5 Real Reasons Why It’s Impossible To Find A Job


Last month, I started my career as a freelance writer/borderline homeless person. Although I have some other sources of income, my day is mostly going to be dedicated to writing. It’s something I really want to try, and if I fail, it will at least be spectacular in scale.

This decision comes in the wake of the fact that I have spent the last year and a half actively (and passively) job hunting to no avail. I’ve concluded that it’s become a waste of my time and, like an angry teenager, quit out of protest. I also bought black eyeliner and plan on telling my mom that she can’t make me do something in the near future.

At the very least, I’d like my experience to have been worth something, so I’ve decided to share what I learned over the years. Some of you reading this may already have your dream job, or at least one that won’t make you kill yourself. That’s fine. But I’m fairly certain the majority of you didn’t quite end up where you thought you would be 5 years ago.

First, I’d like to clear up the biggest myth of the job market: that there are simply “no jobs.” If you actually believe that, it’s because you heard it on TV and never bothered to look yourself. Two seconds of searching, and I can prove this isn’t true, at least anecdotally.

Ya, it’s a real ghost town out there

A more accurate complaint would be “there are no jobs for me.” Here’s why.

1) Your Degree Is Basically Worthless

Years ago, graduating high school gave you a huge leg up on the competition because everyone lived on farms. When high school became more universal, it became necessary to go to college to prove that you were worth more than the next guy. It was part of the American Dream to go to school, land a guaranteed job right after, and take an irresponsible amount of painkillers until your kids reached 18. Then your kids would have to go to.

But wait, if everyone’s kids go to college, then what’s setting them apart from everyone else? The answer is the amount I’ll be able to get in 20 years for my signed, pre-suicide Hannah Montana backpack, i.e. Nothing.

Think of it this way. A college degree used to bring you 10 meters ahead of everyone else in the race. Now, it seems like getting a college degree simply gets you to the starting line, next to everybody else. A college degree is now a basic minimum requirement for most non-service jobs, which practically defeats the purpose of it as a resume booster.

So what’s next? What happens when going to college is universal? Then it becomes an arms race that never ends.

Minimum candidate requirement: PhD in Food Service.

Here are the unemployment rates in 2012 based on educational attainment. Looking at this, you might think it’s proving the opposite thing; that college is definitely worth it. I mean, the unemployment rate clearly correlates downward with greater education. But remember, a bachelor’s degree is now the default. So yes, it’s worth it, because the alternatives are way worse. Would you rather start at the starting line or a whole lap behind?

Of course, some degrees are worth more than others. Computer Science and other specific technical degrees can carry some weight. But for the majority of liberal arts or “soft” majors, its a piece of paper that grants access to the job market while simultaneously starting you off in the red financially. Leading nicely to the fact that:

2) It’s A Buyer’s Market

Regardless of whether or not we are technically still in a recession, the fact is that the power in the job market still lies with the employers. They have the freedom to pick and choose when the supply is large. The supply in this case being bachelor’s degrees.


And for Wall Street executives, mountains of cocaine.

Because of this, you will almost never see an entry-level position read “no experience necessary.” In fact, you’ll rarely see entry-level positions at all.

Employers want candidates who don’t exist. They want somebody just outta college with 3-5 years experience for an assistant level job. Well, where the fuck do you expect me to get that experience if no one will hire me because I lack experience, jackass?

Employers can put up a help-wanted sign and sit back. Instead of taking a chance on a fresh graduate with minimal experience but a good work ethic, they’ve gained a magic DARE ability to just say no, because they just assume someone better will eventually come along. I’ve heard back months after I’ve applied for a job that the answer was a no, as if they seriously had the conceit to expect that I was just sitting there for 60 days pressing refresh on my email until I heard an answer from them, like I haven’t already fucking moved on by that point. In fact, even today I still get rejection letters from jobs I barely remember applying to.

Chippendales 3

I’ve been told I didn’t have enough experience for one job, only to see the same exact job pop up a year later. So you’re telling me you’ve had literally nobody working this job for months? It’s obviously not very important. Just cut it out of the budget and maybe you can hire someone else.

This puts employees in a desperate position where you are forced to carpet bomb hundreds of resumes to Uganda to even have a chance at a call-back, and then you are practically guaranteeing that you will hate the job you eventually get.

