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Jeremy

Johnson City, TN

#1 Jan 7, 2014
I was laid off from my job that I worked at for 18 years. I have applied and sent resumes to over 200 companies and only have had three interviews. I did not get any of the jobs. I am raising three children and have never received government assistance until I started getting unemployment. I have barely gotten by all these years and have no savings to fall back on. I lost my job through no fault of my own. A man in China now has my job. I always thought that unions ruined the country and I worked for a lower wage than that of my union counterparts up north. I laughed a few years ago when they lost their jobs and chalked it up to them being greedy. Now I am in the same boat but made substantially less than they did. Now the government is taking away my unemployment through no fault of my own. I want to work, I am a strong man physically and mentally with no where to work. Why has this happened? How did this happen? What can I do to change my situation I have tried everything I know. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Another month and my family may be homeless. I can not believe what has happened. I will never vote Republican again.
Needed

Banner Elk, NC

#2 Jan 7, 2014
Jeremy wrote:
I was laid off from my job that I worked at for 18 years. I have applied and sent resumes to over 200 companies and only have had three interviews. I did not get any of the jobs. I am raising three children and have never received government assistance until I started getting unemployment. I have barely gotten by all these years and have no savings to fall back on. I lost my job through no fault of my own. A man in China now has my job. I always thought that unions ruined the country and I worked for a lower wage than that of my union counterparts up north. I laughed a few years ago when they lost their jobs and chalked it up to them being greedy. Now I am in the same boat but made substantially less than they did. Now the government is taking away my unemployment through no fault of my own. I want to work, I am a strong man physically and mentally with no where to work. Why has this happened? How did this happen? What can I do to change my situation I have tried everything I know. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Another month and my family may be homeless. I can not believe what has happened. I will never vote Republican again.
. In East Tennessee, and Tennessee in general, we are represented by Republicans. We are a red state. Get used to it. With the economic demographics in this state one would think things would be different, but until citizens change their voting habits you may as well get used to the poor being treated as second class citizens. I am sorry for your situation.
Pop

Johnson City, TN

#3 Jan 7, 2014
Jeremy wrote:
I was laid off from my job that I worked at for 18 years. I have applied and sent resumes to over 200 companies and only have had three interviews. I did not get any of the jobs. I am raising three children and have never received government assistance until I started getting unemployment. I have barely gotten by all these years and have no savings to fall back on. I lost my job through no fault of my own. A man in China now has my job. I always thought that unions ruined the country and I worked for a lower wage than that of my union counterparts up north. I laughed a few years ago when they lost their jobs and chalked it up to them being greedy. Now I am in the same boat but made substantially less than they did. Now the government is taking away my unemployment through no fault of my own. I want to work, I am a strong man physically and mentally with no where to work. Why has this happened? How did this happen? What can I do to change my situation I have tried everything I know. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Another month and my family may be homeless. I can not believe what has happened. I will never vote Republican again.
Another typical liberal internet troll spewing the same old liberal talking views. Let's just pay everybody for not working, offer no incentive to work, and tax the rich 100%.

In your fictional scenario, you had kids you can't afford so now you want the government to take care of them. If you can't find a job where you are at, move. More than 99 weeks of unemployment is called welfare. Why aren't you employable? Johnson City has plenty of jobs for manual labor and unskilled positions. Take one and work your way up. Republicans didn't put you in this predicament, you did. Grow up.
Pauff

