Unemployment Review

United States
January 19, 2007 12:48pm CST
I was told that my contacts are in order. I am doing everything in my power to find work. But, I was also told that if an employer offers me a job and I do not accept it, I will lose my benefits. So, whatever I am offered as pay, I would have to accept the job. Trust me, I will accept the job if they offer it to me, but I will not work for pennies either. I will ask for pay commensurate to my experience, and negotiate from there.
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39 responses
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I was just discussing this same subject this morning with my mother. I have been unemployed since July, and I recently accepted an offer. However, the start date is not until 3/6/07, which is another 6 weeks away. That's because it's with the Federal Govt. and they have a certain way of doing things; lots of paperwork, background checks, and credentialing processes. So I will keep claiming my benefits, and I'm sure that Unemployment won't like it. Too bad. We have paid into this system for years, and it's not like we're sitting around eating bon-bons instead of looking for work. I don't blame you at all for not accepting an offer that pays less than you're worth. The key is to find out if the salary range is acceptable before you interview; you don't want to get a job offer and then have to turn it down; that could jeapordize your benefits. I can't believe how much hassle unemployment gives us. I don't know about you, but this is the first time that I have ever utilized it, and I don't appreciate being treated like a criminal.
• United States
19 Jan 07
The unfortunate thing is that they do not list what the salary range is. Well, the good thing is that I will get out of the house. I really am going stir crazy. I love my husband dearly, but being with him 24/7 has been rough.
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• China
20 Jan 07
yes. I support your opinions... we need to fight for our pay commensurate to our expetience and our ability. It is better that we negotiate with the employer and ask for a better that is commensurate to our experience... that is what I always do when I am looking for a new job.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Kinda sucks that they have the power over you if you don't accept the job that they will drop you. However, it is possibile to use this to your advantage. As long as it pays what the benefits were you could work it and develop the rapport with the company and check out what the possibilities are there. Then after working there a while you could start a better job search. Easier to get a job when you have one...so odd but true. Good luck and I hope you keep us posted.
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@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
19 Jan 07
unemployment is a horrible thing, they just do not understand this. they just want you to get a job so they do not have to pay you, but your right why should you settle for minium wage if you have the experience, that is not fair.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Hey I dont blame you one bit.I know its hard all over to find some decent work that is going to pay you a decent salary. I wish you luck in your search for employment. Keep the faith.
@rosie_123 (6118)
20 Jan 07
It does seem unfair to someone who is really trying like yourself, and I appreciate you don't want to "undersell" yourself. However, from the other point of view - I worked for the Benefits Agency for years, and so many people (at least in yhe UK where I live) claim their benafits with no intention of finding work, and it's unfair on people struggling to work and pay taxes for others to sit around and do nothing. It is a sad world where the decent people like yourself are made to suffer by others who are to damn lazy. Good luck with your job search.
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
20 Jan 07
When I do job searching for a certain position or one similar to the job that I am currently doing, I use the resources on the internet or from other people to find out what salary range is for that particular person so I know how to negotiate properly. You can use the website. http://www.salary.com to do a salary and job match. It is important to stay within a reasonable amount when negotiating as it could get you the job or not get the job.
@katty0004 (387)
• United States
20 Jan 07
What gets me about the people that work in these offices act like its there money , where the money come you from you working that way it is with thing the government is over .they act like it theres I got news for them we own them they work for us , we are the ones paying there wages , if we did n't pay taxes and all there other stuff they throw at us they wouldn't have jobs either .
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
19 Jan 07
For this reason, you have to be very careful about what jobs you apply for while you are on unemployment. My unemployment period just ran out and unfortunately I still don't have a job. At least now, however, I'm free to apply for anything and can turn it down if the pay is too low, without having to worry about being penalized for it.
@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
22 Jan 07
That sounds like a bright thing to do. Good luck with that and fight for what you believe in as a right thing to do. And I hope you get a job that you'll enjoy doing as well.
@beckyomg1 (6758)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Well i was told at unemployment that you do not have to accept a job if it is not within the pay scale that is the average for what you are qualified for, i know here in ny when claiming benifits there is a section that lets you know the payscale. so i would check that out.
@xbritterx (170)
• United States
20 Jan 07
that sucks
@SamiJaye (74)
• United States
20 Jan 07
If you haven't received all the money due you from your past job, do what you have to in order to keep the benefits comin. Go to places you KNOW aren't hiring. You can put it on your contact list, but don't have to worry about being offered a low paying job, cause you know goin in they're not hiring. Once you've exhausted your benefits, then you can start goin to places that might offer you employment.
@jayarajgr (818)
• India
20 Jan 07
Well that looks like a clever strategy. Tell me what are you doing, and how much you get?
@kmgupta (561)
• India
20 Jan 07
this is the government concern not mine
@arshil (76)
• India
20 Jan 07
having large dream or dream of potential beyond boundries makes a person unemployment.at last in his hand he got nothing.so grasp the opportunity as it comes dont; wait for a good time.
• Canada
20 Jan 07
That is real unfortunate not finding work, samething happened to me i went to big job consultancy for job they asked me to fill forms, took 2 interviews and later they asked my age and when they know that i am 30+ they told me in seconds that they will inform me in two days. now 2 months are over and no email or phone.
• Qatar
20 Jan 07
unemployment is biggest problem in india sometimes due to critical situation we have to accept it and work according to employer even if its harmful our main motive is work hard and earn more
@KrauseHome (36748)
• United States
20 Jan 07
That is the problem I feel when it comes to Unemployment in this Country. They make it to where you have to almost tell them who you last kissed, etc. in order to keep your checks coming in. And then they want so much out of you that you sometimes want to give up. This was your Money you earned from working for someone else. Why do they make it so hard? My sister was told even after getting a Degree, that she would only be worth like $9-10 an hr. and if she did not accept it, she would loose her benefits. That is absurb, and luckily, she found a job for over that. I just wonder how they can really think they are doing a service to us? They never found me a job. I find them on my own.
@Perry2007 (2229)
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
Agree! If you have to offer your services to an employer you should also be happy with your compensation and benefits, If you are offered an employment, it does not necessarily mean that you may not refuse the offer, what if you received several offers, certainly you can not accept them all, does that mean you automatically loose your benefits? Push your rights