Do You REALLY Want to Work?
Almost every day I hear from people who have been out of work for many months—if not years. They say they’re desperate to work. When I ask what they’ve been doing and how the process is going, very often they tell me that they’ve “only” been offered jobs that pay $8 to $10 an hour. That’s followed by the same refrain from everyone, “I can’t possibly work for that little.”
Why I wonder? Because making NO money is better than making some money? I’m not talking about people who make more on unemployment and don’t want to jeopardize their much needed benefits. I’m talking about people who’ve exhausted their benefits and don’t have a penny coming in.
They say working for so little would negatively impact their ability to job seach effectively. Really? Working 20 hours a week in a low-paying part-time job wouldn’t leave you ample hours in the day to devote to your search? Maybe they’d be more deliberate with their time if they had such a busy schedule, no?
I challenge them to think about why they SHOULD work for so little: it gets them out of the house, it puts their mind to work, it connects them with new people, it’s someting to talk about, and it’s cash in hand. The gal who was the senior VP of sales is now working a cash register—how would that look to a future employer? Potentially quite well if she spins it as a unique opportunity to get back to basics after 30 years away from the front lines and a chance to see the end-user experience up close and personal.
What’s your take? To work for less in the interim or not?