Life is really short. Its even shorter when you have to spend half your waking life at a job you hate.
My goals for this company are fairly simple in concept:
- Help people who need jobs get jobs.
- Help people who have jobs get jobs they hate less.
- Help people who have jobs they actually like get more out of their role, company, and work life.
- Help people hold organizations accountable.
Help people get jobs
Unfortunately, it seems like, for now, most people need to have jobs in order to eat and live and stuff. Not how I would have arranged things in a universe where we get one life, but I'm not in charge. I do cover letter and resume reviews, contract recruiting, and provide general advice, the intent of which is to help you get a job if you need one.
Get better jobs
I've spent so many years working in the service industry (mostly fast food, but I've done turns in retail, hotel housekeeping, and even worked weekends at a flower stand). When I got my first job at seventeen, I made the minimum wage at the time in Idaho, which was $5.10 an hour iirc. Despite the success of the Fight for 15 movement, pink collar jobs are still really sucky; you're on your feet most of the day, you have to provide cheerful service to absolute jerks, and chances are really good that your boss jerks you around and messes with your hours if you try to exert even the smallest amount of power or self-respect. If you can hold a job at a Wendy's for a year, you can almost certainly perform well in virtually any entry-level admin or reception job, you just have to be able to code your application to express "look, I'm a white, middle-class person, just like you!" so people will hire you. The jobs are still sort of sucky, but at least you'll get a desk and maybe some healthcare. I can help you make that transition, if you want.
Get more from your job
Look, I'm not a total cynic. I genuinely believe that people enjoy doing productive and interesting work. I don't think doing it should be a prerequisite to being allowed to be alive, but I think a lot of people find a level of fulfillment by being needed in a community of like-minded people working to accomplish something great together. Work can be one way to do that, and you don't have to work at some bullshit tech company or in a non-profit to make that happen. The first year I worked at Jack in the Box, it was a pretty fun job that I was proud to have. My company (via a computer training program) made its philosophy of internal and external service clear to me, and I saw that philosophy executed faithfully in how they treated me and my coworkers. When my store was bought and taken over by a franchiser, the difference was night and day, and they lost all of their best staff (including me) within a year.
It's not impossible for a crap job to also be a good job! And if you can get a job doing something you actually enjoy, there are endless ways to learn and grow within it. Advancement doesn't have to mean sucking up to the boss; you can forge an exciting future for yourself doing something you enjoy and that others value your contribution to, and that's dope.
Hold organizations accountable
#MeToo. Union busting. Racism. Sexism. Abuse. Bad labor practices. Corruption. Callousness.
Lots of jobs are terrible not because the work is so terrible, but because there's something Bad happening. Most people in most jobs have no power, and there are plenty of people with power who abuse it in various ways. From comparatively minor abuses in the hiring process to overt oppression of their workforce, tons of companies and organizations have a bad apple (or a whole bad apple pie; or, like, a system of pies that have been deliberately and accidentally rotted by systemic and institutional apple oppressions)
Right now, the best defenses we have against these kinds of oppressions are 1) unions, and 2) whisper networks. I want to amplify those defenses. The information asymmetry between people and employers gives a tremendous power to abusers and crooks who take advantage of the fact that people need jobs for food, shelter, and healthcare.
But the power shifts when worker networks are strong.
When those companies see their applicant pools dry up because nobody wants to work in a terrible place or with terrible people. When workers band together to assert their rights and demand accountability. When workers can neutralize or expel bad actors who abuse, oppress, and leech from their workplaces.
We have more power when we're together! And I want to be on the side of the worker.
So, please check out what I can offer you, service-wise, and if you think I could help you but you just don't have the funds, please reach out anyway - firstname.lastname@example.org - I'll do what I can. Let's make this whole "work" situation better together.