Recommendations for self-employment?

I am so tired and frustrated of applying to jobs and see how insanely difficult it has become. First, most of you already know that the job market is still in a critical situation. But if we come to think about how the job hunting business has become, it is almost impossible to avoid feel frustrated and to try to find other alternatives. If you look at the process, it is quite "structured"- apply, interview, offer. But this traditional process has become a pain in the back. Let me explain: some jobs have insane application processes, which may include even assessments and questionnaires that emulate a form of SAT or College Board test. I've applied for example to T-Mobile, DISH and TruGreen and their questionnaires are... well, extremely strict. Most applications ask you to give explanations on gaps between employments, like they don't understand that there is a crisis right now and it almost self-explains itself. Is like they have prepared applications in a fashion that simply discards most people, if not all. And on to the interview process- what kind of question is "what are your weaknesses", "what is your salary expectations", "why did you leave your last job"... I mean these are very uncomfortable questions, then why are they asking for references, and ask what happened? I have seen a lot of articles on recommendations on how to handle an interview and be successful. But let's face the truth here: in these times, being honest in an interview is almost a secure way to be rejected. I recently had an interview for a job in Omaha and was asked some of these traditional unfair questions and I was very honest. I resigned for my last two jobs the first because it was having financial trouble and I did not see any growth and the second because I was treated as an experienced-level employee when I had no previous experience and did not find a good fit. Of course some of you who are reading this may ask me how could I give such answers- the answer: I want to be honest. Problem is honesty and integrity is not really a good tool to land a job today. The same with the weaknesses question. This question is stupid in my opinion. EVERYBODY has weaknesses. In almost every workplace there are good people and there are idiots. In my last job my coworker was an a$s. He openly showed discrimination against another employee with handicap problems. Mocked me in Facebook (I blocked him), and had trouble with almost everybody and recently I was told that sent an e-mail mocking a manager. Really do you think that a ridiculously strict application process or tough interview will filter these a$ses from the workplace? I have been through interviews that have been difficult because they conduct a technical process in which the questions are purely technical, if they believe they need someone genius that's their issue I don't bother applying to such jobs, as they also have hired lots of idiots. Why follow a protocol that has not shown any success, given the fact that there is a lot of quitting-hiring everyday and today most people do not keep their jobs and complain about them a lot? I am tired of all this bogus. It's just pure "racing". I'm considering alternatives, but would like to read opinions and suggestions. Sometimes I want to create a blog because I have lots of things in my mind I would like to share and maybe get some money through advertisements but this would take some time. I am applying to simple jobs but they are becoming also increasingly difficult to reach the offer stage. Opinions?

Asked By: erikrich - 4/7/2011
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I would have to agree with you. Employers do not want honesty. They want the answers that will show them that they can treat you like crap and that you will still remain loyal to them and never question what they want you to do... More
Answered By: A N - 4/10/2011
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used tools sales, crafting, consignment. There are many things you can do
Answered By: bundschuhlacey - 4/7/2011
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