Month: June 2019

The Wanting Need

Sorry, custodians, but your position is one very few people want to do. Source: clipartmag.com

Two weeks ago, I was returning from a cleaning assignment when I decided to stop at a Tim Horton’s along the way for some coffee and to catch up on my Email.

There were three individuals from a security company (which shall remain nameless) — two men and a woman — set up at a dining table to interview candidates for a security guard position.

Before I continue, I use the term “interview” loosely because I’ve exchanged introductions with people that lasted longer than these interviews. Each interviewee, all who waited at another dining table, would walk over to these three to answer a few questions for a few minutes, then depart to let another amble over and repeat the process.

That’s not what stood out the most in my mind about these interviews. It was a question asked by one of the men to those who never worked in the security field before.

“So why do you want to be a security guard?”

What a nonsense question to ask. No one wants to be a security guard.

Before any of you reading starts writing nasty remarks in the comments form, hear me out.

To use a young person’s vernacular, “‘When I grow up, I want to be a security guard’, said no one ever.”

People want to be doctors. People want to be astronauts. People want to be police officers. People want to be systems administrators. People want to be relief-workers in the Third World.

No one wants to be a security guard. No one wants to be a dockworker. No one wants to be a telemarketer. No one wants to be a stock-person. No one wants to be a secretary. There is absolutely nothing life-fulling in working at these jobs.

I’m not saying these jobs are unimportant. Every position in an organization must be filled in order for the collective whole to function smoothly. You can’t load a ship full of consumer products without dockworkers. You can’t drum up business without telemarketers. The property and assets of a business (especially a bank) are ripe for theft without security guards.

It’s just that some positions are dull and boring chores. Everyone has had at least one such job and understands the joy felt at the end of that job’s workday. It’s not laziness to admit freely, “I’d rather be doing something else but I do need the money.”

I will admit there are exceptions to my argument. A person passionate about a product line or a social cause will sign up to be a telemarketer to back it. An extrovert who loves talking to people might find something enjoyable in dealing with people as a secretary. Someone who enjoys throwing their weight around within a legal framework of authority — and who is physically built to do so — will find some fun in security work.

The above, however, are rarities, not the rule.

We live in a capitalistic society. Everything costs money, even basic needs like food, shelter, and heat. That is why people do these jobs.

We are also creatures driven by base psychological wants and needs. I want to go on vacation, I need to mow the lawn. I want to ask Helen out for a date, I need to help Jack move into his new place. I want to watch “Avengers: Endgame”, I need to finish my report for the boss or I’m going to be in big heck.

Does that make sense now? That’s why the above question is a nonsense question.

It also puts the applicant in a position to have to lie in order to be hired. Falsifying credentials is a no-no, according to every employment assistance center case worker I’ve worked with in the past during my job search.

Thanks for reading!

David.