Okay, I know all you women out there are going to start emailing me enmasse to try to get me to give you the contact details of these “most eligible bachelors”! And you know, these guys think they’re really HOT!
Stop drooling over these well dressed HOT men pictured above the Carly video, and instead, I want you to imagine that you are a business owner – maybe you actually are! You’ve put out an ad for a new employee and these guys have responded. How far into the application process do you imagine you would let it go? Maybe you’d at least let them fill it out, so you’d have their name and address for the cops if they ever tried to rob your store!
(Oh, dear, if you have young daughters, I’ve just probably really depressed you about your daughters’ marriage prospects!)
Well, let’s look at it from the point of view of the subjects above. Of course, these are just snapped photos; these people aren’t actually applying for a job at the time of the photo – although, I believe you have to apply for a few jobs a month in order to keep your unemployment, and if you don’t really want to get hired or have to work, these outfits may help you in your “goals”! But there are people who apply for jobs like this, so we’ll pretend these particular people are, and we’ll pretend they really do want to get a job (their unemployment has totally, thoroughly, exhaustively run out!).
What I want to know is: WHAT THE H*LL HAPPENED TO THE PARENTS’ INPUT????? Wow, we learned early that when you apply for a job, you try to look responsible and grownup and clean – and dressed nicely! Even if the job you’re applying for would require a different kind of clothing, at least at the interview you dress nicely! For heaven’s sake, you’re selling yourself! And I learned this from my parents at a young age! While my father was now making a good living by the time I was old enough to work, he always said, “never forget you’re from the gutter”, and my parents both always emphasized the importance of work and how it gets you ahead (along with education). So even though his children would never have to work to support the family as he had needed to as a youth, my father always encouraged us to work. I heard the phrase “Puritan work ethic” more than once, I can tell you! So when I was old enough (10???) I got a paper route! And for a PAPER ROUTE I presented to the newspaper office dressed nicely, even though I would be working in tank top and shorts and sneakers, speeding along on my bicycle! So, I want to know where the parents are of the boys up above!
Would you give these guys a higher probability of getting hired?
Now, c’mon, I’m SERIOUS! I don’t have their contact information!!! Of course, a man can look nice and not be wearing a suit. The point is just that these guys put on good clothes, they’re clean (including their hair!), their pants are properly fitting - well, you know what I mean!
This idea of presenting yourself in the best light when you are applying for a job is not new. Year in, year out, it’s pretty standard knowledge for most people. But think about the job market right now. Wouldn’t it be even MORE important right now to do everything you can to GET THAT JOB?
Well, that’s right, someone did a STUDY on it! And the findings are a little dispiriting….
The study found:
- Nearly half don’t dress appropriately for job interviews (40 percent).
- Almost 1 out of 3 show up late for job interviews (29 percent).
- More than 1 in 4 (26 percent) show up unprepared, failing to adequately research the company to which they were applying.
- Nearly 1 in 4 exhibit “poor verbal skills,” including mangled grammar (23 percent).
The study of more than 600 human-resource professionals and employee supervisors also found younger workers fail to exhibit professionalism on the job. Among new hires, managers noted these four problems in particular:
- Lack of urgency in getting a job done (reported by 32.6 percent of managers).
- A sense of entitlement (27.2 percent).
- Poor job performance coupled with a mediocre work ethic, which may include things such as failing to take initiative or being unreliable (23 percent).
- Being tardy, leaving early or numerous absences (22.2 percent).
And these are adults, not ten year olds applying for a paper route!
Here’s some more info from the same study:
Wow, somehow young adults have totally missed some important lessons for life and success. And of course now with advanced technology, tweeting and texting is an additional problem for the employer trying to get a fair day’s work out of an employee. Who’s to blame? Parents, schools, media, society in general, all of the above?
Is it all up in smoke? Puritan work ethic, personal integrity and responsibility, pride in one’s work, pride in one’s appearance? It’s like for so many youth now, it’s all about “looking hip” (or whatever the current “it” word is!), but is no longer about what you are INSIDE or what you can DO or what you KNOW. Basing everything on “urban ghetto chic” (and don’t be fooled, it’s popular outside of the hood) is a good way to get nowhere fast. What’s going to happen to these people up the road, with little knowledge, poor social skills, poor work ethic, less than acceptable appearance?
And if this trend continues, how will that interact with our precarious economy? We need MORE workers, not more people living off the taxpayers! I don’t WANT to learn Greek! lol
Well, I did find the answer to one perplexing problem, anyway:
PS. I was originally going to use good/bad examples of both women and men, but it turns out that whether you search for “well dressed woman” or “sloppy woman”, mostly you get photos of naked women in not very feminist positions. Shoot, I probably could have just searched for “woman” and gotten the same thing. Sad…..
PS. PS. Tonight is the eve of the anniversary of the day democracy died. And the dems are stealing votes again. Not because they need to. Just because they CAN. They have a taste for it now.
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