Our View: All the wrong moves
November 14, 2007
A job is not a right. A paycheck is not a right.
You are not owed success and career fulfillment. You do not automatically get to wake up every day and shuttle off to a satisfying job that is more a labor of love than labor.
Pay attention, Moffat County children, teenagers, young adults (and even some of you adults, too), because this is a fact of life.
You have to earn it.
The editorial board, which discussed Monday the mistakes it believes some locals make when trying to land a position, contends that these lessons perhaps are lost on today’s generation.
That would be a generation that has become increasingly blase and geared toward having it all now rather than following the successful path that worked well for our elders – working hard, building toward career achievement, and, yes, earning it instead of expecting it handed over.
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To be fair, the board believes the problem isn’t limited to our young people. It has its share of adult violators, too.
The board believes the mistakes some job seekers make – from simple faux pas such as dressing poorly to showing up late for interviews to having zero work ethic whatsoever – can come back to haunt our community as a whole.
A potential new business or industry considering Craig and Moffat County can be deterred by even a hint of a poorly-prepared and unmotivated employee pool.
It happens in economic development circles all the time. Skip X community for Y because the people who ensure the success of a business, or the backbone if you will, are the employees and Y simply has better employees to offer.
Should the anticipated economic boom occur and stimulate opportunities for other new businesses and industries in our area, an improved workforce is a must, lest our community be left where it has on other occasions – on the outside looking in.
The problem becomes, how do we change the culture of job seekers making the errors?
To start with, we don’t. It’s only a we problem in that a lagging employment pool has the potential for long-term negative consequences.
So change starts with the individual.
People must decide they want something more and that they’re willing to conform with what are, in all truth, reasonable requirements of the workplace. Those requirements aren’t anything more than what parents or teachers have been trying to ingrain for years: dress for success, be on time, bring energy and enthusiasm to each task.
Work hard, earn your paycheck.
The community at large can play a role by parents, teachers and mentors living up to the responsibility of being positive role models, employers noticing someone going the extra mile and giving that person an opportunity and rewarding hard work and dedication with more opportunity.
That’s how a culture is changed. Small, incremental steps that add up over time.
If and when more of our community members seeking employment make all the right moves instead of the ones leaving them behind, perhaps then they’ll appreciate the basic fundamental advice others have been espousing for years.
It’s a virtual fact of life.