Gregorio Smith
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I'm a laid off Machinist still looking for work.

I'm just giving a little update on my job search so far. Since the last time I posted on here I've had 4 interviews. I'm just waiting for some feedback from 3 of them. One of them wanted to hire me on the spot for far less than I was making previously from my other job. I'm willing to take a little pay cut to prove my skills and work ethics. But this was literally embarrasing to me with my many skills and what I have to bring to the table. They offered me $43,000 to start, I was making $60,000 + at my last job. I ask the interviewers is there any room for negotiations. They ask me what would I suggest and I told them $52,000. One of the interviewers quickly said "we don't have some engineers and supervisors making that kind of money". I said "I have a lot to bring to the table" and everyone agreed. They told me the max the would go is $45,000. I told them let me think about it. That was 4/2/2020. I know I need to work and bring money into my household to keep the roof over my head and food on my table. But there is several thing I know I have working for me in my life is my wife of 32 yrs and the back up plans we've created over the yrs for times like this. I want to really go back to work but I'm not going to be handled like I'm desparate. I'm a patient person and I know that ideal job will present itself to me in the near future. Ok guys thanks for listening and please everyone be safe.

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Robbi Blackburn
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No one wants to work for less than they were making. But - you can spend something, can't spend nothing. Would you consider taking the job until you can find the one you really want?

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James Rogers
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Currently in the state of Florida, according to the information, because of COVID 19, there will be no job search necessary. For now.

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Gregorio Smith
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What are you doing for yourself right now?

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Sabrina Chin
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Hi Gregorio, I would recommend getting unemployment. You would get the max and that would be $1050/wk take home. That’s $4200 a month, more than $60k a yr I’m sure.

Best of luck to you! Sabrina

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carol mccoy
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Georgio, When I was working I thought I should plan on some sort of company layoff (or as management said "synergy") when I was about 60 years old. After looking at the job market in 2020 I would say layoffs should come about employee age of 45-50. It is no consolation to you, but the accountants are running the company now. As long as management makes their bonus, employees are a disposable asset/liability. If you have unique knowledge may you will last longer. But sooner or later some sweet thing in HR will come and explain to you that your years of experience, great worth ethic, and great attendance are no longer economic feasible. They say it differently, but the end result is the same--you are out.

Your are very fortunate to have such a unique skill as a Machinist. I would suggest you leave your large corporate background and look for smaller specialty shops. A small to medium machine shop may not give you everything you had before, but you will do better than waiting for a corporation to get your resume past an HR that knows nothing about the manufacture of a product and will never get you and your resume to a hiring engineering department.

I sound disgruntled--I am past that. It is the way things are were in 2000 and even more so now. As a nation we no longer manufacture the items we need, we shuffle paper and send our engineering, design, medical devices, pharmaceutical, and N95 masks to China to make inferior products so the profit of the company can afford executive, investor salaries and over inflated stock options. I am not sure that there is a CEO, CFO worth their money, stock and perks they now receive. If there is he/she is an outstanding statistic.

It is normal for an employee to like the company and the people they work with. But the economic reality is there are very few companies that are run as if they wanted to operate with integrity in the future. The elimination of experienced employees end the continuity of company process. The continued education of younger employees to carry on with reliable knowledge and technology goes begging without mentors.

I have rambled on because I cannot understand how a company could terminate a journeyman Machinist. Most counties have re-entry assistant to polish up your presentations and resume. I wish you success.

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Jose Martínez
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I'am lookin for a job asap!!!

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Neal Pritchett
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Hello, That is the problem - it is easy to find work, even now. It is hard to find good paying work. You are worth more than I am, at least according to the market. I do IT support, and am making about 53K a year. I put my resume' out, because i am getting stagnant, and I have an average of 3 - 5 recruiters making serious inquiries every week. The problem is, they are all contractors offering me 6 month to one year contracts, and most are paying $20 - $25 an hour, with one guy offering me $15 an hour. With the market what it is, they are hoping to pick up the desperate at bargain prices, and then lock them into contracts. It's that great race to the bottom.

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Ken Paprocki
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I've learned in searching for a job again I applied no doubt to at least seventy-five to a hundred companies a lot of companies are using temp to hire I would highly suggest going to the direct companies email HR or directly to the company I would suggest that you do not use a headhunter a recruiter as they need to make money to and as you're working there making money off of you go directly to the company email whatever you have to do to get directly into the company so it's only you and the employer that are dealing with your situation and hiring you with using temp services they they have the right to let you go the best I could give to anyone find a company that you're interested in in gold either directly to HR or whatever you have to do emails resumes but do not go through a temp to hire or recruiter again they're making money off of you and there's always a chance when your time comes up your let-go in bam you're right back in the same situation I went directly to the company and was told do not usea temp service go directly to the company's website it worked for me I was out of work a little over a month to say I was worried scared is an understatement as everybody has bills to pay it worked for me it may work for you good luck to everybody out there looking for a job!!!

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Nancy Belinsky
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I've had several people lowball, if you're out of work they think maybe you'll bite. I've done that too many times and as a result stayed at the same crappy level unhappy in my new job. Won't do it again. The thinking I think is they can get younger cheaper for those positions but salaries aren't one size fits all. I just go on to the next one if they won't negotiate.

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Luis Calvillo
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