What's Keeping You From Finding A Job

What’s Keeping You From Finding A Job

My post about the past two years of a friend’s adventure from getting laid off to looking for a job resulted in different kinds of comments in the blogosphere when it was featured on a few different sites. Comments ranged everywhere from agreement that it was her fault that she was still unemployed, to me being a horrible friend, me having an elitist attitude and looking down on unemployed people, etc.  I understand and welcome  everyone’s perspective, but can’t agree with them all.

These comments did make me think about all of the people who are actively seeking and having a hard time finding employment. As I mentioned in one of my responses to a comment on the other post, I know what it is like to try finding a job in the current environment. Between my mom’s home and mine, I am the only person that if fully employed. That’s between 6 working age adults. My mom is currently on disability, so I don’t count her. My step-father has been on a work slowdown since the factory that he works in will close in January after something like 80 years in operation. He’s a 57 year old blue collar worker. How easy do you think it will be for him to find a job? Due to efficiencies that I am currently working on to automate much of my own job responsibilities, I predict that I’ll probably be out of work within 5 months or so. Yes, I know, I’m making it easy for my employer to let me go by helping them to automate my work and outsource the rest. But what choice do I have? The job market here is brutally hard, especially if you are a blue collar worker, or if you work in the financial industry. But the fact still remains that while it is hard to find a job, it is not impossible. […]


New Year’s Resolution: I Quit!

Employers watch out: Your workers can’t wait to quit.

According to a recent survey by job-placement firm Manpower, 84% of employees plan to look for a new position in 2011. That’s up from just 60% last year.

Most employees have sat tight through the recession, not even considering other jobs because so few firms were hiring. For the past few years, the Labor Department’s quits rate, which serves as a barometer of workers’ ability to change jobs, has hovered near an all-time low. […]

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Should You Still Collect Unemployment Benefits If a New Job Offer Pays Less?

That’s a question that bears asking in a very iffy economy.  Say for example, you collect unemployment benefits of $15 per hour, but a new job as a bill collector only pays about $11 per hour.  It does make sense to continue with the unemployed help than to accept the offer and lose your benefits.  But of course, the choice is not as black and white as that.

Depending on the state they are living in, retrenched workers usually collect unemployment benefits for six months although federal assistance can extend unemployed help in case of loss of a job to as much as two years. Considering studies that it takes about eight months for a worker to find a new job in America, two years is still a very long time.  Don’t forget, unemployment benefits do not come out of thin air, they come from the shrinking pockets of fellow Americans. […]