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Juanita

February 20th, 2009
9:48 am

I CNA at a Nursing Home. High stress. Low pay for what those fabulous people do. They are remarkable. It takes a special person to work in a Nursing Home . However, the pay is terrible for what they have to contend with.

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Janice

February 20th, 2009
10:14 am

I became a Pampered Chef Consultant in December and I love it! I work full time, but I do the cooking shows on my schedule and set my income goal for the month and it helps to pay my car insurance in which I have a teenager on.

I love this job and plan to will my full time job with it within the next 18 months!

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Jessica

February 20th, 2009
10:14 am

I could sure use this list..I hope its helpful..I am seeking a part time job to supplement my full time job income. Today, one job just doesn’t do it if you aren’t making over $60,000 a year.

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Judy

February 20th, 2009
10:29 am

Part Time bank teller! You get full benefits, paid vacation, and Sundays off!

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RobinS

February 20th, 2009
11:48 am

Get involved with an MLM like Nature’s Sunshine…I make a very good living at it and no requirement to purchase product, people just place orders. MLM< a great way to go!

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Big Brown

February 20th, 2009
11:55 am

UPS….part time work, full time benefits.

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BigJake

February 20th, 2009
3:34 pm

I agree with employers making those that will burden the entire program through their own habits that increase their dependence on insurance. I firmly believe imposing additional costs on smokers makes sense, and on the weight issue, as long as it is related to health issues, and not on actual weight alone, it makes sense. Some people carry extra weight, but otherwise have normal cholesterol and blood pressure, and should not be targeted.

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Honest Guy

February 24th, 2009
11:50 am

If the severance package specifically outlined the dollar amount to be paid and the payment received was actually more, I think the company has the right to request that the former employee return the amount in question. That being said, I think it would be a moral obligation for the former employee to return the money…not a legal obligation.

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Loving Daughter

February 24th, 2009
12:50 pm

I wonder how much $$$ we’re talking about per laid-off employee?

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Jim Sanders

February 24th, 2009
12:54 pm

…dude! we’re talkin’ about microsoft. the kind of administrative error they’re talking about should have been PREVENTED by the wonderful technology they’re always trying to get other companies to buy. if they made a mistake, then they should just bite the bullet, swallow hard and wait for it to come out on the other end. shame on them for making themselves look like BOZO’S…!

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Steve

February 24th, 2009
1:17 pm

I’ve not seen a figure as to how much these employees were overpaid. Unless it’s more than $1000 per employee, I’m surprised Microsoft would come back to these individuals at all. From the fact MS is now recanting (allowing people to keep the money), they must realize how they look to the general public. Asking these laid off employees for some portion of the money back is about as insensitive as you can get. Calling the mistake an ‘inadvertent administrative error’ is fine, but it was MS’s mistake. Live with it as a ‘cost of doing business’.
As for the MS person who authorized ‘requesting the money back’, move his desk to the basement and take away his red stapler.
To answer the question raised, yes I would give it back (provided I had the means to do so).

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Katie

February 24th, 2009
2:02 pm

I was recently laid off and in my letter was told how much I’m to receive in two lump sum payments (minus taxes and junk fees). If I were to receive more, of course I’m keeping it! I was thrown under the bus and the government gave the company BILLIONS. A measley overpayment to me would not affect them in the least.

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Karla

February 24th, 2009
2:16 pm

No, I would not return the money.
Yes, I think Microsoft absorb the error.

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MARGARET

February 24th, 2009
3:13 pm

HONESTY IS ALWAYS THE BEST POLICY.

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Jeff

February 24th, 2009
3:19 pm

To those of you that were laid off recently and said they would keep the money then that is a pretty good example of why you were laid off in the first place.

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Julie

February 27th, 2009
9:50 am

I got layoff around 2 months ago. I have over 10 years purchasing and sales experience in technology field. Last month, i had interview with one company, who had buyer position open for consumer electronics. The CE purchasing manager disapproved of me because i had no CE purchasing background, but HR manager disagreed with him. Anyway, i didn’t get get job. I also had interview with the company, which is also in the consumer electronics. I passed the interview, but due to the hiring freezing, i also didn’t get job. I absolutely agree with you “Knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences are all transferrable”, but due to the tough job market, i realize the company is looking for the perfect match or over-qualified candidacy, which will make job seeker harder and harder.
Good luck to all job seeker!

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Sarah

March 2nd, 2009
10:19 am

Spring/summer – wedding related: venue worker, tuxedos, dresses, planning, flowers, etc…

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Carlos

March 2nd, 2009
3:37 pm

How is it possible that an EMT has low pay? They are practically saving lives.

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Connie Harse

March 2nd, 2009
4:26 pm

Also, the 2010 Census is, or will be hiring. Find them online, US Federal Census. Fascinating work, and it helps the community.

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Debbie Gallogly

March 2nd, 2009
5:29 pm

Who knows of a viable Internet job that can be done on one’s home computer?

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RenaeV

March 2nd, 2009
6:11 pm

I definitely agree that employees considered “unhealthy” should pay a premium. Perhaps this will provide additional incentive to individuals to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

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Dina

March 3rd, 2009
4:37 pm

I have waited tables for a very long time and I do it 2 two nights a week in addition to my full time job. It’s quick easy money that I take home at the end of the night. I usually bring in at least $200 a week. Some restaurants even offer insurance if you need it. If I need more money I just work more shifts.

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Bernetta

March 3rd, 2009
9:18 pm

I have got involved with a Telecommunications company http://www.5linx.net/globaltech and I market free cell phones, homes phone service for $24.95, business line $39.95, the new video home phone, direct tv, the dish and GE Wireless Home security! Everytime someone pays their bill, I get commission. You do something once and I get paid over and over again. Pretty cool and so is the commission! Go to my website if interested!

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Jon

March 4th, 2009
7:37 am

What a load of crap! I have a BS in Environmental Health and have worked in the environmental field for over 20 years. I just don’t see how these new “green” jobs are going to materialize. If the market has a demand for these “green” jobs then the jobs will be created. Taking taxpayer money to create a demand that otherwise does not exist is not a solution. Once the government stops subsidizing the jobs, reality called the law of supply and demand will correct the playing field and a lot of the jobs will disappear. Biden doesn’t know what he is talking about and Obama is just using this “green” economy talk to draw attention away from the awful mess we are in.

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tim

March 4th, 2009
7:53 am

I work for a registered forester. We have been “green” before all of this hype began. Most people will not work outside in all kinds of weather; so, I think the president’s plan may not be realistic.

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ken

March 4th, 2009
8:21 am

I find it totally amazing that people believe in this GREEN Crap.30,000 scientists signed a statement about GREEN being unproven. Do you want to believe them or 50 Journalists?
The only people making money off this is Al Whore.

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DavidS

March 4th, 2009
8:34 am

There is nothing wrong with any industry working to provide anything that consumers want. For too long out government has enacted laws that violate private property rights by allowing their favored industries to pollute other people’s water, property, and air. Pollution is a trespass and should be handled as such. Libertarians have always know that and worked towards this fundamental change. It should never be handled as top-down regulation and government imposed laws. The Federal Government is the biggest polluter in the nation and is in no position to be dictating to anyone what is acceptable pollution – but that is exactly what they do with arbitrary guidelines and regulations.

The free market is not dictating the creation of these industries. We do not have a free market in this country. Instead, we have idiots in washington who steal from one group and then give to campaign donors, etc. Just look at the ethanol fiasco. Ethanol may be a renewable energy source, but it costs way more than it gives back, gives 3/4 the mileage of gasoline, and requires major engine modifications for pure use. Giant subsidies are now causing food shortages here in this country and around the world, and even more deforestation is happening in 3rd world countries just to plant corn. All so that jerks like Harkin and others from corn belt states can line their pockets. Hemp is a far better crop for biomass energy but we are too afraid of it to relegalize its growing. Again, no free market. The oil industry benefits from trillions of dollars in free security courtesy of our bloated military. Just to keep the oil supply safe, we make our country less safe by encouraging terrorism through out imperial quests and killing of innocents.

Every “green” job that is being produced by the farce and Obamanation that is this stimulis bill will come crashing down once the money runs out. The only worthwhile “green” jobs are the ones the market creates out of real demand, not demand created by government regulation, subsidy, or law.

If private property rights were acutally respected and defended by government, and if we actually had a free market in energy and everythign else, the problems of pollution, oil dependence, and every other environmental issue would likely have already been addressed by the courts or the marketplace. Unfortunately the fascism that this country began embracing during the last depression looks to be only increasing under this administration as we race towards the next depression. For those of you that relish the thought of central control, fascism, or socialism, remember that the Soviet Union and every other centrally managed economy have been clearly shown to be the biggest environmental polluters on earth. That’s what happens when the government imposes regulations that it never follows. It is exactly what our government currently does.

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DavidS

March 4th, 2009
8:58 am

I must say that it is encouraging to see that so many folks “get it” about government and the economy. I just hope you will all remember that this is not about Republican or Democrat for they are both beholden to one special interest or another and have both been equally responsible for the mess we are in. This is about the government versus all of us. We are the only special interest group they DONT care about.

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Melody

March 4th, 2009
9:29 am

I’m really glad to see an article about passionate people and careers because they’re often overlooked in the mainstream world. However, political activism was overlooked as a career choice for passionate people, and it would’ve made your article even better if that had been included.

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GRS

March 4th, 2009
9:50 am

I believe in the green-collar industry. The goal seems to encourage less dependence on toxic products and services of big businesses, while exploring healthful alternatives. The potential solutions developed by the green-industry could benefit the world for many generations.

It would be great to eradicate many of todays’ health concerns by supporting organic farmers and food developers, and making their products widely accessible.

Educating people about green living and the green-collar industy is the key focus to ensure success.

http://www.wellnessliving4all.net

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Melody

March 4th, 2009
10:20 am

I used to file worker’s compensation claims. I have seen claims where beginning EMT’s for certain private companies make as little as $8.00 per hour. The highest rate I ever saw was $12.00 per hour.

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RD

March 6th, 2009
5:46 pm

I wouldn’t hire you because you can’t write.

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Anthony

March 7th, 2009
9:41 pm

I can see why an EMT is on the list. An EMT is an EMT for the reason of a step in the door. For fire and police depts. And also my job as a paramedic. When i started as an EMT i made 12.00 an hour. The benefits were really decent though. When you work this job you need tough skin and leave everything at work.

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Chris

March 8th, 2009
5:41 pm

I agree with Jessica. I’ve been considering a part time job to supplement my income for a while now, just haven’t put in the effort to actually search for one yet. I’m a single guy making 50k a year, which is just not as much as it used to be (i.e., the middle class is being destroyed). After taxes, car note, mortgage/rent, and misc., there’s not much left!

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gret fret

March 9th, 2009
10:34 am

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March 9th, 2009
11:18 am

Ryan

March 9th, 2009
11:32 am

I finished the Emory Paralegal Program in ‘05 as a way of re-energizing my career. It was very worthwhile to do so, especially in light of the fact that a few law firms wanted to train me on the spot and pay me very little in the way of starting salary. A small investment went a long way, as I found employment with starting salary in the low 30’s very quickly and I paid the student loan off in 3 years.

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Toni

March 9th, 2009
11:49 am

Absolutely. It hands down has been the best choice I could have made. I have not graduated yet but hope to within the next 3 years.

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BCST

March 9th, 2009
12:22 pm

I have never finished school, but have seemed to come out ok when it comes to finding a job. Could I be making more? Probably, but not for the case of my girlfriend. She finished school in four years, graduated with honors, and was very confident joining the work force. That confidence was shattered after being turned down for jobs left and right because of not having experience. I have worked tougher jobs, but worked my way up the ladder so to speak and made it ok. I bought my first home two years ago and I now work for a sound financial institution.

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SaveOurRepublic

March 9th, 2009
12:37 pm

Having a BBA, BS & MBA have been beneficial indeed. Other certifications (PMP, Six Sigma) are helpful in career advancement. In my estimation, it’s advisable for folks to pursue further education within their fields of endeavor.

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LK

March 9th, 2009
12:47 pm

I finished my BA in 2004…and have worked in terrible low paying jobs ever since. I’m not even making 20K right now. I went back to school and have been working on my Master’s degree, but it’s been a waste of my time, because it’s done nothing for me professionally. If I could get back all the money I’d put into college and start over I would. I’ll probably be switching career fields soon. The friends I know with technical skills are the ones doing great.

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Mary

March 9th, 2009
1:07 pm

I received a specialized certification in 2006 that was extremely beneficial. The next job I accepted my base salary was 33% higher.

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WTS

March 9th, 2009
1:26 pm

This caught my attention. Being in the IT industry, I’ve been worried about how this economy would affect those in IT. I’m a firm believer in furthering your professional credentials with certification. IT people know the value of having a Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, or PMI certification. I also believe when the economy is down is a good time to tighten up your skills or acquire new ones. When things get rolling again, you’ll be first in line with the right qualifications.

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Misty

March 9th, 2009
2:26 pm

I agree with LK. I, like numerous other friends have our Bachelor’s and Master’s degree and the only thing we are looking at is huge student loan payments. I also am at a low paying job with two degrees like millions of other Americans that believed education was a way out of this mess!
I wish I could get all the thousands of dollars back that went into an education that has gotten me absolutely no where in my career or advancing myself!

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Dwayne

March 9th, 2009
2:45 pm

At the age of 40, I went back to school in 2004 to finish my BA. I finished in 2006 and since then I took a job in education and my salary, as of this year, is double what I made in 2004. Would have never been even considered for the job without by bachelor’s degree.

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HH

March 9th, 2009
2:56 pm

Not really! Just adds more costs into my student loans. Its who you know in this town on if you get a good job or not.

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ripdog

March 9th, 2009
3:07 pm

I don’t know if I would fall in this category because technically I never went back to school. I started working for my current company when I was in school. My education has definitely helped my career. I received my B.S., M.B.A., and another Master’s in Telecomunications courtesy of my employer. I received multiple promotions while I was in school and two addtional promotions after graduating from graduate school. With all that said, it really isn’t about climbing the corporate ladder. I feel the skills I’ve acquired in my degree programs, coupled with over a decade of experience have made me an authority in my field. Education has to be coupled with relevant experience in order to mean anything nowadays.

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SMR

March 9th, 2009
3:14 pm

I finished a double major in economics and political science in ‘07 – starting working at a small firm for less than $10 an hour, worked there for a year and then moved to a large firm in Atlanta making 50k. Higher education doesn’t guarantee you a great job to start off and sometimes you have to “pay your dues”. Plus, if you’re going to school for a random, off-the-wall degree, don’t cry when you can’t get a job with your art degree, music degree, philosphy degree etc – double major – get a practical degree to back those up. Think about the job market and the application of your education before you shell out all that money.

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SR

March 9th, 2009
3:24 pm

Since graduating in 07 with BBA degree, i have sill not found the job utilizing my degree. I was turned down many times for not having experience. So i settled for an entry level job where i still have to work my way up. However i never regreted going to school.
If you are working and you need that degree to move up the ladder, then you should definetly go back to school.

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Matthew

March 9th, 2009
3:35 pm

Most people that are whining about low paying jobs and mountains of student loans probably did very little research about their job prospects for employment after graduation, if I am wrong please give give your example. There was a 20/20 speical similar to this a few months back. I was very disappointed in John Stossels conclusion, that college was “over-rated”. He showed a buch of people who got useless degrees at small, expensive private school and could not find jobs in anthropology, creative writing or the like.

I look at the HOPE Scholarship that I received and the co-op jobs, internships and career planning, I did while in school and came out like a rose. Upon graduation I was debt free and took a great job. College does not guarantee future success, its just another tool to catapult you up the ladder.

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JDSV

March 9th, 2009
3:43 pm

My wife and I went back to school and completed our B.S. Degrees in May 2007; Since then I have held two positions both of which required a bachelors degree. My current position actually gave me a 117% pay raise over the previous position. My wife finished her Masters in December and I am still working on my Masters. The greatest reward we have experienced is the impact that our pursuit of educational goals has had on our two daughters. They are more focused and self determined that “they can do this too.”

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Al

March 9th, 2009
4:12 pm

I have a BA, MBA, and will earn a MS degree in my field in May. While several of my colleagues have less education, I would not have the job I have without schools listed on my resume. I know I’ve received interviews, offers, and jobs because the schools opened doors for me, allowing me to shine once I had an opportunity. I also agree that education without experience can make lead to less than satisfying results. Remember, its not where you start but where you finish. Be patient, gain experience, master your craft, build your career.

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ripdog

March 9th, 2009
4:12 pm

I think a lot of people are in the position of having a lot of debt to go along with their degrees because they didn’t plan their career. The put too much emphasis into the piece of paper instead of actually applying book knowledge to real life scenarios. I see a lot of young people in their 20’s come to my company and think they should have the corner office because of the letters behind their name. They are unwilling to get their hands dirty, they really don’t know as much as they think, and they think they are entitled because of where they went to school. I’m a firm believer in co-oping, internships, working in your industry while in school, whatever gets you experience. I work with individuals that only have high school diplomas all the way up to people who have dual Masters’ degrees. My point is, at the end of the day, all your employer cares about is who can get the job done, not what letters are behind your name. Get a relevent education and stop whining that your philosophy degree hasn’t catapulted you to top of the corporate ladder. Is is really that hard. If you want a job painting houses, hell, learn how to paint.

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Veronica

March 9th, 2009
5:48 pm

The Container once has part-time job opportunities with benefits. I had a friend to work there. Her shift was 5a-10a.

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Veronica

March 9th, 2009
5:49 pm

Sorry, The Container Store.

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Veronica

March 9th, 2009
5:50 pm

LiveOps and West-at-Home are legit work at home opportunities.

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jamie

March 9th, 2009
7:28 pm

great guys. im getting certified as an EMT tomorrow evening. Truth be said though, in Atlanta, you can easily find an EMT job making $750 a week. Its not easy, but the pay is decent+benefits

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chakra7

March 10th, 2009
1:33 pm

Read the recent new hire/promotion listings in your local paper to see what companies are currently hiring and/or have recent openings due to someone else being promoted.

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Rick

March 12th, 2009
11:00 am

you could say the same for the funeral home. It is called free enterprise. It will be the business sector who will reverse the financial direction, not the government.

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kristin

March 12th, 2009
11:15 am

Just like the vulture, those who can capitalize in this economy fill a vital niche in society. How those companies’s that were mentioned in this blog negatively affect those who are struggling financially? They are simply recognizing a growing need and seizing that opportunity to better their own situation.

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Meela

March 12th, 2009
11:44 am

They are savvy survivors. They are providing a needed service in this economy. Saying they are vultures would be like saying people who buy foreclosed homes are vultures. If the work or opportunity is available make it work to your advantage if you aren’t hurting anyone.

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David S

March 12th, 2009
12:06 pm

Only a misguided socialist would ask such a question.

Saving is the engine of productivity, not spending. Yes, the government and the Federal Reserve are LYING to you. People who saved and did not engage in the destructive spending and borrowing behavior of the past couple of decades are now in a position to purchase the excess inventory that this bubble created. The prices for these items (housing, cars, etc.) were all too high, and quantity is also too high. The prices must drop, inventory must be cleared, businesses must fail, and those with the means must be allowed to make better use of the assets. That is how the correction flows from crisis to recovery.

Unfortunately the idiots in our government and the Federal Reserve (the cause of all the problems) only know how to reinflate the bubble so it will burst later on somebody else’s watch. It will burst. That is the law of economics, and it cannot be repealed by majority vote (even if you are electing the messiah). The sooner the prices fall and the assets sold, the sooner we will recover from this.

The govt. is doing exactly what the Hoover and FDR administrations did to prolong the 1929 crisis and turn it into the depression that lasted until 1945. FDR even went so far as to force farmers to plow under crops while people in this country starved to death. All this to keep prices too high. Now the same is being done with housing. The more things CHANGE, the more they stay the same.

I am certainly looking forward to spending some of my savings on deeply discounted items. That is the benefit I get from being frugal. Maybe the example these people set will rub off on the rest of society and savings will once again become an important aspect of everyone’s life.

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Shawn

March 12th, 2009
12:46 pm

If you love sports, become a sports official. Start off with high school (to get training), then branch off into recreational. It’s extremely fun and believe it or not, there is a shortage of officials. I make a great part time income between football, basketball and baseball.

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momtoAlex&Max

March 12th, 2009
12:53 pm

I am going to get blasted for this, but I believe that making a living out of other people’s misfortunes is reprehensible. I believe in karma.

Go ahead, rip me apart.

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Boodoggle

March 12th, 2009
1:06 pm

To momtoAlex&Max: Give me your children – you are unfit to be a parent.

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mustang100

March 12th, 2009
1:27 pm

Who was that said that there’s more money to be had, and quicker, when an empire falls than ever there was in the building up of it.

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Sthrngrl

March 12th, 2009
2:07 pm

I say to the “vultures”, good for them, finding a way to survive, even if it is by seizing the opportunities left by others misfortune. But what percent is misfortune ? Karma, what would you say you are wishing back on them? If they didnt do what they do, the abandoned home next door to you will be left to the rats. THere goes your home value even more. These enterprising people are keeping themselves in the game. And not adding another sad story to the long list. The bad economy has hit all of us in some way. Those that took out loans on homes they couldn’t afford with a traditional loan, selfishly took the chance with no interest loans or those arm and leg loans ! ( i wonder what the percentage of these homes being lost and businesses going under are due to greed and the need to have a bigger slice of pie than they could eat. ) Enjoy the indigestion !

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Joy J.

March 12th, 2009
2:24 pm

Don’t be ridiculous! As far as I know, this is still America where free enterprise and “survival of the fittest” made this country strong. It’s not like those who some consider “vultures” are adding any further distress to individuals or to the economy. I say ‘good for them!’

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Wanda

March 13th, 2009
12:03 am

In today’s economy we all need a Plan B and my plan be was to work for myself. I work from home on my own schedule with a company that helps people save money on healthcare. Its a network marketing company, which means its a home based business that has helped me stay home with my kids and still generate an income. I work it part time around my kids. So if you are looking for something that can supplement your current income or just something to help bring more income into your household. You may want to look into starting a home based business. You won’t have to worry about being laid off. I will be happy to answer an questions you have about looking for something that will be a good fit for you.

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Wanda

March 13th, 2009
12:05 am

Sorry, my email address is w_rbowers@msn.com

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miss amanda

March 17th, 2009
11:32 am

I wouldnt want to work for an unethical company. What they will do to someone else, they will eventually do it you, and it will come back full force. Unfortunately,not many people are successful by keeping their nose clean.

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CobbBlogger

March 17th, 2009
2:26 pm

I obtain a degree from a technical college and I guess you can say I am still working my way up the ladder. I have friends who have degrees higher than mine and are still struggling to find a career in their field of interest, but are paying an outrageous loan in return just for striving for a better future. The agency that I am currently working for, in order for you to make more money, you would have to obtain a degree in this field and after working here for quite sometime, that will not be my next move. I kind of regret not entering into a 4 year college to obtain a BA or MBA after graduating from high school. But guess what, this may be next move, because the grass isn’t greener with a technical degree/diploma/certificate as well.

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sandra bacon

March 19th, 2009
6:29 am

I will not retuurn the bonus money, this is what all CEOS have done past and present, everyone knows and keeps quiet, this was on-going before Obama took office, all past presidents knew it , they are part of this mess, they need to bring their money back too

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Lorraine

March 19th, 2009
2:53 pm

Yes I would return the money.

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Sandy

March 19th, 2009
2:57 pm

Yes, I would also return the money. I think I would feel guilty keeping it and knowing that so many people are suffering, losing their homes and jobs. The executives are already making a lot of money for their bad decisions. And if this was a bonus for staying with the company, why are past executives also getting bonuses???

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sharon

March 19th, 2009
2:57 pm

Hell to the naw!

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Damon

March 19th, 2009
2:59 pm

Nope I would not hand over a single dime, its mine AIG and myself signed a contract saying its mine and there is nothing the government or any private citizen can do about it. That would be me attitude if I was one of those execs.

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Business Traveler

March 19th, 2009
3:07 pm

I would keep my money. A contract was agreed to, signed and fulfilled. Those 73 employees kept $1.1 trillion dollars of toxic derivatives from infecting the market. They earned that money. They are not the employees that caused the mess (or as our POTUS says, they inherited it) they have been charged to clean it up.

