“Find where you fit, then commit, don’t quit.” Dan Skognes
One of the biggest gripes I hear about job seekers today is they won’t commit…they quit. I don’t know if it’s fair to make such a broad statement, but it apparently is enough of an issue that many employers have the perception: “It’s so hard to find good people these days.” It’s a common problem that transcends age, gender, race, and geography.
Here are a few things I’ve noticed about people actively seeking employment:
- Many have a sense of entitlement. They want the title, benefits, and big salary without proving that they can even do the job. Their expectations are unrealistic.
- They think that because they got a degree they will automatically be hired. What they come to realize very quickly is that the real world is very competitive and not fair.
- Many blue-collar and service jobs are standing vacant because people go the route of getting their degree…mistakenly thinking that a degree is their golden ticket. I do believe in formal education, but many people are better suited for a blue-collar job. They have overlooked the possibility of getting certified as an electrician, plumber, brick layer, etc., as being an education for something where they could make a lot of money and really enjoy doing their work.
- Some have the attitude that they will quit if they hit any resistance. That is a time-bomb waiting to explode because there are no perfect jobs or bosses. There will always be issues with any job, so expect resistance and learn from it. Success and failure are both great teachers, but failure may be the greatest of the two.
- They seem to balk at things asked of them that are not in their job description. That attitude does not bode well in a team environment. Learn to go beyond what is expected.
- A lone-wolf mentality doesn’t gel with teamwork. They need to work on their people skills and quit looking at everyone as their enemy.
If we find what we are truly passionate about we are likely to find our purpose, and that is what we all seek: our purpose in this life.