My Followers…..


I am sad to say that you won’t be seeing me for a while. Thanks to the problems that I am having finding work I will be temporarily offline. Until I can come up with the money, my internet/cable will be disconnected as of 04-13-13. Right now, we owe $201.71, so it may be a while before I can come back and harp some more about the stupidity in the world.

Until the day of my return, I hope that you will continue to share my blog with your friends, family, neighbors, classmates, co-workers, bosses, politicians or the next stranger you meet.

I will miss you greatly and hope that I don’t lose any of you during this time of desperation.

Thank you for joining me in protesting stupidity.

Please feel free to continue using the OHS (Hypocrites Anonymous) page for group therapy sessions.

Big Hugs to all.

PS: I am setting my blog up to accept all comments without a moderator, so please keep the fighting to a minimum. Thank you.

My Progress With Online Employment So Far


Ok.

The last time you all heard from me, I was looking for work. I was focusing mainly on the internet, but was starting to look at outside work as well. Guess what? No luck in either direction. Gee, go figure.

Jobs that were open for outside of the home do not fit my skills, education level or disability limitations. Jobs on the internet are either non-legitimate, do not fit my skills, education level or disability limitations. On top of all that, those online that I could accept require a PayPal account. No big deal, right? NOT!! My bank account does not allow linkage with PayPal. And, those internet jobs don’t pay in other formats.

What does all of this mean? I am screwed!!! I have looked into doing surveys, focus groups and other “make work”, only to run into the above mentioned issues. In addition, the majority of surveys & focus groups that I have “pre-qualified” & “qualified” for end up shutting me down because my answers within the survey itself did not fit the demographics they were looking for. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought that they were looking for OPINIONS! I am a very opinionated person. Just because I don’t work for a certain company, have thousands of dollars as income or read certain magazines does not invalidate my opinion about their services or products. I am an intelligent person capable of making up my mind about a multitude of services, products, political issues, social issues, etc. You would think that survey companies would set up their agent databases to rank each person into specific demographics and then send surveys that are specific to that demographic only.

In my opinion, companies that are looking for opinions should accept all demographics and then order the results in a manner that shows which demographic is more interested or least interested in their service or product. This way, they would get the most statistic bang for their buck.

As for all of these survey companies that only offer drawing entries, reward points, or other non-cash payouts, I only have one thing to say – fooey on you. Minimum wage in this country is now $7.25 per hour. Why should I spend 39 minutes of my time filling out a survey for companies that don’t want to pay me what my time is worth according to the United States government. Same goes for the companies that do pay cash, but you only get $.01 to $.10 per survey. WTF!!! When did slavery become legal in this country again???

Speakin of slavery, have any of you looked into Mturk or other micro-tasking websites? I mean really! Why are American citizens allowing this kind of slave wage employment to continue? Added to this insult are websites like Odesk. Why should I have to bid for work, let alone bid against people from other countries that bid so low no one from a higher income country can ever win the bid?

So, how do we end this downward spiral of pay? There are a few ways that I can see.

A.  Companies like Odesk, Mturk, etc. should start dividing their websites by country. If your company is in Australia, then you can only accept bids from Australian citizens. Ditto for other countries. End this excessive rush for outsourcing. I understand that compaines have a bottom line, and kudos for those that think they are helping underpriviledged countries get a better income level for their people, but outsourcing has one particular pitfall that I feel is being ignored, overlooked or misunderstood. What happens to the people in their own countries that are unemployed because of all the outsourcing? If the people that you are aiming your services and products at don’t have an income, then THEY CAN’T PURCHASE YOUR PRODUCT OR SERVICE!!!!!!!!!! It doesn’t take a genious like Steven Hawkins to figure this out. And yet, there is a massive movement within the business AND political environment to promote outsourcing.

B. Survey companies in general should only be allowed to pay cash that is compensitory with the minimum wage of the country that the agent lives in. This means, that if I (an American) take a survey that lasts 10 minutes, then I should be paid $1.20 for my time and effort. If the survey lasts 39 minutes, then I should get $4.71. If it only lasts 1 minute, then I should get $0.12. If you divide your country’s minumum wage by 60, then you will get your per minute amount. You can then multiply that by however many minutes each survey takes to get what you should have been paid for that particular survey. They get paid multi-millions of dollars every year to provide this service to every company out there that utilizes them. Why shouldn’t we get our fair share for taking the time out of our lives to provide them with the information that they need?

C. All companies, whether via internet or physical presence, should have to have alternate forms of payout. Not all countries allow PayPal or other types of Internet Payment Accounts.  I should have the option of accepting direct deposit, prepaid credit or gift cards or check by mail no matter what company I accept work from. This includes payouts via third party companies like Mturk or survey sites. I should also be able to get this type of payout FREE. Why should I pay part of my hard earned income just because your company is too money hungry to accept my payment preference. It’s not like they can’t deduct the cost of supplies from their taxes or something. Sheesh, get a clue.

