‘I’m not unemployable, so why won’t you employ me?’: Motivation levels can dwindle – and it’s not surprising

Jasmine Emerton

JC 300x300 Im not unemployable, so why wont you employ me?: Motivation levels can dwindle   and its not surprising Around 7.8 per cent of people in the UK are unemployed at the moment. That’s 2.51 million of the work-eligible population – I am one of them.

“So many people moan about being unemployed, if you want a job, go and get one,” someone I follow once said on Twitter. This is irritating for an unemployed person to read – it’s not as easy as people think.

Motivation is important when job seeking, it helps you to achieve the level of self-discipline necessary for applying for jobs day after day. Staying motivated, when applying for hundreds of jobs and only hearing back from a small percentage of them, is difficult. Although I had been working in marketing for over a year, I have applied for everything from general office assistant to waitressing and still have not had any luck.

Many marketing jobs advertised on recruitment websites turn out to be, what can only be described as, pyramid schemes. In these sort of jobs you end up earning 100 per cent commission and a self-employed contract with no basic wage, but can be very well disguised as a great opportunity to get into the industry. In my experience, I was offered an ‘events assistant’ job, which turned out to be standing in a shopping hall trying to get customers to sign up to a contractual agreement and earning a very small percentage and again no basic wage.

Fake job advertisements also plague the same recruitment websites. Sometimes the job doesn’t exist at all and is there for the sole reason to divert traffic to the company website – a little known of, but widely used practice. Occasionally, the job advertised is not necessarily the one available. I applied for a job when I first became unemployed which was advertised as customer service, answering incoming calls, some data entry, etc. When I arrived at the group interview, I was told this was actually a telesales job – a potential error, until I realised several other candidates had also come searching for the same non-existent job I had.

I was offered the telesales job, and considered it as an option until I became aware that most of the candidates at the interview had also been offered it, I would need to do two weeks free training with no expenses paid and the wage after the training would still be very low and commission based. So I decided that my income was not enough to cover travel costs for work I would not be receiving pay for and I wasn’t too keen on working for someone who deployed such sly job advertising tactics.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. All the above can contribute to losing confidence, self esteem and motivation but the missed opportunities that hurt the most are those where you get beyond the interview stage and put hours of time and effort into getting the job, but never hearing back from the employer.

I attended an interview for work as marketing assistant at a local education company. My interview was with the managing director and during the interview he made it very clear that he was interested in me working for him. He asked me to write a month’s social media plan in two days and said he would invite me in to discuss it the next day. I went home and spent hours researching and writing the plan, consisting of over 1,000 words, and sent it off on the morning of deadline day. The next day I was hoping for a call or an email but it never came. I phoned the office multiple times over the coming days and he was never in office, eventually I gave up.

Over a fortnight later, he phoned me and said he gave the job to another girl but her references were not good enough and therefore I was invited in for another interview, again, I left feeling positive but never heard from him ever again.

Hundreds of applications to various roles later, I’m yet to receive any feedback on any of my interview techniques, my CV’s strength or any of my abilities. I’m not unemployable and I doubt the millions of other unemployed people are. We understand your time is valuable and we don’t disagree with you for checking thoroughly before spending your money to pay our wages – but a little feedback really would mean the world to us… and our motivation levels.


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  • Rasmus

    The negative discourse concerning the
    unemployable is a general rightwing constructed and media distributed truth – We only need to think
    about the unemployd, which is by far overwhelmed with people desperately
    wanting a job – I’ll just leave this here:

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