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Old 03-03-2010, 01:32 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Yep, the "you're lucky to have a job" thing bothers me most. As if it's okay for employers to start treating everyone like crap now.
When an unemployed person tells me that, I want to say: Yes, I'm so very lucky only to have lung cancer. And you? Let me guess? Cancer of the liver.

You can die of "cancer" either way today, working or unemployed.
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I especially enjoy the advise to 'start your own business' or 'come up with an idea for a new business'.
Fuuny, nobody ever gives you the slightest hint as to what new business is needed much less where the money woud come from to start it among the 50 other things it takes.
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:10 AM
 
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How do 'new strategies' help when there aren't any jobs? They keep saying x amount of jobs are gone and aren't coming back.

There are 'only so many' strategies.

I'd love to see all the people WITH jobs and ATTITUDES live in a really tough place to find anything.

No, wait, you would 'just move' (no matter that takes $$ and a job in a new place)....'you'd do it!'
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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Yes, it's not that easy to just up and move - especially if you're like many of us and would have to sell your house before you could move.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:21 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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"Obviously, you haven't tried 'everything' or you would have a job by now."

"With your education/experience/attitude, you should have no trouble finding a job."

"I can't believe that someone with your education and experience is working as a waitress." Usually spoken by a snarky customer who is about to hand me an American Express Platinum card.

"You're looking for a teaching job? Well, don't you live close to ______ school? You should just get a job there." As if anyone can just walk into a school and get a job.

Or my personal favorite: "You have degrees in music? You should join the ______ Symphony. I'm sure you could play with them."

Don't even get me started on the number of people who say I should perform music for free to "show my love for music."
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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"I can't believe that someone with your education and experience is working as a waitress." Usually spoken by a snarky customer who is about to hand me an American Express Platinum card.
I'ave had a few people at my part-time job ask me why I'm working there is I have a master's degree.

I'm like, do you not keep up with the news? Have you NO idea how horrible the job market is and how many people have lost jobs since 2008? I had to let them know.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:37 AM
 
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Yes, it's not that easy to just up and move - especially if you're like many of us and would have to sell your house before you could move.
I love this, too.

Forget selling your house right now. The people down the street from me had their house on the market for over a year.
The realtor finally took down the sign a few weeks ago.

Someone said that they'd, "board up their house and go"...

It costs money to move.

Then, when you get there, you've got to start paying rent on a second place to live. Living in a motel is not cheap, either.
I guess they think you are going to live in a cardboard box or a tent under a bridge when you get there.

Maybe they think you're just going to abandon your house and go... I don't know what they're thinking.

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Old 03-03-2010, 10:23 AM
 
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I'ave had a few people at my part-time job ask me why I'm working there is I have a master's degree.

I'm like, do you not keep up with the news? Have you NO idea how horrible the job market is and how many people have lost jobs since 2008? I had to let them know.
Point is, they don't know. I believe unless you are living this day to day with either a spouse or yourself unemployed you don't know how bad it is to be out of work, especially long term.

They are probably just not in tune with what is going on--just living their lives. I mean, when I was employed, I didn't watch or read the news about who had jobs or didn't..

A lot of people WITHOUT any formal education think 'just because you have a degree or two' you can walk into a job, any job, you want. I guess some of it is envy, some of it is 'big deal, you have a degree?' I still have a job and you don't.
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:12 PM
 
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Im just hanging on with freelancing so far this year (a number of projects have been canceled this year compared to last) after being laid off 10/08. Barely hanging on- not eligible for unemployment, no health insurance, I can make the bills but cant make progress on my debt or my career. Id rather go back to full employment, but my most recent experience is in real estate and financial services and tourism, and the town that Im in is small with a very deep workforce and thousands of new grads every 6 months.

When I was laid off one boss (the one in NYC with the annual salary 10x my own) said "youll do fine, youll land on your feet, etc". I figured she was saying that to make herself feel better.

Other folks, trying to be helpful- suggest I move on (my partner is finishing school here and has another year). We rent but then what- I have two separate households? Even if I did the college thing again and lived with a bunch of other roommates, Im not sure I would be saving any money in the long run to endure a few hundred to several thousand miles of separation. Also- who is hiring out of state people?

Or- "just get a job with the state". Seriously- Ive been through three hiring processes for three different positions. The state doesnt pay THAT great and its a crap shoot that youll even get the job when there are 10 other people ranked from the written exam they are interviewing as well. One of these I withdrew from and the lady escorting me around (and she was very nice) said "oh Im sorry. I know how hard it is out there, my daughter is looking as well. This is such a nice place to work though, Ive been here 35 years." :facepalm:
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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When I was laid off one boss (the one in NYC with the annual salary 10x my own) said "youll do fine, youll land on your feet, etc". I figured she was saying that to make herself feel better.
Oh it's so insulting when employer's do that! It's like they actually think that having to lay someone off is harder on them than on you.

I was definitely grateful that my employer didn't do these things when I was laid off. The worst thing he said was "I'm very sorry, this is the worst economy I've seen in my 35 years in this business."
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