Job Hunter issues PPE to people with jobs, sparking debate

A job hunter on TikTok has issued a now-viral warning to employees who want to quit their jobs because they don’t like them.

If you’re thinking about quitting, says TikTok user Dr. Scarlett Smash (@drscarlettsmash), don’t do it.

“100% please don’t quit your job,” Scarlett says in the video, which currently has over 203,000 views. “I’m not kidding when I try to say I’m doing everything I can. I’m on Indeed non-stop and it’s just dry. No jobs will be advertised. Not a single post was posted in my space today.”

“I mean it when I try to say that the job market is so bad and there are so many people out here who are unemployed right now,” she adds. “Stay where you are. I know you hate it, but baby you don’t want to be here.”

@drscarlettsmash #stitch with @aprilshrinks2 please take their #advice. There are so many of us who suffer without work. #jobsearching #jobhunting #jobtips #fyp #foryou #jobsearchtips ♬ Original sound – Dr. Scarlet Smash

Scarlett’s video comes after a spate of viral clips showing users applying for numerous jobs with little or no callbacks. Some users reported sending 76, 80, 250, and 300 jobs only to receive a lackluster response — or, worse, no response at all.

However, the true state of employment in America is somewhat complicated. Official unemployment is relatively low and some sectors such as hospitality, retail and construction have seen an increase in available jobs.

The labor force participation rate, or “percentage of the civilian non-institutional population actively working or seeking work,” per forbesis low, with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) citing a desire for higher wages, slow population growth and an aging population as some possible reasons for the slow recovery.

In addition, the reduced unemployment rate was not observed in all population groups. While unemployment has generally declined, it has actually gotten worse for Latinos and black women, according to CNN.

Back on TikTok, some users agreed with Scarlett’s claim.

“I’ve applied to hundreds of jobs and I don’t even get a confirmation of my application or resume,” shared one user.

“*laughs in I quit my job 6 months ago and still haven’t found anything and unemployment is a joke*,” added another.

“I agree. I was fired in November. Thank god I just got an offer,” explained a third.

Other users disagreed, saying that there were many vacancies in their field. Some have speculated that Scarlett might be in the wrong place for the jobs she is looking for.

“I’m in … healthcare and they call me every day. I’m not kidding,” claimed one user.

“Change fields to an entry-level or intermediate-level position that leverages your skills,” suggested another.

“What area are you in? Which place? Because where I am we can’t find enough people to work!!” shouted another TikToker.

The Daily Dot contacted Scarlett Smash via Instagram direct message.


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*Initial publication: February 2, 2023 at 8:08 am CST

Braden Bjella

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