When Help is Needed and Can’t be Found

This week has given me a lesson and how much help is needed. Not only are companies filling the pinch, but many people working throughout the pandemic feel it tighter than ever. The cost of living is skyrocketing. The smaller mom-and-pop companies cannot keep up with the costs of running a business. Many companies are going up in pay to 15 to $20 an hour. The company I work for stays around 9 to $10 an hour. Since I don’t own the company, I have no say in how the company makes its decisions, and all I can do is either continue to work or find another job. The managers get bonuses that average out better than the base pay, but it’s still not much difference. Many of us just got our bills through our Internet companies, childcare, healthcare, housing, and other accounts that many of us accrue regularly. Those bills are continuously rising in cost but what we make is not. To say that most of us are frustrated is a vast understatement.

My bosses said the other day that they needed to find more help. Common sense should tell them they’re not going to see a lot to help when they are unwilling to pay what other competitive stores are paying. I get that it’s a family-owned business, but unfortunately, life is seeing so many expenses and very little income.

One of my biggest grievances is that all of these companies are yelling and screaming for help. When I’ve gone on indeed or several other job sites trying to find a different type of work, it’s interesting how I continue to get automatic emails. Most of the posts state, “Thank you for your interest, but we have found better candidates for the job,” even though I was fully qualified for the positions. Something’s not adding up. If places need that kind of help, why are they using the Internet to turn away so many qualified people looking for work?

And all the data entry positions that I’ve done, I’ve learned that Internet applications often discard people based on specific keywords that companies omit. How can a person get through the tedious process of all the online applications when they feel frustrated by most transactions. These frustrations made me think about helping others navigate through career assisting sites. The following information came directly from Indeed.com.

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How to apply for a job online

It would help if you had a computer, internet access, an email address, a resume, and a cover letter to apply for jobs online. Follow these steps to simplify your online job search and application process:

  1. Update your resume.
  2. Update your profile on professional networking platforms.
  3. Use keywords.
  4. Use job search engines and company websites.
  5. Be selective.
  6. Draft a separate cover letter for each application.
  7. Complete an online job application.
  8. Make sure your responses are error-free, accurate, and fully completed.
  9. Track and follow up on your job applications.
  10. Keep applying.

I will not break down each of these tasks because most people get the gist. Part of my problem is that I didn’t want to make the changes because I became comfortable. It’s only been in the last few months that I said enough is enough. I’m making changes for myself because I want to have an incredible life that fills itself with people I care the most about and not work myself to death. I can make my dreams come true if I keep pushing myself.

If you listen to people on social media, you notice that almost everybody talks about the positive things in their lives. Do you see the honesty of the struggles people face daily? I’m writing about this topic today because we all need help at various points in our lives. But some people have a more challenging time than others asking for it because they are too proud or want to be able to claim that they’ve done everything on their own. Well, that’s an admirable tray most of the time, but it’s not realistic. We all need each other at different points in our lives.

So what happens when people need help on things other than jobs? People need assistance with finances, education, and other opportunities. It’s not always about finding a job. Sometimes people need help in a medical aspect or a personal or professional endeavor that somebody is struggling with because of life’s circumstances. I’ve heard some people say that they “don’t feel for people who get themselves in situations because they know better.” Let me say that is a crock of s***. Sometimes things happen in life that we have no control over. Yes, we all make bad decisions at different points because psychologically and emotionally, we may struggle with decisions. Some people make better decisions than others, but that doesn’t mean that those folks had it coming to them. Accepting responsibility when we need help is one of the most significant ways to heal.

Accountability counts. Unfortunately, too many people expect things handed to them on a silver platter. I’m angry at the way inflation has hit all of us. For years I have struggled to make a decent salary, and when I hear fast food places paying almost double what I earn with a college education, it angers me. I work three jobs and still barely make it, but I do not depend on help from outside sources. It’s up to me to figure out how I will continue to pay my bills and take care of myself. No matter what life presents us, there will be challenging times ahead in all of our lives. Our positive or negative outlook can be the difference between success and failure. And there is no shame and asking for help when we need it. But never being willing to help anyone else is asking for bad karma down the road. You don’t have to excel at everything in this world, but you do have to be willing to learn and grow from the mistake you make.

I remember a couple of people I knew in the past who seemed like everything in the world was going right for them. Imagine the surprise that everyone who loved and cared for them found when they learned they decided to end their lives. They were asking for help in subtle ways. The council’s psychologist would say we all missed the signs. I wanted to write about this because there’s help that’s needed in so many areas that it would take a book, it would take a book to write about all the different aspects in our lives that people could find help. The important thing is that we all remember that we need to help each other. Sometimes that help isn’t easy to deal with, but it is necessary. So today, my hope for you is that if you see someone who needs help, you find a way to help them. They might not ask for your assistance, but you can feel better knowing that you might make somebody load a little easier. You don’t want to p*** somebody off helping but tries to help in ways that mean a lot to the other person. Have a great day, everyone.

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