Along the many different job postings one can find online or in newspapers, some key words keep recurring. I believe some skills will go in and out of fashion as time moves on, whereas team players are always in demand (except in sales, where a ‘type A’ personality is confused with being a selfish bully). A required skill that keeps popping up in several ads I see now is: ‘the ability to recognize and analyze trends’. In a showcase that proves I possess exactly that ability, I will now lay out the argument why I am the perfect candidate to solve the St Louis crime problem.
The first trend that leads to the inevitable conclusion that I should be hired to help resolve problems is a more global trend: the need for knowledge workers from abroad. This need might always have been in the background, but sure enough got more attention this week. More specifically even, St Louis-area business leaders are expressing this need, helped by a recent study that shows a clear link between immigration and economic growth. In a very recent effort to attract foreigners, St Louis metro buses and trains even display greetings in 17 different languages as of this week. You can of course always question a marketing strategy aimed to get people to your city that are already in your city’s buses and trains, but at least I like the effort. I am an immigrant, you have listed my native language as a greeting in your buses, so I’m glad you want me.
But wait, there’s more! The St Louis mayoral elections of April this year have re-sparked a debate that has been going on for decades. St Louis is known as a city with a serious crime problem, making every ‘dangerous city’ list in existence. However, the numbers are skewed, because of the separation of city and county (that really only exists on paper). St Louis gets the crime statistics of a big city, divided by the population of a small city, resulting in a negative image that is slightly undeserved. I get really excited seeing the works behind numbers like this, so I am at least equally excited to see efforts to solve this problem. As the crime rate is still too high, even with solid numbers that do reflect reality, several “events are funded to generate five to six crime-reducing strategies, which could include legislative proposals”. If only there was someone in St Louis who is knowledgeable in policy, skilled at analysis, educated in a safety and security environment and capable of distinguishing trends, and preferably an immigrant; that’d be cool.