Kingsport, TN

#4 Jan 7, 2014
Jeremy wrote:
I was laid off from my job that I worked at for 18 years. I have applied and sent resumes to over 200 companies and only have had three interviews. I did not get any of the jobs. I am raising three children and have never received government assistance until I started getting unemployment. I have barely gotten by all these years and have no savings to fall back on. I lost my job through no fault of my own. A man in China now has my job. I always thought that unions ruined the country and I worked for a lower wage than that of my union counterparts up north. I laughed a few years ago when they lost their jobs and chalked it up to them being greedy. Now I am in the same boat but made substantially less than they did. Now the government is taking away my unemployment through no fault of my own. I want to work, I am a strong man physically and mentally with no where to work. Why has this happened? How did this happen? What can I do to change my situation I have tried everything I know. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Another month and my family may be homeless. I can not believe what has happened. I will never vote Republican again.
Sadly about all you can do is to apply at some of the temporary agencies and hope to get hired permanently somewhere through them. It's a damn shame that companies are being allowed to use temps and dispose of them only to replace them with others after a while. You are not alone in the situation. You can blame the Union busting republicans, but the democrats are just as guilty. It all comes down to corporate greed fueled by our government.
Pauff

Kingsport, TN

#5 Jan 7, 2014
Pop wrote:
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Another typical liberal internet troll spewing the same old liberal talking views. Let's just pay everybody for not working, offer no incentive to work, and tax the rich 100%.
In your fictional scenario, you had kids you can't afford so now you want the government to take care of them. If you can't find a job where you are at, move. More than 99 weeks of unemployment is called welfare. Why aren't you employable? Johnson City has plenty of jobs for manual labor and unskilled positions. Take one and work your way up. Republicans didn't put you in this predicament, you did. Grow up.
Where are all of these jobs you speak of, Pop? Can you give us a few examples? The only things going around are service jobs at MacDonalds with paltry wages or temp service jobs with no benefits. The Med center, one of the biggest employers, is cutting back right and left and presenting terribly expensive insurance. Come on, show us some of these jobs you speak of or shut the hell up!
Pop

Johnson City, TN

#6 Jan 7, 2014
Pauff wrote:
<quoted text>Where are all of these jobs you speak of, Pop? Can you give us a few examples? The only things going around are service jobs at MacDonalds with paltry wages or temp service jobs with no benefits. The Med center, one of the biggest employers, is cutting back right and left and presenting terribly expensive insurance. Come on, show us some of these jobs you speak of or shut the hell up!
Go to Monster.com , BetterTCJobs.com and look in the Johnson City area. There are many. I agree, a lot more employers are using temporary help. You can thank Obamacare for that. You can also thank Obamacare for more jobs not being available. However, you have to be hireable to get a job, i.e. no arrest record, no drugs, no visible tattoos, etc.
Pauff

Kingsport, TN

#7 Jan 7, 2014
Pop wrote:
<quoted text>
Go to Monster.com , BetterTCJobs.com and look in the Johnson City area. There are many. I agree, a lot more employers are using temporary help. You can thank Obamacare for that. You can also thank Obamacare for more jobs not being available. However, you have to be hireable to get a job, i.e. no arrest record, no drugs, no visible tattoos, etc.
Not good enough, Pop. Those headhunter jobs are a joke. I have found nearly all of the online jobs are dead ends. They want expertise in one certain field or hound you to death with offers from truck driving schools and online classes. Once your name gets in their database, it is sold to other companies for various spam. The practice of using temp workers did not begin with Obama, but he has done nothing to curb it. NAFTA gave the green light for that. It's all corporate greed with politicians in their pocket. I sympathize with anyone trying to find a job now.
Pop

