Cowardly New World

When I lost my primary employment back in November 2012, (Thanks for doing it right before the holidays) I filled out a lot of job applications. Many of which were for retail organizations. Big, popular chain stores seemed like the best shot at a new career path this late in life.

I hadn't filled out a job application or applied for work of any sort in over 15 years. So the current state of affairs was kinda shocking to say the least.

When I was a kid you just went into the store and asked for an application. You filled in some basic info and that was that. Back in the 80's jobs were pretty easy to get. It wasn't a big deal at all.

Now, there are all kinds of hoops to jump through to even be considered. The structure of the American economy has surreptitiously shifted. The company has the upper hand. The job searcher is one amongst so many. The common worker is mainly a commodity and a statistic.

I answered a lot of personality questions throughout the course of my hunt. But I have to say, the two worst offenders are K-Mart and Target.

The initial application process for Target isn't that bad, but the interview is a little over the top. They ask of lot of questions. Not traditional questions.  Difficult to answer questions. Lots of them. Then they proceed to score you on them against other potentials. Not a pleasant experience.

Even so, to their credit, they do manage to wind up with mostly personable and pleasant employees.

K-Mart and Sears on the other hand, subject applicants to an 80 question psych analysis before their application will even be accepted. So you don't even have a guarantee of an interview and you still need to waste 30 minutes of your job hunting time answering a battery of sales and service questions before you'll even be, maybe, possibly, considered for a callback for an interview.

Still I could forgive all that, were it not for the fact that, a lot of K-Mart employees are extremely off-putting. The cashiers  and floor people, especially, tend to have grating personalities.

You're wasting people's time. Making them jump through countless hoops. And after all that, you're still winding up with less than desirable store associates.

It's no wonder you're on the verge of bankruptcy.