A job is a job! Take whatever you can get...

United States
June 10, 2009 3:52pm CST
In this day and age, we realize how tough and bad the economy is. Knowing that this year there has been over 1,000,000 people that have lost their jobs. Some of them of which have had good paying jobs too. I've been a computer technician for over 12 years now, graduated, done a few tech jobs for a few years, been laid off and struggled for a long time. I remember 2 years ago from 2007-2008 I had a difficult time finding a job based on my experience with computer technology. Most of them of course we're contracts or temp jobs. Then one day I got a wake up call and just said "I'll have to take whatever job I can get." So during the month of August 2008 I just got out of home and just started driving in various places that were hiring and just applied on their computer systems. I've been through various Job Fairs that time also. I gave it a shot so then was given a job at Vons (Safeway) working as a night crew. The relief was that I got the job that time and back in the world of being employed. It's been almost a year that I've work for the company, now a night crew leader supervisor, given complex tasks, making sure my workers are doing their job. I do backroom inventory, general merchandise stocking, setups for promos and distributions, orders for more merchandise to come the next night, price tagging and a lot more. The great thing is to that the people I work with are cool people, my boss is cool too. Nothing more when hanging out during break time or lunch time to sit down to crack jokes, just blah about anything or read a magazine. Eventhough my job isn't a computer job I love it where I'm at. So to say to everyone else, sometimes you can't always get the job that you want and during these tough times it is best to have a job then having no job. In the end, you'll feel a lot better and relieved that you did.
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@kykidd (6819)
• United States
10 Jun 09
Today, I had my second interview this week. When I first heard about the job, I was too thrilled. But I figured I would go and see what it was all about. Like you said, it is hard to get a job right now. I was glad I went. The job sounds very interesting. And I am hoping to get called back for a second interview. Keep your fingers crossed for me! By the way, have you ever noticed that once you get a job there seems to be more and more opportunity opening up. That happens to me every time. But hopefully I'll get this job and it will turn out like I expect!
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• United States
10 Jun 09
Exactly I totally agree with you that more opportunities open. Same here for me, being in the company close to a year I didn't expect to have the position I have now. Now about your interviews and the job you might get....goodluck and I do hope you get the job.
@garyc09 (133)
11 Jun 09
i dont know about taking what you can get......... it neevr lasts and happiness is more important. its about THE job not A job.
@enciel (371)
• Philippines
12 Jun 09
totally agree with this, happiness is more important.
• Philippines
11 Jun 09
I am stuck in a job I am not "in love" with.I am just in here for the money.I understand that life is really hard right now.so I'm sticking with what job I have now.in my current job,I don't earn a lot of money,but it feels much better than I don't earn at all.I also take up part-time jobs to save and buy things for myself.
• China
11 Jun 09
It's tough time to find a job now,I am also doing the job I am not interested in.I hope I can make some changes in my life and find the right way to make my life more comfortable.
@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
10 Jun 09
I think for some people this might be the case. I will take most jobs provided they don't ask me to do anything immoral or illegal. However, I prefer to stay in the writing field because it's what I'm best at and it's also what I enjoy doing. No amount of money (unless I was starving and probably not even then) would make me harm little children (either physically or emotionally) or advocate putting disabled people into nursing homes. Those are two things I just really wouldn't do ever. Sadly, it's often the jobs that are morally questionable that pay the best. So given this economy you might not find the ideal job you want. I do think, at least in my case, you have to make some choices between fattening your wallet and feeding your soul. I'm lucky that I'm in a situation where I can almost always choose the soul feeding over the wallet fattening, and I'm proud to say I've never done anything questionable for money.
• United States
11 Jun 09
This wasn't case in regard of taking jobs that are morally wrong or illegal. What I'm projecting here is that not every person is going to get the job they want, but get what ever job they can that will benefit them in the long run.
@celticeagle (118680)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Jun 09
I so agree. It is partially the adventure of life. Whatever you can do and get paid is good now days. I remember back when my ex-husband wouldn't take a job anywhere but where he was comfortabel working. I was so upset with him. I thought it rediculous and even alittle immature. He was a contractor and now is working a 9-5 like everyone else. I have worked in customer service for 30 years and never have a problem finding and keeping a job. Some people are just so egotistical it is almost funny.
@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
12 Jun 09
I really want to thank you for sharing your experience to all those hunting for job now. There are just that many people still insist on finding a job they actually think they enjoy doing and at the same time has a good prospect and good payroll, etc. I am not saying that people should not have demand but we also have to face the reality that companies are not expanding but contracting. The companies won't fail without hiring you but you definitely would be out of the game if you are sitting idle at home. Getting a job which at the first look doesn't seem so good may actually be much better in the long run. I hunted for job in 2003 where the job market is damn bad here. The job I got has a payroll that is so low that I will say it is next to insulting. But then, I told myself that the important thing was to have a job, got some experiences so as to prepare for the economy to turn good. And here I am, still working in the same job but the payroll is already so much better.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
11 Jun 09
i have to agree with you. i dont have the best job or the best paying job but at least i have one and i like the people i work with. i think that is the most important thing.
11 Jun 09
after i left college, it took me about a year to come to terms with the realisation that i probably wasnt going to be a rich guy in a high-powered job. it certainly was a bit of a come-down from the projected and implied 'destination' of life after a college degree. but 2 years on from leaving college, i realise that what makes me happy is the quality of my relationships. when im with good friends, and when im with work colleauges who i get on with - im happy. its great. as for 'saving for the future'..well, i think thats a concept from yesteryear..
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
11 Jun 09
It's indeed hard getting a job right now. I work in child daycare and got offered a job at another daycare centre where I will be able to get a contract for unlimited time and more possibilities for my part time higher education to become a pedagogue. It takes more traveling time and I will surely miss my current coworkers who I have grown to love and the children that I currently take care of. But like you said; during the economic crisis we should be thankfull for these things as they are harder and harder to find. I am sure I will grow to love it and I am very excited about having more resposibilities and being able to show what I've got. Unfortunatly my boyfriend is still struggling for work. He will take on anything but even if you are prepared to do so it can still be though to get a job these days.
• China
11 Jun 09
I graduated form university last year. major is accounting... My first job is a sales assistant ,,,till now, my thrid job also a sales assistant... I wanna to be a accountant now. but it hard to realize as lack financial experience.. Life goes on...i will find a good job in the near future...
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
11 Jun 09
Yep. i have never had a job that I actually enjoyed working at. I took whatever I could get that paid the most money and held onto it. It is so hard for people to hold onto a job these days as companies are streadily laying off or going under.
@gotcho0O (1258)
• United States
11 Jun 09
I've been hearing about layoffs nowadays..It's really hard to find a great dream job. And those in demand jobs right now are medical related. Crisis, really tough. If you work hard, you'll soon get great rewards when you least expect it. Happy for you ^_^..Right now, I'm unemployed since I just got back from school out of country. Haven't finish it yet though but planning to continue it here but first need to find a job. Currently preparing myself before sending them my application.
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
11 Jun 09
You are absolutely right, bro. In these economic downturn, it's best to be vigilant and grab whatever is out there for the time being. They say to achieve something is not easy and we need to take baby steps. So if those baby steps mean not so cool jobs first, then it's fine by me too. I'm lucky to still have my job intact and not retrenched or anything like that. All the best for your future endeavors.
11 Jun 09
i hear you. I wash dishes for a living. But it better thasn benefits i guess. good luck with your career