The hiring process is broken. It's ironic that in their quest to embrace automation and to make hiring equitable, companies and human resources professionals may have actually made the process inefficient and inequitable.
Working smarter means working harder. Unfortunately, there is no magic wand or easy fix for the situation we are in now. The solution to financial stability, not job stability, is building multiple income streams. You can choose to work for yourself or work for someone else. Taking a second job or starting a side business seems to be the best answers. For you to achieve the desired financial outcomes, you can only control your own actions. The sacrifice involved? Time. But remember, leisure is a luxury, not an entitlement.
The American dream. The new American dream may require a shift in thinking. Let's try re-prioritizing our time and letting go of expectations for how we think life should be in favor of survival tactics and a new empowered life where we determine our earnings. The reality is, for the first time in U.S. history, we may not have a better quality of life or more money than our parents. Getting good grades in college does not translate into a good paying job; and performing a job well in exchange for financial reward and job security is no longer a truism. The American Dream was based on the notion that the United States was the land of opportunity. More importantly, to achieve the dream, hard work and sacrifices were requisites. We lost sight of this along the way. We began expecting handouts and entitlements. We became too educated to perform the low-wage jobs. The American Dream still exists. Millions of people immigrate to this country every year to pursue their dream for a better life, while those of us who live here expect a certain quality of life.
Are you ready? Let's rise up and take control of what we can - our own individual employment and financial security. But haven't we already been doing that? Perhaps some of us have. But some have not. Workers ages 50 and older are crying age discrimination and the fresh college graduates blame their school for not handing them jobs. If you ask around, you'll probably hear many other rants and accusations about unfair hiring practices, unforeseen downsizing, indifferent HR practices and more. Complaining isn't going to get us out of this mess. Nor are the politicians. To feel empowered, we have to look at jobs, work and employment differently. There's no looking back.
Hannah Morgan is a speaker and author providing no-nonsense career advice; she guides job seekers and helps them navigate today's treacherous job search terrain. Hannah shares information about the latest trends, such as reputation management, social networking strategies, and other effective search techniques on her blog, Career Sherpa.