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Why Is It So Hard To Find A Job?

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posted on May, 25 2010 @ 08:24 PM
I work as a teacher. My take-home after income tax and student loan payments is about $1550 a month. It's not enough to make ends meet, and as I watch the cost of living creep higher and higher, it's really not making ends meet. I'm tired of eating spaghetti.

So I thought I would teach summer school to supplement my income. What I found out is almost all the teachers in my district are trying to do the same thing. There are about 15 who want to teach in the summer for every one who gets it. All positions have been filled.

For the last month I have also been looking in other places. I graduated magna cum laude and have a bachelor of science in biochemistry (minor in education). I have submitted about 40 applications with my resume, made a jillion phone calls, and so far... nothing.

So I ask, why is it so hard to get a job? Then I found this article:

Some excerpts:

Are Americans too picky? Are immigrants taking all the jobs? Is it globalization? Is there something wrong with us? Are we not trying hard enough? Red-herrings, every last one of them; signs and symptoms of the same global pathology.

Take, for example NYC. Unemployment is high, but many infrastructure projects and public services are needed. They can't be launched or provided because the city needs capital and without fail, government budgets fall short, no matter how much they collect in taxes, tolls, fares, fees, and fines. Does it mean that the unemployed are inherently unproductive? Or, that all of the economy's needs are already met? Of course not. But, WHY?

There is no shortage of labor and no shortage of needs. It's always a shortage of money.

But as it stands, central banks have a monopoly on issuing money; they issue it when they will and to whom they will, and they only allow it to circulate at interest. This is the crux of the problem.

Central bankers take money directly off the press and create credit from thin air. They lend cash and credit at their discretion; and they expect it re-paid (as if they earned it) in the same currency, only in a greater quantity than they or the government ever issue it--which is impossible.

This fraudulent system of lending at interest creates a zero-sum economy where some must lose for others to win. For example, let's say that $1000 is issued by the only bank in a fledgling nation of five. Each person borrows $200 at interest, and must compete with the others to pay off their loan, plus interest.

Once 4 of them raise enough money to get out of debt, there is not enough money left circulating for the fifth to pay his debt, no matter how hard he tries. This zero-sum result is inevitable in a system based on interest because interest is NEVER issued, it's only charged.

So, when someone asks you why it's so hard to find a job, tell them that it's not their fault and that the people of this nation and the world are being manipulated and defrauded by those who control the money supply.

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 08:41 PM
I'm not sure what the intent of this thread is. Can you please clarify?

The question seems to be rhetorical, as the article you provide gives a fair answer on the situation. Most people on ATS seem to be aware of how the central bankers rule economically, and therefore politically.

I guess all that's left to do is address your situation. It's truly sad that teachers are paid so little. I'm sorry you went through so much schooling to not really get anywhere in the end. Since you have a science degree, you can pretty much get any regular job that doesn't require specialization in another field. Not sure of your situation, but relocating to another area may be something you should consider.

I feel very fortunate to have intuited this situation well ahead of time, and realize the futility of a "proper" education these days. I'm now watching friends who were telling me all along to go to college, and seeing them graduate. They're now tens of thousands in debt, and can't find a decent job. This really isn't a time when I want to say, "I told you so". I just stay silent and try to understand.

Hope all works out for you in the end.

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 09:08 PM
It's difficult to even find a factory job. For the jobs that ARE available, you have older folks working who cannot afford to retire, you have illegal immigrants working and those who were fortunate enough to get hired. When you apply for a position and a couple of hundred other people applied for the same job, it's not easy. Places continue to close too, so there's more unemployed people looking.

Our Hollywod video rental store will be closing soon as well as the rest of the chain in the U.S. There goes hundreds more unemployed.

I made decent money in my last job so I'm assuming some places might think that I won't work for them at minumum wage. I'm 52 so maybe that's another strike against me. Some places that I wasn't qualified for, I said that I would be willing to learn. Their answer was always "experienced only".

I'll tell you I have never heard the words 'I'm sorry but we're not hiring right now' so many times in all my life.

Some places are down to 4 day work weeks. Some places you need to speak spanish. Some places you have to lift over 50 pounds.
Always something. I desperately need medical for my hubby and I. When he tried calling about medicaid being pushed up so he wouldn't have to wait (He is disabled) he was told "NO EXCEPTIONS!" He is diabetic, has high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea. He lost a leg due to diabetes complications. He has doctor visits and differnt meds he has to take. Man, we have both worked our butts off physically for over 30 years and now find ourselves in a position we never dreamed we'd be in.

[edit on 25-5-2010 by Night Star]

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 09:29 PM
reply to post by 30_seconds

Interesting, and it makes sense. Does it really work like that?
What happens to the money that isn't repaid. I suppose if it never existed anyway, it doesn't matter to the lender. Or if it does matter, then the banks never have to repay it to anyone.

