Global Society? I don’t think so!

I am finally officially unemployed. Regular readers and friends know I have been preparing for a nationwide job search. I have been doing everything possible to make sure I find a better job than the one I just left. After reading the New York Times this am, and everything they had today on unemployment, I got a jump start on the first week of unemployment and applied for unemployment benefits.  Then I got mad. Below is a letter I sent to the New York Times. I hope this helps all of us who need attention to be brought to this matter.

 

 

Letter to the New York Times

 

I have been reading your articles on unemployment along with those in other newspapers and broadcast media. I feel everyone has failed to address two critical issues. It is clear there are fewer jobs and, as workers, we need to be flexible. We need to have transferable job skills and we need to be willing to relocate. There’s the rub. Today’s state unemployment laws do not allow me to leave the state for a thorough job search.

 

In order to transition to a new career, job seekers have to use every trick in the playbook. I can sit down with my computer and Blackberry and accomplish a great deal towards securing my future. I can appreciate how Obama used the internet and a vast social network as a campaign strategy to help win the election, but key tactical moves involved the use of good old- fashioned “meet and greet” or “press the flesh”.  I have prepared for my current unemployment. I have scrimped and saved every penny I could. I have been getting my house in tip top condition so I can sell it despite the current housing market. I have been learning new skills I feel necessary to compete in today’s marketplace. I have expanded and notified my professional network that I’m job hunting and more than willing to try something new and relocate. However, now that I am actually unemployed, I can’t leave the state for more than a day or two per week. The vast majority of my professional network is up and down the east coast. Unfortunately, I am on the west coast in Oregon. Check the unemployment rate here; trust me, a move is in my future.

 

Unemployment is controlled by each state. The state of Oregon wants me to stay here despite the fact that there were, in the first place, only four or five jobs in Portland similar to mine and my job no longer exists. So much for a global society! Should I not be allowed to job hunt in any and every way possible and still collect the unemployment benefits due me?

 

Secondly there is the insurance hot button. If my home sells and I live with family or friends, they had better live in Portland or I will be paying out –of- network fees if I should happen to have the misfortune of getting ill while I am job hunting. I repeat, so much for a global society!

 

 I wonder, how many people in this situation around the country will sit home waiting for a job to come to them while collecting unemployment until it runs out instead of getting out there and pounding the pavement along with surfing the net? It’s time for this country to realize we move around and will be doing so a lot more in the years to come.


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3 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Daria Wheatley

    1

    Yes, every state is different. In Washington, last time it was relevent to me personally, I discover that it’s geared to people who had regular jobs. If you happened to be sometimes self employed, or sprodically employed at the time in the calendar year that they take the baseline from, you’re just out of luck.

    16 Aug
  2. 2

    Darby,
    Unfortunately you are being put into a difficult position. You are entitled to unemployment, but this may mean changing your instate address. This would allow you to move to a different state & still collect. It’s a bit of a bend of the requirements but tough times call for tough action……….
    Just a thought.
    Joel

    16 Aug
  3. admin

    3

    Thanks for the comment. Somehow in Oregon they have figured out a way to see how you have routed into the system. Guess that is what happpens when Microsoft is in your back yard.

    16 Aug