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Originally posted by antonia
reply to post by Sararainmaker
Unemployment is a tax. There is no account with your name on it with that finite amount of money. Those who pay unemployment taxes now support those on unemployment. Not trying to pick at you, just saying you are wrong.
Originally posted by nivekronnoco
reply to post by Sararainmaker
Actually only the bourgeois children of the rich are 'angry' over this extension.The millions of people who have been held hostage by the repugnicans and their masters in the House of Saud are thrilled to be able to feed their children.
Originally posted by Muckster
reply to post by Kingalbrect79
Thanks for your kind words... I guess i have a similar problem... i kind of feel like a "jack of all trades master of none"
I've done a little of this, little of that... and therefore don’t seem best suited to any one particular role... Even my IT management role (which at the time seemed like a great idea) now seems to have done nothing more than deskill me technically.
I am sure you are correct though... it will all work out in the end... good luck with your own search Bro
Originally posted by chiponbothshoulders
reply to post by AwakeinNM
Some of The poorest people live like kings compared to regular people in other countries.
Originally posted by Muckster
I've seen many people lately refer to those on Benefits as "lazy drop outs" and "bums"
I've seen many people crying about how social security is a parasite that feeds off of their hard work...
I've seen people threaten to leave the jobs and join the people on social so that, they too, can have the "easy" life.
I find this really upsetting... you people have no idea what you are talking about...
For 20 years i have worked... Spent time working as a builder, a chef, worked in a warehouse, and eventually ended up in IT. I have NEVER had problems finding work and have an excellent CV (Resume)
However, last year i was made redundant...
No problem, i thought, i will soon find work even in the current environment... I am skilled, have experience as a manager, good references etc... Easy!!
I had paid into a mortgage protection scheme... i received a semi decent payout from work... should be ok...
For the first four months i didn’t even sign on... thought i could go it alone, using my redundancy and savings, I didn’t want to be a drain on the system...
In just less than a year of searching i have had just 3 interviews... Every month moves my bank account deeper into the red... The money received from my redundancy is long gone... Every month i have the usual arguments with my mortgage protect people... Their payments are ALWAYS late...
"Sorry sir, but we need this form counter signed by a manager from the job centre"
"sorry sir, but we have lost you form"
"sorry sir, but we have not received any letter"
Every day i sit at my PC and send off applications, make phone calls, contact potential employees...
I have not limited myself to IT Management roles (although i did at first)
Do you realise how demoralising and depressing it is for a man who was manager 25 people and commanded a salary of almost 40K a year to be rejected for jobs on minimum wage?
I have put the word out to friends that i am available for employment and asked that they make me aware of any positions, that may be available, but they have all said the same thing...
"of course i will mate, but my company is losing people at the moment"
And the thing that really gets me?? The jobs i cannot apply for because of ridiculous changes made to legislation requiring licensing and training!!!
I wanted to apply for a job as a Gardner... but needed a sprayers license.
Then i thought i could do a bit of minicabing to make ends meat... but no... i need a PCO license which costs £298...
Then thought about maybe doing some security work... but this time it’s a SIA licence at around £135
This is a joke.... I know how to spray plants... it’s not rockets science... and even if i didn’t it is something you could show someone in less than 10 minutes.
I know how to drive.... i know how to get from point A to point B... While i understand that cab drivers need to be regulated to prevent sex offenders and criminals taking advantage of the public... Should it REALLY cost £298 to get registered???
And i know how to stand on a door and look out for bad guys...
These are all jobs where you could be given on the job training with little fuss and maybe spend £10 or £20 pounds on a licence...
When you working, £135 doesn’t sound like a lot of money... But for me it’s the difference between feeding my kids or watching them starve...
I have even asked the jobcentre if they could help with the cost for one or more of these licences... The answer? No!!
A friend of mine who work in HR has told me that the last job they had available received 300 applications for 1 position... They received so many that they didn’t even look at most of them... simply picked 10 at random and chose from there!!!
Being on Social is demoralising... it makes me feel less of a man, that i cannot feed my family and have to go cap-in-hand to the government for help...
But without it, myself and my family would be on the streets starving. This last year has humbled me and forced me to look at things differently.
Sure... you get your social drop outs in the dole queue... I’ve seen the long termers who have no intention of working...
But i also see a hell of a lot of similar people to myself trying to explain what they have done to search for work to a spotty teenager behind a desk, who has your family’s welfare in his hands, and not long been out of school.
For those of you who think social security is nothing but a drain on your precious incomes... try and spare a thought for people like me... and in turn i will spare a thought for you, and hope you never have to experience it personally in order to learn this life lesson!
[edit on 23-7-2010 by Muckster]