The rich have really got us by the short and curlies. Why is Socialism such a dirty word?

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 10:03 PM
reply to post by 30_seconds

Sounds like in your situation, you are going to have to make your own job. Not knowing your age, or physical capabilities it is a little hard to make any recommendations but here are a few things I know teachers and others have done for extra or regular income, even in these hard economic times.

Notary Public - not much money in that per se, but after you become a notary, go qualify as a signing agent. Lots of data on the net and you can earn from several hundred to several thousands of dollars per month depending upon the amount of time you are willing to put into it.

Contact small businesses, mom and pop type operations, and ask them
if you can paint that old sign out front, or a front entrance, that may have that worn out look. Let them pay for the paint and supplies, and charge them a reasonable amount for your labor. You might be surprised to find out how many take you up on that offer.

Offer to do similiar type jobs for individuals, place a small ad in the newspaper, etc. Do you know how many people hate to clean out
their garage, attic, etc.? If you have the time, and the cost to them
is low or reasonable, they have the money.

If you are in a small town, offer to assist others with a move. Most small towns don't have moving companies, and not everyone has relatives or friends available to assist when they need to move.
Also consider small businesses who need somebody to deliver appliances, furniture, etc.

Contact maid services or apartment complexes, especially during the summer which is their busiest time of year. Do you know how many
people move in the summertime? It's a lot and they need people to clean up to get ready for the next resident. And while in the cleaning mode, hotels and motels constantly need housekeepers. Check the ads, they usually never stop running them.

Just a few ideas. Hopefully one might work for you.


[edit on 26-5-2010 by manta78]

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 10:05 PM
Move to Canada.

Plenty of jobs here.

Reason you can't get a job?

Location, location, location.....

Ohh and Qualifications.

Bachelors aren't worth anything anymore.

I had to get a masters to begin anything that wasn't basically minimum wage and now I'm working on my PHD.

Luckily I live in a country that is starving for population and jobs.


posted on May, 25 2010 @ 10:06 PM
When you write your resume, use phrases or words that a recruiter might type in for a key word search when looking for candidates. Most resumes are viewed this way now, not as hardcopies. Hope this helps!

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 10:07 PM
reply to post by 30_seconds

Please dont also neglect to accept the fact that you willingly chose a career that isnt exactly known for making big bucks. Teachers are usually fairly low paid.

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 10:13 PM
reply to post by 30_seconds

The only unregulated private entity on the planet, this private super secret bank is the most secret aspect of all of the government. - (Forgot what judge said this)

They dont want you to work, or make ends meet. they only want to control and dominate. You can dominate the world, if you control the money supply. you say who gets what, how much, and how to spend. If you don't get that money back, you take everything they have.

economic slavery!

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 10:27 PM

Make Something Tangible and Real...

It is hard to get a job because it is hard to be a manufacturer or farmer.

Food and raw materials form the basis of wealth of a nation. These are then transformed into labor that produces REAL GOODS AND SERVICES.

That is wealth. Every other form of so-called work is parasitic sucking off the production of farmers, industrial workers, and manufacturers.

So when all the control-freak parasites make laws, rules, and regulations so ONEROUS and impossible to comply with and jack up the price of being in business too high- while promoting cheap imports-

Farmers and manufacturers simply walk away.

With them goes all the parasites, who have no productive individuals to suck off of anymore. Thus, economic implosion.

Bottom line: we need Freedom to create new industrial and agricultural enterprises, staffed by Americans, for Americans, that make REAL GOODS AND SERVICES. It doesn't mean pollution, it means freedom and responsibility. It means forgiving and forgetting, and putting men who can and will work back to work.

If you aren't making food or real goods and services, you aren't working.

They used to teach this stuff at the armed forces academies, back when America was an industrial nation.

Work. So that our People may Live.

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 10:42 PM
I am sure you didn't become a teacher to get paid.

If you did, you were mistaken. Get a job at a gas station in the summer if possible. Trying to blame your own situation on anything else is just complaining. Blaming your pay grade on a central bank is going over the edge. The market determines what you are worth at all times.

Unfortunately, like one poster said above, a BS is just BS anymore. It isn't going to cut it.

Best thing left would be to learn how to capitalize on the misfortunes of others in a zero sum game. It can be done with years of research. It might drive you to insanity though in the meantime so in reality you should just enjoy what you have and be happy.

You have all the freedom in the world to be whatever you want to be if you live in the USA. Blaming anyone/anything else is just a lack of determination on your part.

