Anyone Having Trouble Holding a Job?

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    Nov 18, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    Turns out I'm a crappy waiter, so I got fired last night.

    Feeling incredibly shitty today. icon_cry.gif

    Anyone else having troubles at work?

    I'm looking at bookstores around dc right now for work.
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    Nov 18, 2008 9:55 PM GMT
    Not really having trouble holding one..more like having trouble getting one after finishing grad school! It sucks.
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    Nov 18, 2008 9:58 PM GMT
    sorry to hear that you lost your job... my client fired my firm and i have yet to re-deploy myself to another team (and believe me i'm lookin')... so i may be out of a job come january 2009.
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    Nov 18, 2008 10:04 PM GMT
    Here's two big hugs from us.

    Here's something more...
    http://www4.wave.co.nz/~jollyroger/GM2/jobs/jobs.htm

    and maybe check with these people...

    www.gwu.edu/~mstd/Current_Students/jobs.htm


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    Nov 18, 2008 10:06 PM GMT
    I have been between jobs the last week and a half and I feel your pain. It is very frustrating.
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    Nov 18, 2008 10:08 PM GMT
    Thel,

    I hated being a busboy. A waiter made me cry (damn Frenchman!). Didn't get fired, but felt it was just paying my dues till I got some experience. Hated coming home with food splattered on me or smelling like smoke (this is pre-smoke ban in California).

    Don't take it personally. You don't want to be a career waiter anyway, right?

    On to the next gig!

    Have you been fired before? If this is the first time, I wouldn't call it "having trouble holding down a job."
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    Nov 18, 2008 10:12 PM GMT
    Hey, I got fired from a job on a website last year.

    Thought it would be the break of my life but turned out to be one of the worst experiences of my life and it took me months to get over the trauma.

    However, I now have a great job that I love working with a great group of people.

    So, you know, this may be a chance at doing something different and in a few months time you'll look back and think that they actually did you a favour.
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    Nov 18, 2008 10:38 PM GMT
    i prefer having multiple parttime jobs, so that no one employer has any real power over me. consider it: your schedule may be crap, and you probably won't have benefits, but you'll be empowered to stand up to your managers because you'll have less to lose.

    i don't know if it's true, but i heard you can get benefits at starbucks if you work 20 hours each week for 90 days.
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    Nov 18, 2008 11:11 PM GMT
    I hear your pain right now. My business is doing very poorly due to the economy - most of my clients are filing for bankruptcy, not paying their invoices or cancelling projects. I'm very frustrated and depressed at trying to drum-up business and by calling clients regarding delinquent accounts (and wondering if I'll make my own commitments). Luckily my partner is doing very well in the insurance industry and will be making up to 9 figures this year. I've contemplated staying home and eating bon-bons but that's definitely not for me!

    If you want a good job that is growing - I would suggest getting into insurance!
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    Nov 18, 2008 11:16 PM GMT
    ORDude saidI hear your pain right now. My business is doing very poorly due to the economy - most of my clients are filing for bankruptcy, not paying their invoices or cancelling projects. I'm very frustrated and depressed at trying to drum-up business and by calling clients regarding delinquent accounts (and wondering if I'll make my own commitments). Luckily my partner is doing very well in the insurance industry and will be making up to 9 figures this year. I've contemplated staying home and eating bon-bons but that's definitely not for me!

    If you want a good job that is growing - I would suggest getting into insurance!


    He's right. I place insurance producers (sales execs) for a living, and the demand for commercial insurance sales people is still high. Fortunately.
  • vindog

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    Nov 18, 2008 11:17 PM GMT

    Yes, I am a shitty employee, which is why I run my own business and do well with it.



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    Nov 18, 2008 11:28 PM GMT
    Business is horrible right now. My clients are spending less, taking longer to sign contracts, and my company more than tripled my budget over last year's.

    I was our top salesperson last year, I'm on the bottom of the barrel this year and getting kicked around my management as a result.

    In sales, you're only as valuable as your last contract.

    Here's to hoping 09 is better!
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    Nov 18, 2008 11:40 PM GMT
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    ORDude saidI hear your pain right now. My business is doing very poorly due to the economy - most of my clients are filing for bankruptcy, not paying their invoices or cancelling projects. I'm very frustrated and depressed at trying to drum-up business and by calling clients regarding delinquent accounts (and wondering if I'll make my own commitments). Luckily my partner is doing very well in the insurance industry and will be making up to 9 figures this year. I've contemplated staying home and eating bon-bons but that's definitely not for me!