Bristol, TN

#8 Jan 7, 2014
Pauff wrote:
<quoted text>Not good enough, Pop. Those headhunter jobs are a joke. I have found nearly all of the online jobs are dead ends. They want expertise in one certain field or hound you to death with offers from truck driving schools and online classes. Once your name gets in their database, it is sold to other companies for various spam. The practice of using temp workers did not begin with Obama, but he has done nothing to curb it. NAFTA gave the green light for that. It's all corporate greed with politicians in their pocket. I sympathize with anyone trying to find a job now.
I just looked through the jobs at BetterTCJobs.com . There are plenty there. Yes, most jobs require some skills and/or experience. You are correct, there are not many on there looking for unskilled labor. Those types of jobs are usually filled via word of mouth. I realize that anyone can depict any persona on a public internet forum, but I am an employer and have over 120 employees. We always have open jobs we cannot fill for unskilled labor. We always have plenty of applicants, but very few are actually hireable because we do a drug test and a background check. We also require a professional appearance. Maybe I have set the standards too high, but we have less turnover, more productivity and a larger pool to promote from within via this method. My best advice I could possibly give to anyone seeking a job is to identify 10 places they would like to work. I would dress professionally and go into that establishment with a positive attitude and demonstrating an eagerness to be an asset to that company. Ask for an application in a courteous and sincere manner. I am willing to bet that method will generate at least two job interviews. The key is to dress appropriately. This is our best method of hiring warehouse personnel. I have never not given an interview to someone coming in demonstrating these traits - ever. If you can't pass a background check, then tell the prospective employer up front what he or she will find on that check. Give an explanation and demonstrate remorse. I have granted exceptions to a background check with "hits" on it if the candidate tells me up front about past instances of bad choices and showing remorse. A lot of times, this gamble has paid off strictly due to the fact the employee demonstrates loyalty after giving him or her a shot at a job with a less than stellar background.

There are jobs out there, however, employers can be selective in who they hire with this much demand for work. You have to stand out over all the rest to get selected.

I say all this with the utmost in sincerity.
ohyea

Jonesborough, TN

#9 Jan 7, 2014
Pop wrote:
<quoted text>
Go to Monster.com , BetterTCJobs.com and look in the Johnson City area. There are many. I agree, a lot more employers are using temporary help. You can thank Obamacare for that. You can also thank Obamacare for more jobs not being available. However, you have to be hireable to get a job, i.e. no arrest record, no drugs, no visible tattoos, etc.
The job issue wasn't caused by Obamacare...if you're actually an employer as you claim to be surely you know that.
Pop

Bristol, TN

#10 Jan 7, 2014
ohyea wrote:
<quoted text>
The job issue wasn't caused by Obamacare...if you're actually an employer as you claim to be surely you know that.
I agree, the original unemployment crisis was caused by the collapse of the housing industry. However, Obamacare is what is keeping unemployment high. When the employer mandate kicks in, it will go higher. The influx of temporary jobs is due to one thing and one thing only, keeping full time employees at a minimum to keep under the 50 employee limit. This isn't my opinion, this is actually what is happening nationally. When the cost of labor goes up, demand for labor goes down. You can cry "those greedy mean ole employers" all you want, but the result will be the same. Go take a look at what is happening in Europe and you will see the exact same thing happening.
Pauff

Kingsport, TN

#11 Jan 7, 2014
Pop wrote:
<quoted text>
I just looked through the jobs at BetterTCJobs.com . There are plenty there. Yes, most jobs require some skills and/or experience. You are correct, there are not many on there looking for unskilled labor. Those types of jobs are usually filled via word of mouth. I realize that anyone can depict any persona on a public internet forum, but I am an employer and have over 120 employees. We always have open jobs we cannot fill for unskilled labor. We always have plenty of applicants, but very few are actually hireable because we do a drug test and a background check. We also require a professional appearance. Maybe I have set the standards too high, but we have less turnover, more productivity and a larger pool to promote from within via this method. My best advice I could possibly give to anyone seeking a job is to identify 10 places they would like to work. I would dress professionally and go into that establishment with a positive attitude and demonstrating an eagerness to be an asset to that company. Ask for an application in a courteous and sincere manner. I am willing to bet that method will generate at least two job interviews. The key is to dress appropriately. This is our best method of hiring warehouse personnel. I have never not given an interview to someone coming in demonstrating these traits - ever. If you can't pass a background check, then tell the prospective employer up front what he or she will find on that check. Give an explanation and demonstrate remorse. I have granted exceptions to a background check with "hits" on it if the candidate tells me up front about past instances of bad choices and showing remorse. A lot of times, this gamble has paid off strictly due to the fact the employee demonstrates loyalty after giving him or her a shot at a job with a less than stellar background.
There are jobs out there, however, employers can be selective in who they hire with this much demand for work. You have to stand out over all the rest to get selected.
I say all this with the utmost in sincerity.
Pop, have you considered giving Jeremy the chance for an interview and a chance to be employed? What have you got to lose? I sure hope you are not running a sweat shop or bullshitting us! Just kidding.
I can sympathize with anyone job hunting. My job of 31 years moved (in a manner that was once illegal), leaving many employees, including me and my family left holding a bag of air. After 2 years of temp assignments, and trying free lance computer repair and graphic arts gigs, I was dependent on unemployment and without it I would have expired. I luckily was employed full time at a menial unskilled manufacturing job tailored for a much younger man and have been there for 4 years. My years of experience and training = nothing at all.
I'm not complaining, in fact I'm very glad to have a full time job, even if it is rough. I honestly don't see how our younger people are going to make a living on the wages being paid for someone just entering the job market.
anotheropinion