This is all assuming you even do get contacted back. If you do, you will quickly realize:

3) Everyone Involved In The Process Is Lying

Everybody pads their resumes. There’s some tiny, little thing you have exaggerated. It can be as simple as adding an adjective to a task you did at another job, like “efficiently checked email.” Maybe some claim you made didn’t really happen, but nobody is left at the last place you worked that can confidently say it didn’t.


Previous experience: President of “Milli Vanilli” Fan Club.

But you tell yourself that you have to do it to compete with everyone else who are ALSO lying on their resume. You’re the guy stuck in traffic complaining about it. “Well, need to get somewhere.” You don’t think all those other people need jobs too?

Anyway, after you’re done reading through the job qualifications (which are 95% exaggerations), you arrive at the interview. Both of you should be 100% aware that you are about to straight up lie to each other for 2 hours. The most common interview questions are the stupidest fucking things you could ever ask somebody, because they REQUIRE YOU TO LIE if you hope to ever hear back from these people again.

Q: “What is your biggest weakness?”

Correct Answer: “I’m almost too organized.”

Incorrect Answer: “If there is cheese somewhere in the room, I will murder someone with my hands to get to it.”

Q: “Tell me about a time where you made a mistake at a previous job and how you dealt with it.”

Correct Answer: “My team accidentally added a zero to a Quarterly Report so we got together and erased it.”

Incorrect Answer: “I tripped an EPA inspector into a vat of boiling plastic. We pooled our money and raised almost $40 towards his crippling hospital bills!”

Q: “Have you ever had difficulty with a boss or manager?”

Correct Answer: “No.”

Incorrect Answer: “Ya, Joe was a real asshole. He threatened to eat my dog if I didn’t bring my sales numbers up. On Thanksgiving he emailed me a picture of the utensils he was going to use.”

The last one is especially sinister, because every single person in the world has had a horrible boss. The owner of the grocery store I worked at when I was 15 would make the baggers wash his Mercedes in the parking lot by hand, but if I ever acknowledged in an interview that, yes, sometimes people in power are genuinely sociopathic, then that’s it. They will automatically assume you will say the same about them. Of course, if they aren’t dicks, then what do they have to worry about?

And then when you don’t get the job? You can pretty much expect:

4) No Feedback Whatsoever

The worst feeling in the world is staring at a rejection letter from a job you thought was a sure-thing. Your first thought is going to be, “what did I do wrong?” Did you say something stupid in the interview? Did another candidate have more qualifications that you? Did you smell bad?

You will never know. In a weirdly backwards way, employers try to be as non-offensive as possible with their rejection letters to the point where it’s completely unhelpful to you. It’s actually negatively helpful.

Here is, word-for-word, a rejection letter I got months after I applied to a job:

Dear Christopher Rio:

Thank you for taking the time to apply for the position of [the position] at [the company]. We greatly appreciate your interest in [the company]. Your application and credentials have been evaluated by [the company], along with the other applicants. We have received a high-volume of applications and the position is now filled. I would encourage you to continue to review job opportunities at [the company’s website].

Again, thank you for your interest in [the company] and best wishes for a successful employment search.


[Some Asshole]

So…I didn’t get the job? I’m actually confused. The entire time the letter side-steps around telling me that I didn’t get it, like they are bringing up an uncomfortable topic at a family reunion. It’s not an exaggeration to say that simply changing the last sentence of the big paragraph to the word “Congratulations!” instantly turns it into an acceptance letter.

Sometimes, they even have the audacity to include the whole “we’ll keep your resume on file in case your credentials match what we’re looking for in the future.”


Spoiler Alert: They will never call you back.




“Wow I can’t believe I got offered a job out of the blue!”

This person has never and will never exist. Seriously have you EVER heard of this happening to anyone you’ve ever known? (Ya I know he looks 12, but the point stands.)

So, because it is considered rude to tell a job candidate why they didn’t get it, you will never find out that your brother took your resume and Find and Replace’ed all instances of the phrase “Skilled in customer service” to “Proficient with every major brand of penis enlargement device.”

5) The Traditional Job Paths Are Different Now

The majority of my money nowadays comes from jobs that didn’t exist when my parents were my age because they all involve the Internet in some way.

Imagine trying to explain to your grandparents that you develop videogames for a living. You’d likely have to describe what videogames even are before you get to any of the details.


Yes, Grandpa, just like this.

