Would you take this kind of job?

United States
May 29, 2009 6:04pm CST
I know the economy is rough. That's why I work full-time. I used to do temp or contract work but times have changed and bills have to be paid. I've been with my current employer for over a year and even though I hate my current dept.,I like the co. overall. State cutbacks have affected us deeply and many are being laid off or transferred. My new transfer job requires me to be at work by 3:00a. I live in L.A. where crime is rampant 24/7 and that's what I'm most scared of is something happening when only partygoers and crazy people (mostly) are out and about. My commute is almost 14 miles one way. I gave them a yes because I was told this was not written in stone. On the other hand, the schedule may not change for a year or more. I would have to wait for someone to leave.
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@kykidd (6819)
• United States
29 May 09
Well, I think I would go ahead and take the position. Like you said, in the economy these days, you just have to take what you can get. I don't know about 3:00 am though. That is awfully early for my blood, so it just depends on your particular sleep pattern. Since it is only 14 miles away, and it is so early in the morning, the traffic shouldn't be too heavy and you should be able to get there pretty quick. But I am sure there are a lot of others matters to consider. Good luck to you! By the way, I see that you are fairly new hear at myLot. Let me take this opportunity to send out a great big WELCOME your way!
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• United States
29 May 09
Thanks for the welcome and encouraging words!
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@zhdy89 (304)
• China
30 May 09
First of all,I think you have to consider whether you really need to the work at present,in addition to it if you do not have a better choice,you only change themselves.Have to accept the fact only allow you to accept your own pleasure,and from the work of your own to find fun gradually.Your life will change!Let your own happiness,and that is you have to adjust their mentality.
@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
30 May 09
I would say that you should take the job. Even if the hours stink at the beginning, either you'll get use to them and find a bright side to everything, or as time goes on the hours can change. It just takes time to get everything straightened out. It'll come to you.
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• United States
29 May 09
With the way the economy is like you said, I think you should take it, be careful in your travels, keep your income coming in and in the process look for a job where you will feel safer traveling to. Just hold on to the one you have til the other opportunity comes along.
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• United States
31 May 09
I definitely would take the job. Money is Money. Bills have to get paid. I would suggest carrying around a can of mase. If it comes down to it. Don't wait for the temp agency to find you a new job, you find a new job. That's the best advice i can give you. Good Luck and God Bless
• United States
31 May 09
Mrs H, I haven't worked for them in almost 2ys but the funny thing is one day my current boss gave me good reason to file a formal complaint (let's just say I was really, really mad) and they called but the job was part time. It would have been perfect but my roommate quit his job so I've had to step up (money wise) to avoid late fees, etc.
@macel19 (202)
• Philippines
30 May 09
If I were you i would take the risk of taking the job if that's the only way that i can supply my daily needs to live.But, do you still have a chance for finding better oppurtunities , if so do it now but if it is urgent then just take it for the mean time. I've tried working in graveyard shift as well, sometimes my schedule is 1am, 2pm and 3 am. The hardest part of this schedule is your sleep pattern, I really have the hard time adjusting in the first month but my body get used to it. That was a certified nerve wracking job! after 2 years I decided to leave the job for better oppurtunity that the other company offers.
• United States
31 May 09
I've only done successful graveyard once but had a morning job to follow it. It started at 11p and ended at 7a. I was on my feet so staying alert was not a biggie. This was 12+ yrs ago. I believe there would be more sitting this time around.
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
30 May 09
I would recommend taking the job because with the recession that we are in it is hardly wise to turn down any work. I think that you might need to just take some extra precautions as far as the time that you will be out. I would either buy a small handgun and make sure that I had a permit for it or I would get some mace. Follow your natural instincts for staying safe and you should be fine. I go to work most days before daylight and even though the crime rate isn't as bad here, there are still things that could happen but I try not to worry about it too much. I would also recommend that you make sure that your car is in good working order as you certainly don't want to be broke down at that time of the night. I always make sure that my tires are good and that the car is running well. Welcome to mylot! I hope you enjoy it here and make some friends.