Keep your money. I would

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Dan

March 19th, 2009
3:10 pm

I love how people are saying what bad decision they made. People who have zero clue of what their jobs are or what the contracts said. It could be if that person wasn’t there they would have lost 400Bil instead of 200bil. The real perpetrators are those who defaulted on their loans and helping them keep houses they couldn’t afford in the first place just feeds the problem

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Michael

March 19th, 2009
3:19 pm

All of you people that say you would return the money would quickly change your mind if you were in the same situation. These people have earned this money and it is rightfully theirs. It is not the governments place to find out how to illegally tax individuals because they didn’t do the research before giving away tax payer dollars like it was growing on trees. I don’t think there should have been any bailout, but the government cannot seize private property out of “fairness”. If Andruw Jones got a signing bonus of 5 million dollars then hit sub .200 the next season causing his team to perform poorly, the team doesn’t get to go and sieze his bonus. The government may have some say in the future contracts and dealings of AIG because of the stake they now have in the company, but they can’t turn back the clock on deals that have already been made.

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kevmoor2005

March 19th, 2009
3:19 pm

Naw, in this economy i would keep every dime of it. It was given to me a bounus, so why give back a bounus???

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Suga

March 19th, 2009
3:23 pm

Oh Hell no. I’d cash that check and be on the first plane to wherever they don’t have these damn tax laws. The Cayman Islands come to mind…

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Auggie Doggie

March 19th, 2009
3:25 pm

Yes, I would give it back, just as soon as the members of congress who voted for the bailout gave back their salaries.

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Valerie Billings

March 19th, 2009
3:34 pm

Yes I would return the money. It should not have happened in the first place. Hopefully they all will give it back including the CEO if he got any.

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reservoirDAWG

March 19th, 2009
3:34 pm

Not a chance. If I sign a contract with an employer I expect it to be binding. If Obama and his cabinet of dumba$$es had any forsight they would have structured the bailout to have wording prohibiting any tax money AIG receives from going to bonuses.

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Texas Pete

March 19th, 2009
3:36 pm

Actually I hope they are forced to give it back. Not that I would if I were them. I just decided that if the Obama admin. is going to start voiding contracts, it will set a precedent for me.

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sd

March 19th, 2009
3:37 pm

I thought about it and I would return half of the money. I figure that I AM entitled to it since i met my end of my contract, however, since the money to be paid to me was supposed to be AIG money and since it is in fact tax dollars, I would return half as a compromise.

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Audrey in Georgia

March 19th, 2009
3:39 pm

Yes, I would return the money. Contractually speaking, the terms of the contract changed
when the company became 80% owned by the government. Since one of the parties
in the contract changed ownership, and thus, rendering the contracts null and void.
They can either pay the money back or PAY IT FORWARD! That school in South Carolina
still needs a builder. I’m thinking the AIG Technology High School!

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Erin

March 19th, 2009
3:48 pm

Simple, Yes.
Just to shut everyone up. Although, they legally signed a contract with a bonus so they have a right to keep it. AIG is legally obligated to fulfill those contracts. If they didn’t they would have gotten sued for more money which I am sure us tax payers would have had to cover.

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Andrew Brown

March 19th, 2009
3:50 pm

I wouldn’t return a single penny of it.

The precedent this sets is very scary to me.

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BUSH

March 19th, 2009
3:50 pm

I would not give it back, in fact I would use my bonus to run a smear campaign against Obama so we can get him out ASAP.

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priscilla

March 19th, 2009
3:51 pm

yes i would return most of it not all of it.

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Andrew Brown

March 19th, 2009
3:55 pm

Also, I mean no offense against anyone here, but I find it very difficult to believe that any of you would hand back most of a million dollars out of guilt, especially to an organization that clearly has proven it doesn’t have the acumen to use it wisely.

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Bill

March 19th, 2009
3:58 pm

I wouldn’t think any of them would return the money. I suspect none of them have any idea of how to useful work so what would they do for a living other than be a flunky in such a company.

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kristin

March 19th, 2009
4:04 pm

Nope!
#1 My family comes first
#2 How many hours does the average executive work (70+ hrs a week)
#3 Bail out had nothing to do with their contract wit AIG.

Sadly the American Public really has NO IDEA what is in these bailouts and stimulus plans. They pushed through Congress so quickly there is no way to understand the ramifications.

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Barbara

March 19th, 2009
4:05 pm

I would hope that someone would have set down with those that were to get a bonus and delayed the payment unitl the company was in better shape and not just increase the burden. I agree this should have been handeled with the bailout was set up. But as usual we jumped into the fire before we made sure we had a rope attached. We do things in a panic insted of thinking them through. Just like this stimilus pkg. What a waste.

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Thogwummpy

March 19th, 2009
6:32 pm

No, I would NOT return it. These were NOT performance based bonuses, they were contractual. And after all, any person that makes more than $70K seems to be despised by the media/activist/parasite poor anyway…so let me weigh ginned-up public opinion (that will hate me no matter what) against taking the money? Be smart and take the cash! By the way, most think executive bonuses is the problem with AIG…but bonuses were less than 1/10th of 1% of the AIG bailout funds. We are going to let worship of non-industrious people morph into mob fascism real quick if we’re not careful. America’s poor are so narcisitically spoiled, they won’t do the jobs immigrants now do. Wanna see real poverty? Go to Africa—then whine about the stuff our loafers aren’t getting for free!

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Rob

March 19th, 2009
6:50 pm

This was not AIG’s money to give out it belonged to the tax payers. To give bonuses to the very people who caused the company to go broke is total stupidity.. Whoever got bonuses should just be happy they have a job period

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Patrick

March 19th, 2009
7:02 pm

No, I would not return it. How can I pay the IRS the 90% tax of the bonus if I give the money back to AIG? AIG isn’t recognized as a charity organization in the tax code but maybe it should be.

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The Truth Hurts

March 19th, 2009
7:08 pm

No I would not return it if it was part of my contract to receive it and Obama and the rest of the Democrat phonies agreed to it as they did by passing the bill, and all you losers on here saying you would return it…no wonder you work at McDonalds your whole life…once a loser always a loser!

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A.S.Mathew

March 19th, 2009
7:21 pm

Since my coscience will hurt to accept money in these hard times, I will
refuse the bonus cheerfully.

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gatordowneast

March 19th, 2009
7:21 pm

I like the answer above…when congress gives back their pay, we will talk about me giving back my bonus. Those numbnuts got us in the mess by pressuring lenders to make loans to those who had no business borrowing money.

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Jim

March 22nd, 2009
9:35 am

Atlanta Native

March 22nd, 2009
9:37 am

I would keep the money, as Federal law required I be paid the bonus.

Congress enacted the funding and required payment of the bonuses in the legislation. To watch them demand back money they required by law to be paid is farcical.

Almost as fun is watching congress enact unconstitutional ex post facto laws to tax them specifically. (Making them bills of attainer, also unconstitutionsal). If I had such a bonus, I would love watching the courts strike down the legislation instanter.

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Chalkdusttorture

March 22nd, 2009
9:44 am

They only ones who should return ANY money are the POLITICIANS who voted for this UNAMERICAN tax. Are the bureaucrats returning the campaign contributions from these companies???? The Obama Administration is turning all of us citizens against each other and gaining power as they pull the wool over your eyes… I’LL KEEP MY MONEY, GUNS, & FREEDOM – You can KEEP your ‘change’….

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mylastnerve

March 22nd, 2009
9:45 am

what about the sneaky person who walks quietly behind you in your cubicle to grab a sneak peak at your work, hoping to find an idea he can steal? what about the person who never uses email so all information-sharing is verbal and grandiose no matter how insignificant? what about the person who bathes in cologne and you can smell them a mile away? what about the person who in every conversation points out the inefficiency of others or the process as if we don’t already know? the person that refuses to answer a direct question because they fear they’re going to be judged and wastes time by avoiding? i could go on but i don’t like to spend sunday thinking about it.

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Scott

March 22nd, 2009
9:50 am

If the bonus was put into a bill ON PURPOSE and was signed off by THE PRESIDENT then I would NOT give it back since it was legal to get it in the first place. Chris Dodd saying he was “forced” to put it in was a joke. If the Democrats had taken the time to read the LARGE bill that they wanted to push through then this would not be happening. But they were in such a hurry to forget what Obama said he was going to do…”I will not allow any bill to go through without first reading it LINE BY LINE so that there are no earmarks or wasteful spending”.

Like Phil Collins sang “Just another day in paradise” If this is paradise then what does hell look like?

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Scott

March 22nd, 2009
9:56 am

Part II
Now I see on the news that the people that LEGALLY got these bonuses are being threatened by others.By harassing them,leaving death threats in their mail boxes,etc. But when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wanted to give out bonuses nothing like this is being done. Oh wait…Barney Frank said that they were not gonna do this…CYA eh Barney?

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b6542

March 22nd, 2009
10:00 am

fas·cism: We are getting closer and closer. Obama’s Paramilitary volunteers are also on the way.

A political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

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Work in New York

March 22nd, 2009
10:01 am

The picture is much larger than just the AIG bonus issue. Looking to pass a law to implement a punitive tax is unacceptable. This is the “nose of the camel” under the tent. A tax such as this will soon migrate to anyone who has been good enough at their profession to make a good deal of money. A tax such as this will lead to under employment by the very people we need to move the country ahead as why continue to put in the 80 weeks to have it all taxed away. As far as AIG is concerned, there are not very many people in the general populace that understand credit derivatives, swaps, etc. so grandstanding over this bonus issue is not genuine, but rather people operating (the house and the senate) without a true grasp of the entire picture.

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LabRat

March 22nd, 2009
10:04 am

What about the person who is SO attentive to exactly when everyone punches in, goes to lunch, comes back, punches out, and if everyone fulfills the letter of the law in their job description. And yet they refuse to be helpful when you’re swamped and could use a hand for a day or two? That kind of Rules Lawyer is destructive to any kind of team building.

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LabRat

March 22nd, 2009
10:07 am

Yes, I’d return it. With intrest. Just to get people off my back. But I’d want a signed and witnessed agreement that I’d get it back, in installments if necessary, when the company became profitable again. If I did have a contract that is.

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Adittohead

March 22nd, 2009
10:12 am

NO I WOULD NOT….Do the profoot players on a Team with a 0-11 season record give back their million $$$$ salaries-??..Does a presidential candidate who gets $$$ millions in private donations give any of it back-?? this ia a RED Herring.

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Hook

March 22nd, 2009
10:15 am

I started to read this article that was written by Joy Johnston but once I got to where she said, “Pontification Person – This person goes on and on, telling you what their going to say, saying it and then telling you what they said.”, I couldn’t read any more. With writers who can’t distinguish between they’re and their, it’s no wonder your newspaper is loosing readership and going down the tubes.

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bill

March 22nd, 2009
10:17 am

u know after thinking it over as i boarded the plane to boro bora i would defintely take it we me to my new nation

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32 Years In

March 22nd, 2009
10:26 am

Hey, Hook…it’s losing, not loosing

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R.O. Smith

March 22nd, 2009
10:32 am

NO, the Dems passed the bill that said i could have it so since they ok’d it id keep it and take them to court if they try to steal it from me via bogus tax hikes

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ncgreybr

March 22nd, 2009
10:33 am

I would give it back…but then again, I have ethics.

I don’t expect them to give it back. Their pay schedule is that they get a base pay and then work for a “bonus” depending if they deliver the goods. The contract apparently doesn’t say the goods have to be “profitable” goods or “saleable” goods. Those contracts were poorly written giving the people an incentive to get ANY goods into the coompany. The employees getting these bonuses knew they were delivering toxic goods but none of them had the guts to try to stop it. It is greed on the part of the company and the executives in particular.

As for the current CEO…he has been put there by the government to oversee the bailout. It’s not his fault.

My question is why do we want to “retain” these people who distroyed the company? Give their ill gotten gains and shove them out the door. NO ONE in their right minds are going to ever hire them. I keep hearing that “they” are the only people who know how to get AIG out of this mess since they were the ones who got them into it. There are plenty of honorable people out there on Wall Street who are out of work and could get that company back on track.

As for the comment from “The Truth Hurts” about us “losers” working at McDonalds. I could probably buy and sell you with what I keep in the household account. You CAN have integrity and be successful…well maybe not you, but a lot of people can. I can!

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Wesley

March 22nd, 2009
10:39 am

NO, NO, NO I would not give it back and I would sue the GOVT for this bill that congress is trying to pass to tax them at 90% that is unconstitutional. Why are they not reporting the AIG gave away $90 billion of the $170 billion that they got in the first place?
This President is LYING when he said that he was shocked at the bonusus, the wording was in his spending bill that allowed them to keep the bonusus anyway. If he would have kept his word about putting this on the internet for 5 days for the americans to read we might have seen this coming.
WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!
STOP DRINKING THE KOOL-AID!!!!!!!!

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Hook

March 22nd, 2009
10:40 am

Gee, then does that mean I’m qualified to be a writer for the AJC?

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Lance

March 22nd, 2009
10:43 am

Oh Hell No. This was part of their predetermined pay plan. Many people rely on bonuses, commissions, etc versus salary. All you damn liberals need to get a life or move to France.

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Chalkdusttorture

March 22nd, 2009
10:43 am

ncgreybr – do you really have a clue of what happened to AIG?? Me thinks not… The employees that wrote the credit default swaps DIDNT NOT RUIN THIS COMPANY. You my friend have been BRAINWASHED by the media and Obama. The Credit Default Swaps that AIG wrote are what SAVED the other financial institutions that bought them. THIS IS WHY THE GOVT HAD TO BAIL OUT AIG. Systematic Risk – Not just because some AIG employees made some bad choices and they felt ‘obligated’ to help. Did AIG force all of those people into ‘liar loans’ that preceded the Real Estate Market crash? Did AIG force your neighbor to stop paying on his mortgage? THIS IS WHAT BROUGHT DOWN AIG. The CDS’s that AIG guaranteed paid out because of AMERICAN greed not AIG greed.

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Russell

March 22nd, 2009
10:45 am

It’s nice to see how generous some of you people are with others money.

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Debate101

March 22nd, 2009
10:47 am

What about those consultants who don’t know anything, but are consultants type of people? They are the most annoying group of co-workers for the time they are with the company. When the job is suppose to be complete, the long term employees spend the next year cleaning up after them.

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jwr

March 22nd, 2009
10:48 am

some of you who think punitive tax laws, etc to take those bonuses back are forgetting two things: First, the company is now owned by the government. Second, while that million dollar bonus may seem sexy now, it will be looking a lot less sexy once the IRS has a team of auditors going over your past 5 years’ returns with a fine toothed comb…and don’t expect much sympathy from the federal tax court, either.

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NIK

March 22nd, 2009
11:00 am

I would not have taken it in the first place.

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Steve Baird

March 22nd, 2009
11:02 am

No I would not return. There was a contract to do certain things and if I had completed them I would deserve the money. The money given by the Gov. is a loan, it will be paid back and giving bonuses is part of everyday business. If the money was just “given” then we would have a say, but it wasn’t so we don’t need to get involved.

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Casual Observer

March 22nd, 2009
11:08 am

32 years In- That was CLASSIC.

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ncgreybr

March 22nd, 2009
11:10 am

“Chalkdusttorture; I guess I must have missed the part where someone held a gun to AIG’s head and made them write the Credit Default Swaps on material that, with a little investigation, would have shown was a bad deal for AIG. Try rereading your post. YOU make MY point! The CDS’s that AIG bought weren’t bought because AIG was altruistic or because they were trying to “save” the other institutions. They thought they would make money from it. (They didn’t!) It was ALL ABOUT GREED!

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Lea

March 22nd, 2009
11:18 am

Ncgreybr.. You said it better than I could. I agree with every word you wrote. Ethically and morally, that money should be returned and I would return it if I were one of those execs. It belongs to the taxpayers and those executives know it.

The responses on this board frighten me. Financially, I’ve been blessed beyond what I ever imagined, and I have always tried to do the right thing. Money isn’t everything,and I don’t have a need to brag about what I have. Morally, we are expected to help those who are less fortunate. I hate hearing all the greedy people on this blog howl about how the “poor” got us into this economic mess. Wake up, idiots and smell the coffee! There aren’t enough “poor” in this country to cause the kind of breakdown we’ve seen– it was caused by the use of dangerous financial instruments and HUGE dollar losses caused by reckless decisions driven by greed, resulting in HUGE payouts like the ones at AIG and other companies. Our country is doomed if you can’t figure that out because it will continue to happen and you’ll continue to spout off ignorant remarks until you lose YOUR job, YOUR little Cobb county McMansion, and that big Suburu SUV that YOU drive while you hog the roads and destroy the ozone. By then, of course, we’ll be a third world country with a few obscenely rich people and a multitude of poor people and NO middle class.

Pick up a newspaper once in a while OR if you can’t read, at least look at a PBS show– then you’ll understand what really caused this meltdown.

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HCS

March 22nd, 2009
11:40 am

If this was given as a bonus from my company I would feel no obligation to return it under any circumstance. I received it under guidelines set out by the company and if the guidelines change, so be it.

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JOJO

March 22nd, 2009
11:46 am

what about the coworkers that are negative all the time and have been with the company forever!! if you don’t like what you are doing move on!!

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Claire

March 22nd, 2009
11:51 am

The government is trying to anger the public against AIG, while the real culprit IS the government for A. Even loaning the money, and
B. Zero stipulations on how the money could be used. If I were a “producing” contractor for AIG, I would absolutely take MY earned bonus (although probably not with a 90% tax on it). Our government is completely out of control. The current administration has NO fiscal responsibility, it is incredible the amount of spending (with no checks and balances)going on, and the damage will be felt for years to come. My only hope is this immature, irresponsible, inexperienced administration will bring about a change to conservatism in this country in four years. If republicans behaved like TRUE republicans, we would not be in this mess and would have had a competent candidate in the last election. Hopefully, Obama will be the best thing for Republicans since Jimmy Carter.

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Merry

March 22nd, 2009
11:53 am

I guess I’m a little messed up on this liberal/conservative thingie. Please straighten me out. Was this bailout mess started by the liberal Bush or the liberal Paulson (whose salary on Wall Street at Goldman Sachs was $646 million his last year)? And then didn’t he bail out Goldman Sachs? Hmmmmmm!

As my favorite coclumnist said “Bush went in as a social conservative and came out as a conservative socialist.”

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John Ellison

March 22nd, 2009
11:57 am

The politicians in Washington have been bought and paid for by Wall Street. Obama’s $800,000,000,000 Stimulus Bill that he signed last month legalized payment of the bonus money to the AIG executives. The problem is Obama and his fellow politicians underestimated the big public backlash when payment was announced. Now everyone in Washington is trying to cover their political asses.

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Vicki

March 22nd, 2009
11:57 am

“Senate Banking committee chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Connecticut) now admits including a loophole clause in the bailout plan that allowed for the bonuses.”

Do you know that Christopher Dodd has recieved over $100,000.00 from AIG along with a hand full of other member of the Senate and the House? Now Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEO’s are going to be recieving more money in bonuses, too. I guess Bernie Franke’s mate will be getting more, too!

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KennesawDave

March 22nd, 2009
12:07 pm

I work in a call center in Marietta and the one type of co-worker that they didn’t mention was the “I think I know better than the boss” co-worker. We have one lady here That despite being writen up, suspended and chastized by my bosses still thinks that her way is the best way and doesn’t care what she’s told about how to do her job correctly. If it’s not her way it’s the wrong way. Wonder if she’ll feel like her way is the best way when she finally gets fired?

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Bernie

March 22nd, 2009
12:07 pm

Suits take care of suits. Period. That’s the way it is, that’s the way it always will be. Until Americans grow a set and actually do something about this you may as well just get used to it.

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Merry

March 22nd, 2009
12:14 pm

Bernie Franke?

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leeh1

March 22nd, 2009
12:15 pm

Those adults who had Attention Deficiet Disorder when children who grow up to be co-workers who can’t do anything that requires planning or sequential thinking. It is like working with a pin ball machine, where the ideas just bounce around and around.

Don’t plan, just do it. And then if it don’t work, fix it. And then fix it again.

And if it don’t work then, just do something else. But don’t plan. Just do it and move on. Why are you taking so long? Just do it.

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KennesawDave

March 22nd, 2009
12:16 pm

Absolutely not! The government knew about these bonuses and never made any conditions before they loanded AIG the taxpayer funds to help keep them afloat. Now because the media has hyped the bonuses up everyone is so outraged. The amount being used for bonuses is slighly over 1% of the money loaned to AIG by you and I(the taxpayers) Now that the bonuses have been made public the government is now all up in arms. Give me a break! Even if the government truly didn’t know about these bonus contracts, that just means that the idiots that were elected to office didn’t read the bill they signed. If I had it my way AIG would’ve not been bailed out and it would’ve gone under and the free market would’ve corrected whatever affect the loss of AIG had. All this is, is another step closer to socialism and a step away from economic freedom.

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Samantha

March 22nd, 2009
12:17 pm

If my AIG bonus was tied to production, then it should be returned without a second thought. If it was tied to a delayed compensation, I would still have to realize that if AIG did not receive the bail out, the company would not be in there. So for me, I would not take the money. I believe they should have not taken it to start with. The greed factor appears to be in effect.

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DB

March 22nd, 2009
12:17 pm

Heck, no, I wouldn’t return it. Thank you, US Government, for the bailout, but we all know that the US Government didn’t do AIG a personal favor. It was in the best interests of the government to make sure that AIG didn’t fail. I have a contract with AIG, not the U.S. Government. If the government wants to take over AIG — and wouldn’t THAT be a hideous precedent — then they can re-negotiate my contract, but in the meantime, my contract is with AIG, I did the work, I met the terms of my contract, and if that contract delineated a bonus, then no, the bonus is MINE. I don’t see how becoming poor and struggling would help anyone.

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Manny

March 22nd, 2009
12:18 pm

I would have given back the bonus. And I would have done it as grandiose as I can, because I think the government is poking into the private lives of every recipient- trying to drag up some dirt.

I don’t think the money’s worth all of that scrutiny from the government and/or the media.

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leeh1

March 22nd, 2009
12:21 pm

“Greed is good.” This is what the neocons were all about- no regulation, and everyone is able to do what they want, and to look out for themselves. I’d keep the money and say “Good-bye!” to anyone who wanted it back.

Besides, government shouldn’t be telling private companies how to run their business. This is simply happening now because the Republicans lost, and will change when they come back.

For those who have lost their jobs, or have to take mandatory pay cuts, or have to work harder, you should stand on your contract as well. Look out for yourself, and yourself only. Take what’s yours, and only worry about yourself. The other people will take care of themselves, or go crying to the Democrats.

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EJ Moosa

March 22nd, 2009
12:22 pm

I would have earned it. It’s why I would have stayed there. The losses would have been greater had you decided NOT to retain my services. So I would have paid for myself.

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metoo

March 22nd, 2009
12:26 pm

To those of you who say they would keep the money because of a signed contract, I assume you back the UAW and it’s retires who signed contacts with the auto makers.

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lawzoo

March 22nd, 2009
12:31 pm

Give it back to who? Those bunch of crooked, incompetent theives at A.I.G.? Wait a minute! That’s me!

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Eleanor Rigby

March 22nd, 2009
12:31 pm

Yes, I would have taken it and I ain’t mad at ‘em. I’m mad at our government for giving billions of dollars in bailouts. It was the wrong decision and I don’t believe it was vital. Be wary of anyone trying to push something through in a hurry. It’s usually a scam.

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Shameka

March 22nd, 2009
12:36 pm

Absolutely! When AIG accepted taxpayers’ dollars something should have changed with the way they do business. They can’t go on with “business as usual” when they needed the federal government to bail them out. If we (taxpayers) have to make sacrifices, then I expect the big time executives to do the same dang thing! Greed and corruption is what got us in this mess! We can’t continue in this direction and expect different results. Wake up people and stop being so selfish.

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another observer

March 22nd, 2009
12:38 pm

What about the nit-picker? You know the one that waits anxiously, ready to pounce on any instance of incorrect grammar, or misspelled word? Do these people have a clue how annoying they are and how little anyone else cares about a misspelled or misused word? Or are they so desperate to show off their superior grammar skills that they’re blind to how petty and pathetic they look?

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KennesawDave

March 22nd, 2009
12:40 pm

Meetoo: That is apples and oranges and you know it. AIG and it’s bonus contracts with its workers were not negotiated through a union nor do the amounts of those contracts even come close to retirement or benefits packages that UAW strangles auto manufacturers for.

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Chris

March 22nd, 2009
12:42 pm

The only people who drive me crazy are the lazy thugs at work. These black girls are overweight and do nothing but complain, worry about when they can go home, and when lunch is. I never see them working too! Why are they so lazy? Pretty obviously why you rarely see black CEO’s, Presidents, VP’s, etc.

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princess

March 22nd, 2009
12:45 pm

HELL NO! Can you say Recession?????

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Birdy

March 22nd, 2009
12:51 pm

No, classic is Hook asking if he’s qualified to be an AJC reporter. Thanks for the humour guys.

