Monthly Archives: March 2010

Underemployed or Unemployment Benefits?

As the long-term unemployed juggle between the choice of not enough work versus receiving unemployment benefits, government agencies are keeping tabs, causing many to rethink their decisions.  In a perfect world, we would all get full-time permanent jobs that would allow us to not live off of unemployment ever again!  It sucks that taking any work jeopardizes the amount of unemployment insurance you receive if the job is short-term.  Because if it’s between taking short-term job or part-time job that pays less than what I receive in unemployment, I would definitely think twice before taking the job.


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Overqualified, but Employed

The New York Times ran a story about an overqualified financial analyst who took a job running a claims department of a moving company after six months of unemployment.  I know these types questions have come up a lot during the recession.  Would you do a job that you’re overqualified for? to If I’m so overqualified, why didn’t they hire me? It’s sort of a double-edge sword.  People don’t want jobs they’re overqualified for and employers don’t want to hire people who are overqualified, so what to do when there are so few jobs at your level?


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A Job Interview that Made Me Go Hmmm…

I went through the most bizarre experience this week.  I applied for a job Monday night and got an e-mail from the employer at 4 a.m. the next day asking me to call her in the morning.  Unfortunately I had to work from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and I had a meeting at 1:30, which meant I wouldn’t be free until around 3 p.m.  I wrote an e-mail telling her that, and she responded by telling me that she wanted to speak to me that day, and that she was busy at 3.  I replied and told her I would try to call her.

I called her and left a message, she called back, but I wasn’t around to pick up the phone.  Then she called again around noon and I pick up.  Immediately she started interviewing. “I’m sorry,” I interrupted. “But this isn’t a good time.”

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Senate Puts Voting on UEI on Hold…We Anxiously Wait

TGFUE I like to say—Thank God for unemployment extensions.  Without them, I’d pretty much be penniless right now as technically, my unemployment is supposed to be up. Unfortunately, the Republicans are stalling the vote for another extension, and I’m sitting tight hoping the Senate will pass another one, or even better—I get a full-time job!  How are you feeling about extensions?

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