A Fistful of Resumes
Don't tell me things are getting better.
Don't tell me America's Phoenix is rising.
Going on 26 months in this wasteland now went to a job fair today in King of Prussia.
King of Prussia/Valley Forge is a heavy business area just outside of Philadelphia. You would think a great number of companies with positions available would be in attendance, hoping to attract new talent (or old talent looking for a new gig, ahem).
And so, while I was not exactly excited about the fair, I was hopeful and looking forward to it. Spent yesterday assembling a pile of resumes letters of introductions and fancy schmancy business cards (free from Vistaprint) for what I hoped would score me at least some good contacts.
I began to suspect problems when I got to the parking lot and it was not nearly full. There was no line out the door as in Reading last week. And people were LEAVING before the thing was even an hour old.
Once inside I found out why.
19 businesses were there. Of those 11 were either insurance companies or financial advisors. All looking for sales associates only.
1 replacement windows company.
1 mattress sales store.
1 security company.
1 green energy company (Viva Solyndra!)
1 radio station looking for advertising sales professionals.
1 university hawking it's courses, not hiring anyone.
1 funeral home/cemetery sales.
I'm a call center telecommunications Guru. A phone systems geek. I program PBXs and ACDs and IVRs and Voice Mail systems. I've been doing it for 20 years. I couldn't sell a glass of water to a sunburned man lost in the desert.
Where are the tech companies, the companies with large medium or even smallish call centers who need a guy to run these things? This is King of Prussia, for god's sake. Mattress sales? A Funeral Home? Really? That's the best they could muster?
Overheard at one of the insurance tables: To succeed here you have to hustle. For the first five years we own your ass but after that you can earn a lot if you hustle.
Well, I'm fifty (almost) years old. I'm not exactly looking for entry level and I'm certainly not looking for anyone to own my ass for the next five years when in 7 to 10 years I hope to be thinkng about retirement.
Business professionals in suits and dresses were walking in with a hopeful smile and a fistful of resumes, taking one look around and then doing an about face and walking right out. This was geared for entry level sales who were young and eager to kill themselves to make a killing selling.
Truth is no one is hiring right now. No one is really recruiting. And if it's happening in an area like Philly, then it is happening everywhere.
So I handed out a few of my packets and on the way home applied at a local fire & water restoration place.
Then I made my way home with a fish sandwich, a fistful of resumes, and the sinking feeling that I may never find good meaningful work again.