Jonesborough, TN

#12 Jan 8, 2014
Pop wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree, the original unemployment crisis was caused by the collapse of the housing industry. However, Obamacare is what is keeping unemployment high. When the employer mandate kicks in, it will go higher. The influx of temporary jobs is due to one thing and one thing only, keeping full time employees at a minimum to keep under the 50 employee limit. This isn't my opinion, this is actually what is happening nationally. When the cost of labor goes up, demand for labor goes down. You can cry "those greedy mean ole employers" all you want, but the result will be the same. Go take a look at what is happening in Europe and you will see the exact same thing happening.
The housing industry played a part but unemployment was much more affected by our techno-industrial base being moved overseas. I think the idea of affordable health care coverage for all Americans is a good idea...I think it just came at a bad time when the nation was already struggling financially. That's not to say we need a welfare state and that the reckless fraud in the unemployment/welfare/SNAP/EBT/ free phone/free internet system shouldn't be addressed. I also think it could have been better designed to keep companies from going out of their way to not provide coverage. I know Walmart has had TV ads up the past couple of months talking about the job opportunities they're providing for full-time jobs, promotions, etc. In reality, they are cutting their part-time force often keeping them below 30 hours per week making them ineligible for some health care options and I'm sure they're not the only company using this tactic.
Pop

Bristol, TN

#13 Jan 8, 2014
Pauff wrote:
<quoted text>Pop, have you considered giving Jeremy the chance for an interview and a chance to be employed? What have you got to lose? I sure hope you are not running a sweat shop or bullshitting us! Just kidding.
I can sympathize with anyone job hunting. My job of 31 years moved (in a manner that was once illegal), leaving many employees, including me and my family left holding a bag of air. After 2 years of temp assignments, and trying free lance computer repair and graphic arts gigs, I was dependent on unemployment and without it I would have expired. I luckily was employed full time at a menial unskilled manufacturing job tailored for a much younger man and have been there for 4 years. My years of experience and training = nothing at all.
I'm not complaining, in fact I'm very glad to have a full time job, even if it is rough. I honestly don't see how our younger people are going to make a living on the wages being paid for someone just entering the job market.
I would love to give Jeremy an interview with my company. However, I can't do that. The reason is that is if it is determined Jeremy is unhireable due to our standards, my company will get libeled on this forum and get a bad image for illicit purposes. This forum is not know for integrity and I simply will not risk my company's credibility on a Topix poster who is either real or not. I was sincere with my advice to Jeremy on how to get a job. If he does what I told him to do, his changes will be drastically improved. I am trying to help him out here.
Pauff

