Job Stuff 58

This is more or less a newsletter for job seekers like myself.  I try to find good job search strategies, bad job search strategies, pure BS and job related articles every week.  So far I’ve never run short.  Please pass this around. I’m not doing this for any reason other than the desire to help and communicate with other job seekers.  If you have any good links or stories, especially stories please comment.  If you want the story private, just put that in the comment and I will trash it and  not let it post.

The 12 scariest mistakes in job interviews?

Some of the big lies in employment.

Part 2.

This is a good thing.

More Mike Rowe.

Jason Steiner writes…

I’m tired of hearing about the skills gap. I have a Porsche gap. There aren’t enough Porsches available for me to buy at the price I prefer to pay. Nobody tweets #PorscheGap. Nobody cares what I want to pay. If I want a Porsche, I have to pay a price that outbids everyone else also looking for a Porsche. The moment I’m willing to pay that, I get a Porsche. I’m not. So you know what the truth is? I don’t actually want a Porsche all that badly.

It’s the same with skilled labor. Want more? Pay more!

“But we’re already paying $X!” Tough. Pay more. Employers are happy to pay less when the market allows it. Now there’s a shortage – partly because they treated skilled labor so badly, for so long, people stopped trying because it wasn’t worth it – and they don’t want wages to go the other way. They’ll kick, and scream, and whine about how employees don’t have the skills they need, but they won’t do the ONE thing that in a free market is guaranteed to produce higher supply.

Which means they don’t really want it all that badly.

No more whining. Put your money where your hashtag is or shut up about how hard you have it.

Hi Jason

I’m no economist, but I’m pretty sure you’re not suffering from a “Porsche Gap.” The fact that you have decided not to purchase one, doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of them. It just means there are no Porsches available at the price you wish to pay. Big difference.

In your example, you are in complete control of the transaction. You get to decide if the cost of acquiring a Porsche is too high. And thanks to a competitive marketplace, you get to choose from a myriad of more affordable options. Thus, you don’t have an underlying transportation problem. The skills gap however, poses an entirely different challenge.

Let’s say you need a plumber at your house this afternoon. Your upstairs toilet exploded this morning in spectacular fashion, and the situation is now dire. So you call the nearest plumbing outfit where the going rate is $88 an hour. No problem, especially for a guy who could buy a Porsche, (if he wanted to.) Unfortunately, there are no plumbers available.

“But wait,” you say. “This is an emergency. My floor is covered with crap and my toilet doesn’t flush.”

“Sorry, sir. Our plumbers are all booked up for the next three days.”

“Three days!” you say. “That’s unacceptable! I’ll pay more. How about $150 an hour. No? How about $200. No? How about $300? No? What do you mean, no?”

You slam the phone down and call another outfit, and then another one after that, but it’s the same thing everywhere – all the plumbers are busy dealing with other crap-related calamities. You’ll just have to wait your turn.

That’s the reality of the skills gap. Sure, it’s bad for the employer, because it makes it hard to expand the business. But it’s even worse for those of us addicted to indoor plumbing and reliable electricity. I know it’s fun to tell those whiny entrepreneurs to “shut up and pay more,” but tell me, are you prepared to say the same thing to the senior citizen in Phoenix, suffocating in the August heat, who can’t find anyone to fix her air-conditioning? Or the young family in Bangor, freezing in the January cold, who can’t get anyone to come out and repair their broken furnace? Remember – these rapacious capitalists you’re addressing do not run charities – they run businesses. The more they pay their people, the more they charge their customers. You might not like it, but that’s how things work in the free market. The cost of labor is tied to the cost of goods and services.

Personally, I’m not comfortable telling employers what to pay their people, or manufacturers what to charge for their product. Like you, I prefer to let the market sort it out. But one thing is beyond dispute – the skills gap is real, and it affects everyone – even people who drive Porsches. But it also provides an opportunity for anyone willing to learn a skill that’s in demand. I personally know dozens of plumbers, electricians, welders, and HVAC specialists making in excess of $100K a year. Many in fact, have parlayed their trade into a multi-million-dollar business. That story is not uncommon, but rarely told. Seems to me, if more people saw the opportunities in the skilled trades, the skills gap would close a whole lot faster.

I hope this modest episode of “Hot Under the Blue Collar” will help make that point, and if you think it does, I encourage you to share it. As you’ll see, the tradesman we feature learned plumbing from his father, and hung out his own shingle when he was 28 years old. Today, he employs over a hundred people, and bills north of $23 million a year. I don’t know if he drives a Porsche, but I can tell you this – he’s hiring plumbers and HVAC specialist right now at competitive rates. And providing a genuine opportunity for anyone who wants it.


Goldman Sachs guide to acing interviews.

Just the obvious same old, same old.

It’s an “Office Space” world.

Are job seekers getting more sophisticated? Or is a REAL talent shortage starting?

Amazon reviews for Death By HR.

“Death by HR” – First Amazon Reviews: “An HR Survival Guide”

The Job Stuff Series.

Job Stuff 57.

Job Stuff 56.

Job Stuff 55.

Job Stuff 54.

Job Stuff 53.

Job Stuff 52.

Job Stuff 51.

Job Stuff 50.

Job Stuff 49.

Job Stuff 48.

Job Stuff 47.

Job stuff 46.

Job Stuff 45.

Job Stuff 44.

Job Stuff 43.

Job Stuff 42.

Job Stuff 41.

Job Stuff 40.

Job Stuff 39.

Job Stuff 38.

Job Stuff 37.

Job Stuff 36.

Job Stuff 35.

Job Stuff 34.

Job Stuff 33

Job Stuff 32

Job Stuff 31

Job Stuff 30.

Job Stuff 29.

Job Stuff 29

Job Stuff 28.

Job Stuff 28

Job Stuff 27.

Job Stuff 27

Job Stuff 26.

Job Stuff 26

Job Stuff 25.

Job Stuff 25

Job Stuff 24.

Job Stuff 24

Job Stuff 23.

Job Stuff 23

Job Stuff 22.

Job Stuff 22

Job Stuff 21.

Job Stuff 21

Job Stuff 20.

Job Stuff 20

Job Stuff 19.

Job Stuff 19

Job Stuff 18.

Job Stuff 18

Job Stuff 17.

Job Stuff 17

Job Stuff 16.

Job Stuff 16

Job Stuff 15.

Job Stuff 15

Job Stuff 14.

Job Stuff 14

Job Stuff 13.

Job Stuff 13

Job Stuff 12.

Job Stuff 12

Job Stuff 11.

Job Stuff 11

Job Stuff 10.

Job Stuff 10

Job Stuff 9.

Job Stuff 9

Job Stuff 8.

Job Stuff 8.

Job Stuff 7:
Job Stuff 7

Job Stuff 6:
Job Stuff 6

Job Stuff 5:

Job Stuff 5

Job Stuff 4:

Job Stuff 4

Job Stuff 3:

Job Stuff 3

Job Stuff 2:
Job Stuff 2

Job Stuff 1:
Job Stuff

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s