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Job seekers shockingly unprepared!

Friday, July 20, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Dr Leachim Semaj, of Above and Beyond, has made some revelations concerning young job seekers that would shock many among us who do not have to deal with young people.

When I entered York Castle High School one of my first English classes focused on writing a job application. We did almost nothing else until we got it perfect, and it has remained with me. It comes as a surprise to me now when school leavers, and a few from tertiary-level institutions, call and ask for assistance to do what I was taught the first two weeks of high school.

Semaj also speaks of improper dress. I was doing research at The University of the West Indies one summer years ago when summer classes were in progress for schoolchildren. I was just amazed that parents would allow their girls to leave home wearing the dresses of their much-younger siblings.

Many of these female job applicants know that their academic capabilities will not get them very far in the world of work. But the word making the rounds is that some male employers give as much — sometimes more — weight to physical attributes, and they are encouraged to dress with this in mind.

Two young men turned up two days late for their interview; one was wearing a pair of shorts, the other, a yellow underpants over a blue one and the jeans pants inches below his behind. I told them that it was two days too late. They replied, “...So wi cyaan go down there now?” Did I mention that these were positions in an office?

Truth be told, I don't remember any special attempt to prepare us for interviews. But the Ministry of Education must become engaged now, because it seems we do not have parents anymore.

Glenn Tucker


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