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Rachel Maddow reports on the limited options available to Democrats to pass the extremely popular minimum wage increase even though Democrats control Congress and the White House, as long as the filibuster allows the Republican minority to obstruct the will of the American people.
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Senate ruling says Democrats can't put $15 minimum wage in Covid relief bill The parliamentarian said the provision violates the rules and cannot be included.
With a gain of 49,000 jobs in January, and with few of those in the private sector, the labor market offers little relief to the nearly 10 million Americans who are unemployed.
Note: Repost from a post on January 2021 Jobs Report: Outlook for Economic Recovery Dims - The New York Times
I live in Ohio, i had to quit my job due to my daughter doing homeschooling back in December. I called to re open my unemployment but they won't give it to me or they won't let me file for pua who can I call to get my stuff figured out. I literally owe my landlord $3,700 and he is talking about kicking me out . #advice #coronavirus #benefits #unemployment #help #needhelp
I have been struggling since Covid started to get by since I was cut off my weekly PUA finds because I couldn't send in my social security card due to being lost for proof of identity and I couldn't get a new card with the office being closed at the time .. how do I get help to fix my situation because I can't find a way to contact unemployment that works
Hello to you - I am creating a separate post for a response I crafted for someone on this forum. She felt like this might be helpful for the community. That was a lovely suggestion, and I appreciate all of the kind words I received on my response. I've pasted it below for your perusal.
I have a few suggestions about conducting a job search, and even some behaviors you can adopt if this is your first position. I think some of them are common sense, but others I would invite you to consider if this is you or not. Do some serious introspection and make sure this is or isn't you.
1) You have to pay your dues. I will give you an example from my own life: When I was a new mental health counselor (I started in 1984) I was a bit annoyed that I couldn't facilitate certain groups or complete various kinds of assessments. The management knew I was smart, they knew I was capable, they knew I would follow-though, but they also reminded me I needed to pay my dues and develop other skills which were needed for the things I wanted to do. And beyond this? There were other folks in place and they needed to sign off on my participation. It's not that doing so was required, but this org had an established hierarchy and these people had been there so out of respect for their tenure, I paid my dues. Eventually asking these folks what they were doing and letting them know I would love to help them paid off. This makes sense, right? In the moment. I was annoyed and my ego was bruised. However, I realized I was new at the company, I was an unknown commodity, and other folks had been there before me. Have patience, your time will come.
2) What do your social media accounts look like? You might remember a case which suggested that there is no expectation of privacy in a public square? That extends to your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. If the account is funky, and you post inflammatory messages and you post pictures of your last drunken party, life will be an uphill battle for you. It doesn't matter if a company can or cannot - they will look, and they can pass on you because your behavior would make them look bad. Think about your behavior from the perspective of optics. How does your behavior look to a prospective employer? Make sense?
3) I have been in a position where I didn't know how to do something and I said as much, and I also told them that while I didn't know how to do A/B/C, I was willing to learn. I suspect at that time I was a little too confident about my ability to learn what I needed. But I managed. Contrast that with an employee who fibs about his skills. That comes out to bite you in the butt, every single time. Don't lie on your resume. Don't lie during an interview. Don't lie during your orientation or your training. You don't need to be super smart to pick up on someone's dishonestly, merely human.
4) Volunteer for every task you can at work. When I was working at various gigs, I said yes to whatever I could. I worked on weekends and I brought work home with me. I am not suggesting you overextend yourself; I am merely illustrating that I saw it important to go out of my way. I kept my head down, did my work, didn't talk smack at the water cooler, and even though I knew I was competent, over time people began to see I could do the job, and if I couldn't, they knew I would ask for help. I can tell you from years of experience, MAKE SURE YOU LET YOUR SUPERVISOR KNOW IF THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH YOUR ABILITY TO DELIVER YOUR WORK WELL BEFORE THE DUE DATE. It is beyond frustrating to collect the work only to see a problem could have been rectified with a 5-minute convo with the supervisor,
5) Presentation is important. If you're 20 years old and your friends dress poorly as part of their "style", don't do that at work. I worked with a guy who did quite well for himself, he had nice toys and he was set financially. However, he dressed like he picked his clothes from the reject rack at (insert whatever store here) - his clothes were always wrinkled, he didn't match his outfit even though he had clothes that would work as an outfit, and as a result he didn't command the kind of authority he so desperately wanted. He spent YEARS complaining that he never got promotions and he was always passed over for management positions. It was his clothing. It was always his clothing. As a mission of mercy, I pulled him aside and shared with him how I saw this. He didn't get angry and start yelling and he was quite friendly, he simply refused to believe his clothing had anything to do with lack of advancement. The reality is that he embarrassed the company so they didn't move him.