    If you want a good job that is growing - I would suggest getting into insurance!


    He's right. I place insurance producers (sales execs) for a living, and the demand for commercial insurance sales people is still high. Fortunately.


    I'm in the process of taking my insurance exams right now - hopefully I will be licensed before the end of the year.. icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 19, 2008 12:08 AM GMT
    Hey man, don't feel shitty. You don't know what might be just around the corner.

    I lost my job due to budget cuts in July. A few weeks later I had two simultaneous job offers, one of which I accepted. Then unexpectedly, I was just offered another job making more than I've ever made.

    You may not be good at being a waiter, but you're good at something, probably many things. And you seem very personable. Any employer will tell you they value the "soft skills" you probably have just as much as any technical skills.

    Losing a job sucks. It's demoralizing and unsettling, but it might just be the best thing that ever happened to you.

    So try not to fret about not knowing what your future employment might be, just know that something will come along and it may be something that's a better fit for you.
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    Nov 19, 2008 12:14 AM GMT
    ORDude saidLuckily my partner is doing very well in the insurance industry and will be making up to 9 figures this year*.

    I think you better double check this. I don't think your partner will be making $100 million or more this year. This looks like a typo or a decimal place error.

    * emphasis is mine
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    Nov 19, 2008 12:16 AM GMT
    Thanks for the words of advice and encouragement.

    My bf said I sounded like a boy who had just lost his puppy over the phone today, and his and your words made me feel a lot better.

    I'll find something better.

    Thanks!
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    Nov 19, 2008 12:19 AM GMT
    I do hope you taught em a lesson and helped yourself to a pocket full of mints and a couple of forks on your way out icon_lol.gif

    Cheer up, it will all work out and you'll more than likley land a better job
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    Nov 19, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    Just curious, have you applied for unemployment? And try applying for government jobs. You get paid well, they train you, you get good benefits....
    Just something to get you by....Good Luck! icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 19, 2008 12:37 AM GMT
    Yeah... no worries in the gov't sector... doin' eh-okay over here...
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    Nov 19, 2008 12:50 AM GMT
    The only time in my life I was ever fired, my response was "Good! Now I won't have to lie about the fact that I have a job interview elsewhere in the morning!" My boss was a witch, and two departments on the floor expressed blatant paranoia about each other, so it was good riddance.
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    Nov 19, 2008 12:54 AM GMT
    TheIStrat saidTurns out I'm a crappy waiter, so I got fired last night.

    Feeling incredibly shitty today. icon_cry.gif

    Anyone else having troubles at work?

    I'm looking at bookstores around dc right now for work.


    All the best people are crappy waiters. I got fired repeatedly.
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    Nov 19, 2008 1:04 AM GMT
    Global_Citizen said
    ORDude saidLuckily my partner is doing very well in the insurance industry and will be making up to 9 figures this year*.

    I think you better double check this. I don't think your partner will be making $100 million or more this year. This looks like a typo or a decimal place error.

    * emphasis is mine


    LOL! That's what I get for typing and talking on the phone at the same time.... should be 6 figure.... icon_redface.gif
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    Nov 19, 2008 1:10 AM GMT
    TheIStrat saidTurns out I'm a crappy waiter, so I got fired last night.

    Feeling incredibly shitty today. icon_cry.gif

    Anyone else having troubles at work?

    I'm looking at bookstores around dc right now for work.


    Stir up some confidence and go out and get one!!

    The DC area should be a place that's somewhat immune from the country's economic issues. It's busy, happening and lot's going on with the inauguration and political events. They have money to spend and they will spend it on services. Perhaps you could think of something to offer and start your own company. It's not a s hard as you might think!!


    When I made changes in my life...they ALWAYS produce a great result!!

    JUMP!
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    Nov 19, 2008 1:19 AM GMT
    I lost my job several months ago and haven't found anything yet. It was a very toxic workplace, so losing the job didn't hurt my feelings too much -- but it's a tough market out there right now. Just interviewed for a job that pays less than half what I made before, but I might have to consider that as a temporary solution. Right now, I'd be happy for any job because it's depressing to stay at home during Oregon's dreary season.

    Recently, I interviewed for a position in the Bay Area. Although I didn't get the job, it did open me up more to the possibility of relocating... could be exciting.
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    Nov 19, 2008 1:26 AM GMT
    Donate blood and sperm in the meantime. icon_cool.gif