Kingsport, TN

#14 Jan 8, 2014
Pop wrote:
<quoted text>
I would love to give Jeremy an interview with my company. However, I can't do that. The reason is that is if it is determined Jeremy is unhireable due to our standards, my company will get libeled on this forum and get a bad image for illicit purposes. This forum is not know for integrity and I simply will not risk my company's credibility on a Topix poster who is either real or not. I was sincere with my advice to Jeremy on how to get a job. If he does what I told him to do, his changes will be drastically improved. I am trying to help him out here.
I guess you got me there. Topix is low on the integrity issue. I suppose the next question is: "What the heck are we both doing on Topix ?" I'm only joking, but it does make us both look a little foolish! All in good fun, Pop.
RNlady

Jonesborough, TN

#15 Jan 9, 2014
If people on unemployment are not finding any jobs in their field that is the best time to go back to school...there are lots of programs that are less than a year and since you aren't working you have time to go.

Also indeed.com is a good place to search for job.
Colonel Bean

Kingsport, TN

#16 Jan 9, 2014
RNlady wrote:
If people on unemployment are not finding any jobs in their field that is the best time to go back to school...there are lots of programs that are less than a year and since you aren't working you have time to go.
Also indeed.com is a good place to search for job.
That's a good theory, but it costs money and that's a scarce commodity when you are out of work. Don't count on any real help from what used to be called the unemployment office but now has become the "Career Center". If you ask about Pell Grants and such, they don't know what you are talking about. About all they are good for is to put on a show and give you a list of jobs that don't really exist and give you a computers for dummies lesson. Example: I once asked if there was any program to achieve Microsoft A+ accreditation.They didn't know what that was, and I was told that since I worked on computers, I should put an ad in the newspapers offering repairs. Wow, what help! Drawing unemployment is more than just sitting around the house. Some people do take advantage of it, but many are selling what they have, going further in debt with credit cards, and trying to make a buck however they can.
Colonel Bean

Kingsport, TN

#17 Jan 9, 2014
Pop wrote:
<quoted text>
I just looked through the jobs at BetterTCJobs.com . There are plenty there. Yes, most jobs require some skills and/or experience. You are correct, there are not many on there looking for unskilled labor. Those types of jobs are usually filled via word of mouth. I realize that anyone can depict any persona on a public internet forum, but I am an employer and have over 120 employees. We always have open jobs we cannot fill for unskilled labor. We always have plenty of applicants, but very few are actually hireable because we do a drug test and a background check. We also require a professional appearance. Maybe I have set the standards too high, but we have less turnover, more productivity and a larger pool to promote from within via this method. My best advice I could possibly give to anyone seeking a job is to identify 10 places they would like to work. I would dress professionally and go into that establishment with a positive attitude and demonstrating an eagerness to be an asset to that company. Ask for an application in a courteous and sincere manner. I am willing to bet that method will generate at least two job interviews. The key is to dress appropriately. This is our best method of hiring warehouse personnel. I have never not given an interview to someone coming in demonstrating these traits - ever. If you can't pass a background check, then tell the prospective employer up front what he or she will find on that check. Give an explanation and demonstrate remorse. I have granted exceptions to a background check with "hits" on it if the candidate tells me up front about past instances of bad choices and showing remorse. A lot of times, this gamble has paid off strictly due to the fact the employee demonstrates loyalty after giving him or her a shot at a job with a less than stellar background.
There are jobs out there, however, employers can be selective in who they hire with this much demand for work. You have to stand out over all the rest to get selected.
I say all this with the utmost in sincerity.
I have one simple question for you. Do you use workers from the Temporary services?
Tyrion Lannister

Johnson City, TN

#18 Jan 10, 2014
The Tri Cities has become mostly a customer service based economy (ie restaurants and retail). If you're not in the medical field and are looking for a skilled job that doesn't pay minimum wage, move far away.
Pop

Johnson City, TN

#19 Jan 10, 2014
Colonel Bean wrote:
<quoted text>I have one simple question for you. Do you use workers from the Temporary services?
No
Colonel Bean

Kingsport, TN

#20 Jan 10, 2014
Pop wrote:
<quoted text>
No
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