Re: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off)

Subject: Re: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off)
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:30:41 -0800

Employers are picky about who they will hire in California. Unless an applicant is in San Diego, Los Angeles, or the Silicon Valley, or is in the medical field, the job market is very bleak. There are more applicants than jobs, so employers can be very choosy. Incidentally, Mexicans have most of the labor jobs, like roofing.

There are also quite a few cases of "popped a sprocket and wound up on the news" types, so looking for people who can remain calm under pressure is important now. Many online applications contain questionnaires that include screening for how people handle stressful situations. As I see, it is best to avoid red flags, especially those that indicate a person may have stress from dealing with bureaucracy and administrative processes that do not work well.

As far as "prying squint" is concerned, I seriously doubt that there is *any* employer who will not search a person's name or email address in Google or on Facebook. When an applicant reaches the point of being considered for a professional position, someone on the employer's behalf will search the name and email address. Employers know that their employees represent the company online and in public, so they will make certain that image is safe with new employees.

Also consider this, employees have to deal with state issues for various things, like filing unemployment, but companies must also deal with the state. If a personal issue with the state raises stress, then how will the employee react when the employer has similar issues with a "dysfunctional state government agency"? What if the employer *was* the state? What if the employer had significant dealings with the state? One thing in California that people cannot avoid is the state.


On 1/21/2013 8:00 PM, Keith Hood wrote:

I understand and to some extent agree with your thought. But if a potential employer is so much of a prying squint that he'll peruse this list on the off chance he might see a job applicant's name, and is so petty that he'd refuse to hire someone because that someone vented a perfectly understandable frustration over being tied into knots like beelia has been, I personally wouldn't want to work for him anyway. I'd go back to roofing houses. Better to not get hired by him in the first place, then to find yourself too late in the kind of twisty office hell that is to be expected by a boss with that kind of personality.

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Re: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off): From: beelia
Re: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off): From: Lauren
Re: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off): From: Keith Hood

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