After sampling the last 100 emails we have received asking for financial help, at least 80 percent of them had one or more errors in them. We are always shocked that a person asking for assistance to pay their bills does not even take the time to proofread their request. There are examples of the issues below, as well as suggestions on how to send a proper request for aid.
The number of jobs that are available is at a record high. Tens of thousands of companies have these positions are are trying to hire people to work them, but they just can’t find individuals with the skills or initiative necessary to actually do the work. This has been a continuing pattern for over 12 months now. The fact is that Americans can’t or won’t do what is necessary for these positions, and this is a national crisis that is referred to as a Jobs Skill Gap.
We have analyzed the last 100 emails that have been sent to us and we have determined that as many as 26% of them have an address that is either unprofessional or it could be close to it. The statistic is alarming in that not only may a potential employer just skip over an applicant with using a certain type of email address, but some charities and other groups that offer financial aid may also screen the request for help.
In another indicator of the strong job market, high school drop-outs and others without a college degree continue to find it much easier to get a job. The pool of people looking and willing to hold a job is now so small that employers are even hiring those applicants without a degree. As we have indicated in other posts, anyone that wants a job can get one.
While the unemployment rate is now under 5%, which many economists consider to be full employment, there are still many people who have not come back to the labor force. The participation rate of men aged 25-54 is particular alarming in that only 88% of them are employed or seeking a job, and the trend of male participation continues to be downward. Of those who have dropped out, 1/3 of them are now living in poverty. This percentage of workforce participation is down from 98% of them holding a job as of 1954.