Problems Finding Work

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  1. Avigail David

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    If Socialist Bernie Sanders gets elected as President, it will be the death of capitalism-- the money generating legal citizens backbone of the American society. Big and small business will close down because of 90% tax regulations and paying for all the free-stuff. Employment will ever be the worst kind since the Third Reich, Venezuela and Central American progressive socialist infested democrats.

    On a brighter side, all legal American citizens should vote and fight for your rights as U.S. Constitutional citizens to topple the illegals being allowed to vote under the Amnesty code. That's where Obama got his votes :mad: seven years ago.

    Vote! Vote! Then, the Americans can have their rightful jobs back.
     
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    I have met a former colleague last week in the market. She's just a bit older than me but her white hair made her look very old. She had retired at age 55 and now does nothing. How about the finances? She's trying to live off from her meager retirement. And although she needs a job, she doesn't have the courage to look for one. She used to work in the general services department of a bank. Even if I wanted to help her, I don't think there would be a vacancy for her.
     
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    She is lucky because she has had office working experience. Any place of office jobs would be a place for her to apply.. Sometimes tax offices need extra help answering the phones or even working at home making calls would be something she could do.
     
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    @Corie Henson -
    There are tons of people with office skills and experience who can't find anything. Are there temp services where she could get some assignments to try to get a foot in the door? Or even day labor places where she could do packaging, light cleaning, etc. just to earn some money while looking?

    As I mentioned upthread, applying is the easy part. Getting an interview and actually getting hired is the hard part. I’d suggest she do some research nnd contact some places on her own - places that haven't advertised an opening - and try to talk with someone who has hiring authority. Applying often results in being in a large stack of applications. If the jobs aren’t there, they aren’t there. But taking the time and initiative to ask a hiring authority for 10 minutes for an "information interview" might result in them keeping a person in mind for a later opening.
     
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    There is place on line to search for work as a temp or assistant office worker, as well as many other types of jobs. It is called workersonboard.com They have all kinds of jobs listed and thou it pays to check before you leap I have found most of the links are honest. The main thing is to never pay to get a job. Sites that require money up front are scams. Do background checks through the Better Business agency to be sure of a companies reputation before going to work for them. Doing surveys is another way to earn good money. There are some that offer focus groups and pay well for a hour long interview on the telephone or online.
     
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    Most cities have temp agencies that can be very good. Since the companies they send you to are paying the temp agency rather than you directly, you won't earn as much as employees who are hired directly by the company, but they often lead to full time jobs with the companies they send you to. I've used temp agencies twice in my life, the last time about ten years or so ago, and each time the company ended up buying out my contract with the temp agency so that they could hire me directly, which meant a raise in my own pay.

    Typically, how that works is similar to an employment agency. They will interview you to determine which types of jobs they believe you are qualified for, and may give you a test to help make that determination. The last time I used one, there were two tests: an aptitude test of some sort and a typing test. My wife has also found work through temp agencies, her last time being only a few years ago.
     
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    I actually don't want to elaborate on this but I guess you have to be enlightened that in the Philippines there is the unwritten rule about age when it comes to employments. When you reach 50, unless you have a very special skill like technical, you practically have zero chance of getting employed. It's a sad fact that the prevailing atmosphere in business is like that. And you mentioned temps, yes, we have temps here but again, it is restricted by age. I really feel sorry for that colleague. Maybe the only recourse for her is to open up a small business like a boutique or a bakeshop maybe.
     
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    I just found out about another way to earn some money. This is by selling things on Amazon. If you have a account already when you sign in look up at the heading line for the word sell. You can do it as a business or just by selling a few things a month. These things need to be brand new and still in the box or just never used. We all have things like that. There are some fees of course, but it is not as crazy as E-Bay. Once you learn how it works and how to price things, you send in your stuff and they sell it and ship it for you. With smaller amounts of products the rules are different then with larger business accounts.

    I have had them buy DVD's & books off of me for a small amount of money, but I never even considered the sell factor because I thought it was just for vendors with oodles of merchandise.

    Might be something worth looking into if the options for work are limited in your area.
     
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    After 9 months of looking for work, my husband was accepted an employment as an IT at 59 to present 2 years ago. The company preferred him over the younger applicants. After 18 months, he was offered a permanent position. Imagine our family's rejoicing at the provision of a job!
     
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    @Corie Henson Has she tried seeking employment online? It seems there are companies looking for workers as mentioned above, to contact clients, or answering incoming calls. It sounds as if it's a very depressing outlook in the Philippines for those over the age of 50, or probably even mid 40s, who lose their jobs, but still need to work. Have you seen any change in the situation, whether positive or negative? I guess I'm wondering if this has always been the case, or if there's a recent bias against older workers.
     
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