These are just some of the changes that I feel should be made in today’s employment practices. I know that there are multitudes of other changes that could or should be made, but can’t bring them to mind right at this moment.

Please feel free to add your insights and comments to the list. Hell, maybe if I get enough suggestions, I might just send a petiton to the government requiring those changes. Of course, even if I do, the government would take so long debating the issue that we would all be dead and dust before anything got done. Don’t laugh, this is most likely true.

I hope that you have enjoyed, understood and sympathized with this blog. Let me know how things are going for you.

My Apologies


To those of you that have allowed me into your lives, I ask your forgiveness and extend my apologies for not blogging over this past week.

It has not been a good week for me and mine. I have been dealing with an infected tooth, which, I am sure, some of you know what that feels like. We have also lost a very close friend of ours to liver failure at the age of 52 due to complications from cancer. On top of that, we lost a family member, who was in his late 60’s or early 70’s, due to complications from cancer. Both of whom developed these complications after the fact. This wouldn’t have been quite so hard on us, except that they both passed away within 12 hours of each other on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 (R.I.P.). We then found out the next day that my boyfriend’s nephew lost a very lucrative job with an oil company due to cutbacks. I am still looking for work, and just received the bill from the emergency room in the amount of $680. Add to that our upcoming bills for gas, electricity, plates for the jeep, car insurance and next month’s rent. I have also had to cancel my dental appointment due to a lack of funds. Which will most likely cause another trip to the emergency room for more antibiotics when the tooth infection flares up again.

On the plus side, we are all medically healthy, still have a home to live in, and I am going to start looking for work outside of my home, since I can’t find a decent paying job online that matches my skill level. Because of this, I will most likely be very sporadic with my blogs and hope that all of you will stick with me throughout this trying period of my life. It may take a while to get a routine down so that I can begin blogging on a regular basis again, but I will do my best to post at least once a week, hopefully more. Just don’t hold your breath on the “more” part.

I will understand if some of you no longer follow me during the next few months, but I do hope that you will continue to check back on occasion to see when I have posted something new. I also intend to post as many as I can, as often as I can, during the next few weeks. I have some ideas to blog about, but would appreciate all the ideas that you can come up with and are willing to pass on to me. The more controversial, the better. Just don’t get too angry if I take your ideas in a completely different direction than you expected.

Thank you for being you and accepting me.

Hugs.

So you’re lookin’ for a job?


What to do, what to do? Hmmmm. Let’s see,

  • Can you type 60 + words a minute without errors?
  • Do you have an average of 8,000 keystrokes per hour on 10-key without errors? 
  • Do you have 2+ years experience in your chosen field?
  • Do you have a degree from college (preferable a BA or higher)?
  • Can you perform 3 or more tasks at the same time, for multiple supervisors, without errors and with an extremely short deadline for each task?
  • Can you handle high stress situations that would put a Psychiatrist/Psychologist in the Looney Bin?
  • Do you have special training as a typist, data entry specialist, proofreader/editor or audio medical/legal transcriptionist?
  • Is your credit score over 500 no matter what the job is?
  • Are you willing to work extremely long hours for extremely low pay?
  • Are you willing to do everyone else’s job on top of yours?
  • Are you able to perform customer service with a smile even when you want to choke the living crap out of the customer?
  • Are you able to take the blame for everything that has gone wrong since the beginning of the human genome?

If you can say yes to most of these questions, and many others, then you should have no problems in the job market.

For the rest of us trying to break into a new job market, or make enough money to pay the bills, here are a few nasty realizations.

Most companies nowadays are looking for that one person who can do it all, is already trained, has mondo amounts of experience and is willing to take a beating day in & day out for the next 30 + years. They are looking for people who don’t question their procedures, policies and changes in the job description. If I remember my history class, they were called slaves.  In sci-fi and entomology, they are called drones.

Companies are no longer willing to hire someone they have to spend the time and money on to train in their procedures. Apparently all companies have identical ways of doing things. Therefore all the other companies should have already trained you. Never mind that all the companies feel the exact same way. Or that this would be your first job, if someone would actually hire you.

Companies also don’t want to hire anyone fresh out of high school or still in college. Lack of an actual degree coupled with extreme youth tells them that all you want to do is drink, do drugs and have sex. Therefore, you would not be willing to work 12 to 14 hours a day with the lowest salary legally allowed. They also feel that you would not be willing to work only a few hours a week with minimum wage (or less if they can get around the law) per hour. I’m pretty sure that there is also a small degree of jealousy involved, as well.

