Frustrated I can't get a job


June 12, 2017

Dear Pastor,

I am writing to you with tears in my eyes. There is nothing for the educated youth of Jamaica. While going to school, we were told education is the key to success and a better life.

But this is not so. Education has led many young people to be indebted with student loan. Young people have the hardest life in Jamaica.

I worked hard to climb the educational ladder and I cannot get a job. I have sent out hundreds of job applications only to be told in interviews, "Sorry we cannot pay you," wasting my time and money used for transportation. I would like to think recruiters went through my rEsumE and saw my qualifications.

I cry day and night because I know the Student's Loan Bureauis going to come after me and I don't have the money to give them. I am so depressed and frustrated.

I don't want to depend on anyone; I just want to work for mine. It hurts to know that I was applying for jobs from before I graduated from university.

Maybe if not for my area of study, I would have committed suicide or become mentally ill.


Dear S.B.,

Whenever you change your attitude, I am sure you would get a job. Your attitude stinks. You were never guaranteed a job immediately after graduation

When you were attending university, you were endeavouring to educate yourself so that you would be in a position to make a good contribution to society at large. But nobody promised to give you a job on a platter.

Whether you know it or not, it takes approximately two years or more for a university graduate to get a job. Sometimes much longer. It is not the rEsumE you send that will get you the job.

Many like you failed interviews because you did not impress the interviewer. You could not present yourself very well.

The attitude that you have taken would come out in an interview. And who wants to employ an arrogant and rude person to work in an office.

So, I say to you, change your attitude and even if you have sent out a hundred applications already, send 100 more.

You have a long way to go. And ask older people to coach you before you go for an interview.


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