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I'd take a 50% paycut and work twice as hard...

post #1 of 16
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...right now for some job security.

Anyone else in my situation?

Not a good day...
post #2 of 16
Why do that when you can get about 65% of your salary, state funded benefits and stay at home. :rolleyes:
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post #3 of 16
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Good idea, but believe it or not, I actually like to work hard. I'd go even more nuts at home.
post #4 of 16
Tell your boss you want a 50% pay cut and will work twice as hard, bingo job security.
post #5 of 16
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Ha, Ironically, the add that comes up when I type this post is for Ford! I don't work in the auto industry...I feel even more bad for those who do.
post #6 of 16
If I got a 50% pay cut I'd be earning $6 an hour
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post #7 of 16
Can't say that I am in that situation....I already lost my job!!!
post #8 of 16
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Sorry to hear that.
post #9 of 16
Dang Pete. Sorry to hear that. :(
post #10 of 16
I'm sorry to hear that you are under threat of redundancy.
I'm fairly safe, but many of my friends who work in the financial sector are in the same boat as you. So many British banks are either amalgamating or under threat.
post #11 of 16
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Not so much redundancy, but similiar, just basic cutbacks. Takeovers of big companies by BIGGER companies aren't good.

I had to let everyone in my team who reported to me go...out of a group of 15 there are 2.5 of us left...we aren't hitting our quarterly target (as a company, i'm not in a profit center) so...only way to hit that is to cut heads.

6-9 months ago, I had offers without interviews for 20% more than what I'm making now....now....not even interviews.
post #12 of 16
.5 person, would that be a headless one?
Pete, I'm sorry....Wanda ok?
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post #13 of 16
Yeah, I'm in a similar spot. My restaurant hit a bit of a rough patch financially (although, I guess everyone has lately?). I’m getting a little worried with the beginning of the new year coming, and I’m not sure how we’re going to make ends meet.

I’m trying to weigh my options for raising more capital to keep us going. I’d thought about business loans from my bank, but I’m worried that might bite me in the rear end if business is slow. I came across this company called Bentley Capital Fund that has a program for small businesses. They take a portion of credit card receipts as payment rather than a fixed rate, and it’s looking pretty attractive to me.

Does this sound like a good deal to anyone else? I don't know if this is worth throwing up in its own post or not... I figured since I'm new I don't know what's appropriate.
post #14 of 16
Thanks for the concern everyone. It sucks being out of work, but it has been really nice getting to spend some time with the family. I've been out of work since Oct. 21 and have been doing a lot around the the house and pursuing other hobbies. In fact just got my first entry into an Art show. Six pieces in a Coffee shop/Art Gallery in Madison, WI. Not big, but it's a start. Also am working on lining up a solo show at our local library. So its been nice to have a few weeks off, though I am ready to get back to work. Have a couple of leads that, hopefully, will pan out, but if not, between savings and unemployment, we can last a few more months of my not working. Not sure about mine or Wanda's mental state though. I know she is ready for me to get back to work!!!!;)
post #15 of 16
Sorry to hear about your situation, Pete.

I'm sorry to say that I've had a lot of experience finding jobs. I've never been laid off. I grew up in a military service family and became accustomed to moving every 2 years. Try as I might to settle down, the longest I've ever held one job was five years. I tend to get itchy feet after two and feel the need to head over the hill and move on. My resume looks a bit like a patchwork quilt as I've really done a little bit of everything.

Have you thought about looking for a teaching job? School districts are always looking for substitute teachers. Also, if you visit your state's Department of Education site, you can look up information on CTE (career and technical education) certification. That's how I got my present job. I used my industry experience to get a provisional 3 year teaching certificate as a culinary arts instructor.

If there are no CTE jobs in your area, check out the local community college. With Le Cordon Bleu schools popping up all over the place, you might look to see if there's a school in your area.

If you're willing to relocate and have a college degree, there are always districts that will take you through an alternative certification program. Granted - there's a reason these schools are so desperate. Turnover among teachers in inner-city schools is high and having kids roll their eyes and tell you to F**K yourself makes teaching these children a challenge.

Not interested in education ... no problem.

What about becoming a personal chef? This is something you could do RIGHT NOW. All you really need to start is some advertising, some business cards, and a website to help tie this all together.

Come up with a basic menu and create a pricing structure. Get a buisness license. Put up a website to introduce yourself and share some menu options. If you hurry, you might be able to get a yellow pages advertisement in before the phone books for 2009 go to print.

Have you thought about restaurant management? Chains like Denny's, Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans, and so forth are always looking for managers. Some of them, like Bob Evans, have a paid 18 week training program. Others will hire you as a manager right off the street. If you post your resume on careerbuilders.com, I can almost promise you that you'll get calls from headhunters looking for restaurant managers.

The main thing is to keep a positive outlook.

Update your resume and be prepared to tailor it for specific job applications. Hang in there and be persistent. One of the "tricks" currently being used by human resource personnel is to say they'll get back to you when they really have no intention of calling back. In some cases, when HR personnel say this, they're actually waiting to see if you're sufficiently interested in the position to make a follow up call or a drop by visit when you don't hear from them.

At one point in my life, I literally sent out 125 different job applications over a period of three months. Some friends thought I was crazy but come the end of the day, how many jobs do you really need? Just one.

In the end, I had a few choices ... a management job with Denny's, a CTE position on an Apache reservation, another CTE position in a rural town, and an elementary teacher's job outside Austin, Texas.

I'm now a culinary arts teacher in rural Arizona. :)
post #16 of 16
Pete you can hit me up for a job when you are desperate enough.. lol
What a relief! To find out after all these years that I'm not crazy. I'm just culinarily divergent...
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What a relief! To find out after all these years that I'm not crazy. I'm just culinarily divergent...
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