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Unrealistic

January 5, 2014

I am glad that Mr.Metzger has a job. It is blatantly obvious that he hasn't had to do any kind of job-hunting in the past decade or so....

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JOHNLILLEY

Jan-08-14 9:15 PM

well couple places on reach road hiring and they are on bus route frito lay and that day care pitter patter not sure if part time is available. Explain part time please, like hours a a day or a week?

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MelissaBrown

Jan-08-14 12:49 AM

I did contact Mr. Metzger, just so my naysayers won't think I snubbed him. However, he still didn't believe that it is very hard to find a job in this job market. Just because some people can find a job quickly doesn't mean everyone will. Perhaps those people had skill sets that were more in line with the jobs in this area, e.g., the gas industry or trucking, which comprise most of the job opportunities available.

I can only work part time and the job must be on the bus route, so no nights or Sundays.

I knew it was a mistake to even try to enlighten people on what it is like in the real world of job hunting. It doesn't matter if the facts are staring at them right in the face, some people are just bound and determined to believe what they want, even if it's wrong. And the truth is, there are too many applicants for each available job. Not only that, the kinds of jobs available here are limited. Just because you may have gotten a job easily doesn't mean that everyone else can

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JOHNLILLEY

Jan-07-14 2:17 PM

Melissa, how many hours a day are you available to work? And whats your form of transportation? I may be able to help you find a job.

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Millwe

Jan-07-14 12:10 AM

By the way, Mr. Metzger, many people could benefit from your knowledge in finding employment locally, especially ex-offenders and felons who have major difficulties due to bad choices. They seem to be marked for life and perhaps your expertise could indeed help a fellow American.

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JOHNLILLEY

Jan-06-14 7:10 PM

People say they can't find a job in 26 weeks well i have never had someone come to my door while i was sitting on my couch playing video games after getting out of bed at noon either. The fact is look presentable when filling the apps out don't just fill them out and hand them in, insist on taking with management about it show REAL interest in the job stick out from everyone else. Once you do that wait a day or two call back or show your face PROVE you wanta work.I'm speaking from the view of someone who hires people for a company. YES their is multiply apps in but give them a reason to look thur that pile and look at yours first.

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pscaman

Jan-05-14 10:00 PM

In response to your letter. This is Mr.Metzger I am 34 years old I served in the united states army four 4 years in an elite unit at ft. Bragg N.C. the word cant is not in my vocabulary! I have had to change jobs 7 times in the last 12 years with incomes varied from 17 to 9 dollars per hour. So as you can see I have been heavily involved in finding work. All that said in between each one of those changes I never needed more than 3 weeks of compensation! Why? Because I can do anything. In your letter you mentioned retail numerous times this tells me your not thinking outside the box. You can do anything just broaden your horizons. I accept your invitation for contact I would be honored to help a fellow American find work! Contact me at pscaamerica@gmail****.

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Millwe

Jan-05-14 8:39 PM

I have applied to numerous jobs through Careerlink and have had not one interview in the past 5 years. Why are they even there? I have been doing the same job (medical transcription) for more years than I care to share. I have applied to various positions and took a Civil Service test and was offered an entry level position, temporary, with no insurance benefits and a wage of $9.00 an hour. Are you kidding me????

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BornHere

Jan-05-14 8:00 PM

Thanks for the answer, this might sound strange but have you considered removing your college education from your resume? A friend of mine was in the same situation as you and was being told she was overqualified for many positions so she redid her resume over not to include her college education and ended up getting a job at Divine Providence Hospital in the Billings Dept. sounds strange but it worked for her maybe you should try it.

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MelissaBrown

Jan-05-14 6:57 PM

No I can't apply for unemployment. I used what was available when I lost my job and I haven't worked here long enough to qualify.

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BornHere

Jan-05-14 5:14 PM

Melissa, if your hours were recently cut can't you sign up for partial benefits?

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MelissaBrown

Jan-05-14 4:22 PM

Oh I see he asked when I graduated... I thought he said where. I graduated over 20 years ago. I've been employed ever since, up until a year ago.

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eriklatranyi

Jan-05-14 4:18 PM

Raising the minimum wage will create more jobs!

Liberal thinking on display!

