Today's American job market is now like the American dating game. It is frustrating, discouraging, and a joke. The eerie similarities are rather alarming. Just like too many men are competing for too few women, more job seekers are applying for increasingly fewer jobs than ever before. This is a sad, and quite pathetic reality to face.
It is bad enough that the dating scene in the U.S. is abysmal to the point where it's irreparable, but it is worse to learn of a job market that has staggered, and has shown little signs of recovery. The fact that more and more people in America can't get a date OR a job just pours salt on the metaphorical wound. This, readers, is a double whammy. A slap across the face, followed by a backhand smack to the other cheek. If you are one of those people who is able to get a job and a date in the U.S., then congratulations, you are one of the lucky few.
For the rest of those unfortunate souls, especially men, a challenging and demoralizing experience awaits. It doesn't matter if one has just graduated from college or quit that job they had and loved for so long but had to leave for various reasons, the job search is unforgiving. It also doesn't matter that a man in America holds down a job, even in tough times, and takes care of himself, and still can't get a decent woman, much less a date. Because of the scarcity of decent jobs and women in America, a good man or a nice guy is in unfamiliar territory. Competing with not only other good men, but a**holes, dickheads and losers for that coveted prize.
It is shocking and maddening to learn that the same problems and games that have f*cked up the American dating scene beyond repair are now plaguing the professional world. This is an area I would least expect to have such passive-aggressive and childish behavior. Nonetheless, it is happening. Things have changed in the work world over the years, and not all of them have been for the better. I will provide some disturbing examples and comparisons to dating, based on simple observations from the job searches of the past few months.
The other problem is that a job seeker who is qualified for a job they apply for, and have all the right references and background checks, is subjected to competing with hundreds of other applications not only for the company but just for one of its jobs. Many of those resumes and applications are from people who are not even qualified to begin with. So, this is great for the qualified job seeker, right? Wrong. Because of the shortage of quality women in America and the shortage of good jobs, too many men are competing for too few women and too many applicants are competing for too few jobs.
Any time one does get an interview, if all of the prior interviews have been failures and there have been not too many interviews resulting from the hundreds of other applications submitted, it is easy for one to assume that they won’t get the job, regardless of their qualifications, or what they say or do. Also, getting out of a relationship is like leaving a job. Ideally, it is best to have another job lined up before quitting, but sometimes things get so bad, that it is counterproductive to stay. When it comes to getting in and out of relationships, one can take their time and be more selective. Not so much with jobs, and when people find themselves out of work or out of a relationship, it may very well be unknown territory.