Let’s go back a little further and just say that you are a kid who wants to develop videogames. Good luck getting help from Mom and Dad on what courses to take, what college to go to, and who to bribe. They are gonna have no idea how to help you get from point A to B. Your Dad is a lawyer? Easy, go to law school, make a connection in the industry. Mom’s a doctor? Easier. Go to med school and intern in a hospital you want to work for. They probably won’t know what to do for you though, so it’s up to you to figure it out.

Speaking of internships…

Free Internships are probably the single most ridiculous thing to ever be created. The fact that they are legal makes my head spin. “But my internship led me to the exact job I wanted!” Bingo. That’s exactly my point. You were forced to work for free in order to even get a chance at getting where you needed to be.

Here’s a story to illustrate how ridiculous this gets. I did a communications internship back in college for a whole summer. I worked 3 days a week for about 5 hours a day. It was probably the most fun thing I ever did, but don’t get me wrong, I actually did a shit-ton of work. Interestingly, this internship was required as part of my degree. And for those of you keeping score at home, that means I had to pay for the credits. Wait. I paid money in order to work? Isn’t that, like, super-slavery?

Sorry, my intern made this.

The majority of structured, free internships are a farce that are actually worse because they operate under the guise of helping the student. Look at the trifecta above. Who is actually benefitting here? The University gets tuition money without providing anything (remember, they are the ones who made up the fact that I had to do it). The business gets completely free labor (again, the job I was doing could have been done by a paid worker). I get something to put on my resume. Why didn’t I just lie and say that I did it?

The powers that be believe that the access you get as an intern is worth more to you than money (That internship eventually connected me to a job I have now, but was it worth losing out on thousands of dollars?). And when the supply of financially-dependent students is as large as it is, you can bet your ass that they are absolutely, 100% right.

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22 Responses to 5 Real Reasons Why It’s Impossible To Find A Job

  1. This is the most uplifting pile of misery! I could have read like 5 more pages of this! I needed a good laugh and you did not disappoint!


  2. greg says:

    misery, exactly.



  3. Dave says:

    A computer science degree isn’t worth crap either. Just FYI


  4. Mike says:

    This was fantastic, really funny!

    The point about how everyone is lying really struck a chord. I’ve thought about this in terms of:
    Q: Why do you want to join our company

    Correct Answer: I am very passionate about [insert company mission]

    Wrong Answer: I’m looking for work and your company seemed to be hiring.


  5. Sam says:

    Hold on.. it seems to me that the author got a job from the internship. However, what happens when you go to one of these adult continuing education colleges where internships don’t exist? There isn’t any help for that student.


  6. Elaine says:

    Im an very experienced Pharmacy assistant Could have been a pharmacist by now as I have obtained marks well over 80% in chemistry biochemistry, nutrition, anatomy physiology,microbiology etc etc BUT!!!! Im being cut back on my regular shifts because they decided to take on a school leaver with NO experience and no clue on any products, never worked in pharmacy before and L A Z Y!!!! like many teenagers these days! go figure!


    • A Certain Mr. Someone says:

      It’s a year later, and I bet he’s got your job by now. L-A-Z-Y don’t matter, as pharmacies know that patients expect to wait at least an hour, so it’s only in extreme cases that a client will actually become flustered. A person can be taught a professional demeanor, which is usually just as good as professional knowledge, since the client doesn’t have that either and will instead rely on the confidence level of the person spooning horse manure into their mouth or ears.

      And, since he knows nothing, they can pay him less. As long as he isn’t responsible for death or serious injury at your branch, he is a profit. And you, a liability. As long as the idiot doesn’t kill or injure someone as a result of his incompetence, he’s in line for fucking promotion. You, on the other hand, with all your i’s and t’s that need to be dotted and crossed, are shamefully depriving the company of profit due to insistence on following life-saving protocol. For every ten extra dollars they earn by speed, they probably only lose 1 dollar in paying out wrongful death claims. So be faster, or know-nothing (which is exactly how they like him) will be trying to carve new lines into your name tag to reshape the letters of your name into the letters of his own before tacking it onto his uniform.


  7. Stela says:

    Another question of obvious corporate interest:

    Q: “Are you a veteran of foreign conflicts?”

    Correct answer: “No”

    Wrong answer: “700 day veteran status — Klingon Empire”


  8. Robert Arends says:

    I hate the immorallity of where this country’s heading. I’m looking for a better country now and where to denounce my citizenship. We have a piece of shit president, congress, senate, and soon military. We’re rejecting God and becoming a depraved nation of heathans. Just wait the USA doesn’t have to many chances anymore.


