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Unread 04-12-2009, 06:38 PM
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Still not a viable defense if charged. Actually, since you're somewhat educated, you would probably draw a longer sentence. You know, you're making it sound like everybody is eating out of garbage cans. They're not. Again you grew up in an era where there hadn't been a serious recession since the early 1980's. From 1945 until then a recession hit the US every few years. Your generation isn't the first to have faced one and won't be the last. What exactly was your last job? Employment Specialist? In all seriousness what kind of job is that?

More of a employment counselor, and participated some in job placement.
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Unread 04-12-2009, 07:06 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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More of a employment counselor, and participated some in job placement.

Is that something new. I realize I haven't been out of work since 1984 (prior to that is a different story) but there are jobs to counsel people how to get jobs and to place them in jobs? Are these regular people looking for jobs, you know not special needs?

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Unread 04-12-2009, 07:13 PM
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Is that something new. I realize I haven't been out of work since 1984 (prior to that is a different story) but there are jobs to counsel people how to get jobs and to place them in jobs? Are these regular people looking for jobs, you know not special needs?
Different populations

Disabled
Welfare to Work Moms
Single Fathers
Ex-Offenders


I worked with Single Dads and Welfare to Work Moms and conducted workshops on how to keep a job.
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Unread 04-12-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Oh, ok. I just didn't know, not paying attention I guess. I'm still going to give you a hard time when you deserve it.
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Unread 04-12-2009, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton
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Default Tie a knot and hang on

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I've been out of work for over 8 months now. I updated my resume, had someone from Worksource review and helped me improve it. I've since filled out countless applications online, and in person. And in these months the only call I've gotten is from the Census Bureau - which only required that I take a test... no interview. However, as soon as the 40some hours of training was completed I was terminated because the project I was hired on for was done.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Ga Tech and I can't get a single phone call for a job!!! What is the matter with this picture? Whether I'm applying for a cashier position at Kmart, or manager job at McDonalds, I can't get a call. My employment history is varied since I did not stay in computers long after I graduated. But I have a brain people and nobody will talk to me. I realize that the economy is bad right now, but to not get one little interview in all these months is ridiculous. I've left numerous messages asking for information about positions and nobody bothers to return my calls. No wonder this country has gone to hell in a handbasket if this is how it's citizens treat people.

For low level positions I'm starting to leave my college education off my application and resume. God forbid you hire a smart person to do a low paying job. Last week alone I applied to 25 different jobs. This week, not a single call.

I don't know what to do. I'm behind in my rent, have borrowed money from family who really can't afford to give me much. I've tried charities only to learn you have to call them at the first of the month if you're to get any help b/c they exhaust their monthly budget w/n the first few days. Food stamps is my only salvation.

The longest I've ever been out of work is 3 months. This is infuriating!


gojackets95

Hang in there. I have two brilliant, successful friends in the same boat. It's the times, just don't start thinking it is you,

Get a copy of Energy Bus at the library and read it. Volunteer at those charities.

When you think of the worst that can happen, suddenly it doesn't matter any more. So what if you lock your home and drive away. "So the f*## what! They aren't going to wear me down!" oops, projecting here, as I've been there, as well- LOL!

Comcast, ADT and similar companies has good stuff in their dumpsters that you can retrieve and sell on E-bay. Stayingconnected.com has jobs handing out samples in grocery stores- five hour gigs that pay $17 an hour. Grocery stores throw out perfectly good food (discovered this when handing out samples at grocery stores!)

Some thrift stores sell great things, some of it new with tags. Buy clothes there, buy things to resell on craigslist there. Some neighborhoods throw really good stuff out that can be used or sold online.

Use up all the hotel soaps and shampoos to save money. Once you realize that you can survive as long as you can walk and develop a what-ever-it-takes attitude, somehow the pressure is off and you will know that it's gonna work out.

Just don't let being unemployed diminish your sense of self-worth. Easier said than done, but the most critical thing, IMO.

It's not you and you're going to be fine.
<- Write that on your bathroom mirror if you need to and say it out loud every time you go in there.
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Unread 04-12-2009, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton
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Unfortunately I am not in school, so I can't find any internships, and while I love volunteering and have done a lot of it as a brother of the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, it doesn't help pay the bills or put food on the table.
No, volunteering doesn't put food on your table. But is gives you exposure to the outside world and the outside world exposure to you. And it gets you out of the house.

I had three W-2s last year! One a very part-time job with unpredicatable hours. One was an agency where I offered to volunteer, telling them that I was looking for F/T work in my field, but would give them 20 hours a week until I found something. Knowing that I was in a tough spot and happy with my work, they "found" the money in their budget to pay me $7 an hour the first week I was there. That helped me to survive until I found a full time job in my field.

One thing is for sure. No one will knock on your door and offer you a job. And staying at home is a recipe for depression.
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Unread 04-12-2009, 07:57 PM
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Is that something new. I realize I haven't been out of work since 1984 (prior to that is a different story) but there are jobs to counsel people how to get jobs and to place them in jobs? Are these regular people looking for jobs, you know not special needs?
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No, volunteering doesn't put food on your table. But is gives you exposure to the outside world and the outside world exposure to you. And it gets you out of the house.

I had three W-2s last year! One a very part-time job with unpredicatable hours. One was an agency where I offered to volunteer, telling them that I was looking for F/T work in my field, but would give them 20 hours a week until I found something. Knowing that I was in a tough spot and happy with my work, they "found" the money in their budget to pay me $7 an hour the first week I was there. That helped me to survive until I found a full time job in my field.

One thing is for sure. No one will knock on your door and offer you a job. And staying at home is a recipe for depression.


20 Hours is a bit much for Volunteering in my opinion. I say more like Ten
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Unread 04-12-2009, 08:01 PM
 
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20 Hours is a bit much for Volunteering in my opinion. I say more like Ten
Why? Especially if you are volunteering someplace where you are gaining relevant job experience or where you can meet and network with people that will likely be able to help you find a job, it seems to me that 20 hours a week would be a good thing.
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Unread 04-12-2009, 08:06 PM
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Why? Especially if you are volunteering someplace where you are gaining relevant job experience or where you can meet and network with people that will likely be able to help you find a job, it seems to me that 20 hours a week would be a good thing.

I guess it depends on the organization. I actually seen my former company take advantage of volunteers and did not hire them until a year and a half. But maybe all places are not like that.
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Unread 04-12-2009, 08:08 PM
 
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I guess it depends on the organization. I actually seen my former company take advantage of volunteers and did not hire them until a year and a half. But maybe all places are not like that.
I've never volunteered someplace expecting to land a job there, but rather expecting to network with people I meet through the volunteer work to learn of other opportunities.
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