I have been trying to post my thoughts on my blog for about 3 days now, and this site has not allowed me to . I might have to jump ship and find another home... But anyway here are my thoughts....
Of all the above pictures that you see here, which young man, (or in Master P's case old man trying to be young), would you hire if you were a HR rep for your company, and anyone of these gentlemen were to come into your office for potential employment?
I ask this because I see all the above pictures everyday stroll through my office. I am not in HR, but a person does have to come through my office in order to get approved for employment with my organization. My office runs criminal history checks and we fingerprint potential employees. Basically we are the deciding factor on who gets hired or who gets denied.
Everyday I see well dressed individuals and everyday I see young men (and sometimes women), that look like they just stepped out of one of Master P's videos. Please understand that if all the checks and fingerprints that we run come back clean, then that person is hired. So it basically does not matter what a person looks like that comes into my office.
First appearances are everything. And my office is one of the steps that a person has to take to get a job with my organization. So in saying that, I believe that a person should come into my office looking like they are serious about being hired, because ultimately we are part of the interviewing process.
So my question is this.....
What are schools and parents teaching our youth about what needs to happen in order to get hired by any company? Or should the question be, are they teaching our youth anything?
I had to tell a young man (black man) the other day to pull his damn pants up. I had to tell a young man the other day (white man) to leave because he smelled like he had just smoked a good blunt out in the parking lot. I have seen my female coworkers tell female applicants to leave because of their foul mouths, or to get off their damn cell phones.
This really bothers me. I know when I was younger I did some of the same stuff I see these young cats of today doing. But I did respect myself and my elders. I did have enough common sense (or what I call come-on sense), that I knew that in order to get a job anywhere, from McDonald's, to a furniture warehouse, I had to dress the part. I think the best way I can put it is this, Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
So what the fuck is wrong with today's parents? What are our schools that WE are funding with our Tax Dollars teaching?
How are these kids supposed to achieve anything without some kind of guidance?
Or am I just getting old?