From the, "What Not to Do to/for/with/in front of Your Unemployed Friends and Family" rulebook:
Do not, under any circumstances, forward your unemployed friends newsclips like this:
I think this was sent to me (by three different, unrelated people) in hopes of making me feel "better" about my unsuccessful job hunt, or maybe it was sent in an effort to "explain" why I'm having such dismal results. In one case it was sent to me in a rage of feminist outrage, "How dare they?! This is so wrong! When did Earth change rotational direction, reversing time and taking us back to 1956?"
Okay, I mean, you know, solidarity to the working sisterhood and all that, but, clips like these don't make me "feel better." And they may explain a small portion, a factor, of "why" I'm still unemployed. But. Believe me, I've already figured out that there are biases in hiring. I am already well aware that the jobs "out there" are in industries for which I am utterly unqualified. I don't mind learning construction jobs or auto mechanic jobs or any other "traditional" male job. But a) the training is expensive or nonexistent and b) I am physically unable to do many of those jobs and c) the reality is that traditionally male industries are traditionally male for a lot of valid and sound reasons. Gender bias in hiring is one of them.
I am seriously considering getting an over-the-road license. Yep. Truck drivin' Trillian. I'm going to be homeless, and being a long haul truck driver doesn't require a home, I like to travel, and I don't mind long drives, so, I'm looking into legit truck driving instruction. But even in my inquiry calls and emails I've been ignored or even flat out told, "We only take a limited number of women in the program and we're already at capacity."
As for the huge increase in men in the retail workforce, some of it is probably gender related, but, it speaks to a much more significant employment crisis not
covered in that clip: Many (most) of the jobs "out there" are low-paying, part-time retail. Many (most) people cannot pay for rent/gas/food working a low-paying retail job. But many will grab one of those jobs if offered because it's something
But that's not my point today. Today I just want to remind you that your unemployed friends and family don't need to see news clips like this. We know what's going on the the job market because we're in the job market and experiencing the hurdles firsthand. When we get an email that isn't a job rejection letter we hope that it's something interesting or funny or cute from a friend, something that will give us a few minutes respite from our constant searches/fears/hopes in the dismal job market. If I hadn't already encountered gender bias (or suspected it), this clip would have only further depressed me. But, because I am treating the job market as if it were my full time job (because until I find a full time job the job market is
my full time job) I have already read the statistics and experienced outright, blatant discrimination. So this wasn't "news" to me. Either way, I didn't need three people (or even one) sending me the link.