Redundant: Perth father faces 'soul-destroying' search
2018-08-13 09:58:53

Opinion:

How does one get in touch with Dave ? I would like to have a coffee with him if he is interested. I guess most who have commented can relate to his experience. I was lucky enough to get a job on a mine site in a skilled electrical position after a period of unemployment. I am now 57 and the sense of relief is still something I am reminded of most days. Without wanting to sound too negative, but some of my observations on this subject are that; Age discrimination is a fact of life despite it being legislated against. That is not going to change, same as all the other discriminations that apply in society. To some extent it is a valid discrimination ( based on what I have observed here on site),, as older "new" employees do bring with them a level of self entitlement and fixed mindedness (baggage) that quite often does not fit in with a workforce that is made up of mainly younger persons. And employing over qualified and experienced persons,, in lesser roles ( eg Supervisor going back on the tools but reporting to a younger Supervisor) also has its problems. And there is the other argument that young graduates are also unemployed and maybe they should be given a go at a job over a person who has been in the workforce for many years ? But the reality is that there are many more people looking for jobs than there are jobs available and this is not going to change going forward. The prognosis for the future is that many jobs that are now seen as "safe" and well paying will be replaceable by AI, computers, or robots in the future. The list includes, accountants, lawyers, medical specialists, etc. Some suggestions that may (or may not ) help would be to "dumb down" the CV if you are applying for lesser jobs that what you are qualified for. If you manage to secure that job, then you will have the opportunity to prove yourself and move into a better role that more reflects your experience once you are on board. Reinvent yourself ( I know easier said than done ) but if you are able to start with a blank sheet of paper and list all the ideas that could turn into opportunities then narrow them down to once that may be able to be implemented. Tap your network of friends and industry colleagues ( I am sure you have already done this). Interesting story I was told at new job induction course; The question was asked of these different workers what they thought their industry work culture was recognised for. Germans answered 'Precision engineering'. Americans answered "We get shit done". Japanese answered " Continuous improvement,, seeking perfection". Aussies answered "Relationships". And I believe this to be true, many jobs won here are by word of mouth, by a mate telling his employer of his mate who is looking for a job. Even if it gets you that interview where you get the chance to be considered for a role. The current recruitment machine does not work ( personal experience). CV are being assesses by computers looking for key words, and probably excluding candidates using date ranges ( ie,, birthday). If I can also add,, try and stay positive and keep a positive disposition ( there is always someone who is worse off than you right ?) including maintaining a positive body language. And hopefully at least you still have to support of your family,, wife and kids to keep you going ( its bad enough having your confidence shattered by the experience of unemployment, but its worse when you r self esteem is also decimated if your partner leaves in in the process). But in the end you have to keep soldering on,, and something will turn in the end. Ken; 13/08/18

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