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rickster

March 22nd, 2009
1:01 pm

iF oBAMA RETURNED ALL THE EXTRA CAMPAIN MONEY HE RECIEVED FOR THE RUN TO PREZ I WOULD RETURN PART OF THE BONUS

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bella

March 22nd, 2009
1:12 pm

NO I would not give it back! AIG should not have given out this money in the first place. That is AIG’s fault and those that mis issued this money are the ones that need to be removed from the company immediately!

My anger is with the government for mixing taxpayer money with a private company and term it a “bailout”! They just handed over this money and AIG, like others, went on with business as usual! AIG should have never paid the bonuses!

Now is the time to take AIG over like it takes over a bank and sell it off to more smaller and stable companies.

As taxpayers we have real problems facing us like Congress not paying attention to what it is doing. Ask each Senator or Representative IF they actually read the bill before they voted on it and I bet that they got the cliff notes version and didn’t even bother reading that!

We are now in a situation whereas we as voters need to make some hard choices coming up. We first need to take back our ability to vote on more issues as a society. Sure it would take more time but the voter gets to decide by majority.

Next we need to outlaw these political contributions from corporations. Limited money given to anyone running for office to $500 per adult per election and only from his/her own district – except for the president since that office is the only one that needs to go national and that one too needs to be limited to $500 per adult per election.

And finally – NO MORE BAILOUT MONEY except directly back to the taxpayer!

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Jason

March 22nd, 2009
1:26 pm

“The Credit Default Swaps that AIG wrote are what SAVED the other financial institutions that bought them. THIS IS WHY THE GOVT HAD TO BAIL OUT AIG.”

It was AIG’s blind willingness to insure (cheaply) mortgage-backed securities irrespective of risk that led investors to keep buying them, as they could use CDS’s as a hedge. If the derivatives market had been better regulated, AIG would’ve been required to keep enough cash reserves on hand to pay its counterparties in the event of a housing collapse. Consequently, CDS’s would’ve been more expensive; the market for mortgage-backed securities would’ve been smaller; and fewer questionable mortgages would’ve been issued.

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Laurie

March 22nd, 2009
3:04 pm

My personal unfavorites when I worked in an office were the gossip types who were so busy spreading discord among their fellow employees they never got much else done,the interupter who never let you finish a sentence,or if you were in a conversation with someone, they interupted like the little buttinski’s that they were. Then there was one who did nothing but make or take personal calls all day and having to hear them say,”I love you”50 million times a day.Lastly, the ones who insist on playing their music so loud and sometimes over and over if it’s a favorite and they just “love this song”!

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Laurie

March 22nd, 2009
3:08 pm

I forgot about the one who controlled every meeting with their tears. They would manipulate with whining and crying for literally 2 hours or more so every meeting you’d feel completely exhausted!!!!

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Casey Conner

March 23rd, 2009
9:19 am

This is Casey Conner (yes, they misspelled my name above, but no matter), one of the authors of the book. Thanks for all the comments…this topic always drums up great conversation and is lots of fun. Our book has quite a few more “Don’t Be ‘That Guy’” points such as “Body Odor Guy and his wife, Too Much Perfume Lady” and “Instant Best Friend”. The book itself is really about how to get along at work, have integrity and communicate effectively with anyone. It’s got “Consultants” in the title, but it’s a good, easy (and, we’ve been told, fun) read for anyone. Again…thank you all!

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JustGirl

March 24th, 2009
3:39 pm

Yes people, bonuses should come from companies that are doing at least OK, so part its profits are shared among its employees. If the companies are failing (to say the least); then the logic outcome is NOT BONUSES. Stop with the “I’m entitled attitude”

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dw

March 26th, 2009
11:14 am

I think as long as you use your personal computer to update these sites then its none of your job’s business. They want you to leave your personal life out of the workplace so they should stay out of your persoanl life as well. First!

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Name (required)

March 26th, 2009
11:19 am

This is what happens when people think that the world cares about every thought in their head. And yeah, I realize the hypocrisy of saying that here :)

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GWB

March 26th, 2009
11:34 am

Anyone that uses these “social networking” sites are idiots. What is the compulsion to have your stuff in front of the entire universe?

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Jason

March 26th, 2009
11:45 am

Read this.

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Shaye

March 26th, 2009
11:47 am

Regardless of how stupid or compromising comments, pictures, etc., that are posted on the Internet may be, if it doesn’t affect an applican’t ability to do the job, employers are opening themselves up for all kinds of legal trouble. So… to answer the last question: zero.

That said, arguments can be made that a potential employee lacks good judgment, and I don’t see how anyone with half a brain can argue with that for some of these geniuses. It will be interesting to see some legal precedents established as it relates to social media, etc.

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Soulfinger

March 26th, 2009
11:53 am

GWB..didnt you just do exactly that??

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AFAN

March 26th, 2009
11:56 am

Employers can and should go to great lengths to find out about the character of a potential employee…If a company is going to invest time, money and resources into the hiring of a NEW employee then that potential employee should expect to be analyzed with as much technology as available (Cisco probably has some)…and frankly, I think Twitter, Facebook and MySpace are an enormous waste of time…if you want to spend 3 hours at night updating your profile and telling the world that you just ordered a Pizza then go ahead…the economy is in the crapper and customer service is still at an all-time low…I can’t believe the number of people that walk around their job texting and talking and surfing.

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JAYB

March 26th, 2009
12:03 pm

GWB….I believe this counts as a “social network” and I believe you just threw your thoughts out to the “entire universe.” Therefore, you just termed yourself as one of the many idiots. Careful what you say, may come back to bite ya!

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Kiddo

March 26th, 2009
12:09 pm

Who cares what you say about your job…it’s just venting. This is why I like Myspace, you can set your profile to PRIVATE. People take things way to seriously.

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BAC

March 26th, 2009
12:18 pm

how are you supposed to avoid being friends with your boss if she or he asks?

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BAC

March 26th, 2009
12:19 pm

chiming in, piling on GWB :) I guess if you are an idiot, you don’t realize it :)

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JJ

March 26th, 2009
12:37 pm

What is twitter? Even my high schoolers don’t know……

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shaggy

March 26th, 2009
1:14 pm

Someone this stupid needs to go play in a busy road and remove the bad genes.

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Brooke

March 26th, 2009
1:42 pm

Can you twitter your way out of a speeding tix…when that happens facebook, myspace, twitter, text or use the old fashion way and call me!

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nik

March 26th, 2009
1:45 pm

twitter is the best! i love it

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momtoAlex&Max

March 26th, 2009
1:46 pm

That’s why I set my Facebook page private. No one can see but my friends. And I’d NEVER be friends with anyone that I work with or for. That’s just stupid. Also my FB is set to First Name Maiden Name Married Name. Professionaly, no one knows my maiden name, so they still probably couldn’t find me.

TO BAC: if your boss sends u a friend request, just ignore it…they won’t send him/her a notice that you did it. If he/she asks about it, just “Oh sorry, I’m not on {whatever social media} all that often, I haven’t seen it”

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Kar

March 26th, 2009
1:47 pm

There’s probably a code of conduct clause or some sort of privacy rules that they’re using to prune out the idiots who don’t know how to use some discretion.

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The Grunter

March 26th, 2009
2:31 pm

We have a lot of grunters, throat clearers and hockers. OK if you have a cold, but these folks snort, grunt, talk to themselves and clear their throats every day for months now. Keep your bodily noises to yourself. Loud gigglers too! Get a cough drop or something. The behavior makes me wonder how many germs are floating around in the office. It is to the point where I use ear plugs daily so I can concentrate on my work rather than listen to the harmony of nasal noises.

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LeLe

March 26th, 2009
2:47 pm

Hi momtoAlex&Max… people in FB can search on just your first name + married name, so they could still find you without knowing your maiden name. Go try searching on yourself without your maiden name and you will see. Just wanted to warn you if you thought you were protected from being found by coworkers. Granted, if you are set to friends only, at least they won’t be able to see your pages. I agree, not smart to allow colleagues as friends unless you plan to not make any embarrassing or unprofessional statements. I would recommend using FB “lists” function for anyone who wants to segregate what certain segments of your friends list can see.

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Sarah

March 26th, 2009
2:51 pm

Too bad hand-held device addicts can’t twitter themselves out of this universe. Go to any place and observe people; who appears…at least ostensibly, to have the most gray matter: A person sitting and looking at their hand-held device or a person reading a book. I’m not saying the hand-held divice addict doesn’t have gray matter, it’s usually in the form of yesterdays underwear and not in the skull. The blank look on some faces this posting surely evokes is funny to me.

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Jesse

March 26th, 2009
2:54 pm

Twitter can be a benefit for job seekers if used correctly – but one needs to realize that a tweet can be seen by anyone (including potential and former employers). People do not have to use twitter, but if you wish to do so, then you need to understand what the ramifications might be. This person should be happy that he got a job offer at all (or internship) – especially with a company like Cisco – the answer to his question is easy – suck it up for the summer, commute and do the work that you may not like to get the experience. It is a great resume builder with a great company. Summertime isn’t that long, and there will be more of them in the future. And for people that have questions like this – think about how the question looks to an outside observer. If you wouldn’t ask it directly of the employer – then don’t tweet it either. If you can’t handle that, don’t use twitter – stick to facebook and use the privacy options. As for Cisco, or any other company – they have every right to check twitter or other social network sites. It is a large investment to hire someone whether the company is large or small and they want to minimize their mistakes. It is up to you to make sure that your online brand is representing what you think it should. Now it’s time for me to get back to job seeking.

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Shameka

March 26th, 2009
2:56 pm

Make your profile private and only allow close friends access to your information. That way you can say whatever you like.

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Judi

March 26th, 2009
4:28 pm

It amazes me the things people will post on the internet as if nobody can see them – or only the people they’re posting to.
The internet is WIDE OPEN, people. Joe Schmoe in AnyCountry is sitting in his bedroom reading your words and viewing your thong!
Now, I realize for some people, this is a “thrill”, but when it comes to presenting yourself favorably to the right people, your public internet activities will speak loudest.
I do nothing on the internet that will embarass me or my mother.

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momtoAlex&Max

March 26th, 2009
5:16 pm

To LeLe: they might be able to find me, but they can see nothing. I have tested this with my husband’s account before he was my “friend” (ha ha) in FB and no one that is not on my friend’s list can see anything of mine.

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Jason

March 26th, 2009
5:36 pm

This is definitely happening. I have had department managers ask for temporary access to facebook and myspace so they can check people out before hiring them.

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Facing up to own mistakes

March 27th, 2009
1:56 pm

The certification must carry weight in the field of practice. In looking at the question, if you were the hiring manager and you had two candicates of equal caliber, one with additional certification and the other does not have additional certification, who would you pick? Nuff said.

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Sarah

March 28th, 2009
11:13 pm

Be advised actually, even if you have your profiles set to private, there are programs that can get around that and look at your profiles anyways. I don’t know how common this is, but I do know that some colleges are using them to check up on their athletes, and it could very well be used by employers as well.

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HP

March 30th, 2009
10:00 am

I would do it at home too. I see those kiosks take all kinds of abuse when I visit these stores, from frustrated job seekers banging on them, to managers diddling around with them trying to make them work and not knowing what they are doing, to little kids using them as toys. Just save yourself the aggravation. Job hunting is hard enough.

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DecaturCyn

March 30th, 2009
7:21 pm

Through Facebook, I’ve reestablished contact with long-lost cousins, rekindled friendships with college classmates, and gotten to know nice people who would otherwise simply be passing acquaintances. It’s been a terrific way to connect. And yes, I have colleagues in my friends list, too. It’s really perfectly benign as long as you never write anything that you wouldn’t mind posting on a billboard.

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DecaturCyn

March 30th, 2009
7:27 pm

I scrambled that comment a bit. It should have read … “as long as you only write comments that you wouldn’t mind posting on a billboard.”

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Kay

March 30th, 2009
9:15 pm

I applied for a position at Walmart on a kiosk…kiosk from hell for sure!! Took a/b 90+minutes!!

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Home Again

March 31st, 2009
8:40 am

It is a sad fact that the “normal” process for finding and acquiring a job has sunk to a new low using non-human resources to replace human resources. Even for more traditional employment the process begins with the online search. Once you find the job then you must fill out the online application. You have no idea if a human even ever got to see your resume. The Human Resource Department needs to change its name to the Non-Human Resource Department. As a person that is always told “you interview well above your resume!” this is very distressing. I have always depended on the interview to get the job. Truly a low point in American employment practice!

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Sally

March 31st, 2009
10:11 am

Employment kiosks were instituted to prevent store managers from discriminating and level the playing field for applicants, but its all about the software. There are some great software packages and some awful ones – “kiosks” are a specialty and require specialists to make them user friendly. No, you can’t just throw your web site on a PC and expect it to work for the public. Sounds like this Kiosk from Hell was a low-budget afterthought ordered by the same purchasing guy who buys pencils and toilet paper.

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GLENN MILLER

March 31st, 2009
10:46 pm

EXPERIENCE

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greg

April 3rd, 2009
12:03 pm

Yet another example of group-identity think brought to you by the AJC

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John

April 3rd, 2009
12:06 pm

As a manager of an Linkedin group of hearing impaired professionals, I see this all the time. Not only is the job market tough, but once an interviewer sees the hearing aids or realizes that you’re having trouble understanding what he/she is saying, you’re immediately rejected. Only the most open-minded recruiter is able to see past the disability and appreciate what one has to offer. And I believe that hearing-impaired people have more difficulty than other disabled people – except maybe for those who are sight-impaired. Anyone can roll their wheelchair up to the desk and work. But if you can’t hear in a meeting, use the telephone, or understand spoken directions or warnings, you won’t be hired.

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Gretchen

April 3rd, 2009
12:14 pm

Group-identity think? What is that?

I AM disabled and fortunately have been at my job for 5 yrs this month. I believe it IS tougher than it normally has been for those who have a disability – physically, emotionally or mentally – because competition is tougher and the skills needed are becoming more and more scrutinized. For those who have unfortunately been hit with a layoff it will be even harder to bounce back yet alone compete for jobs against those who don’t have the disabilities that employers may assume will be a hinderence to your productivity.

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KennesawDave

April 3rd, 2009
12:15 pm

I am legally blind and have worked for an Atlanta based company now for 3 years. In the past I have found it difficult to find a job regarless of economic times either because most employers or businesses are uncertain of what my limitations were or how they would affect my job responsibilites. However, One outlet that some people with disabilities can take advantage of are work from home programs offered through companies that train people to be Customer Service Agents. The only word of caution I would offer if someone choosed to go this route is to go to Clark Howard’s website http://www.clarkhoward.com to see which ones are listed on his site. DO NOT WHATEVER YOU DO do a random “work from home” search on the NET. You would find more scams than anything. Another good avenue to pursue is if you have what’s called a Vocation Rehab counselor(like here in GA), you can often get job training and even obtain employment through contacts that they have. There are some very disability friendly companies right here in the metro area. You just need to do some research and talk to the right people. If you want to get off to a good start, check with your local Department of Labor office. You can often sit down with someone there that can provide you with some very helpful information to get started.

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j sutter

April 3rd, 2009
2:16 pm

This is not surprising wheher the economy is good or bad. It is reflective of too many employers attitudes about disabilities. They believe you aren’t capable of working. Fortunately with my disability I lead 2 organizations that between them employ over 2,000. Those who have poor attitudes towards those with disabilities don’t get hired or end up fired first when I hear that type of attitude.

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Taron Harrison

April 6th, 2009
4:48 pm

Greetings Tyler Perry I’m 26 years old and , Basicly I need a job. I was laid off from a couple of jobs in Atlanta and continue seeking others , and I need something so I can finish college . You can reach me at 850-591-6373 or 404-256-5391. Thank You for being you . Taron

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elizabeth

April 6th, 2009
9:38 pm

“Pretty obviously why you rarely see black CEO’s, Presidents, VP’s, etc.”

Yeah, a black President? THAT will never happen!

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jasmine`

April 8th, 2009
12:10 pm

how can i get a job and im only 13 bout to be 14 in july really need money an a job !

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jay

April 10th, 2009
12:01 am

Just finished my first day as a valet. It’s a nice change of pace from my FT job and my new co-workers were all cool and willing to help.

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Caroline

April 10th, 2009
8:26 am

Everyone needs to realize that there is no better time to start your own business than in a recession! The key is to start one with a product that is highly consumable, in a growing industry, with a lucrative compensation plan where you can become profitable quickly. Ideally, it would be one where you create jobs for others. This is what I have done! I started out with this being my Plan B, but it has quickly become my Plan A because real estate (my original Plan A) is so hard right now. The best part about it? It’s chocolate… healthy chocolate! If you are interested in what I’m doing, call 1-888-225-3008, ext. 1316.

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KennesawDave

April 10th, 2009
12:29 pm

I’m not much of a salesman so I don’t know that I would take a telemarketer job unless I simply had to. I have worked in 3 call centers and have found most to be very professional and a pleasant place to work for the most part. The only job I would not take regardless of my situation would be as a collector. I’ve worked in 2 call centers that did collections and will never do it again after doing it for 3 yrs. Primarily because I didn’t really make any money because believe it or not I wasn’t mean enough to people. In fact I was more customer servie oriented. I wanted to help people more than beat them up on the phone just to get a payment. Needless to say I never made but 1 bonus check en my entire 3 yrs as a collector. Thankfully I work in customer service now oddly enough in a call center for a large Atlanta based company. The pay isn’t great and the hours can be kind of rough, but I don’t dread getting up in the morning going to a job I hate. Instead, I get up and look forward to coming to work.

Oh and Joy, you are right about what you heard about Ryla. I live in Kennesaw where they are based and not only have I heard that they are a great place to work, but they are also disability friendly. I ride the bus with a guy who works there who makes a fairly decent amount of money working Verizon accounts.

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lynn

April 10th, 2009
2:40 pm

check out SelectCandidates.com to submit your resume

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Justin

April 11th, 2009
4:26 pm

I don’t think I could ever be a telemarketer. They just drive me too crazy!! Recently, I’ve gotten into the habit of filing phone complaints online against them to try and get the calls to stop. Not much success so far, but I’ve only tried to file a complaint at http://www.WhosePhoneIsThis.com.

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Corn of the Cobb

April 12th, 2009
12:12 pm

Receiving my Associates Degree from a technical college in computer networking has only led me to a greater understanding of computer science, but no job. The reason why is because most IT carriers require certifications and look upon these as experience. Pursuing these certifications while continuing my education in information security from a university has allowed me time to discover that utilizing both can benefit me in building a career for the future. In short, research the field of your choice because some fields need both and others need one or the other or none.

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Ron

April 13th, 2009
9:06 am

My experience in the corporate world is that men and women who are tall get promoted more often than those who are short. Also, extroverts get promoted more often than introverts, despite the fact that many of these extroverts are totally incompetent. Weight does not seem to be an issue.

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Tia

April 13th, 2009
9:13 am

Of course weight is an issue. People in the world think overweight people are lazy and do not take care of themselves. I have worked in coporate america for 15 years and for one of the top companies of all time. I have noticed thin men and women almost always get promoted and when someone overweight does, they are often called deragatory names having to do with their weight behind thier backs… sad, but very very true. I have noticed and it is not the way it should be that overweight people are discriminated against everyday of their lives. I see people stare at them, children laugh and people make judgements. I wish people didn’t do this to them.

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Objective Thought

April 13th, 2009
9:19 am

What a junk study, there are millions of factors at work here. Consider this – Men who spend more hours on the job, have less time to excersise, therefore gaining weight and deserving a promotion, explaining why more bosses are overweight. Overweight and obese are 2 different things, not clearly discerned here.
Also, men who make more money can disregard appearance and still remain somewhat relative in finding and retaining a female mate, but no amount of money alone can make a woman skinny.
Yes “the old double standard” is, and will be in effect, until women value men solely on looks rather than: status, money, accomplishment, etc…

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Delia

April 13th, 2009
9:36 am

I agree with Ron. I think it seems to be relevant to the introvert v. extroverts personality types. If you are an extrovert, people seem to naturally gravitate toward you (yes, even if the person is an idiot). I have come across many leaders who have big personalities but no knowledge. I have come across people who need to be in leadership positions but are introverted so people assume they are not leadership materials. (Oftentimes, these people reject leadership). Also, for men weight does not matter but it does for women. In fact, more women than men are promoted based on looks not their talent at all. This is why there is such a problem with female leadership because honestly many of then are incompetent. I DID NOT SAY WOMEN ARE NOT GREAT LEADERS but if you choose an idiot of any gender, race, etc.- you will have horrible leadership.

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matt

April 13th, 2009
9:48 am

If they can afford $60+ meals every day, I am sure all that good food is delicious!

Tia,
Being overweight is a choice. If it truly bothered these people, they would consume less calories and excercise more. They make a personal choice everytime they choose what to eat and whether to do something active or something lazy.

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GeoffDawg

April 13th, 2009
9:49 am

Please….people who get ahead in corporate America are the ones to make personal sacrifices of their time and energy. Generally speaking, this will tend to have negative impact on the old waistline. I hope there wasn’t a federal grant involved in this idiotic study.

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lovelyliz

April 13th, 2009
9:50 am

Is there a double standard between professional men & women when it comes to weight?

Does the sun rise in the east?

Is the Pope Catholic?

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MacArthur O. Means

April 13th, 2009
10:11 am

I’m the boss. I’m 30 pounds overweight. Bite me.

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Mike

April 13th, 2009
10:25 am

People who let their personal lives go to pot (no exercise, eat on the run, etc…) and let their life / work balance swing overwhelmingly towards work get promoted more because they spend much more time working. It is only fair they get promoted more… however, I will not make the choice to give my life to a company in order to move ahead. I’d rather know and enjoy my family and friends and spend as much time pursuing personal endeavors…

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Not So Skinny Minnie

April 13th, 2009
10:51 am

Sadly, women, MUCH more so than men, are discriminated against, both professionally & personally, if they don’t meet society’s narrow standards of beauty. Matt, you are woefully ignorant. No one CHOOSES to be overweight. Overeating is an addiction, much like smoking, drugs, alchohol & gambling. BTW, I’ve known many overweight people who are anything BUT lazy in the workforce & by the same token, I’ve also known some thin slackers. You’re just letting your prejudices do your “thinking” (?!?) for you

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joyce

April 13th, 2009
10:57 am

Fat men don’t like work, so they spend their time eating and brown nosing so they can be in charge. If you think not, you haven’t worked very long in the Federal world.

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GeoffDawg

April 13th, 2009
11:08 am

Joyce – fat men spend their time eating so they can be in charge? What a well thought out and cogent statement. Even so, if that is the federal world, now officially nothing in bureuacracy surprises me.

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Susan

April 13th, 2009
11:35 am

Those who get promoted to upper management positions were not overweight at first, but once they get that position watch that weight pile on. Those “business meals” carry a lot of weight.

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Roekest

April 13th, 2009
11:46 am

Maybe fat men are more intimidating that fat women, and that’s why they get promoted.

To all the healthy ^&%^$ out there, us fatties are not evil and lazy because we don’t exercise or because we like good food too often. Some of us (believe it or not!) are quite healthy. All I ask is that you all THINK before spouting off at the mouth about your “desirable” life-style. Do that, and I promise I won’t try to hit you with my car when I see you jogging down the road or in place at the traffic light. Just because you exercise 4 hours a day, 8 days a week, doesn’t make you better or smarter than anybody else. It just means you have little else to do with your lives

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Roekest

April 13th, 2009
11:48 am

Joyce,

You’re an idiot. Please think first.

And perhaps you’re not as successful as you’d like to be because you’re not that bright. Something to think about….

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Oh Brother

April 13th, 2009
1:15 pm

Justin, would you rather get telemarketing calls or support out-of-work telemarketers on welfare/unemployment??

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matt

April 13th, 2009
1:19 pm

Not So Skinny Minnie,

I think you took this far too personally. I’ll try not to take your ‘woefully ignorant’ comment personally, so allow me to clarify. Fat people are not lazy or unproductive in the workplace at all, unless we are talking about a manual labor job. I know plenty of very hard working overweight people, but they do choose their condition. Just like smokers chose to smoke, drinkers chose to drink, gamblers chose to gamble. At some point in their life they made the decision to start heading down that path. It is the equivalent of having a messy room, except a messy room takes a few hours to fix- a messy body can take years. All that food tastes just as good to people in great shape as well, they just exhibit more self control.

Roekest,

Who is on here claiming to be superior to you? What does weight have to do with intelligence? I am sure there are fat and skinny people who are smarter than you or I. To ignore the countless medical facts relating obesity to heart disease is not very intellectually sounds, and threatening to run joggers over is just plain childish.

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carol mcdaniel

April 13th, 2009
2:11 pm

Enter your comments here i work for atelemaking.the co was in kennsaw ga.iwas a very god emoply for this co.i worked 7 days a week some weeks.i was let go on 12/26/o6. i have not worked sence then.

