The Job Market (aka Companies Behaving Badly)

Living in limbo stinks.  Living in financial limbo sucks arse.

Imagine waking up one day and thinking ‘I thought I did all the right things!?!’.  To folks who never tried to do anything either with themselves or for anyone else, living in limbo may be the very definition of ‘normal’ but for others, these times may be the scariest life has ever been.
People who went to school, earned the ‘right’ grades, obtained multiple degrees, worked for the right corporations have been deemed expendable because senior management wants only to please the shareholders.  These people are scared crapless right now; I don’t care how big one’s arse is; landing on it when the rug is pulled out from beneath can seriously hurt.
During these times, nearly everyone suffers.  The unemployed suffer financially and emotionally.  The people who still have a job worry about how valuable they are.  They also wonder how much more they can take as the result of having to share the workload that is distributed when their departments are downsized.  They know they can’t complain out loud if they want to hold on to their increasingly burdensome jobs with the ever-flattening wages.
Watching the news gives me a strong sense that most folks in public office (and those masters of the universe on Wall Street) really don’t give a damn about what’s going on in the real world.  It must be nice to be that freakin’ delusional; I don’t know why it doesn’t connect with them that when they go home and relax, the rest of us need to sing ourselves to sleep with plantation lullabies.

Companies are behaving badly.  Three examples of common scenarios:

1.  Not-for-profits seem to want the corporate experience workers can bring but they don’t want to pay and don’t want to tell prospective employees just that fact.  They’re bringing people in for talks in the same way the for-profit firms do — but then they simply stop the interviewing process.  Whatever happened to manners and letting key candidates know that they’re valued even if they’re not offered the position?  Throwing out hints like ‘Oh, you’ll be bored because you’re used to working longer hours, etc.’ is just a waste of everyone’s time.  And, by the way, did it ever dawn on them that some people want a job that has 9-5 hours?  My name isn’t Kizzy; nobody wants to work slave hours, especially at an unrewarding job.  Some people really do want rewarding work and a good work/life balance — even if the trade-off is some money.

2.   The world of financial services has never been about politeness and we all know that they’re a hot mess right now.  After multiple rounds of interviews at banking behemoths, being told ‘As far as we’re concerned, 
this job is yours’ is great to hear — at least until you get yet another call about ‘just one more person to meet’.  *Yikes AND sigh*…  So who is this last person?  Apparently, the person who is there to advise that the position is being reworked and the folks you originally spoke to are no longer there.  A shake-up.  Not a good sign, but it got worse when the ’We’re masters of the universe and we work until midnight’ 
speech was delivered.  WTLF??  All you can think after hearing that is RUN, KUNTA, RUN!!!

3.  Another place:  Called back to interview nine times.   Long story short?  They decided to un-fund the job.  Case closed.

At this point the bottom line is that what else can you do but keep on moving and tell yourself that this is happening for a 
reason.  I don’t know what it will take for the powers that be to figure out that some folks are desperate and living on the edge.  Some of us are more fortunate than others but how long will that last?

So what is next for those in limbo?  Do whatever you have to do to find some peace and space to relax. The human body can take a lot of pressure but, over time, too much of it is harmful.  Find constructive ways to free your mind.  Keep a picture of what you want the future to look like and stay focused on it and, in the meantime, bitch and complain to every politician who represents you so they remember that even though you’re not a corporation, you matter too.  Do we have a choice?

What’s your story?  Do you have any suggestions for those in limbo?