Currently, I will only look for work-at-home opportunities. Yes, a lot of them are scams. Not all of them, though. There is one that I’ve been considering that could be exactly what I need. Part-time, and it may require time out of my weekends, which sucks. But I will do it if it’s a company that I believe is worth my time and effort. If I apply to it, I’ve decided, it means that I actually want the job. So I’ve gotten that out of the way. If I bother, it means that I actually will give it my best. If I’m forced into something, I simply won’t be able to give my best effort, and that’s not fair to anyone.
So, any potential employers reading this, I want you to know that if you consider me, I’m going to be deathly honest with you if I will be a good fit for you. It’s as simple as that. The last thing I want to be is a desperate job seeker willing to take anything just for a few bucks. I want to actually be loyal, not just there for the paycheck. That’s just the way that I am. You don’t need someone miserable that will probably walk out after a week.
I think that’s really what’s wrong these days in job hunting. It’s why I believe in a $15 minimum wage. Maybe it doesn’t have to be that exact number. Perhaps there’s a way to index it to cost of living. People say that it’s too much for businesses to afford. The way I see it, if people are getting a livable wage, they’ll be a lot more willing to seek employment. You’ll have happier employees not having to rely on getting government assistance. The US can save billions right there. It will also force companies to really be selective in who they hire, which could be a stumbling block. It works both ways. But I think the positives outweigh the negatives.
What I’m essentially saying is that more people don’t work because the pay, honestly, isn’t worth the effort. It’s why job turnover rate is so high. Yes, it sets a higher bar. That’s fine with me. Will I accept less than $15 an hour? Realistically, if the opportunity is right, then yes. But if I have to leave home on a regular basis to do it? That will be my minimum, unless it’s a unique opportunity.
Again, before you say I’m talking myself out of a job, I’m just going to be honest from now on. I can’t just be flowery and sickeningly positive about things that are simply wrong to me. I’ve made $20-plus an hour in some of my part-time work. So I know what my time is worth. $15 is a compromise I’m willing to make. And I’ve been having to settle for closer to $12, and I’ll only do it for a company I really believe in. So if I’m considering a job closer to $10 than $15, then it must be special.
Ideally, I just want to have a job that will use my skills most effectively. I can write and I like to help people. Anything with those two things that appreciates my time enough to pay me adequately.
This isn’t meant to be a CV or resume. This is just how I feel about getting a job in general. I’d like other people to air it out and be honest with me. Am I being unrealistic? And if I am, why is that? Just not how the world works? Well, I’m sick and tired of accepting working for less than a livable wage. So bring on the heat.