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Fat

April 13th, 2009
2:34 pm

I think paycuts would be the best for long term success. That way the employer is spending less money but still enjoying the same quality of labor. No one is going to quit in this economy. Admit it, you’d still show up to work if they cut your pay 15%.

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Not So Skinny Minnie

April 13th, 2009
5:15 pm

Ah, Matt, you must be one of those lucky people who’ve never had a weight problem, otherwise you’d know being fat is NOT a choice. Gee, I, personally, don’t remember ever waking up one morning, looking in the mirror & saying to myself “Ugh, I HATE my slim, trim perfect self. I think I’m gonna gain 40 pounds. I get sick of compliments, looking good, being treated nicely & feeling good.” Gaining weight is a gradual thing. You can’t pinpoint where/when the problem begins but then there comes a point where you realize there now IS a problem. And eating is the one unavoidable addiction, if one is cursed with an addictive personality. No one has to take that first cigarette, beer, crack pipe, etc, but we do have to eat. (Roekest, you ROCK!)

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lovelyliz

April 13th, 2009
6:51 pm

Overweight professional men are seen as being too busy to exercise. Similarly weighted women are labelled as lazy.

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matt

April 13th, 2009
11:37 pm

You are not stuck in that cycle. It will be hard to break, but you can do it. It will take a long time and a lot of sacrifice, but are you not capable of accomplishing anything you truly try to face? No matter your weight, if you look hard enough at yourself you’ll never be happy. The weight is something that you retain the option to control. I support you if you want to start facing this, it is not futile. Eat all the fresh fruits and vegetables you care to, never drink soda (diet sodas are just as bad), avoid processed carbs or sugars, and exercise whenever you get the chance (make chances, it can be fun). You’ll be faster, lighter, more capable in a dangerous situation, feel better, look more attractive, and you’ll probably live longer. I wish you the best.

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Brian Lewis

April 14th, 2009
12:32 am

Well, sounds like I am part of the working-wounded (an apt description if there ever was one). I have been laid off for the second time in a year, and while I do not meet the usual definition of disabled, and I take nothing away from those folks that really are disabled, my hi-tech on-the-job skills have finally run their course and I am now unemployable in the IT industry. For years I have been struggling with a really trashed lower back due to injury and hereditary, and in the past few years I have had very high numbers of days off due to illness. An employer I had a year ago, was unbelievably tolerant of this and did not dock me a single days pay thru severe back problems, cancer treatments, mental disorientation due to neurological pain drugs, they were just excellent. However, my last employer, was told to terminate me from the project by the client because I took three days off across a weekend due to a bad gastro issue. I had an at-will contract so there was nothing I could do about it, my employer didn’t like it, but they had no other work. So here I am, going to job interviews as a 55 year old, mildly overweight male who limps when he walks because of his chronic back issues. I can’t get a job that requires bending or lifting of any kind, and I am no longer sought after in the IT industry. I am looking at retraining. But the cause of my disability is completely fixable. I have no insurance, even when I had good health insurance I could not afford the copays for seeing my specialists. It is getting harder and harder to walk, and I would not be able to walk if it were not for the drugs I take that also impact my cognition to varying degrees. So, do I battle on and keep sliding but retrained and stop work when I can no longer physically get around, or do I go straight for getting declared disabled and unable to perform my usual work, new work, and if my back is not operated on, my condition will last till I die? I have had an exceptional run in hi-tech, but lost everything including my life saving in a divorce, business closure and home foreclosure. Oh well. Batter up!

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Not So Skinny Minnie

April 14th, 2009
9:03 am

Matt, you ARE right but I wish it were that simple. Ask just about any overweight person, myself included, I openly admit, but I think we’ve all been on that lose weight/gain it back rollercoaster. Very frustrating, especially since during our “thin” periods, we do look & feel better by far

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Bob

April 14th, 2009
10:44 am

Just so you know, matt is fat.

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matt

April 14th, 2009
8:09 pm

who told you :(

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steve

April 14th, 2009
10:16 pm

i would like to see an article on how to deal with getting elderly parents to understand their limitations. my mother has dementia and lives with me , an almost daily problem is trying to explain to her why she can no longer drive or live by herself, i explain why ,but she just gets mad and cries, i know I’m not the only one dealing with this, please use your resources and give us all something to work with

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Today's Layoffs | Today's Layoffs

April 15th, 2009
7:19 am

[...] to come!!!!!More people who are being laid-off are now suing their former employers. Would you? http://tinyurl.com/c6e35dNew blog post: Rhode Island Extends COBRA Subsidy To Laid-Off Small Business Employees [...]

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Steve

April 15th, 2009
8:40 am

Depends on the circumstances

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Drago

April 15th, 2009
8:43 am

Georgia is a right-to-work state, thus you can be fired, laid-off, terminated for any cause except discrimination against age, race, color,creed, national origin, etc. And the unemployment office will not help you if there is any sign of discrimination. If you suspect being fired due to prejudice reasons, contact the Atlanta Legal AID Society for starters.

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FTMEMM

April 15th, 2009
9:10 am

I think anyone should sue their employer if their is cause and it is based on any type of discrimination that is improper. Empoyers have the power to absolutely do whatever they want to employees they no longer want around – you can removed for your job pretty much for no reason and get nothing in return.

There is no loyalty out there, from employees or employers. The difference, usually, is that an employer who chooses to terminate an employee has the potential to cause allot of damage, much of it that could be avoided or lessened if the employer would just show some compassion.

I feel there should be more protections for employees when it comes to job loss, mainly to soften the blow. I think this should particularly apply to larger companies that have the resources to do so.

Regardless, anyone who think being fired of laid-off cannot happen to them, it can! Even if you do outstanding work, things can change – network throughout your career, do everything to keep your options open, because things can change at any time.

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Adittohead

April 15th, 2009
9:13 am

WELCOME TO THE 21th Century & the GLOBAL ECONOMY…AMERICA

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FTMEMM

April 15th, 2009
9:14 am

Agreed – paycuts are probably best for long-term success if the industry or business needs to do this. It is unfortunate, but neccessary in these times.

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HP

April 15th, 2009
9:33 am

I got laid off in December 2008. Although I am still very angry, I don’t see the point in suing them. In all honesty, I don’t want my job back. I don’t think they have any money (or I wouldn’t have gotten laid off). I don’t want to end up with a mark against me with any future – and probably better – employers. I know there is a lot of age and other types of discrimination out there, and good reasons for people to sue. I just don’t think for me this is an option. I also have a husband and two kids and this is hard enough on everyone, without adding the stress of a lawsuit. Sometimes you have to know when to walk away. It is not being weak, it is being strong enough to put this in someone else’s hands and know that in the end, everyone gets what they deserve, good and bad.

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amy

April 15th, 2009
9:51 am

correct me if i’m wrong, but isn’t Georgia a “Work at will” state?
Meaning you can quit at any time, and they can lay you off at any time, and it doesn’t matter what the reason, that’s just the way it is.
Why waste more money suing? That isn’t going to solve anything.
Plus, as a benefit of actually working, if you are laid off, you can collect unemployment until you are employed again. Your paycheck pays into unemployment, so why not take advantage of it, if you are the unfortunate and do get laid off…..

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Scoutmamma

April 15th, 2009
9:52 am

My husband was recently laid off after 20 years of devoted service. And I truly mean devoted service. Over the years this company has just gone down the toilet and employee loyalty means absolutely nothing to them any longer. While our family is hurting financially, his release from that company is really the best thing to happen to him, and us. There’s nothing worse than putting 100% of your heart, soul, and devotion into something you believe in just to get the heave-ho from management.

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itsme

April 15th, 2009
10:00 am

Why would you sue the company that did not have enough money to keep you? Seems counterproductive. I would hope the company would stay in the black enough to pay 65% of my COBRA.

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FYIonEEOC

April 15th, 2009
10:15 am

Did you know that anyone can file a complaint against their employer if they feel they have been discriminated against whether they are currently employed or have been “let go” (fired or laid off). All you need to do is to file your complaint with the local district EEOC office. You can do it in person or by phone or by postal mail. The Atlanta district EEOC office is located where the former Rich’s Department Store was — across from the Five Points MARTA Station. Would suggest you hit the http://www.eeoc.gov web site first and check out the Mediation process available that allows resolution without litigation or hiring attorneys to hear your charges against your employer. Also suggest you write and document what happened to you and your opinion for a satisfactory settlement to resolve your complaint.

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Jefferson

April 15th, 2009
10:24 am

Work is highly overrated.

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Real Deal

April 15th, 2009
10:45 am

A business is a financial risk taking enterprise to provide goods and services that consumers or customers will buy for more than they cost to provide. Individual owners and/or stockholders invest capital and take the risk. They must hire people and buy raw materials to produce the product or service. IF THEY CAN’T SELL ENOUGH PRODUCT THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO LAY OFF OR FIRE THE PEOPLE THEY PAY. IF THE PEOPLE THEY HIRE CAN’T DO THE WORK OR OFFEND CUSTOMERS WITH A BAD ATTITUDE, A BUSINESS ALSO HAS THE RIGHT TO FIRE THEM. THIS RACE CARD CRAP IS JUST DISGUSTING! TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF WHATEVER COLOR YOU ARE.

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SAWB

April 15th, 2009
10:53 am

You can sue for anything. “Feeling” discriminated against is not going anywhere though. There has to be actual discrimination not a feeling.

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catlady

April 15th, 2009
11:29 am

You pay ALL your COBRA. That is, you pay the total amount of your insurance, rather than your employer paying a share. And employers pay into the unemployment tax, it is NOT take out of employees’ checks.

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The Voice

April 15th, 2009
11:34 am

OK…..things didn’t go my way so I will grab the closest lawyer advertising on TV and sue. Sue somebody, anybody, anyone….just sue. Wow….the children of the Greatest Generation that won WWII surely can whine…..geeeez pull your self up and and get a job. Is whining and sueing what your parents taught you….I think not.

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Louis

April 15th, 2009
11:36 am

What a sue-happy society. Getting fired or laid off and having that suddenly become a race issue is just another example of how people look to government to make them happy and pay them off. Funny how money makes everyone feel better who believes they’ve been wronged. Pay me and I’ll dop my charge. Work hard, be dependable, show your value everyday, take care of customers. Quit all this sue your employer nonsense. What a country. Give me $200k and I’ll go away. Nice…

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ornery

April 15th, 2009
11:47 am

Really does depend on the circumstances.. I think there are some companies out there that are purposely reducing staff because of the presidential administration and perceived anti-business mindset. Though that would mean govt and business are both to blame. If I had not received a severance (as minimal as it was). I would consider legal action in large part of the pure incompetence of the owners. If an organization has financial problems, it should say so and how to fix the problem. If they just go on a whim and lay everybody off with no foresight or decision, then they are asking for trouble. I never took the anger way to a layoff, it’s “part of the process”.

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FYIonEEOC

April 15th, 2009
11:51 am

Filing a complaint with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) is not about race or suing someone — it is about equal rights. It includes gender, nationality, sexual, religious, age, disability as well as racial issues. It is about your equal right to fair employment and/or dismissal.
Your tax dollars pay for EEOC to accept your allegations of perceived discrimination and then to decide if you were actually a victim of discrimination. Look it up before you judge whether the http://www.eeoc.gov could help you if you were treated unfairly. There is no fee unless you decide to hire your own attorney — which is not necessary to file an EEOC complaint. Filing a complaint is not filing a lawsuit!

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N.J,

April 15th, 2009
11:57 am

Not surprised. I am also disabled moved here from another state, in a county just outside Atlanta, and started looking for bus lines to take to the doctors office or to stores, and not only did they not exist, there are no taxi companies that exist either, or those that do tell you that they can come and pick you up in three hours, and then often they do not show up at all. This area is basically backwards as all hell. Not just in the handling of the disabled but in just about everything. .

My advice is to get a lawyer right from the beginning. They work on a percentage basis and can only take a percentage of past payments you are owed. They also know the details about when the state loses by default by failing to respond within the proper dates. A lot of people dont get benefits because they dont know the law, and dont know that the state has broken a rule that requires them to start making payment. Lawyers know this, but people who apply on their own do not.

Secondly, fill out the forms properly. Most initial rejections come from not doting your I’s and crossing your T’s. The tiniest error on the form gets you a rejection.

Third, if you are rejected, act immediately within the stated time frame to do whatever you need to do to contest the rejection. Fill out the required “contestation” form within the 30 or 60 or whatever the amount of days you need to get them in. If you do you stay in position to get your case before an administrative judge, if you do not, you go right back to the beginning of the process and have to start as if you never filed before.

Most people are rejected for technical reasons, not real ones. Next most people who are rejected go back to the beginning because they get discouraged and dont follow the process within the time limits. Dont give up, do everything within the time limits and about 70 percent of applicants who do end up collecting benefits. The government makes this hard primarily so people will give up.

Learn the time frames. If the state must answer you within six months, and you do not get a letter in six months and one day, go directly to a lawyer. The time frames are legal requirements both for the applicant AND the state.

This is why I recommend getting a lawyer to handle this immediately. They dont cost you anything but a percentage of the money you would be owned for the time prior to your being awarded SSI or SSDI, and its better to let them take 25 percent of that money than to not collect at all. They do not get a percentage of your future payments.

I think if everyone who was disabled got lawyers from the get go, the state would have a lot harder time rejecting anyone. Primarily because they make so many mistakes they would either have to repair their system, or just start paying. This is a situation where it pays to get experts on your side. And lawyers are those experts. Sometimes a lawyer might drag out the case a little longer, because the higher your past benefits are, the higher their total dollar sum becomes, but in the end, you are rather more likely to win with one than without one.

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HP

April 15th, 2009
11:58 am

So what do you get when you run down to the EEOC and file these suits, FYIonEEOC?

There are a lot of misinformed people on this board, but I think the people filing these suits/complaints are also misinformed. A lot of people DO think they are going to get a monetary settlement of some kind. I think all you are going to get is your crappy job back. And most of the time, when people think long and hard about it, they don’t want the crappy job and would be better off spending their energies looking for a new one.

Believe me, I KNOW these employers are full of it and there is a lot of shady things going on. But filing a complaint or a lawsuit isn’t always the answer. Sometimes you have to move on with your life. It is stressful enough being unemployed.

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Mary

April 15th, 2009
12:03 pm

It isn’t the guys who won WWII who are doing the whinning! They’re too old to be working or laid off..in their 80’s!

Far too many companies are rewarding remaining employees for lying about the issues and resolutions!

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2009 THE YEAR

April 15th, 2009
12:12 pm

Georgia is a right to work state period. Employers need no reason other then your services are no longer needed. Right now things are slow for a lot of companies and while last year they could overlook the fact that the employees were not fully working, they cant do that any longer. Thus the consolidation of jobs in the work forse. Means nothing other then they are cutting back in employee play and waisted time that they have paid for over the years.

As a self employed person might I as this question. How many of you are typing this while on your employers time? Thought so.

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FYIonEEOC

April 15th, 2009
12:13 pm

To answer HP, if one opts for a Mediation procedure at EEOC, what you “get” is an opportunity to listen and find out WHY you got in this job situation (unemplyment or harrassment) and have someone (employer or managment) listen to you while you tell your side of your job story. Sometimes that lessens the stress of being unemployed from no fault of your own. Sometimes that allows you a return to a better job or better accommodations at your former job. Not all people who file complaints hate their jobs and many would be glad to return under “certain” circumstances. Everyone’s job story is different. If you had a “crappy” job, then you were probably a “crappy” employee — don’t you think?

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4Unions

April 15th, 2009
12:35 pm

Layoffs are not as devastating to union employees because the company provides the needed assistance for employees to re-enter the workforce by providing the much needed financial assistance in furthering employees education and technical skills. In addition, most employees are paid following a layoff based on their years of service with the company. On average employees remain on payroll up to six months following a layoff…..during this period employees oftentimes find new jobs without experiencing a decrease in their household incomes….VOTE 4 UNIONS

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Your Employer

April 15th, 2009
12:41 pm

I owe you a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. That is all. I do not exist to provide your healthcare benefits, or to match your 401k, or to babysit your kids. I compete with other employers to attract the best employees. Employees compete with other workers to get the best jobs. That’s how the free market works. If you sue me, I will fire you so fast your head will spin.

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The Voice

April 15th, 2009
12:46 pm

Mary obviously you don’t know how to read. I said the children of the Greatest Generation…..idiot.

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HP

April 15th, 2009
1:05 pm

FYIonEEOC: Read “Your Employer’s” post. I don’t think that was a joke.

‘Nuff said.

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Jefferson

April 15th, 2009
1:47 pm

A human resource — how degrading to a person.

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The Voice

April 15th, 2009
3:36 pm

Hey Mary I bet you are unemployed….for lack of attention.

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clowny

April 16th, 2009
6:58 pm

I’m currently unemployed. I worked for this company I really like and I started to noticed things that were out the norm like I was not getting the proper training like my coworker was getting and we performed the same duties. Well, I was rated high on my job performance. The next month I was fired. I was making in the 40’s so this was great for me. I went to the eeoc and filed a complaint. It did no good. EEOC is working for the major companies. It’s sad to say. With me being unemployed. I couldn’t hire a lawyer. Legal aid has not been helpful either. Did I hear anything back from EEOC? No. Georgia is a Right to work State–please read below

Since the 1940s, twenty two states (and Guam) have enacted Right to Work laws. They are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.

Whether or not you agree with Right to Work laws, and whether or not you want to live in a Right to Work state, it is important to recognize that the Right to Work laws are not to be confused with the concept of Employment At Will. According to J. Steven Niznik in his article entitled, Employment at Will, “The Employment at Will doctrine means that employment is voluntary for both employees and employers. As an at-will employee, you may quit your job whenever and for whatever reason you want, usually without consequence. In turn, at-will employers may terminate you whenever and for whatever reason they want, usually without consequence.” For more information about Employment at Will, be sure to read Mr. Niznik’s factual and comprehensive analysis.

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sharon

April 17th, 2009
7:48 am

I am guilty of all 4. Sometimes you just don’t want to be bothered.

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mike

April 17th, 2009
7:58 am

i have all the bad listening traits, but i think that’s b/c the people that do talk to me are usually
idiots not worthy of being listened to in the first place.

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My Guess is....

April 17th, 2009
8:15 am

“sharon” and “mike” are either the same person or are married to each other.

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itstillamazesme

April 17th, 2009
8:28 am

I agree with sharon, and if you are human you know that we have done exactly what mike and sharon has done. Me, personally, I am guilty of all 4 when someone is either irate or yelling at me, or if what they are saying is so off the wall. I will never forget as a child my mom took me to a physician because she thought I was hard of hearing. She was quite happy to find out that I passed all hearing test, but was unhappy with me when my doctor told her I had selective hearing. See my mom would yell at me and i would turn her into Charlie Brown’s teacher wonk wonk wonk and not listen…Needless to say I was punished when we returned from the doctor’s and i have kept that trait through out my life. Sharon or Mike, I bet neither of you were listening were you!!! LOL

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itpdude

April 17th, 2009
8:43 am

All of us are guilty of the above at one time or another. Sometimes there is the long-winded talker that does not get to the point (something I’m guilty of often) or you don’t have time or you are in a bad mood. . . . whatever. It happens.

But there are some listeners that are enormously worse than others. I’m to blame here as well, but I do notice the exceptionally poor listeners are the twitterers, IM chatters, texters, etc. These technologies are great. I use them myself. But we must be aware of the pitfalls of such tech; poor listening habits being one of those pitfalls.

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Adittohead

April 17th, 2009
8:45 am

AJC……WHINE……WHINE……..WHINE…Looking forward to the day the AJC goes out of business.Stops its presses.

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sd

April 17th, 2009
8:55 am

I’m sorry. What?

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Not again

April 17th, 2009
9:03 am

Another sign of a bad listener is the telling of the same old stories over and over again. If it did not happen in this decade there is no need to tell it, especially over and over again.

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Hmmmm

April 17th, 2009
9:05 am

I’m guilty of all 4 but my main issue is severe ADD. My mind wanders really bad. My fault though, I should try harder.

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Mike S

April 17th, 2009
9:15 am

True. Most of us are guilty but in many cases we are justified especially when you ask a simple question and the person beats around the bush- so we interrupt. Right?

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Dogboy

April 17th, 2009
9:17 am

Maybe we aren’t bad listeners, maybe you are a lousy talker.

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sharon

April 17th, 2009
9:21 am

“Not again” you are so right! If it did not happen in this decade there is no need to tell it over and over again. Heck, even if it happened months ago I don’t want to hear the same story over and over. I have a co-worker who is always bragging about the stud football player he was in high school! Keep in mind this man has clearly been out of high school 35 years!. I have the co-worker who likes to stop at my desk and tell me about her day at the YWCA. Baby stories always make my mind wonder. I tune out stutterers, long people and people who brag. Time is too valuable to waste on idle chatter. If people could learn to read body language then we wouldn’t be bad listeners because they would know when to shut up.

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Tyree

April 17th, 2009
9:44 am

Like, I don’t think I’m a bad listner.Like, maybe you’re the one that’s a bad listner. Like, I’m just trying to get my point across. Like, do you know what I mean? Like, maybe I should text you while driving to work. Like, I’m an authority on the subject. Like, Im talking here. Like, it’s all about me.

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Watta Load

April 17th, 2009
10:09 am

What? I’m sorry I wasn’t listening.

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Ive

April 17th, 2009
10:24 am

Rude – One-and-the-Same – Interrupting.

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OZZFEST

April 21st, 2009
11:46 am

I know several dudes down in Albany that already make plenty of money selling “green”.

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Beverly

April 22nd, 2009
11:22 am

No one seems to care. I have to remind them every year. Not appreciated

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Rene

April 22nd, 2009
11:28 am

I feel appreciated by other staff members; however, my boss is another story. This is my first experience working with a non-profit and trust me when I tell you that I’ve never experienced such a lack of direction and structure before in my 30 years or work history. I know the economy is bad and jobs are hard to come by but sometimes I wonder if this is worth jeopardizing my physical and mental stability to hang on to a job where the top person (who you’re suppose to be their right hand) has a jekyll/hyde personality on a daily basis.

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Janet

April 22nd, 2009
11:30 am

No one seems to care at it’s administrative professionals day; and I work at a place where admin’s do not get the respect that they deserve. So yeahhhhh! Happy Administrative Professionals Day to Me!

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Kristin

April 22nd, 2009
11:35 am

What a made up holiday! Are we nothing but a bunch of children that have to be constantly rewarded or praised to feel validated? I guess I really do not feel the need to be appreciated – just want to do my job to the best of my ability everyday, learn new skills, and either move on or up when the time is right. I really do not care if my boss gives me a crappy card or flowers.

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Nenah

April 22nd, 2009
11:45 am

I’m the Front Desk/Purchasing Admin for a medium sizes company of 150 people. I have not received any acknowledgment for my staff I work directly with. I had someone from accounting give me a card & candy, when I said “Thank you”, she stated “even though you aren’t really an Admin well you sort of are, anyway I thought you should be acknowledged.” I thought it was very nice of her to acknowledge me for what I do, being that technically I’m not her department admin, even though I do help them when they need it. A customer calls in and says “Happy Admin Day” I was shocked! How nice of a customer to acknowledge what I do. I admit I would not be unhappy if I never received acknowledge for what I do, however having this as a holiday and then having the expectation I should receive an acknowledgment sucks! I told my husband to acknowledge his receptionist, I went and bought the gift for him. He takes it to work and no one else in the office even realized what today was. In fact I was surprised about how low-key the advertisement was for this holiday. I think Earth Day took more acknowledgment today. I noticed on a website there is a Receptionist Day in May, well that’s not even on my calendar. So how or why would anyone remember it? I admit I’m feeling a little bitter about this Holiday. It’s like any other one out there Xmas, Valentines Day, just a way for people to make money. I think Bosses day had more coverage then Admin Day.

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VC

April 22nd, 2009
11:49 am

I agree with Kristin. I do a good job and my boss is appreciative of everything I do. I view myself as a professional and don’t need a plant or a card to know that. I always take this week off because I dislike it being such a big deal and a special holiday where my boss will feel like he has to “buy” me something. I’m sure the other assistants are getting flowers, cards and candy. I’m happy that I chose not to be part of all that today.

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linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

April 22nd, 2009
11:50 am

Kristin, it seems we do, because so many executives fail on a regular basis to show their appreciation for what the staff does…daily. It used to be that we’d get flowers, a card from the boss or firm, and a gift that was not just a gift card or generic thing — nowadays, it’s a gift card in a rubber-stamped thank you card… at least the bosses sign them with real ink…

however, i’m fortunate that my boss tells me no less than every few days that he appreciates what i do and how hard i work — not in so many words, usually, but the “thank you” attitude IS there. For the first time truly there in nearly 40 years of working. So i’ll take the gift card to a store i rarely shop at and be thankful that the firm is willing to fork out a few bucks to each of the staff members.

the “crappy card or flowers” are at least a token of appreciation, kristin, from people who frequently forget to say anything at all — i’m with you, i’d just as soon work, learn, and advance.

but being genuinely shown appreciation, as i am with this boss, is priceless, to me.