  9. don't worry says:

    100% right, the whole system needs a reform. I really hate how someone can talk themselves up in an interview and on their resume. Jobs should have a week trial and they base employment on practical skill. I find employers very selfish, some businesses pull huge profit, they should employ more people or start franchising to increase job opportunities, too bad they only care about themselves


  10. atlanticcus says:

    This article is like reading about myself. I cannot find a job for 10 years. Im not joking. There are no jobs and if there are any those are unpaid or very poorly paid internships or there are jobs where they require an insane amount of skill or knowledge that even those who are hired now never had experience with themselves and if they did its because they have learnt it inside the company. Then there are absolutely terrible disgusting jobs that are totally unnecessary and they only keep supporting this insane disgusting system we live in. When I go to the supermarket 80 percent of things they sell are useless. Whole business and system is based on a lie. For everyone who is honest and sensitive person this is an absolute nightmare….


  11. Anon says:

    I had an interview recently where the employer asked me, “Why do you want to work this position title?” I explained why, as mentioned in the article how these responses are often bs but you have to go through with it anyway. The employer actually had the gaul to say back, “You’re just saying that.” and laughed. I didn’t get the job but I just winced through it. Unbelievable how in 2014 these employers just think they can walk -all- over the candidate. I didn’t care that I didn’t get the job.


  12. biggest load of truth – and BULLSHIT at the same time – I have ever read. Best post I have ever read in my entire life and my thoughts exactly. America is evil they try to make us people hate ourselves thinking we aren’t worthy… FUCK the job market. WE THE PEOPLE should arise. Start planting gardens – boom now you eat. Collectively, we all stop paying our mortgages – FUCK THE BANKS. And if enough of us demand it – electric and water companies will have to provide their services for free – natural human rights. Jobs are obsolete. Human abundance is not. Trees provide us fruit with us doing nothing, God makes it rain. So too shall our lives be free, SOONER rather than later. A revolution is happening. WE ARE THE RESISTANCE. Godspeed.


    • Chris Rio says:

      Ya let me know how your “sitting on my ass until i get free electricy” plan works out. I think its more of an issue of unbalanced supply and demand more than all jobs being obsolete. I mean, someone got paid to create the wordpress site that allowed you to post this comment, surely some jobs are worth something.


  13. Tyler says:

    I’m starting to think my odds of dating Taylor Swift are higher than getting a job that pays a living, sustainable wage.


  14. Mitch Kelly says:

    In addition to the above scenarios, try getting a job anywhere in the USA if you have a felony conviction in your past and it doesn’t matter how far back into your past it was. I have a 1990 violent felony conviction from an offense that occurred in Oct of 1988 in which I was given seven years probation with restitution (shortened to five years once the victim’s restitution amount was paid). No prison, probation only. This conviction never gave me any trouble in subsequently getting a job or a place to live between 1988 – 2005. The felony conviction began turning up in employment background checks early in 2005 which is seventeen years later. In 2005, background checks were just beginning to make it hard to find a job yet they were not nearly as pervasive as they are at present. Today, in 2015 it’s impossible to get any job with a felony conviction. My resume looks great and I’ve had some terrific interviews since being laid-off in June 2014. Interviews, which I was certain would result in a job offer but once the hiring process was/is handed over to the HR Dept the process ends abruptly and you’re marked as undesirable with that particular company from then on.


  15. Renee says:

    Thank your for this article. I started to blog about my terrible interviews and ridiculously futile job searching back in 2013. Your writing is better than mine, but I did achieve humor at times. I’ve since retired the blog because I eventually just gave up and decided to go back to school. I am tired of people telling me “it’s a waste of money”. It may not be an option for everyone, but at least it makes me happy and gives me a reason to get out of bed every day.


  16. Miltos says:

    I am an Automation Engineer(BSc 4years duration) with Masters(2 years duration) on Automation & Control Engineering.Speak 2 languages fluently and another 2 basic level.
    I have served the military for 1 year of my life and I have finished my studies 2 months before i turned 27.I am currently 27 and a half and I m still looking for a job that fits my education and for the record I have 2 years of working experience as an Electrical Engineer.I am from Europe FYI and things here are no better.


