Go figure!

@dfollin (12354)
United States
September 17, 2011 9:59pm CST
I cannot figure these issues out,there are places now that will not hire you for a job unless your have great credit.Excuse me,but how are you supposed to be able to improve your credit if you don't have a job to get money coming in! Another one,a person goes to college,gets an education like he is always been told to do.Then can't get a job.Nobody will hire him because he does not have any experience. I am 50 years old,have not worked in a while.I have been taking care of my kids and my husband when he was sick.Then after my husband died,the economy was so bad that people were and still not hiring much.I am also trying to find an apartment or condo. When I have applied for jobs I am asked why I don't have any recent experience.Well,duh,the economy is bad,people have not been hiring much,that's common knowledge!And when I am even trying to rent a basement in a home or a privately owned condo the owners are rediculous,they want great credit,recent rental references and you must have a full time job. Does,these things sound bizarre to you?
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@Hatley (163753)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Sep 11
hi dfollin have not seen you in awhile. No none of that sounds bizarre at all. I am in the second worst state for unemployment rates my son was out of work for most of two and a half y ears, he now has a part time job. I am in California and for each job there are hundreds after it. the worst economy I have seen in my life. my son was laid off, we got behind in our rent, were evicted, our lives turned upside down I landed here as we were homeless I pay for this retirement center monthly with my social security and SSI checks while my son is in gov. sponsored housing sharing an apartment with three other men. we see each other every week, our belongings are still in storage. so we had had a rough go.my son is fifty two and i am close to 85 now. we keep hoping and praying the economy will pick up or our president will do something to get jobs started and put Americans back to work.
@dfollin (12354)
• United States
18 Sep 11
hi Hatley,I have been here just not as much,been busy.Yep,I know how you feel,just after 9/11 happened,I was already sick,my husband hurt his back and we were told by social services for him to go ahead and do the therapy that he needed to do and not to worry that they would see to it that we paid out rent,utilities and food.Then when the rent and utility bills came they said,"They had no funds to help us with.".So,we got evicted,put what personal stuff we could into storage and lost our furniture and a lot of other stuff.We went and stayed here and there.Then we found out that he had cancer.He passed away and my daughter(age 14) and I have rented place's that got forclosed on and so we were evicted.We ended up putting everything in storage and staying for over 2 years in a cheap long term motel.Now we are staying at my mom's,less space for us and storage.
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@GardenGerty (93558)
• Marion, Kansas
18 Sep 11
If I did not have a job, I would be in a world of hurt. It does not seem like it will ever end, does it?
@Bluedoll (16795)
• Canada
27 Sep 11
It is a catch22 when you think about it. More experience until you are full of it and then you are just too old. You need to have money to buy the company but their only position open is in the mail room. I think they are handing out excuses like a jelly bean guessing contest. The number is [blank] Excuse number one oh one is we will only hire the best person for he job and that is you. At least we can tell ourselves that anyway.
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• United States
27 Sep 11
I used to have these "why?" kind of frustrations. I was naive. I thought the world was fair. Why would we assume this? The world is not fair. That doesn't mean we need to give up on our own ethics and responsibilities or our own expectations. I think if you have a solution or a certain energy or talent that would make the prospective employer more successful, than these requirements of experience or education wouldn't matter. When you interview, think of the prospective of the employer. What can this person do to help us? Suppose you walked into a McDonalds for example for a job. You have no experience but you did notice that the eating area is filthy and the trash cans overflowing and that you have an eye for this and if employed, you wouldn't allow it, etc. What can you do to make them more successful? Of course not all will like the ideas. But, what is the difference between a successful interview and not? You know, people are not entitled to jobs... You don't get a job because you need money...
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@dfollin (12354)
• United States
27 Sep 11
Bluedoll and Maaku1947 you both have some very good points.
@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Oct 11
yeah, quite bizarre, but they make sense to the people who are hiring, etc.
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@dfollin (12354)
• United States
12 Oct 11
I suppose that's their opinion.
@anniepa (27159)
• United States
18 Sep 11
It's certainly unfair, isn't it? It's all a great big catch 22: you need a job to get good credit, you can't have good credit without a job; you need experience to get a job but you can't get a job without experience; we want companies to hire so the unemployment goes down but employers don't want to hire the unemployed. It's like a bunch of no-win situations for too many people. On that note, I very sincerely wish you good luck! Annie
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@dfollin (12354)
• United States
18 Sep 11
Yeah,it's catch 22! Thank you!
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
18 Sep 11
Yes. None of it makes any sense to me either. Just like applying for credit. they say you cannot get credit if you do not have credit established. Well, how in the world can I establish credit if I cannot get any?
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@dfollin (12354)
• United States
18 Sep 11
Exactly! Like,what are they talking about?
@godarna (223)
18 Sep 11
No, not really. It happens everywhere in the world. I get the impression that most people in my country can forget it to find a job when over 40. Too many people are unemployed, so why should an employer bother about older people: more chances of being non-productive and falling ill faster. The funny part of it is, that we all have to work longer now because the pension system fails. I can give you many examples, but that won't help you. I was you good luck, may be freelance work online might be a solution?
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@dfollin (12354)
• United States
18 Sep 11
Thank you.I am trying to find more freelance work.I am 50 and even my banker is trying to help me get hired at a place I just applied at.This past summer not many summer jobs were available for the teens either.But,then when you try to get another job,they want to know why you have not had a steady job.Or when you are trying to rent,they want to know why I am not working full time and don't have any recent rental references.
• United States
8 Nov 11
you should see the beauties we got up here.they demand a car for jobs that don't require a car.in some cases,it's car and credit. now some want already employed. the government needs to step in and stop this,because it has to be illegal exclusion. it's keeping a lot of people out of a job,and contributing to the bad economy.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
30 Oct 11
I agree that is totally ridiculous! I have often wondered how you are going to get experience if no one will hire you. I am 51 myself and have had trouble keeping a steady job even before this current bout with cancer. I was able to get into a new apartment this month, but I had to put a double deposit down in order to be allowed to move in. I had the money available, but it wasn't easy since I am now on disability and I am a student so I had that going for me. But once I am done with school in March, I'm not sure what will happen. My niece will be here by then so she will be able to help with the expenses, but she shouldn't have to worry about all that at 17. I don't think I would have been allowed to move in here if I didn't have the student loans because they wanted me earning about $1800/month. Oh well...Have a great weekend!!!