Get a job!

I’ve started looking at jobs up and down the country. I wonder if moving away is the answer to avoiding long-term unemployment.

The “get a job!” angry brigade will be happy to read this. They could even stop typing furiously on Twitter, stop commenting aggressively (with bad punctuation) on news sites; for a moment at least.

You see, if you’re unemployed whether it be for a week or a year, you should get a job – any job and, importantly, anywhere.map

I genuinely don’t think they understand the complexities of this. Aside from leaving behind friends and family for work – yes, just for a job! – it’s a difficult process for anyone.

Ok. Let’s say you decide to stay near home but travel further afield for work. This is a reasonable request from those poor souls slaving away to pay your taxes (while wilfully assuming you’ve never contributed).

Do you have a car? If so, how much of your new salary will be taken for petrol, insurance, tax and repairs? Are you dependent on public transport? Then how much of your wage will go on bus fares or train fares?

We all know the privatised rail and bus companies care only for getting us to work at reasonable cost and not about making profits, right? So if you take an average-paid job – because you need to get a job, any job and stop sponging! – will you be able to afford what are now be considered life’s luxuries such as food, heating, shelter, clothing ..?

On realising that bus journeys are too expensive from your new measly income, you decide to move to a new location for work. How’s that for commitment?! You will leave behind your home town, your friends, your family and move to a new city with the sole intention of doing so to find work.

Noble. Brave. Expected.

So, how do you get there? Do you have few enough belongings to shove them in the back of a car – which is how I used to move from job to job as a baby hack? Or do you and yours need to hire a van? Do you have the money for that if you’ve been unemployed a while?getajob

Indeed, do you have the money for the deposit on your private rented accommodation? Do you have a few month’s rent in advance? Are you able to pay these expenses and then feed yourself for the next few months until you’re first pay packet? Do you have the bus fare to your new work from your new home to ensure you get into work and don’t lose the new job?

No? Oh, then you’re clearly failing to seek work!

It’s not because the privatised transport services are hiking up prices above our incomes and making profits for their shareholders. No! It’s not because private landlords are making a killing from the lack of alternative housing. No! It’s not because you’ve been out of work so long you’re too skint to afford the van to carry you to your new city never mind the additional costs.

You see, you need to stop thinking about all these practicalities – the sort of thing employed people have to consider on a daily basis – and just get a job! Any job. Anywhere.

You’re different now … being unemployed somehow means you have much more money than everybody else and so can change your entire life on a whim. Enjoy!

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4 thoughts on “Get a job!

  1. AMEN to every word you wrote! And all the best with finding something that properly plays to your strengths and is well-paid. Too many fake agency ‘jobs’ out there… Jan

  2. You’re right. No one understands that it’s not an easy task to live in a new place just for a job. If I moved, I’d still have to pay the mortgage on my house for a year or so until it sells and pay deposits/rent, utilities, etc. in a new place. How does one do that with entry level income? Most new jobs are now at entry-level pay. Remember also that companies will not give a guarantee of continued employment. I’ve known people who have moved across the country only to lose the job 2 months later. I’ll stay where I am.

    • Exactly. It’s not an unwillingness to move. If there was a good job with prospects and – as you point out – some security beyond a few months I’d move tomorrow … but I literally can’t afford to. Wages are shrinking while the cost of living is rising and so we’re told to “live within our means”, well, staying put is within mine. I’ll stay put too! 🙂

  3. Unemployment figures are manipulated to show the government in a favourable light. Not everyone who finds themselves unemployed due to the current economic climate qualifies to receive any benefits and Job Centre Plus are hostile when it comes to keeping such people off the unemployment list. Do they receive a financial incentive for keeping the reported unemployment figure in their area down? Why else would these bureaucrats feel that they have a right to make ‘signing on’ so difficult for said people? Anyone who is unemployed with a working partner does not qualify to receive any reduction / benefit at all. Funny but when both partners are employed no one ever says “its ok, you don’t have to pay tax as your partner is already contributing.” Anyone wishing to declare themselves to be actively seeking employment must agree to apply for employment irrespective of whether or not it suits family life, irrespective of its location, working hours or industry. But if the individual does not received any benefit from attending fortnightly or weekly signings, what right do Job Centre Plus staff have to dictate the type of employment applied for? It actually costs the individual money to make the journey to such centres, centres staffed by people who’s wages were paid by them when they were working. It is clear that the members of parliament do not want to know how many people in England are seeking employment. They do not want the unemployment figures to truly reflect the state of this country and they definitely do not want Middle England to stand up and be counted. Purely out of stubbornness I implore everyone seeking employment, irrespective of their office within the work environment, to sign on with Job Centre Plus and to stand up for their right to be counted. No one has the right to dictate to another the number of hours they should work just to get local unemployment quotas within acceptable departmental limits.

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