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Penny

April 22nd, 2009
11:58 am

Until this year, we were always recognized. This year apparently they forgot! It would be nice to feel appreciated. We are so short-staffed and stressed out all the time that the only time we hear anything is bad news. It really would be nice for all of us to be recognized!

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Dawn :)

April 22nd, 2009
12:13 pm

I have read some of these comments and they certainly reflect some jobs that I have held in the past. I am very happy to say that I AM appreciated where I work by ALL of my coworkers. I work for a hospital and I am the only administrative professional on our unit. I did not even know that it was Administrative Professionals’ Day and I was met with greetings, flowers, cake, and a card too. YES we ARE all children that need validation, recognition, love and care on a DAILY basis. It is a human thing that nobody should be without.

I have suffered without it in the past and I am really super grateful to have such wonderful loving, caring co-workers and bosses. I am not getting rich in money here, but I am rich in spirit!

Afterall, our relationships are the most valuable and important things we have.

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Becky

April 22nd, 2009
12:14 pm

No, I don’t need anything given to me to make me feel validated at my job..BUT, it would be nice once in a while to hear them say, thanks for everything that you do..Like driving across town to pick up the owner because he left one of his three cars in the shop, or because I got your lunch while I was out getting mine, or I called all over town trying to find something for one of your granddaughters…

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Kristin

April 22nd, 2009
12:31 pm

My point is why “Administrative Professionals”? Why not Nurse’s day or Teacher’s day? I could go on and on with the list of professionals who are in a role that assists higher up the food chain. Even bosses have bosses that they answer too. It is a silly made up holiday just like Valentine’s Day.

Dawn,

I have my family, hobbys, and own self esteem that provides me with love and care, I am not looking for love from my workplace.

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Melissa

April 22nd, 2009
12:48 pm

I too am the only admin in my division who supports the director, manager, and a 40 person team. I do not get any recognition today, and I also received nothing for Christmas. I did get a card and candies for both of my boss’s for Boss’s Day. I feel the need for acknowledgment and praise for doing a good job but because I am not one of the technical IT employees, my work is often overlooked and taken for granted. :( Happy Administrative Professionals Day to You and Me!

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Tammy

April 22nd, 2009
12:50 pm

My manager is very pro-active when it comes to recognizing the work we do. Each year we (there are 3 of us) have carte-blanche to go anywhere we want for lunch on him plus the company rewards us with a gift certificate. Some of you are right – we don’t need recognition to feel validated but is sure is nice when it happens. Happy Admin Day to all!

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Carla

April 22nd, 2009
12:56 pm

I work for a large organization. While most of the assistants around me are lauded by their bosses, mine chooses to totally ignore the day. I’m not sentimental about such things, but a simply “Happy ——” would do. Relatively new here, last year was the same. My Christmas gift also went unacknowledged. Like any other of the number of relationships we manage, time spent in work relationships almost equals personal ones, so why not make it fun? Like Becky said: it’s encouraging to hear that you’e doing a good job, even if it’s obvious. Someone, tell my boss, please!

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Sam

April 22nd, 2009
1:12 pm

Its disappointing but my department is not very good at acknowledging things like today which I find odd seeing that I am the only staff person for the entire department. Congrats to those of you who are shown appreciation on this, our day.

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Kerry

April 22nd, 2009
1:22 pm

If my workplace really wanted to “appreciate” me, the middle managers would put the kibosh on the bickering, nagging and malicious behavior by other women in the office. (Oh, whoops! The middle managers participate in that, too.)

It totally offends me. And that’s something donuts for the office don’t solve.

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Becky

April 22nd, 2009
1:25 pm

There are alot of people that don’t get the aknowledgement(sp) that they deserve & that doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate them..I would bet though that if you google it, you will find that there is a date that you don’t know about for lots of people..

To all that fit into the category of Adminstrative Asst. or Professionals or whatever you want to call it, I hope that you have a great day & please know that you are cared about by someone..

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Shickey

April 22nd, 2009
1:34 pm

Do you people not get a paycheck every week? Employment – an exchange of money for performance. Call your mother if you need a pat on the head.

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Loretta

April 22nd, 2009
1:58 pm

Our boss is too consumed with buying a boat, so the last thing on his mind is appreciating what his employees do…he wont’ even make a speech of appreciation at the company christmas party, so admin professionals day has definitely gone unnoticed.

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Becky

April 22nd, 2009
2:13 pm

Shickey, I would love to call my Mother, but she passed away 19 years ago..

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Nay

April 22nd, 2009
2:15 pm

Got flowers, a card and breakfast! It is good to know that all your hard work is recognized. They did not have to do anything for me. Our organization is freezing our merit increases, so I thought this was a nice gesture. Count your blessings everyday. There are 100 people or more waiting for your job!

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Monique

April 22nd, 2009
2:21 pm

My boss just left for the day and I thought maybe a Happy…day. No nothing. The other people in our building are receiving gifts. I have been receiving ecards from other Admin staff, that’s nice.

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J

April 22nd, 2009
2:31 pm

My boss went out of the country and forgot before leaving, my supervisor forget, and my coworkers forgot. A graduate student actually wished me a happy Admin day. Given I’ve been putting in 11.5 hour days lately I feel because we’re short handed and doing a lot of grants I guess my feelings are quite hurt. Maybe I shouldn’t have expected anything, but an acknowledgement would have been nice.

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LS

April 22nd, 2009
2:34 pm

I had no idea it was Administrative Professionals Day until I got a bouquet of flowers at the office – they were not from my workplace, though – they were from my family! (My bosses have no idea)

I think this day is overshadowed by Earth Day which has so much more publicity.

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Arthur

April 22nd, 2009
2:36 pm

Today has been an amazing day! The senior management staff purchased flowers for the administrative assistant’s in our group and We are going to lunch at a great restaurant.

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Jessica

April 22nd, 2009
2:41 pm

This is the second year that I’ve been forgotten… I dont feel appreciated at all despite all of the hoops that I jump through to make my mangement shine. It’s discouraging – too bad it’s not the right time to look for another position….

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Tasha

April 22nd, 2009
2:58 pm

Ok ladies 1st we need to stop being picky. You will never please everyone. I thought you guys were admins. You should know that already. LOL
For those who like the day, enjoy it. For those who don’t, then don’t. If someone gives you a gift, politely tell them that you dont acknowledge the day.
This day was to acknowledge those who have the biggest job in the world, doing what no one else wants to do. So why not have a week to appreciate us. We are the ones who really make decisions that matter, coffee selections, reservations, supplies.

In my current role I support 150 employees 12 of whom are VP’s so I am very busy, but they always appreciate me on a daily basis which is cool. Do I need the thank you’s? No because I am doing my job and this is it. Do I like the thank you’s? YES.

This year, I have to rub this in, I received a weekend trip to Las Vegas from my team. Round Trip, first class. Best gift I every receieved for doing something I love.

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Debra

April 22nd, 2009
3:11 pm

Wow, that Kristin is a real tool, huh?

:)

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Deb

April 22nd, 2009
3:12 pm

I am the Dean of a Graduate School at a State University. I have 5 staff with different positions that work in the office. I try to let them each know how much I appreciate all their hard work more often than once a year and I let them each take one day of “free” vacation during the year. If I want to buy something for them for this one day it comes out of my own pocket – there is no “firm” to foot the bill. I am not paid a large salary and we haven’t had raises last year or this year. Last year I spent $20 each to buy a hanging plant for each of my office workers. This year, I can’t really afford it. Any thoughts on this from administrative professionals? I don’t want to seem like a jerk.

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Debra

April 22nd, 2009
3:25 pm

Oh, dear, what a great DAY! As I stumbled into work this morning, still half drunk from the night before, I was greeted with a large bouquet of lilies, lots of donughts, and a small parade! There was glitter and confetti everywhere!! I was so excited! And my boss was standing on a chair singing “Only You”. I just couldn’t stop smiling, my cheeks still hurt!! And I hadn’t even finished off my donught platter when a caterer came in with Lamb and Filet Minion and little dancing frogs that fed every bite to me while stroking my head and whispering sweet nothings into my ear…..oh, such a nice gesture. I just kept waving my arm around, “What, all this for…ME?” “No, no! You SHOULDN’T HAVE”. But they did, and they were all, OF COURSE!! And then…the great FINALE!!! Wow, a pony ride through the office!

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Debra

April 22nd, 2009
3:27 pm

thats quick censorship

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Kristin

April 22nd, 2009
3:31 pm

Debra,
I wouldn’t describe myself as a tool – but I bet your last dollar that those who are bent out of shape about not receiving some sort of trinket for a made up Hallmark holiday are also the biggest martyr types out there.

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Debra

April 22nd, 2009
3:33 pm

I have not been acknowledged for my hard work today either.

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tom

April 22nd, 2009
3:35 pm

Shouldn’t you be working and not blogging?

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Becky

April 22nd, 2009
3:37 pm

Deb, do you have any plants at home that you could break off & give to them in a small pot? This is what a coworker did for us at Christmas..
Maybe bring them a small bouqet (sp) of flowers from Kroger…Do any of them read? Maybe a book of some kind? To me, it’s sometimes the small things that mean the most..Me, I would be just as happy with a card & a “thanks” for being dependable & doing good job..

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Petunia

April 22nd, 2009
3:40 pm

I love Earth, but why is Earth Day overshadowing my Admin Prof day? what gives?

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Becky

April 22nd, 2009
3:42 pm

Why does everyone always say a made up holiday by Hallmark? Please do some reserch before you start spouting off..Real people make up these days & Hallmark does what they do..Make money off of it..If you don’t want to be a part of it, then don’t..No, I’m not a martyr..

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Christina

April 22nd, 2009
3:46 pm

The CFO got all four of us a potted flower plant and the President got us all a large arrangement each. It was nice because I have never had anything before. To each their own on here, but sometimes I think it’s nice to have a little gesture of gratitued. My previous employer was so cheap and he never even said thank you, to which I got laid off right before Christmas. So, I think just to know you are doing a good job, especially in these tough economic times, is not enough.

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Debra

April 22nd, 2009
3:52 pm

i love blogging.

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tom

April 22nd, 2009
3:55 pm

I love working

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Irie

April 22nd, 2009
4:02 pm

I felt truly appreciated today! I am a temporary employee (working for a temp agency), but my employer still recognized me! I have a dozen roses and carnations and we were treated to a continental breakfast this morning. I hope I am hired on a permanent basis.

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Jennifer

April 22nd, 2009
4:03 pm

If I look back to two years ago I was unemployed on Admin. Professionals Day. It was a really difficult time for me. A year ago I worked for a boss who took advantage of his staff but he remembered admin. professionals day and gave me and his assistant $50 gift cards to Red Lobster. I would have rather heard him say thank you sincerely instead of getting a gift card. This year I am at a new company, its small. There is only the boss and I in the office 90% of the time. I didn’t think he would remember Admin. Professionals day and he didn’t. But I don’t mind because he is the most understanding and caring boss I’ve ever had. If I am out sick, its not the end of the world. He is family oriented and sincerely cares about his employees. I bet his wife will say something to him about Admin. professionals day when he gets home. He will be embarassed that he forgot because he does care about his staff. But he has nothing to be embarassed about because he shows he cares about me each day.

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Debra

April 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

Oh, Tom.. Tom, Tom, Tom, Tom, Toooommm. Let me tell you a story Tom. Let me tell you a story. You see Tom, once a long long time ago there was this little boy, lets call him, oh, I don’t know, Tom. And he was all angry and small and stuff. He was sad. But he didn’t want anyone to know so he was very curt with everyone. Butting in and whatnot. You know, pretty common. But, nobody noticed because you had to squint really hard to even notice him. He was so small!! Aww, but he was the cutest thing. And the girls at the office just went gaga over him, dressing him up in little sweaters they’d knit and letting him borrow thier lip gloss and stuff. He was just the darndest thing! So cute! Like a little schnoodle or something! So, don’t worry, You will get to work SOME day!! Just embrace who you are!!

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Mary

April 22nd, 2009
4:21 pm

If I don’t expect anything, I won’t be disapointed. It IS nice though when someone remembers. It doesn’t always happen so if it does, I feel as if everything I’ve done is worth it. The boss is a Dr. Jeckle Mr. Hyde so I never know if what I say is the wrong thing or not. Kind of walking on eggshells.

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Admin

April 22nd, 2009
4:29 pm

I remember our support staff. However, I am only the assistant to the Director and he and the rest of the staff forget every year. I even send an email to remind them to at least thank everyone but most times they do not.

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Larry

April 22nd, 2009
4:35 pm

Just to let you all know I care and I gave our office – Administrative Professional flowers today. And I am not even the boss but a co-worker who appreciates everything she does for us….

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Kristin

April 22nd, 2009
4:50 pm

Becky,

An ampersand is not an abbreviation for the word and. Please do some research before you begin typing.

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Debra

April 22nd, 2009
5:43 pm

That was a zinger!! ;) ;) ;)

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Sandy

April 22nd, 2009
5:50 pm

It looks like the majority of people would prefer to end Professional Admin’s Day and I agree. This started out as Secretary’s Day back in the 1940’s. It accomplished its mission, now it is time to move on. Contact the organization that started this day and week, and let them know enough is enough.

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ungrateful B's

April 22nd, 2009
6:50 pm

This looks like an administrative bitching column more than anything else. Really?!

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Kristin

April 22nd, 2009
6:56 pm

I apparently have the greatest boss in the whole wide world! Every year we receive a letter that let’s us know how much we are appreciated and in that letter is $100. I’ve worked for this company for 5 years and it’s happened every year. Other girl’s have been there 20+ years and they’ve always received $100 (I guess no inflation!). This year he went a little beyond – and bought lunch for all of us and our spouse’s if we so chose. He’s the greatest boss I’ve ever had and I look forward to this time every year!!

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Kristin

April 22nd, 2009
7:01 pm

Oh, and I forgot to mention I’m a different Kristin!! Irony!

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Becky

April 23rd, 2009
8:39 am

It might not be correct, but it is used AND accepted..Some people just always want to be nit picky..

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Jane

April 23rd, 2009
12:20 pm

I work for two departments totaling about thirty professionals. One department always remembered me; the other department has never done anything. This year, however, our Dept. Chair retired and the new Chair hasn’t done anything at all. Call me a child if you want although I am a mature women of 52 and have been in this line of work for over 35 years (but, NEVER a MARTYR, Kristen!) but it does feel good to be acknowledged, especially in this day and age when one person is the support person for so many people (boy, do I miss the days when I was Administrative Secretary to just the top dog!). All is takes is a THANK YOU! And, no, Kristin, these folks DO NOT remember on a regular basis to express any thanks what so ever. So different from other places I’ve worked where I did feel appreciated. Anyway, Happy Administrative Professionals Day to me and to all those other ladies (and the occasional gent) who don’t get acknowledged or thanked!

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l

April 23rd, 2009
12:56 pm

Jasmine, go to http://www.dekalbcountyga.us and go to the Summer Youth Employeement link. Good Luck!

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Greta

April 23rd, 2009
2:45 pm

I was looking for a blog on this and I am so grateful to have found this thread. I have always hated this made up holiday. I have been an Executive Assistant for 10 years and this stupid day always grated on me. I agree with Kristin, why do we have Administrative Professionals Day or Week? There is no “Project Manager Day” or “Accountant Day”. Why is there an Administrative Professionals Day? It has a tone to it, like “pat the idiot on the back” day. We are respected and paid professionals just like anybody else. It’s offensive. Plus, there are a ton of subjective job titles that may or may not fall into an Administrative Professional category. How do you know who to include and who not to include? What’s the deal- it’s treating anyone who works in an adminstrative capacity as children.

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Katrina

April 23rd, 2009
3:02 pm

I do feel very appreciated. I work at a church, and the other staff has been just terrific. Admin. Professionals Day was even another staff member’s birthday, and they chose to take primarily ME out to lunch. Of course, I brought the gentleman’s birthday present and we celebrated that too. My boss paid for my lunch at Cosi, and the rest of the staff got me a beautiful plant. Not only do they tell me once a year that I’m appreciated, but I they do tell me constantly. (Must be because I’m great at finding the bit of paper that’s jamming the printer.) :) We are a non-profit organization, and a struggling church (especially with the current economic situation). But we are a tight-knit group and I feel very blessed to be in this position with these thoughtful coworkers. I wish everyone could experience the appreciation and thoughtfulness I’ve been blessed to be around. And my husband sent me a card at work! He’s taking me out to dinner this weekend, and I’m taking him out as it’s his birthday. Yay for gift cards! ;)

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Debra

April 23rd, 2009
7:11 pm

Dear God, Knit me a Sweater and I will wear it everyday!

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Melissa

April 23rd, 2009
7:54 pm

Dawn, I LOVED your comments. Well said!

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Tasha

April 24th, 2009
12:24 pm

I agree with ungrateful B’s comment. Just do your job whether you are thanked or not. Because if you dont there will be another admin out there who will do it without complaining.

This is our job. If you get thanked Wonderful, if you dont it shouldnt matter. Do you tell your boss that they are wonderful and you can’t make it without them? NO, so u want to receive compliments but cant give them.

Im tired of hearing ya’ll want to cancel this day because its offensive. How can acknowleding someone for all their work be offensive. Ya’ll complain entirely too much. The ones who get aknowledged love it and the sorry hags who dont complain.

Maybe your not doing your job as well as you think you are.

Get a life. If you dont love your job and cant do it regardless of the acknowledgement then your in the wrong business.

Admins are special thats why they acknowledge us for a whole week and no other profession, so if you dont feel special maybe your not going above and beyond your call of duty to be acknowledged. You ever thought of that? That gives you something to think about.

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Greta

April 24th, 2009
3:12 pm

Actually, my boss told me that he didn’t acknowledge it because I was more than just an admin. So does that mean that he over values me or under values the position. That was my point- there is a tone to Admin. Day that causes some people feel like they are insulting someone for acknoledging them. Do we work harder than other positions and deserve a holiday? Or do they have it to make up for treating some admins like crap all the other days of the year?

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Scrooge

April 24th, 2009
3:19 pm

I sent the following message to all my girls here at work:

Happy Administrative Professionals Day.
Please take a moment to contemplate my thoughtfulness and then get you butt back to work.

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Becky

April 24th, 2009
4:20 pm

I think that we all enjoy being told thank you and that you are appreciated regardless if it’s at work or home..No one has ever died from being nice to others..

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Mthomas

April 27th, 2009
11:05 am

This is my second time applying for unemployment benefits. My first time was 3 yrs. ago and it went pretty smoothly and I collected benefits for about a month and hoping this time around it goes smoothly. I think alot of people are embarassed about collecting benefits, but like you said that money is meant for situations like this.

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Roger

April 27th, 2009
10:27 pm

I can’t get benefits, so I’m living off credit for now. I made the mistake of resigning from a contract job which I was not qualified for but was hired anyway. Don’t make the mistake that I did. You’ll not get your benefits started back.

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Midtown chick

April 27th, 2009
10:33 pm

I’m collecting benefits for the 3rd time. Layoffs seem to hit me every 5 to 7 years. Good ol corporate life. I found the benefits process to be smooth and the DOL people not too unpleasant. The worst part of this experience has been from my friends and family making disparaging and hurtful comments about my collecting unemployment. I will never make collecting benefits public again, people are too hurtful and mean about it.

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VGrant

April 27th, 2009
10:37 pm

If you can afford to avoid it I would. I couldn’t and went down to sign up at the Cobb County Big Shanty Office.

Overall it wasn’t a bad experience and I was treated fine. Sure I could complain about being hearded like cattle a little but times are bad, the place was crowded, and the unemployment office workers, I’m sure, are overworked.

Bottom line, I got what I needed for the 12 weeks before I found another job. I have no complaints.

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mamaj

April 27th, 2009
10:41 pm

I worked for 34 years, and fortunately never had to apply for unemployment, but given the situation going on now, it would not have been a problem for me.The embarrassment would have come from being hungry and not taken advantage of it because of some misplaced stupid pride!

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justin

April 27th, 2009
11:05 pm

you shouldnt get to collect unemployment $ if you were fired for not doing the right thing in your job in my opinion.

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Yanamom

April 27th, 2009
11:17 pm

Make sure your contact information is correct, especially your phone number. The do most of their followup by phone.

Also, show up for all hearings, even if you get a job before the hearing. A friend didn’t show up for a hearing when her company contested paying benefits to all of the employees that they had just layed off. She lost and now is paying back everything she recieved, out of her current unemployment benefits! She decided that since she was already working at another job and no longer getting benefits, she didn’t need to be at the hearing. She didn’t realize that if she lost the appeal, that she would be required to pay back all the money she had already recieved. Instead of making her pay it back while she was working, they waited for her to claim unemployment benfits again and are taking it out of the money she is getting now.

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LMS

April 28th, 2009
1:03 am

This is the second time I’ve had to draw unemployment benefits. The last time was in 1995. I was laid off from another job in 1999, but found a job within a month. No such luck this time. I’ve been unemployed since my company (commercial real estate – they had not closed any deals in about 6 months) laid me off in December.

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msu

April 28th, 2009
1:14 am

Justin, you mentioned that “you shouldnt get to collect unemployment $ if you were fired for not doing the right thing in your job in my opinion”. Everyone’s case is different and thats why an investigation has to be done, i was fired, for something i had no control over, even though i was warned. When DOL, investigated they granted me favor and approved me over my employer. People get fired for all sorts of reasons and some employers do make it look like it was for profession reason, that is you were not doing your job. However it can also be personal reasons as well, like the employer wants you out and will do all kind of things to force you to resign/quit or get you fired.
I don’t like the idea of being unemployed, i have held a job since i started working 15yrs ago. I did my best and i was still fired. It even turned out that my employer is now being investigated.

Also, know that people who get fired and it was their fault, they do not recieve benefits, but again, there has to be an investigation and everyone’s case is handled differently. I had to go through a series of stuff that other unemployed people don’t have to go through.
At the end, i was granted favor. Loosing a job is not a good thing, and applying for unemployment is a very humbling experience. But its better to get unemployment than starve, commit suicide, or even robbery. Thank God we live in a country that offers unemployment benefits.

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Misa

April 28th, 2009
1:17 am

I’m caught in the temp agency trend. The assigment ends and the office does not tell you anything just that it simply ended. I applied for beneifts and waited the 21 days as advised. I went on my own 6 interviews and applied to hundreds of jobs online. After 21 days I contacted DOL and was told b/c no contact was made w/temp agency benefits will not be granted but I could appeal. I continued to certify weekly but called the temp office to inquire why they did not tell me. The nonchalent representative said you signed the papers when you enrolled w/us (over 8 months ago might I add and I signed dozens of forms). I calmly suggested in the future and due to the nature of current economic times; to let employees know to call weekly and if not it would affect unemployment benefits. She said um-hm and hung up. I re-established contact w/the agency from that call and now wait for a decision if previous weeks will be approved. I hope so b/c I need it and it’s not as if funds are w/drawn from the temp agents paycheck. It will show how many people are collecting unemplyment from that office but affecting her direct pay, absoulutely not! I only hope when she goes through this one day she will remember what she put others through. My experience at DOl has been ok. The workers are not rude, just over worked and each person gives a different answer to the same question, but what can you expect. They’re trying to keep their job 2???? What have we done to ourselves America?

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think!

April 28th, 2009
2:48 am

Unemployment benefits are part of your employment package. They are yours! Your employer pays into a state fund. If your employer did not pay into a fund to cover your possible lay off, your employer should pay you a higher wage or salary; or give you better benefits. Don’t let people who have never put one moment of thought into the employer/employee dynamic, lead you astray. Collect what you are owed.

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mary

April 28th, 2009
3:08 am

This will e my second time filing. only b/c I am still in school, have sertified every week and just one day the checks stoped coming and no one told me anything. So finally I demanded to speak to a supervisor. I was told that my year had ended and that I needed to reapply. In doing so, I have not had ANY income. But no one told me oh it expired, or anything. Now I am a student with a 4.0 gpa, no income @ all, and is about to be homeless. Might I add, I have two kids and we don’t get assistance from the state. Also, I was told we are over worked and backed up in our cases. So I aksed well where and how do I apply for a job here to help out, that will help the unemployment rate, and line down. She told me well you will have to contact Thurman, I said give me the nmber, what do you know, she did not have it. The office in cobb county is awefully slow, treat people like crap and very nonchalant. I was fired b/c I complained to my corporate office that my supervisor had violated HIPPA and I followed the chain of command. Still no one protected me, my rights, my privacy.

