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04:33pm 30/09/2009
 
 
LocaKitty
Reading an article on Sunday in the NYT has some very deep concerns for me.

I didn't "lose" my job. I quit my job. I made the fatal error of not having one before I quit, but at the same time, I figured, "Hey, I'm a talented, skilled individual. I should be able to snap up a serving job in no time flat."

Cut to almost 2 months later. *waves* Hi! Still not working. It's possible that I haven't received a job because, well, I have "manager" listed on my applications. Why would they want to hire someone that could a) possibly go after their job or, b) only work for a very short time after all that money has been poured into training because they found a job that paid better or was more suited to their talents, or c) not visually appealing enough to be a server.

Is C true? Possibly. I know that a lot of places have fairly stringent unwritten rules about who will be a server in their restaurant. Attractive young women bring the customers in. That is pretty true, but what also helps is a competent staff. I know this for a fact. You have a great staff, offer great service, have a quality product and people should come streaming in.

B really isn't that true for me, but for the majority, it is true. However, I soothed those fears (at least I thought I did) by saying, "I decided that I wanted to get back to the front of the house instead of being in the office filling out paperwork all the time. I prefer to interact with the customers." Did they buy it? Obviously not.

A, well, I can't really get around that. I have taken to putting driver/manager on the apps, hoping that they see the driver first and move on from there. I've only done that on two apps, so I don't know how much better that is working out.

There is something else, though. Right now, according to the Times, there are SIX people for every job opening. I am competing with SIX other people for one job. I haven't even looked at management positions, because I'm not really ready to give up my life again for a job.

This is the paragraph that I found the scariest:

Even after companies regain an inclination to expand, they will probably not hire aggressively anytime soon. Experts say that so many businesses have pared back working hours for people on their payrolls, while eliminating temporary workers, that many can increase output simply by increasing the workload on existing employees.

It is very true. I've worked for those companies. They will just do mandatory overtime and if you bitch, they show you the door. Simple enough, no one wants to be out there right now. The employers have the employees by the short and curlies (for those who don't go Brazilian) now more than they ever have before.

*sigh*

I'm going to call the temp agency tomorrow and find out what is going on with an interview with the client. Tonight is a mass emailing for a lot of jobs that I've been hesitant to apply for because I was going with the "I'll just be a server for a while." way of thinking.

In the suburbs of Chicago, Vicki Redican, 52, has been unemployed for almost two years, since she lost her $75,000-a-year job as a sales and marketing manager at a plastics company. College-educated, Ms. Redican first sought another management job. More recently, she has tried and failed to land a cashier’s position at a local grocery store, and a barista slot at a Starbucks coffee shop.

This is the scariest thing. It's interesting to me, as someone who used to do the hiring, that I would always look for someone who seemed "intelligent", by that I mean, they were able, at the very least, to spell the name of the restaurant correctly, and the street that they lived on and go from there. I found that by looking at a couple of those things, I was able to (for the most part) hire people who would hang out for a while, have a good work ethic and be dependable. Yes, I had some duds who were able to do those things, but for the most part, it was a good strategy. I had hoped to find like minded hiring managers out there, but as of right now, I'm feeling like maybe I was one of the few and not the "rule".

Ah well. At least I have a little bit of money and two adorable kitties who are being VERY cute right now and awesome friends. Maybe tomorrow will be the day. You never know.
mood: calmcalm
 
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 speranzosa
 
01:13am 01/10/2009 (UTC)
 
 
Sign Here
Well, I don't know how things are looking in Tucson, but both Old Navy and Macy's were hiring here in Denver and I got called in for interviews at both places. Then business exploded and so much for ever leaving the house :(

Tomorrow might be the day. Don't give up. Retail jobs won't pay enough, but they'll pay a little.
 
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 rushomancy
 
11:48am 01/10/2009 (UTC)
 
 
Nihil Obstat
It's really scary out there right now. I'm looking around for other jobs because, well, it'd be nice to have health coverage, but where I live Lilly is about to lay off huge numbers of people, flooding the job-seeker's market, and mostly I'm just doing it to get used to rejection again! Keep at it- one day you'll get lucky. Because that's all it is right now. For all your qualifications, most of it is pure blind luck.
 
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 footnotefetish
 
05:04am 03/10/2009 (UTC)
 
 
Why We Cite: Palette Jack
Wondering when you're finally going to have a position offered to you is never a good feeling, but I'm sure some opportunity will present itself to you soon. More competition doesn't necessarily mean better competition. I was surprised you didn't get an interview for the opening at my job. I looked at the cover letters and resumes we got for the student employee position (but not for the staff one), and they were bad--some people didn't even bother to proofread. We had a lot of applications to go through, but not that many outstanding ones. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!
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 locakitty
 
08:22am 03/10/2009 (UTC)
 
 
LocaKitty
I couldn't find the job posted anymore to apply. Maybe if I could have applied I would have gotten to be your work buddy!
 
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 jl1126
 
04:45pm 11/10/2009 (UTC)
 
 
I came across your blog simply because I read the same NY Times article... (nice writing btw)

As my friend Eric pointed out to me... The "6" people looking for every 1 job... is loosely based on the number of people collecting unemployement...

Add in the # of people that are unemployed and not collecting unemployement benefits and that # would most likely be 9 or 10 people are fighting for every one job.

Being in this position (unemployed)... I'd be interested in your take on the content of this 8 min video "The Machine Is Broken"...

http://vur.me/s/VtG

Take care - JL
 
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