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gavinf56

Jan-05-14 3:29 PM

The last time Melissa posted this whine, wasn't there a couple people who reached out to her on these boards and she never replied?

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gavinf56

Jan-05-14 3:29 PM

The last time Melissa posted this whine, wasn't there a couple people who reached out to her on these boards and she never replied?

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gavinf56

Jan-05-14 3:29 PM

The last time Melissa posted this whine, wasn't there a couple people who reached out to her on these boards and she never replied?

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MelissaBrown

Jan-05-14 3:29 PM

I graduated from Lycoming. I was unemployed for a year. I am currently employed but my hours were cut recently, so now I'm looking for another job.

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mikekerstetter

Jan-05-14 3:16 PM

Melissa, if you don't mind me asking, when did you graduate and how long have you been unemployed?

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MelissaBrown

Jan-05-14 2:20 PM

anyone who wants to work, but the reality is far different. Maybe there are some people who don't want to work, but don't tar everyone with the same brush.

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MelissaBrown

Jan-05-14 2:20 PM

I know this will fall on deaf ears, but every word I wrote is true. I even invite anyone who is interested to contact me personally and I will let you look over my shoulder, so to speak.

As I said in the letter,I have a Bachelor's Degree. There are little to no jobs in this area for someone with a degree. Those jobs that are left that I apply to, those employers see my background and think I won't stay there because I'm overqualified. I'm*******if I do and*******if I don't.

There are several resources online that post job ads. Quite a few of those ads are blind ads; meaning, you don't know who you are applying to. That makes it impossible to make follow up phone calls to find out the status of your application. This area is so economically depressed. As for not leaving the area, one needs money to do that and to get money, one needs a job. Catch-22.

I know that the teabaggers and right wing nut jobs will pick this apart and insist that there really are jobs out there for .

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BornHere

Jan-05-14 10:13 AM

hopeforfuture, a friend of mine who's granddaughter got laid off from Springs Window Fashions works from her home because she has 2 children under school age.

She does online proof reading for a company in Philadelphia part time and 3 days a week she does Office Support making appointments for a local Chiropractor's Office all from the comfort of her home and she makes a pretty good wage for doing both jobs.

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CMReeder

Jan-05-14 9:39 AM

Just love the conservatives here. That is not my experience so she is wrong and lying about hers.

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hopeforfuture

Jan-05-14 9:11 AM

You tell that to a single parent (male) with with teenage children. Can he take truck driving job that keeps him away from home for over a week at a time. I don't think so. Where can he find a job in this area? He is not able to work in a store of do house cleaning or elderly care. What other jobs are there?

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eriklatranyi

Jan-05-14 9:03 AM

First, anything coming from Ms. Brown's computer is suspicious due to her widely-known liberal stance.

Second, yes, the job market is tough because the economy stinks. But over the next few months, you are going to hear Democrats talk about how great the economy really is.

As many have posted here, the key is persistence and setting yourself apart from every other applicant.

But our schools do not teach how to get a job....they teach entitlement.

If parents do not get involved, children never learn how to get a job.

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BornHere

Jan-05-14 8:33 AM

I receive job alerts everyday from America's Job Exchange some are within 25 miles of Williamsport these are some of the places.

Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Sears, Omnicare Inc., Genesis Health Care, ConAgra Foods, Dick's Sporting Goods, Susquehanna Health Care. I have received since Christmas 4 calls for an interview.

There are people looking for someone to clean their house, walk their dogs, take care of their elderly parents, and babysit at Care dot com, some of the hourly rates run from $15 up to $40 an hour. I have received 3 calls from this agency.

Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to find a job but they are out there.

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CaveFelem

Jan-05-14 8:26 AM

I'm looking for another job, and I have been for 2 years now, and have not found one that I was qualified for that pays the same as the job I have now. I'd like to work closer to home and ditch that commute every week day back and forth from Clinton County to Lycoming County on 220.

It seems like every job posted is for CDL drivers (with experience, so even if I got my license I'd have no experience), nurses, or part time retail jobs. Very bleak. And I'm in the 50+ age range, so I have that to deal with too.

And I don't think it's laziness not to take a job that would cost you money to work at it, once you figure in commuting costs, child care, etc. The whole point of working is to have money, not owe money at the end of the week.

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