I am, like many others, very concerned about the growing unemployment rate on our lovely island. With companies being forced to close, and even more scratching their heads as to how they will fork over the upcoming annual company levy, cover their bills and feed their families… the situation will get a tad worse before it gets any better, especially for the unemployed.
post rant is about us, as Cypriot citizens and workers, looking at one of the core reasons jobs are not coming our way… and yes, a lot of the time, it’s our own damn fault.
This topic really slapped me in the face from my conversations with entrepreneurs and business managers on the ground around the island, and is best illustrated in the form of this short story.
Alexandros owns a small business, he currently hires 3 locals and needs a new person to join his team. He posts an advert in various places and gets some calls in, from which he arranges interviews with 4 candidates for the position.
First in, is Marios, who arrives 15 minutes after his scheduled time, without a text or call to notify Alexandros, who has taken time out of his work day for this meeting. Upon arrival, Marios is asked why he is late and responds… “eeeeh it’s only a few minutes my friend”. Good bye Marios. Reason: Lack of professionalism.
Second pops in Andreas. Arriving on time and being well presented, the interview goes great. Having finished a masters in a relevant subject, Alexandros offers him a bit more than he was prepared to go, after all, someone must still pay the bills, rent, other wages and take home some bread and water for the family. To which Andreas appears offended, being an entry-level position, he was expecting at least double the normal wage, because he had a masters. Good by Andreas. Reason: Inability to assess the current market.
Then pops in Katerina, who is a lovely young lady who arrived on time and dressed well too. At one point in the interview, she drops a bomb on herself. “I can only work afternoons on Saturday,” she tells Alexandros. When he asks if it’s due to another work obligation (it is tough times and he is an understanding guy) he is blown away by her answer. “No, I just go out on Fridays and can’t wake up easily afterwards”. Good bye Katerina. Reason: Inability to put in the work required when it clashes with her social calendar.
The fourth interview is with a young man this afternoon.
If he arrives on time, presents himself well, is qualified, gets along with Alexandros, is willing to work as much as he is needed at a fair rate of pay and is constantly professional… why should it matter if his name is Dominykas?