Applying for jobs is a boring, tiring and long-winded process. The last thing anyone wants to do when they get home from a hard days work in a job that eats away at their soul every single day is to sit in front of a computer looking at pages and pages of jobs with shite pay, amending a CV (or resume depending on which part of the world you’re from) for the millionth time, composing covering letters and answering poorly devised questions on an application form.
Aside from the sheer monotony of it all, trying to say the same thing in different ways whilst trying to appear enthusiastic in every application can be difficult to say the least.
Perhaps the process would be a lot easier if we could just be honest in each application instead of playing the game of saying what employers claim they want to hear: ‘I enjoy working as part of a team’, ‘I have excellent communication skills’ blah blah blah.
Even if these statements and others are true, after a while they’re just words and even worse, they’re words that every other applicant will use for the same purpose.
What if we could be absolutely honest in our applications knowing that our submission wouldn’t be dismissed? What would you write?
I think mine would read:
“It’s Saturday night why aren’t you out with your friends?’
“I prefer to be at home, I’m not really in to clubbing and stuff anymore”
“You’re young, you shouldn’t be stuck in the house all the time. You need to go out more. When I was your age I was out all the time…”
It’s at this point that I lose the will to live and allow my brain to wander.
Why do people have to put other people in tiny boxes? Why can’t some people simply accept that we are not all the same and that those of us who don’t, can’t or won’t follow the “norm” may actually be happy with the choices that we’ve made – even if others don’t, can’t or won’t understand them.
For years older people have been telling me that I need to ‘get out more’ and have questioned my (in their opinion) lack of a social life and apparently I’m not alone. Young people – usually girls – all over the place who simply want to be left in peace are being pressured by parents and other older relatives to go out whether they want to or not. Jeez, what’s wrong with these people? Don’t they know that the new and final series of Boardwalk Empire has started?
In their day, as these elders are so keen to tell us, they were out all the time at various clubs and parties or simply hanging out. They had an army of friends spread out across the land. They were always out having fun, why oh why can’t we be the same! Well I can only speak for myself so…
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