  17. Casey says:

    I maintain a LPN license, have a bachelor’s in secondary education, and a master’s in school counseling. LPN’s here make little more than minimum wage without any benefits, etc. I had to get my master’s because I had a biology teaching certificate and all schools wanted general science. Now, I can’t find a job as a counselor because I apparently don’t have enough experience as an elementary counselor, even when I did my internship at the school I applied for and did a wonderful job. I would feel better about myself if the assholes would just tell me why they didn’t choose me, so I could actually work on those issues. Job seeking makes a person want to shoot themselves. I went through the list of common interview questions for this last interview because I was actually asked most of them at the first interview of this year. I prepared great lengthy responses and memorized them so I would be ready. I was only asked 1 of them and then they talked. I told them I did my internship with them, that I grew up in that school system, that I volunteer at a local health clinic. Still wasn’t good enough for them. I’m about to quit trying and go on welfare.


    • Katy says:

      “I would feel better about myself if the assholes would just tell me why they didn’t choose me, so I could actually work on those issues”

      OMG, THANK YOU! This is what I’ve been saying. Out of all the 50+ job applications, only like 5-7 of them told me why I didn’t get the position. Had all my applications done this, I would have worked on improving myself so I can get a damn job.!

      I’m a college graduate and job seeking is depressing and the bane of my existence. It sucks to send in applications after applications and never get any job. This has been happening to me ever since I was 17. I forever give side eyes to my brothers, who also struggle to find jobs, but manage to snag a few full-time jobs every now and then.

      Trust me, if I worked for 18 months, I would have filed for unemployment.


  18. A Certain Mr. Someone says:

    I entered “nobody will hire me and I want to kill myself” into Google, and this was top-listed. Your post is smart, funny, and true.

    I just graduated as valedictorian of the electrical engineering class of 2014-2015 at Cal Poly Pomona. Classmates that I have literally spent years tutoring (at the time I was learning the same material) are now firmly ensconced in industry while I couldn’t find a job if I cut off a testicle and lit it on fire on live TV. One guy that I saw stand motionless in front of a whiteboard for a full 5 minutes to answer a simple question, marker clasped in the hand he can’t write with, is now an engineer somewhere which hopefully doesn’t have much to do with public safety, but pulls in good money. And that was the dumb guy. Most of the rest are just lucky their marble rolls down the right hand side of the bell curve slightly faster than his. Very few were noteworthy. Fewer were brilliant (I remember two fellow students as being brilliant in my entire time at Cal Poly). What I’ve seen is that employment opportunity is NOT RELATED…at ALL…to capacity for understanding and carrying out the type of work that you *think* you have been trained for. Because you have been trained…FOR SHIT. What you need to be trained for is BULLSHIT.

    Because employers automatically assume you are practically unfit for work, and must fall back on social variables…likeability, ease in integrating into a team, adapting to company expectations (which, again, don’t have shit to do with your job description…but practically reek of BULLSHIT). If you arrive absolutely ready to tackle anything they throw at you…meaning, you’ve both retained and maintained everything that you’ve spent the last 4 years packing into your skull…it doesn’t matter. Because they assume that you DON’T know it, and won’t give you chance to prove otherwise until the last interview, or after you’re hired. Instead, they look for those social urine markings on your tidy suit that I previously mentioned, which indicate compliance, obedience, and subservience. They are also looking for a decided self-serving lack of empathy which annihilates competition without emotion in gaining new contracts for the company. The former ensures company control over the latter, which is the real asset they’re hiring you for.

    Once you’ve gone through the ritual of wiping your gums with the blood of your enemy and laughing about it, they’ll start re-teaching the tiny subset of what you already learned in university that actually makes you fit for your job.

    A student would be better served by a degree in theater, where it might take 1/10th of the time to impersonate a good engineering candidate. Because you sure as fuck have to spend at least 3 hours showing you have sharp but controllable fangs before they even give a shit about what you know about engineering.

    And that’s why I just want to kill myself and not bother trying anymore. This was my last good attempt. Hell, I even made Valedictorian! But it’s not enough, because I don’t hunger for blood, and I don’t care about entering a management position eventually. I don’t thirst for those things which come with success. I don’t need a new car, or a big home. I have no need for the friendship of people whose entry into a friendship is based on brand names. I just want a roof over my head, and the ability to pursue my interests.

    The rest is dog poop, and the world LOVES its dog poop. I don’t. I just have a talent, and nobody gives a fuck.


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