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Unemployment

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.
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