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 10:55 PM
I hear ya man. I don't have a lot of options now for an income but I'm fortunate enough to live with me folks (again). Still finishing my college education with a major in French and minor in World Languages (spanish, german, italian) lol... nothing much in rural missouri. I'm on unemployment and have been for a few months at the least. No one is hiring nearby (closest place is 20 miles from me) so, quite a pickle to try to find a job in a college town. oh well. for now i am still happy but not quite ignorant.. just choosing to be happy.

Best of luck to ya cause I do understand... haven't had a job in almost 2 years (broken leg is at most the fault, least near a year of it).

Cheers! et bonne chance! heh

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 11:11 PM

Originally posted by GreenBicMan
Blaming anyone/anything else is just a lack of determination on your part.

There have been determined people who still fail.

It's a game of musical chairs. If there are 10 seats, but 11 people wanting to sit, even if all of them try very very hard to find a chair, someone is going to be left out.

What I'm pointing out is not an effort to complain, it's showing that there is a fault within the system, and while you might find it easy to blame the person who is without a seat on their inability to find a chair, you can't forget that there weren't enough chairs to begin with.

That's all I'm saying.

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 11:22 PM
reply to post by 30_seconds

If you live in the USA there are more than enough chairs for anyone that wants to sit in one.

IMO, instead of feeling sorry for your situation you should embrace it. Try sitting through a day in the market when your ass is on the line 24/7 and everyone is looking to pick your pocket. Multiply that x1000 when you have other people relying on you for results. And multiply that x1000 when you are in the red. Nothing is stress free, but you don't even work for almost a whole quarter of the year. I would gladly change positions with you sometimes, and other times the intensity is what keeps me going.

Enjoy what you have, if not, do something about it. But making this thread is not the way to go about it when you could be learning a new trait instead of debating philosophies with me.

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 11:34 PM
reply to post by Chakotay

ayn rand was not god. (yes, your post was that transparent.)

are you saying that teachers are not workers?!

people that produce ideas (or otherwise work in the humanities) also WORK.

it is a different type of work, for sure. it does not require sweat. but someone had to develop the technologies that these beloved "farmers and manufacturers" are using. and what about musicians and visual designers? these are the types of people that are making this world worth living in.

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 11:44 PM

Originally posted by GreenBicMan
The market determines what you are worth at all times.

there is no "market" for teachers.

i suppose you could conceptually fabricate one. but in the end, the supply and demand of teachers, philosophers, research scientists, artists, etc. is not quite like trading pigs and chickens.

if i were in charge of the USA, the humanities would be completely subsidized. please do not reply to this statement to point out how impractical it is. i bring it up only because the issues VALUE and OWNERSHIP of intellectual property in our modern society are more blurred than ever.

it is a damn shame that a scientist teacher cant get paid around here.

posted on May, 25 2010 @ 11:46 PM
reply to post by tgidkp

There certainly is a market for teachers. And that market has determined that they are to be poorly paid.

I am not saying I agree with this, but..

Although I can say that while I agree they are poorly paid, they do get quite a lot of time off work and they also knew what their pay was going to be long before they spent 1 day as a student teacher way back when.

posted on May, 26 2010 @ 12:18 AM
reply to post by GreenBicMan

youre not going to bully me into agreeing with this.

they are not providing a service. the humanities are not a service industry. they deal in not physically reproducible goods. and so IF there is a market, it also is necessarily non-physical, or rather, conceptual in nature.

this is why there is such a wild discrepancy between the entertainers and the teachers (a common example). the set-points of this conceptual value system are almost totally arbitrary, and the supply/demand is almost totally manipulable.

this is also why when school funding comes short, it is usually the impractical programs such as the arts that are eliminated. not because they are not truly valuable. but rather, because their "value" is totally subjective and so can easily be arbitrarily assigned or eliminated.

again....this is not like trading pigs and chickens.

posted on May, 26 2010 @ 01:56 AM

Originally posted by GreenBicMan

The market determines what you are worth at all times.

Socrates is perfect example here. Very unproductive carver but still living as philosopher. He will live in peoples mind long long time after last criminal CEO will rot in jail. Yes these CEOs are worth of millions of dollars as "markets" say. A. Smiths "invisible hand" is hand of thief in our times.
Holly Market or neoliberal economic theory is western ideology, pure propaganda and nothing more. Teachers are productive workers. Financial magicians are leaches - theirs produce is just debt and nothing more.
15 years ago my father said me this. It took 10 years till I realized that he was right. My "reversion" started paradoxically with neoliberal economic curses at college. This neoliberal BS turned me to be Marxist.

posted on May, 26 2010 @ 02:05 AM
reply to post by tgidkp

That was a great explanation, but I will not bully you into thinking anything because you are missing the point.

I shouldn't have to as there is obviously a market for teachers, and the market determines they are not worth much by todays standards.

I am not sure how else you can view this. It doesn't matter how you view what they output vs produce, it only matters that there is a financial glass ceiling to the profession they hold.

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