Friday, November 14, 2014
The Panda Bear is not at all surprised that the Democrats lost control of Congress. The Democrats were defending in the position of defending a poor economy. The Panda Bear would consider herself to be a progressive but she thinks the American Right has been more accurate recently about the state of the economy. There is high unemployment and the lower nine-five percent’s income has dropped drastically in recent years. People who have jobs are stressed out and feel discouraged by the lack of opportunity. Probably many employees feel like indentured servants rather than free labor.
The Panda Bear knows first-hand about the high unemployment rate. On October 10, she lost her job. She went to several unemployment agencies where the staff said the unemployment rate was high in Massachusetts and people were having a hard time getting jobs (despite the Democrats asserting things were getting better). However, the Panda Bear has heard Massachusetts is not as bad as other parts of the country.
The Panda Bear's period of unemployment will be short lived. On November 17, the Panda Bear will starting and new a better job. The Panda Bear will learning some new skills and earning more money in her new position. (The Panda Bear thinks it is a major problem for both employed workers who are getting stale in the jobs and for the unemployed who can’t get jobs that employers no longer want to train workers. She can understand that training workers is a major expense for companies but lack of company training is creating problems for Americans).
Of course, the Panda Bear would not have gotten a job so quickly if she had not been involved in an intensive job hunt since July 2013, when her old office banned plants at work. In took the Panda Bear several years for her to work on her resume and she paid for a professional resume consultation. (In the modern economy with jobs being so unstable the Panda Bear thinks everyone should be able to quickly produce a good resume. Once when the Panda Bear was laid off very suddenly and unexpectedly, it slowed to her hob hunting process a lot that it took several months for her to develop a good working resume.)
For the jobs the Panda Bear's field of work, the internet is the prime source of jobs. How, the job hunting world has changed from when the Panda Bear started in the working world!! She remembers buying the Sunday paper (for the help wanted ads) and sending in resume and cover letter via snail mail. However, even, the best job hunting web sites change. In 2013, the Panda Bear was told that Monster and CareerBuilder were no longer the top job hunting websites; the best website to look for jobs was Indeed(in fact, this web site was where the Panda Bear found her new job). However, in 2014, the Panda Bear heard that companies no longer liked Indeed but were recruiting from LinkedIn. In fact, several employment counselors told the Panda Bear that companies were telling the State of Massachusetts that they wanted all employees on LinkedIn.
The hiring process can take a long time nowadays. The Panda Bear applied for her job in as soon as it was advertised in July and she was offered the job on November 4. Therefore, the Panda Bear thinks a person can be easily on unemployment for a year and be actively job hunting.
Of course, the Panda Bear getting her dream job and going to job heaven means that she will no longer be blogging about her current job. The Panda Bear blogged about her old job more than was prudent but jobs are a big part of one's life and if one is unhappy with one’s job one can be unhappy with life.
Instead, the Panda Bear Blog will more focus on the problems of the world. The Panda Bear recently read the Autobiography of John Stuart Mill, the famous nineteenth century philosopher. She was inspired by John Stuart Mill's statement that his being an office worker contributed to his understanding of the world and enabled him to come up with ideas for critiquing and reforming the major institutions of his time. He was also for expanding the power base of his time for which the Panda Bear admires him.
In the spirit of John Stuart Mill, the Panda Bear will continue to blog; a blog of an office worker who wants to improve the world and advocate for the lower 95 percent.