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Old 08-15-2012, 10:20 AM   #41
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After a full year of unemployment I finally found a job. It pays $10.50/hr which is <$22K/yr pre-tax. After insurance deductions I expect my take home pay to be $300/week(there is no 401K). I've been living on $1250/mo or a little less but that's going to be right around 100% of my take home pay so I guess I won't be LBYM anymore. Strange how some here can be LBYM when they spend several times as much as I spend and i'm not LBYM? Oh well. At least i'm not spending anymore of my retirement savings and hopefully i'll get pay raises without having my costs go up.
This job was thru an employment agency. I watch their job listing daily and saw one that caught my eye. I asked to be moved off my 1st job and put onto this new position and they agreed. I start today 2nd shift then rotate every week. The pay is only up to $11/hr from the $10.50 I was getting but the future potential is much betterand it's only 1.5 miles from home instead of 10.5 miles. It's a union company. Getting hired on is very difficult and if it happens at all will likely take at least a year but if it happens i'll get a 50% pay raise right away plus additional raises the first year and very good benefits. In the mean time at least I have a slightly better paying job at a better company so wish me luck
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Nice move. Looks like after a long dry spell, your hard efforts to get your foot in the door with a new job are paying off. Hope you get the 'hire' decision much sooner than a year from now.
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Nice move. Looks like after a long dry spell, your hard efforts to get your foot in the door with a new job are paying off. Hope you get the 'hire' decision much sooner than a year from now.
3 months thru the employment agency is the minimum. This particular employer is more picky than most and sometimes take up to a year to decide if they want to give you the chance to be hired on. Even then you still have to apply for the job like anyone else but since you have experience you have a leg up on the competition. There's a good chance this will end up being just a temporary assignment but at least there's potential for more. One step at a time
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We did a lot of temp-to-permanent hiring at my old job. Employers love the opportunity to 'test drive' an employee before making an offer for employment. Works both ways too, allowing you to know whether it's a place you want to hang your hat before saying yes...
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Sounds like a great opportunity, Aaron. I am routing for you!
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Aaron, this improvement in your pay and job location is terrific, and so fast! I am so happy for you. Couldn't happen to a more deserving person.
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We did a lot of temp-to-permanent hiring at my old job. Employers love the opportunity to 'test drive' an employee before making an offer for employment. Works both ways too, allowing you to know whether it's a place you want to hang your hat before saying yes...
I agree this is good for all involved. I wish I had applied to the staffing agencies earlier in my job search. I had been applying directly to individual companies(dozens). This is much better. If I don't feel this place is a good fit for me I can give notice and be moved to a different assignment.
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Congratulations Aaron!
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It's a union company.
But is it a union job, or lead to one?

I kind of doubt it, based upon my previous involvement with a company who's production workers that were members of a union (UAW) for 30 years.

While I held white collar positions (both union/non union management and non-management, during my many years there), the contract was very specific for union production members. You had 30 days to join, assuming you were hired.

Unless you are in a right to work state (where we had a plant, but the workers voted union and the contract did not allow non-union production folks, once the contract was ratified), the rules are very rigid in most cases.

Just wondering.
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3 months thru the employment agency is the minimum. This particular employer is more picky than most and sometimes take up to a year to decide if they want to give you the chance to be hired on. Even then you still have to apply for the job like anyone else but since you have experience you have a leg up on the competition. There's a good chance this will end up being just a temporary assignment but at least there's potential for more. One step at a time
Just got done with my first shift. My lower back is killing me...BAD! All the equipment is made for people under 5'10" and i'm 6'6 1/2". This may not end well
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This is a little-appreciated hazard of tallness. I wish I could offer advice, but all I can think of is to get a desk job where you don't need to stand all day. Still, that has its own hazards, namely stiff shoulders and neck, and also causes lower back problems. I deal with the back problems with core strengthening exercise - maybe that would also help in your case.

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Just got done with my first shift. My lower back is killing me...BAD! All the equipment is made for people under 5'10" and i'm 6'6 1/2". This may not end well
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Ask if you can see the occupational health people about finding a more ergonomic setup. That is, after you have shown them how good a job you can do!
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aaron, any news?
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aaron, any news?
I'm hangin' in there. Very difficult work. The temp that they brought in after me quit because it was too physical a job. It's pretty tough. Also, it seems like they aren't going to have any interest in hiring me full time no mater how good I am. I'm just a temp. May be 6-9 months but still just a temp. At least it pays the bills for now which is good because I just found out i'll be getting a $500 special assessment for my condo plus a $15/mo increase in fees.
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Aaron - Is there any way you can get some education that will take you off the shop floor?

I've attached a link to an article about two people who work in a plant that makes auto fuel injectors. The young woman is an excellent machine operator. The young man started as an operator, and went to school to learn how to program the machines. He has a better future than the woman, because sooner or later the machines will work by themselves and she will have no job.

I realize that your goal is to retire early. I am just worried that you may end up retiring earlier than you want, due to being worn out from hard work. Or from your job going away.

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Aaron,

Perhaps the good news here is that it may be easier finding a new and better job when you are employed vs unemployed. Hopefully, this will work to your advantage. I know its tough out there, but stay positive, and I'm sure things will get better for you.
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