Not All Unemployed Aussies are Job Snobs

The topic of unemployed Australians refusing to work in menial jobs and therefore earning the title Job Snobs is not a new one.

There's this report from Australian Magazine show Today Tonight in November of 2011  highlighting how overseas workers are more dedicated to farming jobs than locals.

Then there is this report by The West Australian Newspapers back in April 2010 relating how people are taking high paying jobs in the mining industry then coming back to town to find work but refusing jobs that pay less than $1000 per week.

The issue of Job Snobs was again raised on Channel Ten News during January of 2012. This time claiming the government is having to import foreign workers because Aussies are "either too good or too lazy to clean toilets".

Whilst there may be an element of truth in all these reports, my extensive experience of what it's like to be unemployed and applying for almost any job you think you can do, suggests that employers are also partly to blame for being Employee Snobs. They won't hire just anyone.

A quick look through any job classified section, you'll notice job after job, all with one requirement in common, experience preferred. Even on jobs that you can learn in a couple of days practical work, like cleaning toilets, employers look for people who've done the job before.

Channel Ten's report seemed to roll the two previous reports into one saying that Aussie's were turning down jobs in Hospitality in favor of high paying mining jobs, thus requiring the government to import overseas workers. Which flies in the face of saying Aussie workers are too lazy.

However some of the jobs the report said were being filled by foreign workers included; cleaners, waiters, bar staff, kitchen hands, cooks and trolley collectors. Other than trolley collector, all of those positions typically require some type of training. I don't know of any unskilled, unemployed person that has even a remote chance of getting a cook's position without some training. Yet employers always list experienced preferred when advertising those positions.

There's a good chance that employers are hiring overseas workers because there's a shortage of people in this country with the skill set they require, therefore there's a need to import skills.

In my opinion there is a whole group of unskilled, unemployed people who are overlooked by employers because they aren't willing to train workers from scratch. They want people who can step into a job and be across it almost straight away.

Sure there may be some people who can afford to be Job Snobs but it's unfair to suggest employers aren't getting any applications for their vacancies. I've applied for plenty of cleaning jobs in my day (and I've even had training to clean toilets) and still missed out on the job.

Many employers lack the vision of training an unskilled person, who is likely to become a loyal worker to the company that gave them their first chance at a real job.

2 comments:

  1. What a great article!

    Here in the states, we got "Employer Snubs" too, and I love how the "Employer Snobs" list all their requirements---but leave out how they would like you to apply. They get so caught up in the --what we want----they forget their actually on an appeal mission.

    I think most Employers also forget that we are in the time of the ages where even the experts in their field are having to re-invent themselves ---eventually they are going to have to into training mode.

    Again, really great article.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the article. I just think it's all too easy and all too common to brand unemployed people as 'lazy' or 'unwilling' when jobs aren't being filled or employers are struggling to find people.

      Importing people from overseas is something you do to import skills. I doubt any country imports unskilled overseas workers.

      Too many employers don't want to take a risk on training someone from scratch. Partly because of the cost and partly because they don't wish to invest so much in someone likely to move on once they're trained. In the Australian job market it's been like that for decades.

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