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Dear Person Seeking a Job: Why I Can't Hire You

This is a great, persuasive piece to send to your liberal-leaning friends/family who think businesses are to blame for high unemployment. Enjoy:

Dear Person Seeking a Job: Why I Can't Hire You

Potential employers have to respond to the incentives and disincentives that exist in today's world, and those do not favor conventional permanent employees.

I know you're hard-working, motivated, tech-savvy and willing to learn. The reason I can't hire you has nothing to do with your work ethic or skills; it's the high-cost Status Quo, and the many perverse consequences of maintaining a failing Status Quo.

The sad truth is that it's costly and risky to hire anyone to do anything, and "bankable projects" that might generate profit/require more labor are few and far between. The overhead costs for employees have skyrocketed. So even though the wages employees see on their paychecks have stagnated, the total compensation costs the employer pays have risen substantially.

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In six months or less

I will have a tech-oriented degree. I've recently realized that I need to optimize my experience to set myself up as a freelancer as soon as possible. Its not such a bad thing--if I can make it work, its a great path to personal freedom.