Before I apply for any position, I take the time to examine not only the written details about the opening, but also other things not mentioned but still noticed.
I came across the following post in the KitchenerWorks Facebook group, used by jobseekers like myself as part of their search for work:
“Since it seems impossible to get people in for interviews or even find people who want to work, I’ll try social media out.”
As you’ve noticed in the ad, the place is in Cambridge. Where I live right now, that’s a two hour bus route just to get there — on a good day. Even by car (if I had one), it’s still a lengthy commute one way. Imagine what it would be like as a round-trip.
Right off the top, that eliminates the night shift hours mentioned.
There’s also some heavy physical work in the description. It’s not explicitly mentioned but general labour, saw-cutting, and receiving require physical fitness and endurance. Is that something I can do in my mid-fifties? Possibly. Sixties? Not so sure.
Then we get to the things NOT mentioned where your gut instinct can be as useful as Spider-Man’s Spidey Sense. Read the line below before continuing on in this post:
” If you don’t have experience in the position, we will do the proper training.”
At first glance, that sounds pretty good. I’ve previously ranted in this blog about credential creep and lack of on-the-job training doing away with entry-level positions. That opinion has not changed. There should be more entry-level jobs for people who have no work-experience but want to start somewhere.
What has also not changed is my belief that not every job can be learned on-the-fly.
Some jobs require training and education in order to hold a position in that field. I.T. work, my past career, is one of them. So is handling machinery that could injure you if you’re not careful: hydrostatic testing, sandblasting, computer numerical control and lathe work, and saw cutting.
These things should never be learned on the job. You go to a trade school or an apprenticeship program to get formal training, and on successful completion are given a document that certifies you to be competent and not a danger to anyone.
I would never have faith working with another programmer in a large business who learned how to code for the first time from a “Teach Yourself ABAP/4 in 24 hours” book. In the case of dangerous machinery operation, I wouldn’t feel safe working with anyone without certified training. Maybe that’s paranoia or overprotectiveness on my part, but it is my call to ensure my workplace safety needs are met.
The final point that prompted me not to apply is the most telling of all, found in the first quote near the top of the post. The comment that people who do not apply do not want to work. That is such a arrogant and inaccurate reason of the person’s failure to find a hire, and also an unfair characterization of people who are looking for work. It gives me the impression that person is easily upset and frustrated.
I would love to tell this person three things about job seekers that are accurate and fair:
- Job seekers want to work. That’s why I and other job seekers get up early every morning and apply for positions.
- Job seekers don’t want to waste their time applying for work they are not qualified to do. We don’t want to just get hired, we want to stay hired for as long as possible.
- Job seekers also don’t want to waste the time of the interviewer. The interviewer does not want to sift through a sea of unqualified applicants in order to find someone who is qualified. They have limited time to find a fit and usually have to do this in addition to their regular work-day duties. Consider it a courtesy of sorts, if at least not common sense, when some of us decide not to apply.
Thanks for reading!