@Ritchelle (3797)
• Philippines
30 May 09
if there is no more jobs to take other than this job you mentioned then i'd say take it. sometimes we don't have a choice. that is why it is good to remember that a little prayer during any journey goes a long, long way. god helps those who help themselves. help yourself first by taking that job and god would find ways on how to make things manageable for you. good luck!
• United States
31 May 09
Divine inspiration did help in my last (current) job from H#ll. Thanks much.
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
30 May 09
In my younger days to make money after a traveling experience I did temp work. It wasn't secure although it was quite enjoyable. Next I went in studying and when I came out of that I appreciated the security of a full time permanent job. I have been to California three times and came back from a whale watching boat trip after dark. I felt quite nervous walking in San Pedro in Los Angeles back to the youth hostel. I came back on a train and it was running five hours late. I felt frightened arriving at Union Station at midnight. I felt comforted by the presence of the police. I got my bus to Santa Monica just fine. In the economic downturn it would in my opinion be worth you taking that job. The working hours are hardly ideal but you do have bills to pay. After one year the work situation might get better. Many people at present are being made redundant and so few jobs are secure. Good luck.
• United States
31 May 09
Maxima Where I work is not far from SP. It's on a business street but there isn't a whole lot of traffic but there are transients who can get pretty bold. My roomate came up with a possible resolution and that is to go in early. I don't know how that will work for a year and we're not talking a 6-fig salary but contract work is not really biting. At this point I would rather take a pay cut in exchange for my safety. Such as it can be in L.A.
@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
30 May 09
I don't mind dealing with a little danger for money. Especially in an economy where there aren't as many options as there used to be. It's all about what you're willing to do, I guess.
@surza7 (4)
• United States
30 May 09
i would forget that , yea times are rough but i rather not be harmed
@geniustiger (1699)
• Philippines
30 May 09
Just love and sacrifice your work after a long time you will be used to it . Find ways and means to have a safety living there near in your job area than to go home everyday. You can save it then you go home weekly in your own house to have safety in commuting daily. We cannot avoid the different people around us . We should have to be vigilant and careful wherever we are.
@simonelee (2718)
• China
30 May 09
our economy is unsatble, lucky you are to have job. all you have to do is do an extra care as you said crime is rampant. nowadays we have no choice but to grab the opportunities that we have.
• India
30 May 09
Under current circumstances it is ok to go ahead with the kind of work that you mentioned. With the recessions aftermath still about one can only seek some assurances. As of now I think under current circumstances I'd take up such a job even if it means I have to be there so early. After all a decent job is the need of the hour.
@GY1106 (46)
• China
30 May 09
I suggest you quit,and find some other proper job, we have to seek the chance by ourselves!
• United States
30 May 09
Well, if you need the job defeniatly take the position. I know how you feel...I work nights (granted I don't live in LA...but I live in Phoenix, Az and apparently it's the #1 kidnap city...) so i have to drive It can get creepy but I don't let it bother me, especially since now I'm used to it. So I just listen to music and don't even think about the drive, sometimes I even enjoy it. but if you are really really worried about it just take all the precautions you can...take the most lighted/safest route, drive with all windows up and doors locked. NEVER stop for ANYONE (except a cop); if you think someone might be in trouble phone it in to proper people, don't stop! And only stop for a cop in a lighted, populated area...never on an empty/dark road! (Don't worry, the cop will understand this reasoning for not stopping right away, just don't speed up and look like you're running!) lol Always have a cell phone handy (charged!) and if you think it'll help you feel better; carry some mace! Good luck! :)
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 May 09
I wouldn't take this kind of job if I didn't have to work. On the other hand, if I needed to work and there was no other choice, I would take the job. We can't afford to be too picky about where we work, especially with the economy being so bad. I wish I could work, myself. However, I'm getting SSI now and I've been advised not to work. I am looking for something I can do on the computer from home to supplement my SSI check. Kathy.