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Should You Be Happy About That New Job?
Hi there and welcome back to the workforce!
That's right, after nine months of being unemployed and trying to earn a living as an online writer, I finally found work in the town where I live.
While I'm excited to be back to work, and also out of the house, there have been some adjustments that have had to be made since returning to the American workforce.
First, let me talk a bit about my new job.
I'm working retail now. I started this job back on August 19th, and at the time I was very excited because I was getting a full weeks pay for a full weeks work ( but that was during the setup and eventual opening of this new store) and as is the case with retail (and I found this out the hard way) the hours would start to dwindle as the demand and the "available" hours that the store manager were given to run the store were doled out.
So you're probably wondering why I'm even writing this hub after being out of work for those nine months. You're probably saying "Hey, at least you've got a job now!" and in one respect you'de be absolutely correct...but then there's that other shoe that's waiting to drop.
Here is the horrid reality about his new position. It pays a dollar above the current "Minimum Wage," so we are not talking a humoungous amount of cash here. The second thing that I have come to realize is that I actually earned more an hour on "unemployment" than I currently am earning for this position.
Oh, did I happen to mention that I'm a key holder for this store? I'm a "Lead Associate" which really translates to "Head Cashier" who is responsible for paperwork, money handling, dealing with "Irate" customers and pushing out freight.
All of this also comes with the privilege of standing on my feet for hours on end (which with my Neuropathy") is really not the best situation to be in, and over the past few weeks my lunches have been non-existent.
So the real question that I find myself asking more often than not is "Did I make the right choice in deciding that any job was better than collecting unemployment until the right job comes along?"
Well I may never know the right answer but one thing that I do know is that it's not a great sign that I actually made more money on unemployment, being paid for four days, instead of working full time ( well sometimes anyway) and getting paid less while being a part of the American Workforce.