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mary

April 28th, 2009
3:17 am

our faith lye’s in the hand of someone who might be having a bad day. When more times than none, that it is our money and they want to tell us if we can have it or not. You are right, we do live in a country that have unemployment but, have to wait now over a month to even have a hearing to see if you are going to get it or not…..I was in the office last week and was speaking to people who was wondering where their check was, had not received one in three-six weeks. There is no communication with these people. You go down there and have to take a lunch bag with you, only to be told, there is nothing I can do…… SO OF US JUST WALK RIGHT ON IN, REQUEST A SUPERVISOR, THEN THEY ARE OUT. I have noticed them and got a few names.

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Be Well

April 28th, 2009
6:26 am

Think! is 100% on point. Everyone should re-read that comment.

MSU – Everyone is entitled to an opionion, no matter how wrong it is.

Justin – Wait until it happens to you.

Mary – 4.0 GPA huh? I’m concerned about; ‘have sertified’, ‘faith lye’s’, ‘checks stoped’ and ‘i…is about to be homeless’. Commissioner Michael Thurmond’s information may be found at http://www.dol.state.ga.us/

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shashi

April 28th, 2009
7:51 am

For Admin Prof Day last year my super gave me a card and took me out to my favorite venue. I felt great. Keeping up the good work.

Then the Nepotism started. It went downhill from there.

I watched a Day Care provider turn into a Administrative Officer in 8 months of being here. WOW!

She was really smelling herself now. Being rude and nasty. I complained. Should never have done that.”How dare I demand respect”. Downhill from there.

At this point we were not fully staffed, leaving me to cover 4 branches and 6 when the other MA was on leave. When I say cover, I mean…Travel,Travel Vouchers,Timesheets,Credit Card Purchases,Training and more!

Admin Prof Day came, and I just knew I was going to be recognized being as though I had busted my butt all this time. Oboy was I wrong!

I watched everyone around get taken out to lunch and more. I sat at my desk doing other branch tasks, and not one person said a word to me.

At the end of the week(Admin Day) my super comes to me acting like she forgot about the special day and hands me a pack of old a$$ sample craft cards she made when I fist got here two years ago(I think she forgot I saw them already)they were hideous. Then she says, “I would take you somewhere but I dont know what you eat”.WTF, are you serious! You took me to my favorite venue last year you fat..<>. Anyhoo,I was/am pissed.

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shashi

April 28th, 2009
8:08 am

Im not trying to be rude or anything to the folks telling others to get over it are more than likely the folks that got a simple “Thank You”. However, There is a such thing as respect in the workplace as it is at home This builds morale at home and work.

You expect your husband to show you how much he appreciates you every once in a while right? What happens when you don’t award your child for good behavior, they tend not to do good in the future, especially when your constantly awarding the bad behavior. Although we are not children, everyone knows that we tend to act that way when we feel as though we are not appreciated. Everyone needs love and appreciation, regardless of your age. It keeps you strong.

Teaches people not to be ignorant towards good deeds. Regardless if it’s your job or not(we all need some sort of reassurance, in the workplace and home).

We all know what results in not being appreciated EX:

Horrible customer service(you ever called a business and end up with a rude lady on the phone?) where do you think that results from. NOT BEING APPRECIATED FOR HER GOOD WORK AT SOME TIME.
Psychos: Where do you think the term “Going Postal” comes from.

That being said, I know who I am, and what I am capable of…but i will not be disrepected in no way!

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Savvy

April 28th, 2009
9:23 am

Hey Scrooge,

On your smug comment that ends with ‘…get you butt back to work…’ it would be one your Admins that would correct your spelling.

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CobbBlogger

April 28th, 2009
2:23 pm

Well, my manager and the entire staff purchased the administrative staff gifts. And it was very thoughtful of them. With all the work we do, hell we basically run the office. So I was very appreciative of my gift, it was worth it and I wasn’t expecting it, hell they even sanged to us!

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CobbBlogger

April 28th, 2009
2:34 pm

I am guilty of 1, 2 and 4 ok, and maybe 3…lol. But honestly, I don’t think it’s me, my mng is a bad listner as well, she’ll instruct/ask me to do something, then turn right back around and will ask me again or I’ll give her an update and she’ll again she will ask about what I told her. The reason why I tend to not listen to others at times is because it’s either I already know what’s going on and pretend as if I’m listening, or I just don’t be in the mood to listen to people who are not open minded when it comes to expressing ideas on a job.

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allen

April 28th, 2009
2:35 pm

I am 17 years old I need a summer job with evening hours. I like customer service or anything right now. Please any suggestions?

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CobbBlogger

April 28th, 2009
2:38 pm

And I forgot to add, I can’t help interrupting callers who tends to asks questions that I hear on a daily basis. I just try to make a long story short.

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CobbBlogger

April 28th, 2009
2:40 pm

I couldn’t be a telemarketer. I could care less for making sales.

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jake

April 29th, 2009
5:18 pm

restaurant. work as a busser, host, expediter, or dishwasher. or server if they don’t serve alcohol.

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becky for obama

April 30th, 2009
1:44 pm

I go to work when I am ill, because my company will fire you for calling out sick. So go

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Vee

April 30th, 2009
1:58 pm

I have to say there are people that come to work here EVERY day sick … coughing and sneezing. The sad part is they have had whatever it is for 6-18 months. You would think they would have better since and go and take care of it. They just bring that nasty stuff to work with them everyday. Also, these people are very nasty because they cough and sneeze without covering their mouth. Also, whenever they are in the bathroom they ONLY run their hands under the water and then dry them. What kind of sense does that make to just run water. You would think by working at a technology company that profits billions you would have people with enough smarts to be clean and considerate of others. I know am talked about here because I spray Lysol all day every day as well as Netra Air.

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Name (required)

April 30th, 2009
2:22 pm

I can’t say I’m worried. I’m in good health and tend to avoid situations where the media attempts to scare the public needlessly.

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SAR

April 30th, 2009
2:55 pm

With the media hysteria on full throttle about the loss of jobs, the hosuing market and how wr’re about to have another great depression, people are worried about losing their jobs so they come to work sick. Before some to the media hysteria people would call in sick but now the employer can quote one of a thousand new articles about people being out of work, eating rats and living in tents in the woods.

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WOW

April 30th, 2009
3:03 pm

I cannot believe that someone who voted for obama actually has a job. Thank you Becky for Obama for showing me the light.

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klein.g@deutzusa.com

April 30th, 2009
3:03 pm

Thought you would like to read this.

Take care

Kathy Weinert

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Ha!

April 30th, 2009
3:36 pm

I work with a bunch of pigs (Engineers) who take dumps and don’t wash their hands, so yes.

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Nameless

April 30th, 2009
3:49 pm

I work for a company that is always looking for reason to fire their employers. I really hate that if we do have employers to get this, they may be out of a job. Employers in these tuff time just do not care about employees, it will just give them ground to fire you

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Sarah

April 30th, 2009
3:53 pm

I’m sick of about every ugly person I work with. :)

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Bronc

April 30th, 2009
4:07 pm

True is..companies talk about what they will do and talk and talk however no real actions are taken…they expect you to come to work no matter what…until someone dies then action is taken..sad but true that company loyalty is only seen when situations are at the worst..

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patricia

May 2nd, 2009
1:36 am

I just read your article on the flu situation and just wanted to comment on your grammar in the last sentence. It should read “have you ever *gone* to work…” And, yes, my kids do call me the Grammar Nazi. ;-)

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Pam Patterson

May 3rd, 2009
6:34 pm

Since I’m not working my usual full-time office job due to a layoff, I’m seeking anything part-time to keep up my administrative skills and to stay busy. I have alot of medical background, but would certainly enjoy any type of company and bring loads of skills to the table.

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May 4th, 2009
10:43 am

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May 4th, 2009
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Laurel

May 6th, 2009
4:18 pm

I was laid off with no warning what so ever! Included in the offer of 1 month severance pay, for over 3 years of loyal service, was a very restrictive agreement stating that I would not “bad-mouth” the company nor try to sue them. I was forced to sign it or lose my home! You see, unemployment payments will not cover my bills. I had to have that severance to pay my bills while I search for new employment. It stinks! They deserve to be sued!

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Allen

May 6th, 2009
7:47 pm

I’m a 54 year old male on disability, and I’m looking for something part-time. I can make up to $800 a month and keep my disability income. Any suggestions? I would appreciate it very much….Thanks

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denasia

May 8th, 2009
10:27 am

im 15 bout to be 16 in like 4 mouths how do i get a job

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Kassie

May 11th, 2009
3:56 pm

First of all, I think learning how to use language correctly will help. No one will hire you if you cannot speak English correctly! Just a tip….for all teens…

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John Tackett

May 14th, 2009
11:17 am

Would the Chief allow his officers to wear jeans on duty? If not, then he should not wear them either.

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Reader

May 14th, 2009
11:20 am

Jeans are okay when the Boss says it’s ok!

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itamazesme

May 14th, 2009
12:11 pm

Within in reason – jeans should be fine. Meaning no tootight, low riding, jeans with holes, or graphics. I know that people with common sense would know that these type of jeans are inappropriate, however, believe it or not our jeans day was taken away for the reasons stated above.

As a police chief, it would be out totally – unless as Mr Tackett says, the officers are allowed.

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Cutie Pie77

May 14th, 2009
12:13 pm

I guess it depends on what is written in the code of conduct book. if there is not any specific regulations on uniform, then no, you shouldn’t be requried to wear it.

personally, I feel jeans should only be allowed on casual friday.

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nana

May 14th, 2009
12:16 pm

I think as an officer of the law he should wear a uniform. As far as us non-law enforcement, I see no problem with a casual Friday where jeans are allowed.

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Tiffany

May 14th, 2009
12:21 pm

Let’s be real people not everyone can wear jeans to work. I don’t want to see anyone’s underwear or muffin top in the office

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Soulfinger

May 14th, 2009
12:24 pm

Depends on your job. If you work at Family Dollar, than why not!

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prootwadl

May 14th, 2009
12:32 pm

My workplace is business casual, meaning no jeans during the normal work day, but people who work help desk during the evening/night hours have a much more flexible dress code, and folks who are on 24×7 coverage can wear whatever they want (within reason) if they’re called into the office in the wee hours of the morning

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georgiapeach

May 14th, 2009
12:54 pm

My office is allowed to wear jeans 5 days a week. We never see anyone, so it’s no big deal what we wear. It’s nice perk!

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Eric

May 14th, 2009
12:56 pm

My company has recently went to an all casual dress code allowing jeans any day of the week. However, we were told that no jeans with holes or bare midsections. We are also not allowed to wear tennis shoes except on Fridays. This was a very welcome change and seems to have increased morale at the company. No more dry cleaning bills. But of course, we were told to use common sense when dressing…nothing objectionable. So far everyone has complied.

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Jessica

May 14th, 2009
1:02 pm

I can wear anything I want to work…even my pj’s…I work at home for my company..great perk! :-)

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Jessica

May 14th, 2009
1:04 pm

Although the money is good, I couldn’t do it. I can’t stand the sight of blood and I would be too easily disturbed by what I saw (i.e. people in pain, dying). So I went the business degree way

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TheForgottenMan

May 14th, 2009
1:09 pm

When you are doing physical labor or work in a jeans store they are OK.

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Eleanor Rigby

May 14th, 2009
1:15 pm

I remember when police officers had to wear a cap, a tie and patent leather shoes. They were so handsome in their uniform and it commanded respect. I also remember when nurses had to wear a cap and a dress, no slacks. The rare woman police officer also had to wear a skirt. I also remember when people would always dress up to go downtown. I miss those days. I guess I’m old.

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Heidi

May 14th, 2009
1:36 pm

It all depends on the look and quality of the jeans. If they are faded, torn, etc. then of course it’s not okay. In the same way that torn or stained khakis would not be okay. But, if they are a consistent, dark wash and you look put together, why not? What’s the difference between nice jeans and a pair of khaki pants?

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Becky

May 14th, 2009
1:46 pm

Not only does my company allow jeans, we were shorts..The owner of our company said that he tried the suit and tie gig and that wasn’t him. He said that if people wanted to deal with him, they will have to accept him as he is..He ahs been known to go to meetings with his worout clothes on and a do rag around his head..I’ve been with this company for 25 years and we have always been able to wear shorts and jeans..In fact the VP is wearing flip flops to work today..

We are a fairly big company with about 45 people and have been in business for over 80 years, so I guess it works fine..

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Becky

May 14th, 2009
1:47 pm

Sorry for the typos…

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Malika

May 14th, 2009
1:55 pm

I think it depends on the company. I went into Washington Mutual once and everyone was so casual and lax all I could think was that I didn’t want the people handling my money to act and look like they’re on vacation. Wachovia had a much more mature demeanor and now look where both banks are. Call centers, day care centers, pet sitters and the like should be allowed to dress down. Or if its a place where clients are in and out, it looks bad to have people looking casual. But if no one sees you, wear what you want.

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J

May 14th, 2009
1:56 pm

I’m wearing jeans right now, so YES!

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lantana

May 14th, 2009
2:01 pm

At some places of work, casual Friday has become casual Monday throurh Thursday with Friday becomming “Lets wear our yard working clothes to work day. It is embarrassing and un professional.

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Lori

May 14th, 2009
2:18 pm

My office has casual Friday’s when we are allowed to wear jeans. I am always in a good mood on Fridays because of this. I am just more comfortable in my jeans. I an understand looking professional when you see clients, but I’ll never understand people who sit in box all day long being told to wear uncomfortable clothes that no one but their computer and 4 gray walls are going to see.

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justice isserved

May 14th, 2009
2:23 pm

I teach school and jeans are allowed only on special occasions. I think a police officer, unless the assignment is an undercover officer, should wear a uniform. The chief is the supervisor he should be leading- setting an example. Plus I love to see a man in uniform!!!

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Royce

May 14th, 2009
2:27 pm

People are so uptight. The biggest crooks wear a suit and tie each and everyday, yet we don’t trust the guy with flip flops and jeans on who is perhaps closer to having a check on reality, than a tight az suit wearing prick in 98 degree weather. Again who is better prepared??

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Wardrobe Malfunction

May 14th, 2009
3:04 pm

What Royce said! And who cares what cops wear? The uniform does not make them any less of a creep.

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Grayhairedmonkey

May 14th, 2009
3:54 pm

Refer to the dresscode.

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sc

May 14th, 2009
3:55 pm

Never in a professional work environment. Even if the boss says it is ok… have some standards people!

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sc

May 14th, 2009
3:58 pm

Of course, I think people who wear sweatpants outfits out in public have given up on themselves (who have not just come from the gym). Why even brush your teeth for that matter

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Becky

May 14th, 2009
4:01 pm

Amen Royce..sc, who says that you can’t have standards in jeans? If the owner of my work place says that I can wear jeans every day, why shouldn’t I wear them..I can’t tell you the number of people that have told him and us that they wish they could wear jeans at work..Comfortable, happy people make for great workers..

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sc

May 14th, 2009
4:12 pm

Depends on the kind of person you are. Leader or Follower?

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Becky

May 14th, 2009
4:27 pm

Well since the owner is 75 years old and has a very successful company, I’d say he’s a leader..As for his employees, most of us have been here for over 20 years, so I wouldn’t consider us followers, we all own our own homes, cars and take vacations yearly..Either way you want to phrase it, I’m happy in my job wearing jeans..

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SMH

May 14th, 2009
5:34 pm

Malika, your argument is flawed. Washington Mutual employees only wear jeans on Fridays and Saturdays. They are also owned by JP Morgan Chase. They are also one of the FEW banks that passed the stress test and is doing ok. Wachovia, on the other hand is under investigation with Wells Fargo, who bought them out.

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JB

May 14th, 2009
6:28 pm

As my Dad used to say. As long as the job gets done!!!!!!!! The snake of the office may be designer down and the person wearing the jeans is running the place.

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Seadawg

May 14th, 2009
6:56 pm

Doesn’t matter what you wear long as it’s clean, not tatered or offensive & the employees act professional. Look at Trader Joe’s, great place to shop & customer service. I’d love to wear tropical shirts to work.

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ornery

May 14th, 2009
9:59 pm

Public Safety should be wearing a uniform, though should they wear Type A (dress) BDU types or standard should be open to interpretation. Elsewhere jeans should not be a problem.. I don’t even understand why newscasters have to wear a dress clothes. Wearing ties should be as a very last resort kind of thing. Reminds me of the problems a certain legislator had wearing jeans in the Georgia House of Representatives. Come on now get a grip! I’ve worked in all matters of work environment jeans don’t destroy productivity or respect.

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nic

May 14th, 2009
10:00 pm

does it really matter? jeez, whats important is that the job is getting done

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John

May 14th, 2009
10:17 pm

Jeans are never appropriate in any office or professional setting. Neither are tank tops, capri pants, or anything else plainly casual. A professional job is just that–professional. If you don’t want to dress appropriately for the job, them you don’t want the job. You should quit or get fired–no ifs, no questions asked. This is a nobrainer.

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Walter Little

May 14th, 2009
10:19 pm

I see nothing wrong with the Chief wearing jeans. Some people – and I’m thinking of Jonesboro’s mayor – jump all over the stuff that does not amount to a hill of beans, but are afraid to address the issues that are really important.

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Steve

May 14th, 2009
10:40 pm

Jeans are fine to wear at work, period. John is apparently one of those people who believe in perception instead of work. John, please quit your job now since you obviously care more about the way people look than how they perform.

I have worked for a few different companies in the last couple of decades, and the ones that were overly concerned with OUTDATED concepts of ‘perception’ have all had troubles because other companies with less gestapo like tactics have taken all the better employees.

Jeans are fine, as long as they are worn in a ‘business casual’ fashion. That means no baggy jeans, no holes, no stained colors to make them look dirty, no dragging on the ground, and no low riders or overly tight jeans. I have seen people dress, act, and work, far more professionally in jeans that the unethical, uptight, dress for success but don’t let ethics get in your way old-schoolers.

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Susan

May 14th, 2009
11:43 pm

If you dress professionally, you will work professionally and do the job right. If you dress casually, you will work casually and be less careful in doing the job correctly. A person who doesn’t take pride in how they dress at work won’t take pride in how and where they work. No employee of mine will ever wear jeans if they want to continue working.

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Dave Foreman

May 15th, 2009
6:46 pm

I filed for unemployment this week and it was pretty easy. Only took about 20 minutes to listen to an informational session and sign up on a computer.
I would like to ask others how long it took for them to receive their letter stating if they qualify for UI. Also, how long before you have an orientation meeting where you can sign up for training and career seminars? I have heard the system is behind schedule and am anxious for any paths that will lead to a new job.
Dave

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Kay

May 16th, 2009
2:14 pm

I don’t think one clothing item should overpower the outfit–Johnson wore jacket & tie with jeans (which has failed to be mentioned here). It’s not like he’s out there in jeans & a t-shirt, c’mon! If it costs over $200 to dress him in uniform (on my dollar), screw it, let the man be comfortable (& pay for his own attire) as long as it’s professional–and I find jacket & tie professional(regardless of the stinkin’ jeans).

Get over it people–we need to budget! Not to mention we should be allocating funds to better train & pay our law enforcement, not to buy them shiny new duds! Who gives a crap how spiffy their attire is–they need to catch the criminals!!

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AltaDiva

May 19th, 2009
2:49 pm

I believe that extremely tall women may face a bit of discrimination in the workplace. As a 6′1 female, I am constantly having to assuage the feelings of my shorter male counterparts. If I had a nickel for every time that I have heard from a male boss or coworker, “You must be 6′3 because I am 6 feet.” No, you are 5′9-5′10 and you really need to come to terms with that. Fortunately for me I am attractive, slim, and I know my stuff! God has blessed me with height and I have finally learned to take it all in stride…

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Eric

May 19th, 2009
3:20 pm

As the Chief of Police, hs should dress like the Chief, No Jeans. Police departments are a paramilitary organization and those at the top should dress like it. Also, from his picture, I heard the Family Dollar had razors on sale.

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Sean

May 19th, 2009
4:47 pm

I don’t know, this sounds real suspect!

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sako

May 19th, 2009
5:01 pm

That gives a new meaning to googling.

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Slim

May 19th, 2009
5:02 pm

Unless you’re one of the 50K Google employees, it really doesn’t matter anyway. So McDonalds employees, fear not.

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RickyBooby

May 19th, 2009
5:04 pm

Google is most likely simply mining data on how much specific users are visiting job search websites, seeing as how it is pretty much a good indication that someone is at least interested in what’s out there in the job market.

It’s not rocket science.

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RGB

May 19th, 2009
5:47 pm

One approach is to spend gazillions of dollars on the development of an algorithm to determine if employees are likely to leave.

Or Google could hire qualified supervisors who know something about their employees’ goals and career objectives (by actually talking to them). Nah, there’s nothing high-tech about that approach so it would never work.

What was I thinking?

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Papa

May 19th, 2009
6:01 pm

At my workplace it is patent who doesn’t want to be there. And it is likewise obvious who is wanted there. The equation is simple – the Golden Rule: He who has the gold rules (the actual workers suck it up and go on). How many of us pray for a slighly stronger marketplace so we can move on …

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James

May 19th, 2009
6:02 pm

There’s no way to justify a Chief of Police wearing jeans. He represents the law enforcement arm of the City and should do so in professional attire or a uniform. If he wants to wear jeans to work he should get a job as a construction worker or a Calvin Klein model.

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Derek Irvine, Globoforce

May 21st, 2009
2:29 pm

Wow. “Current and former Googlers said the company is losing talent because some employees feel they can’t make the same impact as the company matures. Several said Google provides little formal career planning, and some found the company’s human-resources programs too impersonal.”

And the goal is to solve this with more technology and less of the human touch? What I read here is employees crying out for some personal time and recognition of their efforts and contributions — more importantly, they don’t want just a pat on the back. They want to be told, specifically, how their efforts ARE making a tremendous impact.

This isn’t that difficult — strategic recognition is designed to accomplish precisely this by giving employees the appreciation they deserve while tying those efforts and recognitions to strategic objectives achieved. This line of sight combined with appreciation is what Google seems to need — not another algorithm.

More on this concept of line of sight and appreciation is available here: http://globoforce.blogspot.com/2009/05/defining-employee-engagement-whats-your.html

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MikeB

May 21st, 2009
10:45 pm

There is something more to this story than is being reported……….. On the subject of what has been reported, I never have read where he refused to wear a Jonesboro PD uniform…….. Just that he was asked not to wear jeans. From what I saw, he complied, and was willing to serve some portion of his suspension.

That to me does not sound like a Chief that should be fired. Sounds like he assumed he could wear cloths on duty that he in fact could not………… He was willing to pay for his misunderstanding, but that was not good enough for the Mayor, so he fired him…………. That is unless there is something else not being reported.

Hate getting half a story, but thats the norm these days…………..

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Tommy

May 21st, 2009
11:37 pm

You wear the uniform the boss says to wear. The police Chief works for somebody. He lost his job for being dumb. Go wear your jeans at home dumb A$$.

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BJE

May 22nd, 2009
12:21 am

These are the EXACT words from the Luther Maddox for Mayor website… “”I am the only candidate that will form a team with the council to take Jonesboro forward. The constant bickering and personal agendas will stop. I will consult the council and seek their input on issues as they arise during the course of running the city.”

I know the best and brightest from Harvard don’t line up for office in Jonesboro, but this is pathetic. Absolute hypocrisy, but what can you expect from a moronic hick town???

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Atlantaguy

May 22nd, 2009
12:23 am

I’ve seen the video reports of this guy. While I’m sure there are small town politics at play here, there is NO WAY I’d allow a man with a handlebar mustache, rotten/missing teeth, and a mentality that thinks it’s ok to wear cowboy boots to work be my police chief. What were they thinking to BEGIN with when they hired him? This isn’t lower Louisianna, folks. It’s metro Atlanta. At least fake at being professional!

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ND

May 22nd, 2009
2:36 am

Americans are too image-conscious.

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ornery

May 22nd, 2009
5:03 am

Sounds like there is a bigger problem than just jeans here with the termination. I would strongly suggest the chief retain a employment lawyer specialist and file a suit against the city.

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Mariah Strobe

May 22nd, 2009
5:31 am

If you are in a physically demanding job, I belive jeans and dark (not colored or white) sneakers are fine.

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Scott

May 22nd, 2009
5:55 am

A Chief of Police or any ranking official in law enforcement is a leader that sets standards for the men and women that serve under their command. Therefore, as a leader they are expected to lead by example.

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Steve

May 22nd, 2009
7:02 am

It reflects his attitude of the seriousness of the job and of the capability to follow orders. I know what the rules are, but I don’t care to follow them. The man doesn’t possess the attitude or the respect for the job and is now right where he should be – FIRED!!!

