Joe Biden’s advice to job seekers felt… out of touch. He didn’t say, “suck it up!” but to a lot of people that’s how it felt.
Hearing advice that sounds patronizing, especially from career politicians (who’s pay is decent and lifelong benefits are incredible), is always demoralizing. It doesn’t matter what party they are in, or what party you are in, patronizing advice when you feel like you are doing everything you know to do to get out of a miserable job search is not easy to hear.
Joe Bident’s advice to job seekers was basically, “hang in there.” He indicated there are lots of companies who say they are going to hire more this year, so just hang in there, be patient and maybe you’ll land one of those jobs.
Ugh. If you have been hanging in there for months, perhaps losing cars or your house, straining personal relationships, and depressed, hanging in there and being patient waiting for companies to change their hiring strategy, or actually hire people, is just darn hard to hear.
Oh, while you are hanging in there, make sure you don’t drain the country’s finances with your bad health habits.
Joe Biden’s Advice to Job Seekers
The Huffington Post reports he says:
“Don’t smoke, eat healthy, do not consume junk foods,” he said. “I know that sounds silly, but it’s very practical in terms of your own health and well-being, and also on the impact of the cost of maintaining the health care system in the United States.”
Joe Biden’s advice to job seekers is a sliver of what we need to hear.
I agree that maintaining healthy habits is a great idea. I’m surprised, though, that Biden didn’t talk about the options a job seeker has.
Like any of the state or federal programs available for job seekers. Does he not believe in them?
Like looking at starting their own business. How many of the major (and minor) employers today were started by someone who took a risk? Does he not believe America is a great place to provide this opportunity?
Like improving your education, if that is an issue, so you can either compete on a level playing field, or improve your chances of getting noticed? Is it better to “hang in there” than to do something to sharpen our saw?
Hang in there sounds incredibly ignorant… it sounds like “hang out until it gets better.” But you have to remember who you get job search advice from. Joe Biden’s advice to job seekers isn’t horrible, it’s just incomplete. And from his position, he should either defer to experts or give more holistic advice.
I have some advice for Biden, and anyone in the government who is involved in the jobs stats. Stay tuned for my post tomorrow (click here). (any ideas for them?)
… Oh yeah, one more thing about Joe Biden’s advice to job seekers: you might have heard stuff like this from other people. Slivers of what you need to hear. An incomplete or outdated picture.
Be careful who you take advice from. Some of it will be solid, other advice can be terribly misleading.