Being unemployed and searching desperately for jobs you don’t actually want is actually the most defeating thing. You put all your intellectual and emotional effort into writing a convincing and eloquent cover letter. You do this for jobs you are overqualified for, jobs you don’t want and jobs that you can’t have enough “experience” for because employers only want someone who already has said experience. You try and you try to find work and yet almost everyone around you makes you feel like you can’t be trying hard enough because you don’t have a job yet. The longer you don’t have a job, the more you are assumed to be a free-loading, dead-weight member of society feeding off the government’s money (which you’ve paid into yourself for years). You went to school (paid for that with time, blood and money), you worked since before you were legally able to (helping to boost the economy as soon as you could), you tried to conform to the system, but now you’re being rejected in this employer’s market again and again. All of this and really, this system works for nobody. Most people are stuck in dead-end jobs, dreading going to work every day, counting the years until retirement (which is coming to us later and later in life these days). And this is what you are fighting your ass off for, to be another fucking sheeple in a cubicle, another money-making monkey designed to pool shiny new bills to the assholes on top who give zero shits about the people, animals and environment beneath them. And still, in desperation and maybe even a sick sort of loyalty to the only system you’ve ever known, even though you’re aware of all of this corruption, you are willing to sell your soul for a paycheck just like everyfuckingbody else.
- kmraut, a writer without a paycheck