Friday 24 January 2020

Get real on job situation, Cullen

I write with regard to Bill Cullen's appearance on last Friday night's edition of 'The Late Late Show'. I have to say that Mr Cullen was very frustrating to listen to.

To say that he is someone who is completely out of touch with the realities of present day life for the unemployed in Ireland is an understatement.

I am a 26-year-old newly qualified lawyer who has been out of work for almost a year.

I've applied for 300 jobs, getting only a handful of responses and three interviews. I have been in touch with my local representatives for some advice and help, but they have been indifferent. Needless to say, they won't be getting my vote next time round.

I have also spent several weeks "getting out there knocking on doors", as Mr Cullen suggested, but to no avail.

Indeed, most employers had a look of bewilderment on their faces when I called at their door looking for a job.

"We're struggling to survive, let alone take on more staff," employer after employer told me as I trawled through the streets of Dublin with a stack of CVs in my hand.

There's simply no work in the legal industry. I have also applied for jobs in several different sectors but to no avail.

I've tried bars, restaurants, hotels and so on, only to be told that I'm unsuited to the work due to my education and experience. Nothing seems to work!

Does Mr Cullen honestly believe that the 500,000 people out of work can find employment by "knocking on doors"?

Well, if he does, then he's living in fantasy land. I challenge Bill to spend an afternoon "knocking on doors" with me so that I can educate him about what's really going on in this country.

I doubt he'll take up my offer, though. But who knows, maybe he'll offer me a job instead.

E Heslin
Co Longford

Irish Independent

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