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Semper_Fi

May 22nd, 2009
7:48 am

If the previous Chief was wearing jeans for any duration, then the subsequent Chief is repremanded for the same action, it apears that there is another underlying issue. Jeans were an excuse.

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TRUTH

May 22nd, 2009
8:25 am

Semper Fi and I agree. (He’s a Marine, I’m Army). Jeans are where we are as a society. They can be dressed up or down. It normally puts the person receiving the “wearer” at ease. If you were going to a formal meeting, then appropriate dress mandates. This is nothing more than an excuse. I work for a laarge corporation, they still beleive in business casual, which are slacks and polos. What is the difference between that get up and jeans? Lighten up folks. Really….

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Owned by 3 huge dogs

May 22nd, 2009
8:34 am

It is possible to look “professional” in jeans……if you wear them the right way and with the right shirt and jacket. Jeans are perfect as a uniform. As a nurse, I wish I could wear them too. They wear better, last longer, and are much less expensive than the whites that I have to wear. And it is my understanding that he is (was?) the chief in a smaller community. He most likely did not sit in an office all day. I truly would rather deal with a cop in a pair of jeans than some hotshot in a perfectly tailored uniform. But then I am an old hippie anyway. And I have never been a mainstream thinker. But common sense and logic are not mainstream in today’s society, either. Don’t back down, chief, some of us have your back.

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G5S2P7

May 22nd, 2009
8:44 am

Brad is a good man and I doubt he’s ever met a stranger. He’s one of those few people who will do whatever he can to help you no matter what your circumstances are. I doubt he’s out on patrol on a daily basis and therefore if the policy manual says he can dictate the dress of the department then he’s within his rights to wear whatever he deems appropriate. I don’t see the Mayor winning a judicial review of the case. If they’ve had 6 police chiefs in 9 years it sounds like there is a problem somewhere else besides the police department……specifically the Mayor. He’s seems like he has nothing else to do but to but into everyone’s business!! Give’m hell 406!!

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exmarks the spot

May 22nd, 2009
9:10 am

This is not about jeans, this is about ego, power and the abuse of that power. It’s time for a new mayor!

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John

May 22nd, 2009
9:12 am

I doubt the real issue is jeans, it sounds like a small-time politician is trying to make himself look more important than he really is! Too bad it isn’t this easy to get rid of politicians in office!

As for the jeans, there is NOTHING wrong, in the case of the (former) Police Chief it may have made his job easier to look more casual when dealing with the public. I have to wonder if the useless mayor will require undercover cops to wear uniforms when on duty?

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Owned by 3 huge dogs

May 22nd, 2009
9:30 am

Oh and that remark about his teeth was really uncalled for…….I would be willing to bet that the department doesn’t offer much in the way of dental insurance and do any of you have any idea what the chief’s salary is? Not too many honest cops are rolling in dough.

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Cindy

May 22nd, 2009
9:32 am

Get real… the issue is not with the Chief wearing jeans – time to get rid of the old school Mayor!

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Troy Bolt

May 22nd, 2009
9:55 am

Sounds to me like Boss Hog is at it again. He kinda favored the Hog. Small town politicians are most of the time on a power trip. The chief stopped wearing the jeans when he was told to so whats the problem now.

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The Voice

May 22nd, 2009
9:59 am

I work in public safety and how you present yourself to the public is most important. When we arrive on the scene we have to take control and if we arrive looking like Bubba from In The Heat of The Night then were are looked upon as Barneys from Andy Griffith. He is the Chief. He leads the department. He should be the most professional one there. He openly challanged the mayor (who is recgonized as a first class moron) in public. Never Never Ever air your dirty laundry in public, it does nothing but cause problems and lower morale. I don’t feel sorry for the chief….I feel sorry for the officers.

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TexasFreako

May 22nd, 2009
10:06 am

Luther Maddox is an ignorant redneck. What Brad Johnson wore was fine and professional with the included sport coat and cowboy hat. I guess now every top cop in the state of Texas is unprofessional. You can look professional in nice jeans. It made Brad Johnson more approachable and that is what the public likes. It is time to get fat backwoods redneck squeal-like-a-pig slobs like Luther Maddox out of office but I guess first we will have to remove his head from his a$$.

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hrw

May 22nd, 2009
10:35 am

The Mayor has the authority to ensure his top police officer dress appropriately. The Chief in turn should set an example for his subordinates. The Police Chief must understand that when he is in the public eye; his appearence is judged by the citizens who help elect him into office. While his attire was clean and his appearance was in order; this was not a good example to set for the other police officer. You come to the office in a professional dress attire setting an example for the rest of the police officer to follow. When dress on duty in jeans it send a wrong message that other police officer might follow. It would not look professional if any police officer show’s up in jeans to make an arrest or to try and solve a problem dressed in that manner. If this was not an ongoing offense, the Mayor should administer the chief a written discipline letter. A chief does not disobey the Mayor’s orders even if the Mayor is wrong. Chief, you can wear your Jean off duty when you are out shopping or around your community. I think you do not mean any disrespect to the Mayor since you were already in your Jeans oand dress coat on your job! If you were working uncover, he Mayor would not disagree with you wearing jeans. I think the Mayor do not want this to become a trend with police officer that might assume they can do the same. Atlanta detectives wear their dress hat when going to honmocides calls, they look good because they are also wearing suits. Those hats are appropriate.

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C. M. Thornton, III

May 22nd, 2009
10:44 am

I have been a cop for 15 years. I would like to comment that jeans and a fu-manchu mustache are by NO mean professional attire and grooming standards for a chief of police, especially in the metro Atlanta area. The chief represents the entire department and that department’s image. If the chief does not want to wear the uniform that he demands his officers wear, at the very least he needs to wear slacks, dress shirt and tie. The chief must set the example of professionalism for his officers to follow. This chief obviously does not do that. They mayor was right to enforce a professional appearance for the police department.

On a side note, it’s standard world-wide for police departments to wear uniforms. In fact, on our department’s application there is the question, “Do you object to wearing a uniform”. Uniforms represent unity and professionalism. Blue jeans, injected into this setting, represent individualism.

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B

May 22nd, 2009
10:45 am

Is the mayor black?

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Rick

May 22nd, 2009
10:49 am

I think the lesson he learned here is that jeans are appropriate to wear to the unemployment office.

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HRPufnstuf

May 22nd, 2009
10:53 am

Six Police Chiefs in nine years? I don’t think the problem is with either the Chief or with the jeans. Sounds like that city has some serious problems with management, and the Chief is just the latest scapegoat.

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arlene

May 22nd, 2009
12:05 pm

The mayor did not forbid the chief from wearing jeans. I think that if he had told him not to wear them and they were still worn, he should have suspended him. The city council halved the suspension, and they were supposed to meet tonight. But the mayor jumped the gun and fired the chief. Sounds like a “petty power decision”to me…or a p***** contest!

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Peter

May 22nd, 2009
12:50 pm

The whole thing sounds personal…… a vendetta !

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26belly

May 22nd, 2009
1:31 pm

In the metro Atlanta region, people shake their heads once again! There goes Clayton County.

In the words of Allen Iverson…
“we talking about jeans!”

What is the change in the crime rate of the municipality of Jonesboro, GA?

How many officers have increased their professional training and skill level during the tenure of Chief Johnson?

Has the Jonesboro Police Department assisted in improving the conviction rate of the DA’s office for cases involving Jonesboro, GA?

“Are we talking bout jeans?!”

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Karen

May 22nd, 2009
3:11 pm

We are talking Clayton County people…..the ghetto! Who cares what he wears if he has to run after drug selling thugs and murderers! It is 2009….Small town USA good ole boy system makes me sick. I am sure he is more comfortable trying to keep rotten Clayton County safe in jeans than in a uniform….and it saves tax payer dollars – they do not have to pay for the stiff uniforms that are heavy and very uncomfortable! Get Real Mayor – look around and see what is really important. Jonesboro was once a nice place…..now is it terrible.

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Karen

May 22nd, 2009
3:13 pm

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hmr

May 22nd, 2009
3:40 pm

Here is my take, not just on Clayton County, but on corporate America, period.

If a person is handling their business in their job duties, it should not matter what they wear to work. Yes, I understand in some professions business attire is more appropriate, but I’ve learned that clothes do not necessarily equate to adequate job performance. Just like a degree does not automatically make a person qualified for a job. There are more important things to focus on in the workplace.

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BJE

May 22nd, 2009
6:23 pm

Again – EVERYONE READ THIS. These are the mayor’s OWN words. This is what HE said in running for this office. He completely lied.

“”I am the only candidate that will form a team with the council to take Jonesboro forward. The constant bickering and personal agendas will stop. I will consult the council and seek their input on issues as they arise during the course of running the city.”

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Karen

May 25th, 2009
1:42 am

Be conscienous. If you really want work and save some money, you should look like you want to work. Like a young lady and a young man. Think about some things you are really good at and look for something relevant to that. Be confident, sell yourself and always ask questions.

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May 26th, 2009
6:40 pm

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Carmen

May 26th, 2009
6:56 pm

I sent my resume via e-mail to apply to an Executive Assistant position posted on the AJC Job section. The reply came with a charge for (I think it was) $45.00 or so to re-write my resume in a way that I was certain to get the job. The company sending the reply was a convent of nuns and clerigs is you can believe it. The web-site even had picture of some of the nuns working from their office in California!! I replied with an e-mail stating that I was not interested but we had a laugh at the office with the scam. I wonder sometimes how many people actually fell for that one.

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DeeMack

May 26th, 2009
8:10 pm

I also thought I was getting a Google CD for 1.95 cents and did not READ THE FINE PRINT. They proceeded to take $47.50 out of my bank account. I reported my card as being lost and paid $5 for a replacement. That will not happen AGAIN! I had to remind myself; “If it’s too good to be true, it is!

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gmr

May 26th, 2009
8:49 pm

I was a victim of Mystery Shoppers. I was scammed out of $6,000.00 thinking that the money orders that Bank of America (BOA)cashed were real moneygrams.
Now I am stuck paying the money back to BOA. If you have been scammed by Mystery Shoppers email me at Imginga@aol.com and lets see what we can so legally about it.

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Vanessa

May 27th, 2009
5:23 pm

I just came across your Blog. I’m an overweight Businesswoman. It has taken a lot of hard work for me to get to where i am today. Long working hours, eating at my desk, commute travel and stress and convenience food has me overweight. Not because i’m lazy but because i’m too busy and allow my physical conditioning to go out of control. Every day i deal with more and more overweight business people. In fact i suspect most of us at executive level will all be overweight in a few years time. Many businesswomen like me are heavy not from laziness but career drive. Yet we do get snide remarks, mainly i notice from other women. No one heads the slim woman who takes the lift how ever when i take it i’m a fat lazy cow

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Cal

May 27th, 2009
9:06 pm

I was a victim of a trucking company name Bailey & Bailey trucking in Long Lane, MO. The owner placed ad in internet hiring owner operator only. She put pay settlement for 5%/7 days, 3%/14 days, 401K…are nothing but scam. She not only rush me to go on the road before she send me IFTA but also violated DOT regulation for not requiring drug test from me. After i worked a week, she lied to me about pay me for another week due to it took a week to put new employee into their system. By the time she said she can pay me, she find another excuse for not able to pay me due to she never got pay from all of the shippers for 3 months and she doesn’t know what’s going on in their payroll dept. She never pay me for total $6.7K, I lost all my saving for fuel expense , lumper and toll.
Any driver or owner operator see this comment, please be aware and tell others, do not apply job on this company. the owner is professional SWINDLER!!

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kelsey

May 27th, 2009
9:36 pm

i am 15 years old and need ajob will do just about anything

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april

May 28th, 2009
5:40 pm

how could i get a job and i 13. also does it matter how old you are alongvs you do the job and get it done.

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Patricia

May 29th, 2009
12:48 pm

Check your spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. Then have someone else check it again. Apparently this message has not been received by some job applicants.

If the position you are applying for requires an online application, do not leave the experience fields blank and refer to your resume. Some commonly used job application software does not always flag the fact that there is a resume attached. Even if it does, it is more work for the person reviewing resumes to have to look somewhere else.

Use the words and phrases in the job description to describe your experience. In large organizations, the first cut of applicants may be done by a HR person who doesn’t know the field. Using the same words to describe your previous experience will help get your application through to the hiring manager.

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unemployed guy

May 29th, 2009
12:59 pm

It never hurts to read up on resume tips. But I can tell you that it really is b.s. We’ve come to the point now where we try to make those who have lost their jobs….through no fault of their own…feel as if it’s the construction of their resume and cover letters that is holding them back from reentering the job market.

The truth is, if you’ve included correct information, free of grammatical and spelling errors, and you’ve tailored the cover letter and resume to the company and job you’re applying for, then you’ve done all you can really do.

People are not hiring and of they are, there are 100’s, if not 1000’s applying for the same position. The idea that your resume didn’t get you the job is false. When the economy is good, and people are hiring, you don’t see all these articles about resumes, because, they really don’t matter as much as you are lead to believe in tough times.

The best way to get a job is to know someone who can put you in touch with an open position and has some sway with the people doing the hiring. Failing that, the best way is pure luck. You, or your resume just happen to be there when the person hiring makes time to look for someone and is ready to hire.

95% of every other “tip” you read about how to get a job is b.s. Luck, timing, personal relationship, ready error-free resume. Those are the keys.

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Tony

May 29th, 2009
1:39 pm

By all means, have someone proofread your resume. Do not simply let your computer “spell check” do the deed. When I review resumes I go straight to the employment record. Are there any gaps? Frequent changes? The author of the article is correct about long and wordy resumes. Don’t do it! References will be checked.

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Sheryl

May 29th, 2009
1:50 pm

I work for the CDC and I’m scared to death.

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Doug

May 29th, 2009
2:03 pm

Patricia:

Good stuff.
Thanks!

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Philip Smith

May 29th, 2009
2:03 pm

An example of how to get a great work environment & Culture:

Joy,

The Fruit Farmer, Inc. is a leader in delivering farm-fresh fruit directly to companies nationwide.

We partner with corporations to provide daily baskets of fresh fruit to their employees. We deliver a wide variety of fruits that give employees a healthier option for snacks and lunch at their place of employment. Based in Atlanta, Georgia

(www.thefruitfarmer.net)

Great for boosting the attitudes at work and help employees eat healthy.

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Lots of them

May 29th, 2009
2:35 pm

Lots of them are going to quit. They are losing touch with who they were and are becoming just another high tech company. People will leave in droves when they realize there is nothing magic about working there after all (ala Microsoft).

It doesn’t take an algorithm to figure out who is going to leave. People that feel underappreciated, bored, underpaid, etc (right or wrong) or think there is a better oppty elsewhere won’t last. High tech workers don’t usually last more than a few years at a company regardless of circumstances. Companies have very little loyalty to their workers, and vice versa. Google won’t be any different. They’ll have retention issues just like every other similar company.

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JENNY`

May 30th, 2009
3:28 pm

hELLO I’M A TEENAGER LOOKING FOR A PART-TOME JOB ANY IDEAS.

SINCERELY JENNY

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Brett Shepherd

May 31st, 2009
10:21 am

Hell where I work casual dress would be an upgrade. We have grown men coming to work in saggy jeans, tennis shoes and t-shirts. We have women coming in as if they just left CLUB ESSO! It’s a damn shame that nobody takes pride in coming to work dressed up anymore. But I guess when your supervisor is sloppy, then why shouldn’t the workerbees?
I take pride in coming to work dressed professionally, although I have been guilty of wearing jeans, a polo shirt and loafer type shoes on Fridays. But my dress down is still 1000% better than everyone elses best day.
The company I work for takes no pride in being professional and in this day and age..it’s a shame!

Brett Shepherd
Norcross, GA

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Jazmine

May 31st, 2009
2:13 pm

man jasmine.im fourteen now and im lookin for a job from friends, internet, e-mails, it’s hard pimpin just do wat u do and you mite find one.

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hopelessly unemployed

June 4th, 2009
10:50 am

For those of us in double digit areas (yes they do exist in Ga dont let the static rate of unemployment fool you, it was created by 45k people dropping off the rolls while waiting for the state extension that is federally funded) HB581 was passed 4/3 and signed into law on 4/21. We were finally allowed to apply on 5/22 they are talking about 6/25 before funds come out.
Something is wrong as all other states are giving retro benfits and you can google what those benfits are, not Ga. a regular UI claim takes 3 weeks and it is looking at up to 5 weeks for SEB. yet they can mail a letter on 5/8 of eligibility and do a dry run on a bank acct 5/26,lol….yet still no money.
The whole point of UI/EUC/SEB is so jobless workers do not loose their stability, well my 4 kids are about to watch their stuff get put on the side of the road and have no roof over there head. I worked non profit and grant cutbacks mean you loose your job and the county where i live another plant closed yesterday so I’m sure our 11.5% rate will go up again.If Macdonalds would hire me I’ld be tickled to death cause I could put us into an efficiency.
So good luck collecting and even better luck for future job finding

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Jim444

June 4th, 2009
1:53 pm

Being a Worker is for SLAVES. I am not a worker and never want to be someone’s “employee”.

I would be embarrassed to dress professional like I’m some “worker bee employee”.

People no longer take pride in “work”. No one wants to be “at work” anymore.

Today, everyone wants to be retired and living the good life.

To be a “worker” or “employee” just shows you never made it big during the boom.

Many people got rich during the 1980’s – 2005. If you didn’t get rich then, you’ll NEVER get rich now.

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Michael

June 4th, 2009
4:14 pm

I am 15 years of age and really need money to go back to school next year. I would do just about anything to make money this summer…Could anyone help me?

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nate

June 5th, 2009
9:38 am

brian lewis go call allsup in bellville ill they will help you get ssdi you more than qualify sounds like to me what are you waiting for they take 25 percent of your award but at least you will have income comeing in each month. i am 45 with degenerated disc diasease and stenosis of spine with 2 disc shot at L-4 L-5 with a torn nerve and i take 100mg shots of insulin for diabeaties and 6 pain pills for pain. come on dude do you really think anybody is going to hire people like us in todays world i dought it. so call them you will be glad you did.

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dan

June 5th, 2009
9:50 am

come on people do you really think anybody in the social security administration or ssdi for disabled people really care about your condition no they dont i call then hitlers ss because there trained to deny you no matter what. why do you think they pay a independent doctor to see you there doctor ssdi hes paid by the social security office du. so please make sure you get a lawyer before you apply or you will get denied all the way to federal court. god bless and good luck.

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neal kelley

June 8th, 2009
11:45 pm

every hate a brown noser… it does not save you.. make you are target in some business enviorments..

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Atl Hawk

June 8th, 2009
11:45 pm

Not at all. People who get their rocks off by telling the boss is doing the same thing. I cant understand why people dont get that karma is real. Whatever you do to others will be done to you. If it is your time to leave a job then its just that time. Snitching should not be rewarded.

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Mike D

June 9th, 2009
1:44 am

I had a 3 year long affair with my boss at Wachovia. I actually fathered her second child, but she eventually moved on.

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Jimbo

June 9th, 2009
2:04 am

Some insecure bosses enjoy the attention from brown-nosers. Personally, it makes me nauseous.

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HP

June 10th, 2009
12:20 pm

Yes. Sad but true.

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Phillip

June 14th, 2009
10:25 am

So many “job opening” listed in ajc and other papers (via hotjobs) are nothing more than marketing scams for collecting contact information. (mainly for online continuing education and resume writing services) Highly frustrating and unintentially requested, job applicants are bombarded by phone calls and emails trying to sell everything from MBA’s to auto insurance to home mortgage refinance to magazine subscriptions. It may not be illegal, but it certain is an exploiting of a loop-hole in the anti-spam laws. These ads can be found in every category and every major paper in the US.

It would help if the AJC (and others) would identify these fake job ads and refuse to publish them in the “jobs” sections if they are not truly employment opportunities.

Smacks of false advertising.

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Robert G Flanagan

June 15th, 2009
5:32 am

Not from where I’m sitting. At Averitt Exress I was just forced to opt for part time status or unemployment benefits. I had just received a raise from $16.00 per hour to $17.00 per hour. My raise was taken away and I was forced to take a $2.00 pay cut along with the loss of all benefits. Averitt had never done this before. While part time employees had been let go last year, full time employees had never been forced to become part time loosing all benefits.

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Capitalist

June 15th, 2009
12:11 pm

If we value our freedom as we have known it in America, we need to protect the free market. People should be paid based upon what the market dictates, no matter what they do. Where do you draw the line? If you want to limit executive pay, why would you stop there? Why should athletes and entertainers be allowed to make millions and not some of the most educated, brightest business people? Wouldn’t we also all benefit from lower ticket prices and cost of goods and services resulting from lower advertising cost if athletes and entertainers were paid less? Why should an owner of a private company be allowed to make whatever the market bears and not a CEO of a public company? The private company has investors as well. This is a slippery slope.

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sharonda

June 15th, 2009
4:39 pm

I’m looking for employment I do have experience in retail I am 16 yrs. will be 17 yrs. in one month

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Mad Haddy

June 15th, 2009
11:15 pm

I was in a situation where I felt that I needed to take on as many tasks as possible to keep my job. Guess what? If your boss does not like you because you are more knowledeable and receive kuddos from external customers, she will get rid of you anyway. If you feel threatened, update the resume and start looking for another job now, you will be one step ahead of the game.

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Lisa

June 17th, 2009
4:35 pm

I am 17 I really need a job to help me save money for my books for college this upcoming fall
or volunteer opens to gain experience

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Becky

June 18th, 2009
3:00 pm

Does having sex on the pool table with the boss count as a crush?

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Will

June 18th, 2009
3:03 pm

When I was married the first time, I had an affair with a co-worker. I divorced and the co-worker and I had a four-year relationship. Don’t regret it. Am about to mark the 11th anniversary of my second marriage. I’d be open to another relationship. What you up to tonight, Becky?

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Too Easy

June 18th, 2009
3:07 pm

Twice. Married ‘em both. No cheating involved either time.

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Too Easy

June 18th, 2009
3:08 pm

And, no. This isn’t Becky using another screen name.

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Becky

June 18th, 2009
3:21 pm

Will, that my dear was in my wilder days, sorry..

Too Easy, what do you mean by that? I never said I was easy..Guess I should mention that this crush lasted for about 5 years..

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Nora

June 18th, 2009
3:35 pm

I think “Too Easy” describes one of those co-workers you married (at least if you’re who I think you are).

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Becky

June 18th, 2009
3:47 pm

Nora, I’m not who you think I am..I didn’t marry the boss..

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Jim

June 18th, 2009
3:59 pm

I nail my secretary every night before we leave the office.

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Nora

June 18th, 2009
4:03 pm

Becky, I was talking to “Too Easy”, not you. (Sorry!)

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Becky

June 18th, 2009
4:04 pm

Jim, every night? WOW

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HANNAH

June 18th, 2009
4:13 pm

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HANNAH

June 18th, 2009
4:13 pm

HAVING AN EMOTIONAL AFFAIR RIGHT NOW WAITING TO SEE IF IT GOES ANY FURTHER…

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Jim

June 18th, 2009
4:16 pm

Becky, except the weekends. She is just so hot:)

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Becky

June 18th, 2009
4:40 pm

Nora, thats ok…Thanks..

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Absolutely!!

June 18th, 2009
4:42 pm

Can I have Becky’s number?

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Misse

June 18th, 2009
4:42 pm

I have never liked giving my number to strangers so it seems that work is one of the places I can feel confortable getting to know someone before actually “dating”. This has led to two relationships. One lasted for two years and I have been in the other since 2005. We are getting married this summer!

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Absolutely!!

June 18th, 2009
4:47 pm

But really, I have had many. you can’t help it. You spend more time with co-workers than significant others and co-workers can sympathize with what you have to deal with all day, so it is easier to talk to co-workers. Bottomline is just keep it discreet and don’t let it get to involved. Co-workers should definately have extra-marital affairs it is good for business.

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deezanutz

June 18th, 2009
5:49 pm

Jim that is hilarious. Does your company have any type of romantic relationship disclosure in its compliance program?

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Becky

June 19th, 2009
10:50 am

I don’t do well in the hot, so it’s a good thing that I work indoors..My husband is a roofer and to me that would be one of the worst jobs to do when it’s hotter than hades outside..

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FCM

June 19th, 2009
4:50 pm

Yep but he’s married so that would be an absolutely will not go there.

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Scottay

June 20th, 2009
9:37 pm

I used to load airplanes for a living on that hot pavement and never batted an eye but now that I’m older and fatter, I can barely handle the walk across the parking lot to my car at the end of the day. I salute anybody that has to work outside.

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Super Dad

June 20th, 2009
9:48 pm

I would think porta john pumper would be pretty rough in super hot weather.

