Not that I have to justify my unemployment

I keep reading some very vicious posts on another site attacking me because I am long term unemployed. Not that it’s any of your business those of you attacking me, but in fact I do work for myself now. All of these comments like “there’s McDonalds” great but did you know now it’s harder to get a job there than to be accepted at Harvard? Trust me I have applied at those jobs but they don’t hire people like me. Why would they hire someone smarter than them? My field is becoming obsolete and the few jobs in the field are going to visaed workers or being outsourced. This is a FACT. There are people unemployed longer than I have been. Not that this is also your business but I live off savings and money I make working for myself.

13 thoughts on “Not that I have to justify my unemployment”

  1. In a response that I didn’t post, I described the confluence of declines in the career fields that would be open to you as a perfect storm. My guess is that fields like public relations and possibly personnel would be backup fields for people who study broadcasting, and the fact that companies often cut back on training when the economy declines makes it harder for you to be hired, even on a freelance basis.

    You do have the advantage of support from your family, and that support might extend to another town were you to stay with relatives for a while. If you have made the shift to self-employment. you are not unemployed.

    If the standard for how difficult it is to get a job is the number of people who show up to submit an application on a given day divided by the number of positions that will be filled, the “harder than Harvard” barrier to employment has existed for years. Back in 2006, Anderson, IN had an auto parts distribution center have 12,000 people show up for 250 jobs. No doubt there are other anecdotes available. I should look up how many people applied for casino jobs when they installed the slots at Hoosier Park in Anderson. One of the realtors who I know there claimed that things have been bad in Anderson since 9/11.

  2. I have worked in pr but sadly it is a dead field. At this point my mode of attack is self employment and go back to school possibly to become a teacher (I know, possibly a bad point).I have noticed that about training and one employer even told me that they cut down on training because it is increasingly becoming possible for one person to do several jobs.

  3. It might be possible for one person to do several jobs, but it isn’t easy, and reducing the amount of training available to people either forces them to learn on their own time or the company must endure a certain amount of inefficiency unless they are willig to pay a salary adequate to attract a trained and experienced person to the job, which might not be possible in smaller companies.

    As long as you are sticking to K-12 education, becomng a teacher is a viable option, though I do expect that you will have to relocate or commute once you are certified. Pinning your hopes only on the local schools may set you up for disappointment.

  4. That’s why I am checking into Catholic schools. In fact today I called their main office and the woman said they have scholarships available at times to help people going to school to become a teacher. It’s still in the early stages but at this point looking at alol my options.

  5. Chances are that the scholarship comes with strings, like agreeing to teach for several years, and you might not get to pick where you teach, and have to take any open job in the diocese. This isn’t a negative thing. If the are paying your tuition, they ought to get something out of it. If they don’t require you to be certified immediately, what they might fund is part-time study while you work.

  6. Does your state allow you to be licensed as a substitute teacher with only a bachelor’s degree? I found out by accident today that Colorado allows it. If one has a bachelor’s degree, they can be licensed in Colorado as a substitute teacher for three years (and for ONE year with only a high school diploma). The bad part about it is that you are not certified for a particular subject.

    There is the usual requirement to present both transcripts and fingerprints for the subsitute teacher license, and there is a fee charged, but that’s to be expected. It’s a way to find out if you like teaching if that sort of program is available.

    In other news, I finsihed off two of my DAU courses, so I need to take only one more to be finished for two years of my training requirements.

  7. Yes, I was a sub teacher about 10 years ago while in grad school. It paid pretty decently but didn’t get a lot of jobs (too much competition). I did enjoy it but had to go through a lot for it, including a medical, criminal background, TB shot and a few other things.

    Congrats on your finishing those classes. I have been taking free classes through my library and if nothing else it looks good on my resume.

  8. Have you considered relocating to a state where public school teachers are direly needed?

    There has to be a state or 2 or maybe 3 or several where teachers are in great need.

    My brother was telling me he wants to go back to school. He works retail and now he wants to do something else.

    He was considering vet tech. That’s a crappy $15 an hour job and not livable wage; I also do not see very many ads in the paper or on line for vet techs.

  9. I would guess that the Catholic schools will require the same background check, so it can’t hurt to be ready to go. I’d also want hepatitis vaccination (A and B) if I had to be around chidren.

    I signed up for the third and last course today. This one has only four modules, but there are about 10 subsections and 3-4 tests inside each module. I guess they didn’t want to frighten off people with 22 or more modules when it is the first or second course that they will take. My reward is not having to do this again for close to two years, and were I sneakier, I could put off the round of classes for three years. I almost had a contracting specialist really get in my face over this idea, but I backed off. If I have to take 80 credits every two years, it shouldn’t matter when I start, as long as I finish on time.

  10. I am looking at Indiana schools as well along with Indiana jobs because I live less than a half hour from Indiana. I understand their economy is better than Illinois’ so I am looking plus they are getting many formerly Illinois companies courtesy of our corrupt politicians.

  11. I told you guys before:

    Blame this high unemployment percentage on the half assed way that interviews are handled. Who the heck ever heard of a mountain being made out of a mole hill for a garden variety job….until this dead economy kicked in?

    If this keeps up — and it will — we will have abnormally high unemployment levels for good.

    Consider teaching on line and also consider teaching in another country. Try somewhere like Australia or some other English language-forward country.

  12. Makes you wonder how they hire some of the people they do. I’ve seen some of the people who got the job over me and most were less qualified. I’ve seen recent grads get the job (though these jobs aren’t usually entry level), I’ve seen foreign workers get it, people who are lazier than I would be (found this out from people I know who told me who got a job at their company instead of me), and just plain less qualified.

    Meanwhile I have a masters, speak Spanish, have several computer certifications and can’t even get a job at McDonalds (not that I’d want that job anyway).

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