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July 05, 2007


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Where I work, there are no raises, at least not during the time I've been there. It is wodely believed that the pay scale runs from minimum wage (almost everyone) to 20 cents above minimum wage (a couple of oldtimers who got their raises years ago and none since).

Since my credit is in the tank and I can't get it out of the tank on my min wage income, a better job is very unlikely.

I love raises. My job affords me a small raise every year so I can't complain. However, it only keeps up with the cost of living here in California, so that's the downside. I look at the fact that I have other benefits that make up for it though!

Minimum wage guy --

Prehaps if you weren't reading blogs at 3:00 PM on a workday, you could get a better job.

And you've already admitted that you've turned down jobs that make more than you currently make (quit McDonalds, etc).

Either you are wallowing in self-pity about a situation that you've created for yourself despite being a college graduate and having tons of opportunities to do better, or, more likely, you're a troll who's lying about it all.

-- Jake

MW --

Jake is right. You either need to 1) change your comments from "woe is me, I make minimum wage" (how many times can you say the same thing?) or 2) move on. I'm not going to allow the same comment/types of comments over and over and over again.

HUH? WTH? What jobs did I turn down? I flipped hamburgers ONE SUMMER while I was in college and while I had indeed planned to quit that job to return to college (60 miles away), I didn't even get to do that because the corporate suits came in and laid off all the employees to use the store as a management training location.

What opportunities do I have to do better? I am a baby boomer, I am no longer a spring chicken, so to speak. How did I create this situation? I stayed in school, got good grades, didn't do drugs or crime or any of those culture of poverty things that are dysfunctional. Realistically, at my age and without any "career-related" experience, what opportunities exist for me? My resume has not gotten me a job interview in 20 years there is nothing in my resume to get an employer excited.

p.s. i have medical issues which take up 15-20 weekday daytime hours a week, so i can't do a normal 9-5 m-f job. so i work evenings and weekends. is that a problem? if i thought i was employable i'd be spending more daytime hours looking for a job. glut of cheap young college-educated labor here (they're moving in from around the country) and i'm no longer employable.

So what are you going to do about it? Just accept defeat? Your attitude is what's holding you back. People in worse situations than you have turned it all around and come out winners.

"if i thought i was employable i'd be spending more daytime hours looking for a job."

self-fulfilling prophesy. end of story.

Okay, oh brilliant founts of wisdon...

Yes, I am no Edison (10,000 failed attempts at inventing the light bulb would have been too much for me - esp since I have no money and Edison was skilled at lining up investors). But do I have any non-crummy options with my dead-end track record? I pounded the pavement for quite a while, there comes a point where you gotta stop wasting your time and effort.


I find it immensely humorous to find a troll on a finance blog of all things (actually he seems to be making the rounds). I know there are elements of finance one can be disagreed upon by others but this isn't politics or Star Trek or anything.

list of the top 10 possible reasons why you're not finding a job:

1. You're not making finding a job a job itself!
2. You haven't developed a system of finding a job.
3. You have an unrealistic idea about the market for your skills.
4. You aren't acknowledging the psychological and emotional stress that changing jobs entails.
5. You ignore small businesses.
6. You don't recognize that face-to-face interviews are the only things that matter.
7. You don't prepare well for interviews.
8. You're not selling yourself.
9. You have the attitude, "What can you do for me?"
10. You give poor reasons for leaving your job.

Most non-profit organizations are usually looking for volunteers that cover many skills. Often, if they have willing, motivated people they are happy to let them try new things, enabling you to develop marketable employment skills and experience you may not be able to get elsewhere.

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