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If Everyone Needs Workers, Why Can’t I Find a Job?

January 9, 2019|Posted in: Uncategorized

Despite what seems to be the best intentions of certain orange-haired freaks in high places, the American economy is strong, American confidence is high, and American unemployment is at its lowest point in years.

So why can’t I find a job?

I mean, I have a job. I don’t particularly like it, but I could certainly do worse. Having said that, apparently I bitch about it quite a lot, as my friends (and Mom) keep asking why I don’t look for another one. Now’s the time, when you don’t have to find a job, and there are so many available.

First off, all that good news out there is a bit misleading. The jobs may be there, but they’re not evenly distributed: a year ago, job search site Glassdoor.com pointed out that out of 5.5 million available jobs, nearly 70% were spread between five industries: health care, professional services, retail, hospitality, and government. That’s great if you’re an X-ray Technician; if you’re in education or real estate, however, you could end up stuck.

Well, ok, so I’m in the health field, so that’s not really an excuse. However, job availability also varies by location: this report from marketwatch.com pointed out that in 2017, half of the new jobs in the US were created in just five states: California, Texas, Florida, New York and Georgia. In other words, states with a total of roughly 1/3 of Americans captured over 50% of the job growth. Again: great if you’re in Atlanta or Houston, not so good if you’re job-searching in Indianapolis.

That doesn’t let me off the hook, either, since I’m in California. But hey, California is a big freakin’ state: just because one city is hungry for workers doesn’t mean MY city … is … um …

Dang. San Francisco is listed as the US city with the most $100k jobs available as of last month.

Allrightythen. It would seem there really aren’t a lot of external things keeping me from switching jobs. So why am I not at least looking? If I’m honest with myself (which I spend a good deal of time and energy attempting NOT to be), the main reason I’m unhappy with my current position is my boss, who almost goes out of his way to make things more complicated and time-consuming than they have to be (I talked about that in my last post).

But if I have one reason to not try all that hard to get out of this situation, it’s because my boss is the devil I know. In other words, working for him is miserable but tolerable; a new boss could be even worse.

It’s like the total opposite of Fear of Missing Out.

When I read about successful entrepreneurs with these great companies, I think, Yeah, that’s what I should do! Start my own company! Forget the fact that I would have no idea what that company would do, and forget the fact that I have the attention span of a mayfly: the problem STILL really comes down to fearing that as bad as my current boss is, the next one could be worse.

Somehow I don’t think being my own boss makes that any less of a possibility. Just sayin.’