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  •  I'll do that. (6+ / 0-)

    I'll look into that tomorrow.

    Thanks.

    No advice from a Kossack has ever been unwanted or unneeded.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:30:43 PM PST

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    •  I don't know how it works for you where you are (8+ / 0-)

      but when mr.u was out of work and sick of unemployment he signed up to be a sub custodian with the school system. He worked almost daily, filling in for folks who needed to be off.

      He worked hard and made a good impression with the other custodians and when a permanent job came open he got it. A union job and fairly good pay in an environment that he loves. It's worth trying....

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:42:28 PM PST

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      •  There's almost nothing I wouldn't do for a union (8+ / 0-)

        job.

        Seriously.

        I would stand on a picket line in the rain for months.

        An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

        by OllieGarkey on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:17:34 PM PST

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        •  That was mr.u's thinking (2+ / 0-)
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          It turned out great for us. He lost his job at 57, tough to find another in a right to work state. In a weird way we were lucky, it was 2007 before it all went really bad.

          The school system has been fantastic for us. He works hard but he really enjoys the teachers and the students, it's been good for him.

          "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

          by high uintas on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:12:21 PM PST

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        •  I have a friend who about 8 years ago was so (4+ / 0-)

          desperate for work she took a temporary job over the Christmas season on the over night shift at the post office sorting mail from Midnight to 8 am.  

          She had been a manager in a corporation as a male, but lost that job when she started transitions as a transexual which can be a problem finding new work.

          But, while there made friends with the Post Office people who like her and explained the inside track on taking the required civil service exams.

          So by that March when an rare opening occurred she had the inside track and scored a full time job as a middle manager as a woman where she still works last time I heard.

          Talk about miracles of persistence.  

          The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

          by HoundDog on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:13:58 PM PST

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          •  I've been told by so many people who know that (4+ / 0-)
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            persistence is the most important thing. It may feel like you're throwing yourself against a brick wall, but eventually you will break through.

            Just keep going, one foot in front of the other.l

            An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

            by OllieGarkey on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:22:10 PM PST

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            •  Yes, somehow find a way to moving forward each (5+ / 0-)

              day, or night, and don't hesitate to try some creative "out-of-the-box" strategies now and then.

              But, most important I think is to find things you love to do and keep investing a little bit each day in them even if they seem totally implausible at the moment.

              If you keep investing in something you love maybe there's a chance you develop news skills that will allow you to create a future for yourself that doesn't even exist yet.

              The phase of the field I ended up excelling in at MIT and later in my own company didn't even exist when I graduated from high school.  (In the form I was part of creating later.)

              The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

              by HoundDog on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:30:46 PM PST

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      •  or maybe drive a school bus? (2+ / 0-)
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        there's a nationwide shortage, so most employers offer free or paid training. then once you have that CDL, it's yours.

        not sure about the nyc companies- i worked for two ny companies who had yards in connecticut. atlantic express and baumann and sons.

        i've been driving a bus for 16 years- i really like it.

        you usually have a long midday break. you could keep looking for work in your field while you're on on that break.

        on my breaks i work at my friends' factory. i used to use the break to work in my church's nursery during the moms' bible study groups.

        "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

        by thankgodforairamerica on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 04:38:46 AM PST

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