broom round a warehouse (as there isn’t a need to today), because if you fitted the bill, you got the job – very simple really.