If you are of a higher age group, don’t get your hopes up. Companies don’t want you either. You might actually have a family. This means that you also don’t want to work 12 to 14 hours/day for excessively low wages. First, you want to spend time with your children and your spouse. Second, you might have to take time off because your child/spouse is sick or because the school has such unreasonable requirements like going to parent/teacher conferences and other icky things like that. You might even want to have holidays off! How irresponsible you are! Third, you might actually want to be paid enough so that you can cover all you bills. Not to mention feed your family. Very anti-company.

Then there are the companies that don’t want someone with multiple jobs during their life in the workforce. Too many jobs that are less than 1 or more years shows that you are not loyal, have ADHD, are a dreamer or just plain don’t want to work. It also shows that you don’t play well with others. Job seekers are not allowed to be human, have feelings, opinions or to expect loyalty from their employers. Never mind that you might have been involved in the Military (parent(s) or spouse), was offered better paying positions in another city, county, state, etc. Or that you had to move due to lower costs of living. If you have stayed in the same town/city, then woe betide your chances of finding work outside of day laborer.

So, what can you do?

Well, if you can hack the pimply faced, pants around the hips, greasy haired, self-centered, all around “why me” laziness of the younger generations and have wonderful customer service skills, then fast food might be just what you’re looking for. No more is this a job that high school kids take for some extra cash on the weekends or during summer. No! Now you have to compete against college graduates (from an AA up to and including doctorates), 20 + year workforce veterans and other average adults that can no longer afford to work in that nice cushy office job that only pays $8 – $10 dollars an hour and is part-time on top of that. McDonald’s is offering $12 an hour in small towns such as Lander, WY. I am sure it is even higher in the big cities around the nation.

Gas stations in the bigger cities have also joined in with fast food chains when it comes to the wage train, but us small town folks still have to suffer with minimum wage. Of course, the same cons apply as you saw in the previous paragraph.

Or, if you don’t mind answering questions day in and day out, you can be a Customer Service Representative. As long as you are willing to suck up all of the complaints, whining and threats from both directions with a smile. And no passing the customer on to the next level up.  That is not allowed. The supervisor’s only job is to make sure you don’t actually kill anyone and get your job done.  Heaven forbid that they actually step in and deflect an angry customer from destroying any self-confidence you might once have had. If you decide that you want to work as a CSR from your own home, be prepared to work for multiple companies that use the call center you work for. Also, you will have to lay out the money for the accepted type of computer, amount of RAM/ROM, special software, high-speed internet access and headset required by the company. Be aware that they rarely reimburse you for this. There is also a training period that usually requires you to spend 6+ weeks at their main headquarters. Most of the time this is paid, but training done online usually isn’t.

Let me see. What else is available?

There are a multitude of other types of jobs available online. If you have a degree (BA or higher), have a high credit score, are willing to relocate, will work for low wages (some microjobs will only pay you 1 cent for 1 hour of work), or you don’t mind working for some company in India, Australia, or anywhere else outside of the U.S. Most of the “online” jobs that I personally have looked into are based out of India and do not bother to show their pay scale in USD. Since I don’t know what the legalities are of working from your home for a foreign company, I have yet to apply for any of these jobs. I do know that very few foreign countries have the same copywrite (copyright?) laws that the US has, so I worry about job offers that want you to retype a book from a PDF file into MS Word or other format for ebooks. They usually require a high rate of typing, also.

Another problem with working from your home is all of the scams and MLM companies out there. If they ask you to buy something from them upfront, it’s a scam. If you are required to buy only their products (on a weekly/bi-weekly or monthly basis), and are willing to recruit your friends & family, it’s usually an MLM. Either way, you are being asked to pay to work. Sadly, there are many job offers out there that wind up in one of these categories. Then there are the “Temp Agencies” for online workers. It is amazing how many of these get away with charging the employee a fee. Most likely, they are also charging the company a fee. How are any of these three types of “employers” staying in business? Obviously, the US government doesn’t care that its citizens are being ripped off, just as long as they get their taxes.

Also, if you work from home, you will need to have a PayPal type of account. Or, be willing to hand out your bank account number to every Tom, Dick & Harry on the internet. Occasionally, there are companies that will pay you by check, but only if your account with them has a minimum amount & you remembered to ask for your pay on time. These are usually the companies that you see offering work for severely low amounts for a large amount of time. You will rarely be paid more of than once a month and that is only if they are happy with your work. If you have an error or it took you more time than was allotted, then you’re screwed.

I have since found that the majority of US companies outsource most of their typing/data entry jobs to foreign companies. Because it’s cheaper.  God forbid that they should outsource to US citizens and make sure that we can afford to buy their services or products.  If it is cheaper for them, why do they charge more?

Just something for you to think about.