The “Wait” of the World

Right now there are millions of people on a job search that are feeling like they can’t fill out one more application or send in one more resume.  It’s felt like an uphill battle with no end in sight.  They have tapped their network, tightened their resume, and attended workshops all in the hopes that they will find a position that will allow them to get back to their life.  They feel alone and are promising themselves that if they ever get out of this situation, they will never let this happen to them again.

Somewhere in the city, there is a CEO who has been working 80+ hours a week trying to figure out how she can get her company back on track.  Before the economy shifted, they were on target for their best year ever.  Sales were astronomical.  Customers and prospects were getting the message that their products and services were changing the way business is done.  People were willing to take risks because the promises of rewards were so clear.  Now, it seems like they are in a situation where they may have to default on those promises.  She is now wishing that she made more conservative projections about where the company was headed.  She’s determined to turn this thing around and when she does, she will never let this happen again.

Downtown there are elected official who are beginning to lose faith in the system to which they have dedicated so much time.  They were elected on a platform of fiscal change and job creation.  Their plan seemed so easy.  Tighten spending, redistribute funds, eliminate unnecessary programs, and invest in those with the greater potential to yield more income to the state.  In addition, they will hold off on increasing taxes on those most effected by the current economic situation and work on strengthening the state’s infrastructure which will create jobs and equip it to handle the projected growth.

How could they have anticipated a natural disaster?  For several months the resources meant for the new roads were going to relief efforts.  Several companies had to close their doors because they could not sustain this type of hit.  Now there is more competition for fewer jobs which causes delays in hiring which in turn minimizes income from state taxes.  As a result, the legislators must recommend a tax increase on the very ones who put them in office.  The officials know that this will effect their chances at reelection next term and there is so much more they still want to do.  They are going to have to start campaigning early.  Once they are reelected, they will be able to do more of what they hoped to do when they got in office.

Somewhere there is a team of recruiters.  They are working on a position that has been open for 11 months that should have been filled in no more than 6.  This is a critical position that requires very specialized skills.  The person hired will be part of a government project that holds the promise of creating greater access to renewable energy sources. 

However, they are are also flooded with resumes for the many support positions that will report in to this high level official.  There are so many candidates applying for the jobs that it is hard to narrow down to the  ones that could clearly fill these roles.  As a result, the congestion is making it difficult to dedicate time to the lead role. They know it would be better if they filled the lead position first.  If that person can’t work with the team assembled there will be even further delays to getting this project under way.  What can they do? 

Somewhere in between the recruiters and the jobseekers, there is a world that is complicated.  It is an interconnected web with responsibilites, commitments, and intentions that takes countless people behind the scenes to keep it going.  Conflicting needs often appear to battle for precedence and when one wins it seems like the other has to lose.  Yet, at the end of the day, its the wins that make up for all of the apparent losses.

No matter how difficult a situation may appear to be, there is always more to the situation than meets the eye and 9 times out of 10 it isn’t personal.  We’re all working together to keep this world moving.  For those of you on the job search and for those of us who are working to hire people, we need to be mindful that although there is a world between us, we can choose not to bear it on our shoulders.  Keep moving forward.  Keep reaching out.  Make connections and keep your eyes on the prize.  Change takes time, but it will come.  It always does.


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