What’s The Logic In Giving Up?

I keep hearing reports on the growing number of Americans who have given up looking for work. What? Exactly how does one make that decision without also giving up any future plans to eat, sleep under a roof and wear more than tree leaves for clothes?

News like that gives me a rash. I know it’s tough out there. I’m not naive to the fact jobs are few and far between. Giving up is just dumb. There is no chance for a positive outcome. Most people can find a way to be useful to society and earn a paycheck for doing so. Is it the paycheck they had before? Hard to say. Some have had to take less. Some have managed to earn more. The point is to stay in the game for as long as it takes. The consequences for quitting are too extreme. If the thought is to quit because it’s just too hard or demotivating, then the problem isn’t the job market but the attitude it’s being attacked with.

I live in Michigan. No other state in the country has lost more jobs. The devastation is undeniable. That said, I still hear from employers about candidates not showing up for interviews and turning down decent offers. There are government and community resources having to beg individuals to let them help them become more marketable. A difficult as it is to say, the truth of the matter is there are unemployed people out there who are stuck by their own inaction. When outsiders and employers care more than the job seeker about getting them working, it’s a problem.

I’m not sure why I’m writing this post. In all likelihood the individuals I’m venting about at the moment aren’t reading blogs about job search strategy.


  • Tashmica says:

    Oh my gosh. So true. We are trying to decide when we should quit looking. We have had such a plethora of issues trying to hire. Phone numbers disconnected on resumes, not fitting the description AT ALL, quitting after one day because of constructive criticism, not working well with others, Aaaaah! I know that we are not the perfect employers but we are trying to pay a decent wage for a decent day of work and no one is truly lining up.

    Having said that, we have decided it’s like dating. We keep getting the one night stands but we are not going to keep looking for the long term relationship. We want to fall in love Lisa! :)

  • admin says:

    It’s funny you say that, Tashmica. I blogged a while back about how the job hunting process is a lot like dating. You guys are great, by the way. I’m happy to spread the word about your opportunities.

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