More Thoughts on Survival in Our Jobless Era

            My routine has been scrambled this week, so I’m getting this post up a little later than I would have liked. I had a topic for a post in mind, but will put it off until another day in light of some rather startling news I received this morning.


            The daughter of an acquaintance in another state has been out of work and receiving unemployment benefits. Now her former boss is contesting the benefits and wants the benefits received so far to be paid back. I don’t know how this will be resolved, but this woman would greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers, I’m sure.


            I can’t help but wonder how much of this is going on. It’s not something I’ve heard anything about in the news. Have you?


We hear about unemployment statistics all the time, and I think many of us recognize that the numbers are cooked. Unemployment is worse than stated. People are nearing the end of their benefits in many cases.


Working for the government isn’t the answer either. While the federal government may be adding more jobs, state governments are cutting them. States don’t have endless money supplies, as the federal government pretends to have.


            On perhaps a related note, I’ve read a couple items recently that describe the attitudes of young people toward work. One article said they have expectations for higher salaries without having to climb through the ranks. What are the chances of that happening any more?


            Another piece said all young people want is work to pay the bills. My first reaction is to ask, “What’s wrong with that?” Was the articles’ author suggesting young people aren’t seeing work as fulfillment of life’s grander goals? You know, do what you love, etc. Are young people not dreaming big enough?


            Haven’t our dreams been too big? Aren’t we paying for that now?


            Once when I expressed dissatisfaction with the job I had at the time, a good friend reminded me it was a way to make a living. It paid the bills. Not everything is going to be glamorous and fulfilling, such as is taught in that book, What Color is Your Parachute.


            Am I suggesting we should stop dreaming and settle for being feudal slaves? That’s the way things seem to be going. But remember you can start your own business enterprise. Of course, that’s another story.


            Meanwhile, one of the reasons DestinySurvival is affiliated with Snagajob is to give you or someone you know the opportunity to find hourly work that will pay a few bills. You may not find the job of a lifetime. You may not find fulfillment in ways you’d never dreamed. You won’t want to deliver pizzas or bag groceries for years to come.


It’s a bandaid approach, I freely admit. And you’ve probably heard the definition of a job—Just Over Broke. But it’s at least something. These days that’s important.


            Something I read recently stated that temporary and part time jobs haven’t led to as many full time positions when coming out of the last couple of economic downturns. The trend isn’t good, but this is what we have to cope with.


            Having said that, check out Snagajob. They’re featured in the news and on talk shows from time to time, as well as in magazines like “Entrepreneur.”


Snagajob is the number one source for hourly employment. They connect you with jobs in your area. There are still some businesses looking for qualified hourly employees.


            At Snagajob you can hook up with various hourly and part time jobs, including seasonal work. Also, it’s not too early for teenagers to start looking for summer jobs.


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            We’re seeing history in the making, and we’re all part of it. These may not be glory days, but do the best you can, and remember to think survival.



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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.