Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Poverty Pimp and a BIG FAT SORRY due to blah blah blah.

I have just looked at my emails as I do every day, especially as I apply for lots of positions on line.  I had applied for one of many Administration Assistant jobs and was told,

We have now completed screening process and it is with regret that I write to inform you on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.
Unfortunately due to the high volume of applicants we are unable to provide individual feedback.

I would like to thank you for your interest in the Company and wish you success in your search for employment.
" Thank you for your application.
                      Yours sincerely "

Well at least I got a reply .

Poverty Pimp.
I had a call from my JC adviser this afternoon and it turns out that the complaint I had made about the agency I was sent to was looked into. The staff are so stretched there, that they can not give you the time and support you may need and can not deliver what they are there to do. My adviser was sent a load of statistics about how these people were doing such a good job, the service users felt more positive after leaving and more confident about gaining employment. They are, what they call, job ready. This must be after being with them for the full 12 months and still found no jobs. Well after all the help they get and support and re writing of cv's and non placements  and job searches and begging to be taken on for no wage for large companies and how to look for jobs.  And whats this ???? you still havent found a job ?????. You are then sent to another agency. These agencies get money for each job seeker on their books.  More than most will ever pay NI in that time due to the lack of jobs out there. I think the term poverty pimp comes to mind. I had to look the term up. Here's what I found and sums it up
Poverty pimp or "professional poverty pimp" is a pejorative label used to convey that an individual or group is benefiting unduly by acting as an intermediary on behalf of the poor, the disadvantaged, or some other "victimized" groups.
Those who use this appellation suggest that those so labeled profit unduly from the misfortune of others, and therefore do not really wish the societal problems that they appear to work on to be eliminated permanently, as it is not in their own interest for this to happen.

 What pees me off is the fact that when you get sent to these places the JC never asks or gets  feed back as to what is happening with you or to you. Who gives a ....???  and these places get money to do, it seems, not a lot in helping you to gain  employment. In fact I would love a job with one of these places and would make sure I gave each and every person the dignity and respect, help support and guidance with what may be one of the most difficult times in their life. First and foremost being realistic.
Good Night x


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  2. Thank you for your advice. Although I have sent out dozens of cv's, I can fully understand the amount in which must be received for any one given vacancy. It is I never seem to get past the first hurdle, to be given the chance to go in and show how willing I am. I am always hoping for the opportunity to show that I will give 110%. I have never been a fantastic letter writer but like to prove actions speak louder than words. Again cheers for the support, Justine

  3. Just hang in there !

  4. Sounds very familiar. All these agencies do is things like jobsearch, help improve your cv, covering letters etc. Why cant the jobcentre do that? Isnt that kind of the point of the jobcentre?

  5. dalekat - the jobcentres are just benefit payment centres, nothing more, but of course the whole idea of calling them jobcentres id to delude the public who haven't had the misfortune to end up in one to THINK that they are something else. The vacancies listed within them provide a useful smokescreen so that the ignorant masses can say "See, there's loads of jobs here - just take one".