6) Review your resume with several friends. Ask the for hardcore feedback. Practice answering interview questions on your phone's camera and get feedback from other folks by sharing the video.
7) Manners count for much: Yes Ma'am is the key. When people tell me I don't need to call them ma'am or sir, I always say, sorry, I was raised by my grandparents (which is true) and leads to a decent story and a segue. This goes along with manners. I cannot stress this enough. The easiest bankable skill that costs ZERO is the often-neglected extension of respect and camaraderie. I am appalled when I see people who aren't willing to extend the niceties. I have to say that if someone lacks manners in a job interview or at work my opinion of that person changes. I wish it didn't, but it does. Having decent manners are bankable emotional skills that will provide decent long-term rewards.
8) Dress well for the interview. If the agency isn't conservative, business casual, always. I have worn a tie every day I've been at work for my professional career. I have never missed a day without a necktie. It doesn't matter if other people don't, I do. The clients and patients and staff appreciate that. I got traction with older adults who talked to me because I dressed well. Dressing well is a sign of respect. Wear nice clothes. If you don't have them, go to Goodwill, if you don't have the money, borrow them from a friend, If your friend doesn't have them, look online for agencies that will either loan or donate business clothes. They exist and there are a lot of them. Men can call their local Men’s Warehouse and they will provide clothes for your career.
9) How much do you know about a company? This happens a lot. I have encountered candidates that didn't take time to do 10 minutes of research. One guy had been to an Ivy League school for his undergrad, he attended Harvard for his MBA, and then he had another school for a fancy cert. He completed an extensive internship in Paris. His resume was impressive and I had a brief moment where I was a tad jealous as I had only attended state schools. He made a cardinal mistake in that he assumed the schools he attended would get him the job. The resume only gets you the interview. We hired a guy that went to a state school, had three internships, did a ton of research about our industry, and he knew our business well.
10) Thank you letters. When you get home, immediately after taking out the dog for a walk, compose a thank you letter and send it via email or snail mail. Highlight that you liked the company, this is why you are a good fit, etc, thank them for their time and that you would very much like to work for them. If you come home after business hours, even better, that letter will be in their inbox when they come to work. This might be common sense and you'd want to extend gratitude, but it doesn't happen enough. I guarantee that supervisor will remember that you sent a letter. I can guarantee that because I have been that guy as are quite a few of the people I know. When I was looking for work, I had prepared various kinds of thank you letters in advance and when I got home, I simply fleshed out the letter to personalize it. I have never been in a position after getting hired where a supervisor doesn't say something about the letter. Even if they pass on me, they thank me for the letter.
11) I am adding another suggestion as my grandmother often reminded me of this tidbit of wisdom: You must put a lot of irons in the pot. Many times, new job seekers do not understand they have to apply to A LOT of positions in their chosen field. Sometimes, job seekers may read a position, think it is perfect for them, apply, and then wait....and wait...and wait. They are perplexed about why they were not contacted, not realizing the number of applications and equally qualified individuals out there. So, keeping an open mind to opportunities is important. My gramma was right about eggs and the basket. Do not be concerned if you get a few offers at once. That is a problem you want. :)
12) Also, while a small point: no gum, no ear pods, no phone visible regardless of what the HR or members of the panel interview suggest. I'd also invite you to forego any of that at work. Impressions count for much and it's important not to taint those by overlooking a tiny detail.
I've thrown a lot at you and I appreciate you reading this far. The prospect of finding a job is exhausting and exciting. I hope this year finds you with the job you want.
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, blue-collar hourly work is booming and employers are having a hard time finding workers. Now, to be fair the jobs are booming in 3 sectors currently: Warehouse, Delivery Driving and Housing Construction. And all 3 sectors are expected to maintain their hiring growth after the pandemic.
What would it take for you to consider switching jobs and entering a new industry that is showing growth? Why are employers in these sectors having a hard time attracting workers?
I noticed the online UI system notes I was paid an additional $300 for the last three weeks, but that never reached my account. Did I miss a step? Does that happen at a different time?
Thanks much for any feedback you can provide.