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Daniel

June 20th, 2009
10:33 pm

A Summer camp counselor ranks pretty high on this list b/c you have to deal with kids who are getting hot.

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LizDawg

June 20th, 2009
11:04 pm

I always think roofers, paving, road construction, etc. would be the worst in the heat.

Some like it hot and some sweat when the heat is on
Some feel the heat and decide that they can’t go on,
Some like it hot, but you cant tell how hot til you try,
Some like it hot, so lets turn up the heat til we fry!

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Lillian

June 20th, 2009
11:24 pm

I think my lawn-care man has the worst job in the heat. Because he’s so reliable he has a lot of clients. He’s out there from sun up to sun down burning in the sun. Let’s not forget how some powered lawn movers tend to give off more heat.

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john

June 20th, 2009
11:56 pm

Hot! yeah sitting bin a cab of a truck with no a/c or load/unload same Van (box) in lower Ala. or in a cab w/o a/c on a piece of heavy equipmentfrom sunrise to after sunset 7 days a week or until jobs done or it rains. drink mgallons of water/ eat light . in truck take off uniform shirt and under shirt and hang in cab so moveing brezze will dry them before next stop . Oh! yeah I know HOT!!!

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Ex-Ramp Rat

June 21st, 2009
12:20 am

Scottay, I loaded airplanes as well. I too, am older (and also fatter). This is my first summer off the ramp, (52 yoa and retired). Last summer I placed a thermometer on the ramp on a 95 degree reported day, (as today). It read 118 degrees!!! God help you if the pilot leaves on the APU, which blows even more heat! The only shade is under the airplane wing! The belly of the beast, (cargo bin) is only cool the first 20 minutes the plane reaches the gate. This job is awful HOT in the summer!

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Jay

June 21st, 2009
1:14 am

I used to work at a Steel fabrication shop. No A/C inside the workshop. Just some fans and doors at the ends that could be opened. A lot of equipment running and welding machines and torches. If it’s 90 degrees outside then it’s 110 degrees inside the shop. Thank God I wasn’t a welder. Welders have to wear long sleeves and thick gloves so they won’t get burned so they are that much hotter.

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godawgs

June 21st, 2009
1:47 am

Police officers (no, I won’t denigrate them by calling them ‘cops’ like every other media article does). They have to wear thick bullet-proof vests underneath the layers of their uniforms and carry all kinds of heavy equipment outside of the layers of their uniforms, and spend most of the day outside responding to calls or pulling over people who can’t follow traffic rules. I can’t imagine how irritating it must be to deal with ungrateful, combative people everyday, much less when it’s 100 degrees out and you’re wearing all kinds of layers and carrying a 20 pound belt full of equipment on your waist.

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Matt

June 21st, 2009
2:02 am

I deliver for Pizza Hut and our uniforms are all-black. Not pleasant in this 95-degree heat.

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Bullneck

June 21st, 2009
2:07 am

A police motor officer wearing all the gear and seating on a 900 pound heater.

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The Sarge

June 21st, 2009
2:32 am

As crazy as it may seem, expose as little skin surface as possible…this means 1) long sleeve shirt (no short sleeves), 2) long pants (no shorts), 3) hat, preferably a desert/jungle “boonie-type. If not available, a ball cap will do/protect the neck area w/kerchief/etc and 4) hydrate often (no sodas, coffee, or those sugar-ladden “sports drinks”…just H2O). Also, time your exposure…20-30 minutes/5-10 min rest. Sunscreen on exposed areas…face, back of hands. Keep an eye on those around you/ensure all are onboard with this one.

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The Sarge

June 21st, 2009
2:42 am

Ramp Rats Everywhere: Try to avoid prop/jet blast. Besides blowing hot air, this is a definite safety issue (flying debris/FOD…foreign object dammage). Keep your head “on a 360 degree swivel”. In my post-retirement job, I do a fair amount of flying; this 360 awareness is something I do not see demonstrated much.

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Cicely

June 21st, 2009
2:58 am

I have a friend who fixes Air Condidtioning. He was up in someones attic today doing a repair and said it measured 132 degrees. Unfortunately he is going to be in my attic tomorrow since mine is broken too.

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butch

June 21st, 2009
4:14 am

install gas pipe in apt. attic avg. temp. 130 plus

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Wally

June 21st, 2009
6:30 am

My hottest job was the summer I was a roofer in Oklahoma. Salvation came in late July when I got another job at the computer center on campus where I maintained equipment in big, air conditioned rooms.

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Jerome

June 21st, 2009
7:12 am

Working in the tobacco fields in south georgia you had to contend with the heat and gnats.

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Mark

June 21st, 2009
7:18 am

I work as a biologist doing wetlands and endangered species work. Try hacking your way through briars and brush all day with a machete while carrying your equipment and watching for snakes and other dangers. The only water you have is what you can carry or like myself, you can use a water purifier in the field. Nothing like purified swamp water to cool you off on a hot day.

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Chris Broe

June 21st, 2009
7:39 am

Try being a used car salesman on a hot summer day. Try getting in all those hot cars for test drives. Forget about it. Rich corinthian leather can leave 3rd degree burns on hot days. But you’ll get a good deal. So buy American.

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clyde

June 21st, 2009
7:51 am

I spent a good deal of my working career in a boiler room containing 3 very large boilers.I mean 9 stories tall.The soot blower repair crew had a shop on the seventh floor.They were worse off than I was.At least I got to move around and go outside on occasion.

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Delta Slave

June 21st, 2009
8:01 am

I have to agree with Scottay, Ramp Rat, and Sarge. It’s plenty hot working as a ramp agent. Not only is it hot on the ramp, it can get hot in the cargo bin with no air circulating and tossing bags. Back for the knees and back too. These planes are coming in back to back and you don’t have time to stay hydrated. Seems like my employer doesn’t care either

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Road Scholar

June 21st, 2009
8:02 am

I have worked as a carpenter/roofer, manuel unloader of tractor trailers and rail cars, and on laying asphalt. I made a decision early to get a career that involved AC. I decided that broiuling under the sun, being baked, or fried was not in my future.

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catlady

June 21st, 2009
8:25 am

Roofers and asphalt layers have the worst job. But I have a friend who locates utilities (before you dig) and that is a miserable job, too, with the walking and carrying and digging, around pavement and under bushes and around aggressive dogs. He suffers.

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Fly like a Eagle

June 21st, 2009
8:33 am

Mail carriers have a very hot job also, no air conditioner in the mail trucks. A lot of walking on some routes, but that is better than being in the trucks all day for all curbside delivery routes.

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Vishlysr

June 22nd, 2009
2:53 am

We’ve crossed mid 2009 and it is a welcome relief to know that the overall productivity is increasing. Usually productivity falls in a recession. So there are overall some good signs. But what about the ones who have lost their jobs? Thankfully, there are some websites where people who have been affected by job loss in the current recession could share their anxieties and problems with others having faced similar problems in the past. One website that is interesting is http://www.angstcorner.com.

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jess

June 22nd, 2009
9:24 am

I’ve had several…and let me tell you–”working” under the desk..while he is on the phone/signing important docs…best situation ever!!!

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Shasta (Creme Soda)

June 22nd, 2009
10:12 am

Being a prostitute I can honestly say having to work the corner on a Hot Saturday afternoon/night is the worst.

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Turd Ferguson

June 22nd, 2009
2:08 pm

Oh absolutely!! Some were married, most were not and all went “all the way.” 9 in 7 years to be exact or about one every 9 months…Im thinking that was a company record!!

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LOL

June 23rd, 2009
12:34 pm

Excuse me but this post is getting a little too freaky.
So you all dated your co-worker. I do not want to go there. Yeah done it and hate it now. So there you got it out of me. Jezz.

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Sam

June 23rd, 2009
7:42 pm

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June 23rd, 2009
7:43 pm

DIPPER

June 26th, 2009
2:11 pm

This is the exact reason why someone gets more time in jail for killing a dog than for killing a human….

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Elmer's

June 26th, 2009
2:16 pm

No, but I did bring some good Michael Jackson jokes with me today to work. Had my co-workers howling – just like a dog.

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tj

June 26th, 2009
2:36 pm

why would anyone even worry about the jail time someone gets for killing a dog or a human ?? One of the ten commandments states Thou shalt not kill!! Just ignorance dipper!!

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No way

June 26th, 2009
2:45 pm

I have to listen to my coworker call her house about 10 times a day to check on her dog and cat, so does that count? Not including the times that she has her Mother hold the phone so that she can talk to them…

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Becky

June 26th, 2009
2:54 pm

No,didn’t date all of them, some of them were sex only..

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Jessica

June 26th, 2009
2:58 pm

Dipper—your a dip. Do you really think your hero Mike Vick got more time for killing a dog then someone who murdered someone? Moron. As the saying goes, the more people I meet…the more I like my dog.

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DJ Sniper

June 26th, 2009
3:07 pm

I’m a dog owner and I love my mutt, but I draw the line at certain things, and taking my dog to work is one of them. Sorry, but you just don’t need to bring your dog every place you go.

I hate to bring up Michael Vick, but oh well, I’ll do it anyway: What he did was deplorable and stupid and he deserved to be punished, but dang, people were running around here acting like he killed the Pope or something. That whole fiasco just goes to show how pet obsessed our society is. I do believe that Vick would have been treated a lot less harshly had he been accused of something such as rape, assault, or anything like that. Let’s not even begin to talk about the nutjobs from PETA.

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DIPPER

June 26th, 2009
3:11 pm

NO one said anything about being a VICK hero… I have 2 dogs myself but I’m also a family member that lost a love one due to DUI… So before any of you get started about PETA, get your facts and reasons straight.

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DIPPER

June 26th, 2009
3:12 pm

Taking your dog for walks, lakes, parks are great but bringing them to work and to a ball game is a little to much. Petsmart was the best thing for a dog. Next we will be taking dogs to TGIF for lunch.

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DIPPER

June 26th, 2009
3:13 pm

Jessica, maybe you will understand if someone killed your mom while DUI…

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scottie dog lover

June 26th, 2009
3:16 pm

I am able to bring my dog with me to work everyday. I have a very laid back work environment.
To all you Dipper haters…I think what he was making a comparison to is that Mike Vick got more time in jail for dog fighting than Donte Stallworth got for hitting and killing a pedestrian while under the influence. I’m not condoning this, just interpreting his statement.

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Becky

June 26th, 2009
3:17 pm

DIPPER, sorry for your loss..

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scottie dog lover

June 26th, 2009
3:22 pm

Yes, Dipper…sorry for your loss. I hope I was on the right track explaining your statement.
As far as taking your pet everywhere…I can take my dog to work because I work for my in-laws. I admit, these are special circumstances but I don’t take my dog everywhere else.

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Soccer Mom

June 26th, 2009
3:30 pm

Why does every comment section end up trashing someone that made a simple statement? Let’s just stay with the subject! I would probably take my dog with me, but she doesn’t like men, so my boss would have to stay home. HMMMMMMM………..

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melissai

June 26th, 2009
3:48 pm

I work from home so my dogs are with me every day. If I did work in an office and had the opportunity, I still would NOT take my dogs out of consideration for co-workers that may have allergies, have fears, or may just not like dogs in general.

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Nancy

June 26th, 2009
3:56 pm

Since our office opened its doors in 1999, it has been pet friendly – so much so that it was a negotiation in our lease. On any given day, we’re allowed four dogs in the office, and have a “doggie calendar” so that we can keep track. It does wonders for morale, and says something about the people who work for our agency.

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ace dancer

June 26th, 2009
4:28 pm

my supervisor looks like a small dog so I am already covered with this new ‘ hallmark – buy another greeting card’ holiday

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Mac

June 26th, 2009
4:36 pm

I wouldn’t mind having an office cat. But the manager wouldn’t allow it.

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Sue

June 26th, 2009
4:38 pm

It depends on the dog. A friendly, laid-back dog would be fine to bring to the office one day but a skittish/unfriendly/yappy dog would be better off at home.

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ncgreybr

June 26th, 2009
4:48 pm

I got an older German Shepard from the Humane Society last year during the summer. He had been found on the side of the road, very emaciated and they felt he had obviously been abused. I took him home and it took several days for it to get used to the house. It will NOT stay iinside the fence. He has cataracts and doesn’t see well and is almost deaf (should I have named him “Lucky” instead of “Bear”?) I decided the only safe thing was to bring him to work with me each day. I own a retail store. He stays behind the counter (leashed to a bolt) and most people never even know he is there. There is a note on the door “Caution:Do NOT awaken the guard dog!

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Connie

June 26th, 2009
4:48 pm

Mine are with me right now in my home office, and would be good additions to AANY office. Preferable to some of the “humans” one meets in the workplace!

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Miss V

June 26th, 2009
4:52 pm

My dog is handicapped from a spinal injury sustained in a car accident and needs to be checked on often, so it would be nice to bring her with me to the office instead of running home every 3 hours like I did with my last job that didn’t allow pets. Right now, I am self employed with my own office, so she is able to be with me everyday. If I do return to full time work it will need to be in a pet friendly office.

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BiteMe

June 26th, 2009
5:20 pm

NANCY – HIRE ME! :) I would LOVE to work somewhere dog friendly – I like my job, but would LOVE IT if I could have my little furry friend next to me to keep me cool while dealing with the constant stress this place brings about

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Kitty Conrad

June 26th, 2009
5:29 pm

I grew up on a non-mechanized tobacco farm in the 1950s and had to handle green tobacco all day in July and August heat. I found out 50 years later that the reason I always felt sick was that I was poisoned by nicotine from the sticky gum on green tobacco. I’ve dug ditches, shoveled coal and shoveled manure; all are improvements over the tobacco field.

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poolshark

June 26th, 2009
5:45 pm

Yuck. I bet yall are the same people who let your dogs lick u in the mouth but then wear masks in public to prevent the swine flu. Such strange fruit we are

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Sarah Holland

June 26th, 2009
5:57 pm

I rescue the Newfoundland dogs in need of a new home, that’s all I care about. These gentle giants
need an extra hand sometimes and I’m there for them. These chat groups or comment columns
always turn into something altogether different than the original subject. If you can’t say something good I have always believed you should keep your mouth shut.
I’m retired but would love to take my Newfoundland’s to work if I had a job. So go make something out of that. To all the dog lovers in this group, you’re very special people.

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Chris

June 30th, 2009
9:11 am

Remodel Project Management is also one of the worst jobs in America. Low pay for the 18 hour days and handling complant after complant. HGTV is the biggest contributer to the remodle world because they set the expectations that a remodel in your house can be done in a few days, NOT IN THE REAL WORLD! Project Mangers have very high stress for little pay.

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Billy Bob from cobb

July 3rd, 2009
11:25 pm

I am not worth near as much as I am paid. Last year I made nearly a million dollars off other peoples work. I am sure the dems hate that. When I hire someone all I consider is how much they can make me. The best thing about this down turn is people will work so cheap.

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Trizzle

July 3rd, 2009
11:58 pm

@Billy Bob: Nice, you must place contractors.

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Billy Bob from cobb

July 4th, 2009
12:02 am

Sales and marketing

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Rocketroy

July 4th, 2009
7:06 am

Gotta include the foot soldiers serving in the desert countries! Loaded down with gear,and always mindful of danger, has to be the toughest hot weather job……and the pay is lousy! On this celebration day,include a little “cool prayer” for them all….guys and gals……many reservists,over 40……tough going! Rocketroy

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Allen Radwill

July 7th, 2009
4:18 pm

Allen Radwill is worth mucho dinero, and I am not simply speaking about myself, for myself or of myself. Too often do we sell ourselves short when it comes to asking for a salary commensurate with experiences. Too many employers only look at the surface while many grind away at the results of a background check, an internet search or rumors from friends.

Let me state that when it comes time to interview or be interviewed, the best I can muster is a direct look into the eyes of my potential employer or employee and hope that they look back, speak directly and with a compassionate clarity and boldness! To find value, integrity and other traits which we all want (as an employer) can be an overwhelming task and expense, only to result in a failed acquisition when it is all said and done.

Allen Radwill never doubts the ability of would be employees when first interviewed, however, building upon the discussion with knowledge and past experiences can quickly lead to finding out what the candidate really knows. So, to sum up, let’s take a lesson from the master of deceit and understand that truth is as good as the teller, trouble is, who is the teller?

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MacArthur

July 9th, 2009
5:07 pm

It’s been 10-plus percent here in Carpetland for months. Help!

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kevin

July 9th, 2009
6:23 pm

dont yall worry, obama gonna make everything alright.aint that right america?

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joho

July 9th, 2009
7:04 pm

C’mon get real, its already OVER 10%, as usual, the fawning ajc is reporting NEW claims, doesn’t report those who have run outta unemployment bennies, or taken pt jobs, or have given up!!!

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Nan

July 9th, 2009
7:04 pm

It seems that unemployment and the economy will continue to get worse.
It seems that Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank must have no love for the United States as they tend to do and say things to bring it down and destroy the way of life of many people. They all must have not paid any attention in their economics class. Until they are out of office the USA will suffer and that is ashame.

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Laurie331

July 9th, 2009
7:09 pm

The unemployement number doesn’t account for people who are furloughed (for whatever amount of time), no longer on unemployement (their benefits have expired), under employed (not working for the full wage/salary level, ie contractors). Obama wants to start taxing companies next year for health care, cap & trade, etc. Just wait, that number will hit 15% by December. I worked as an analyst for a large investment firm. I know this stuff like the back of my hand. We need a revolution!

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R.D. Stien

July 9th, 2009
7:22 pm

I am sure the all-mighty Obama will save us. Hail the great Obama!

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Nan

July 9th, 2009
7:29 pm

Obama was going to create all those new jobs. Where are they?
So far all of his moves are creating more job losses so he wants to raise taxes on people who are struggling to make sure more jobs are lost. After he robs from the rich ( and rich in his mind is middle class) and gives to the poor, then the middle class becomes poor and they can not spend , causing more companies to cut back, to increase unemployment some more, and then you tax more, cut more jobs, pay more handouts, raise taxes some more, soon you have no body paying taxes, no jobs, no income, Third world economy here we come.
Also AJC sugar coats it to make things look better than they are. How about the people who can no longer collect unemployment, how about the people who took pay cuts just to keep a job.

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dj

July 9th, 2009
7:45 pm

Oh no…. working hard … will get your butt on the unemployment line quicker than you can say “lickidy split”. Workers today, give hard working fellow employees a hard time. Some employees have the attitude that they are doing a corporation a favor just by showing up to their job. They think along the lines, ” hey, I am here so pay me.” God forbid a supervisor ask them to put in a few extra hours of work. The employee will look at the supervisor as if he/she has justed killed their mother. Their attitude is, ” Wait a second, you expect me to work now that I am here. Are you crazy?” ” What do you think this place is ….. a job!” ” Wait one second, you want me to work …. in order to get paid.” Good help America ! It is now a disgrace to work hard in America ! Who knew !

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Look At The Sheep Talk!

July 9th, 2009
8:04 pm

Poor dumb souls. Your small minds and dark soul-less hearts just will not allow you to process that Obama was hired to fix the mess you people made!

Where are all the jobs the $2 Trillion Bush tax cut was supposed to produce? Where are all the jobs the tax cuts Sonny and the boys gave to the rich were supposed to produce?

So your response is to blame the guy who has been in office for 5 months? You sad sheep have no clue just how bad your guys have screwed up do you? It’s going to take years to clean up the mess, and in some cases, a decade or so. That’s how big a FAIL you people produced.

So make your little bitter comments on blogs, keep watching Fox News so you’ll know what to say, have fun at your Neo Nazi..ur..teabag parties, and oh yeah, how’s the succession stuff going? Hopefully some of you will be leaving the country soon.

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Nan

July 9th, 2009
8:51 pm

I guess sheep do talk, it seems that the sheep who follow Obama can not see. The look at the sheep person has hatred in his heart, based on the last paragraph. Talk about bitter comments, leave the country, we want to protect the country. Obama may be a nice guy but in over his head and no clue on how to fix things. Obamaman makes everything sound satisfying and delicious, he plays to your childhood wishes. He wraps everything up with hope just to make you feel good.

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Sherl

July 11th, 2009
2:37 pm

Just remember sheep followed Bush into a wasteful, needless war which he did not have the money to pay for. The bill is due!

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Purple

July 11th, 2009
2:41 pm

Nothing is immediate. Neither economic crisis nor recovery. No one man (Bush) could ever cause all this. No one man (Obama) could ever fix all this. I, too, am unemployed, frustrated, losing money, and mortified at the prospect of higher taxes. I live in Boston, and I’m moving to Atlanta in a couple months. The cost of living in MA is simply too much for me with no income. But, blaming someone isn’t going to get us our livelihood back. Politicians respond to pressure. Get on the government websites and find your local representative’s phone #/email. Inundate him with calls/emails that are short and pointed. “We can’t shoulder the burden of any more taxes. Give us a tax break, help small businesses, and get new jobs created FAST. Why don’t the politicians take a pay cut like the rest of us? We won’t vote for you again if you raise taxes. Then you’ll be unemployed, too.” It’s not about Red State vs Blue State; it’s about what’s best for all of us. PurplePlease.net – for freedom and independence

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Elliot Garcia

July 11th, 2009
3:12 pm

Hey Sheep, How is Cap and Trade going to create more jobs? It is simply adding more tax to US Companies so that they can move overseas. Obama talks a big game but is full of empty promises.

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Woodstock

July 11th, 2009
4:04 pm

Still working but it seems like we have layoffs every 3 months so that’s not too comforting. Just gotta keep the nose to the grindstone until they come and tap you on the shoulder.

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jt

July 11th, 2009
4:34 pm

Good luck to all you child-support obligers out there.

Take names and write them down.

You’ll be able to deal with them after the collaspe.

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Julie

July 11th, 2009
4:55 pm

The unemployment rate was 10% under Ronald Reagan making the current unemployment rate no different now. Reagan inherited a mess in 1981 and Obama inherited a mess in 2001. It took 18 months for Regan to clean up the mess and I suspect things are not going to be any different for Obama. Deep recessions suck.

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Tessie JOnes

July 12th, 2009
11:48 am

My husband and I lost lay off in 2008, and life has been very hard. We are losing our faith in finding a job. All the resume we send out in mail and email are negative, no response. My husband specialty were transportation and security and I was in the administrative assistant, he is in the mid 50’s and I in late 50’s fifty. We don’t know what else to do. Thank you for listening.

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cmarvin@freeliteaz.com,nstjm@comcast.net

July 12th, 2009
12:33 pm

This is an important quality! And is something you have and strive for. Think Gabriella & Theo should read

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PoliticalMan

July 15th, 2009
1:49 pm

Where the owner is the boss, good luck. Otherwise, having to endure tyrants says so much about the structure of our workplaces. America is supposedly a land where people can speak without suffering dire consequences. So much for theory. We should have workplace-based worker organizations (probably not unions) that have rights of consultation and some co-decision-making power. And definitely be free from firing for views expressed. With the means for voice, office tyrants would be dealt with. Sadly, we don’t have such. Northern Europe and Scandanavia do have.

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Tom

July 15th, 2009
2:07 pm

Delta is ready when you are.

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fildawg

July 15th, 2009
2:18 pm

Try to work remotely as much as possible. Also read: “The No Assh**le Rule” http://bit.ly/ewnRO

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L.

July 15th, 2009
2:22 pm

Having co-workers suck!!!!

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Danielle

July 15th, 2009
2:55 pm

Umm what’s the unemployment rate in Georgia again?>>> though so.. deal with it.

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Kay

July 15th, 2009
2:56 pm

Awwww Tom! Are you from Fayco??????

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step

July 15th, 2009
3:56 pm

Oh, God yes! Not to use thy name in vain. My boss is horrible. I see bipolar traits………>>>>

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NNC

July 15th, 2009
4:33 pm

I love my boss!! He is so patient, kind, and laidback. Man I hope I never have to leave this job or my boss.

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Jobless in Atlanta

July 15th, 2009
5:41 pm

My boss is the reason why I’m jobless! She’s quick to let people know that she’s a christian and active in the church! Several of my former co-workers were christians as well. (yeah, right!) These were the worst people I’ve ever encountered. Tyrants….in Jesus name!

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dj

July 16th, 2009
11:51 am

I believe the unemployment rate is above 10% in Georgia. The media reports 10% unemployment which means 90% of the state is employed. 90% employment is not a bad number. Now, when the unemployment rate hits 50% or above, then it is time to jump ship. Since, I am part of the 10%, it would appear as if life has been pretty challenging. Nevertheless, I believe the economy will turn around and opportunities will be coming my way soon. Hopefully, the upswing will happen before my bank account runs dry.

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Amber

July 17th, 2009
3:14 pm

I’m not about to get all political because thats not what this comment section is for, so, i’ll just say i’m employable, educated, hard working, dedicated, and unemployed. Complaining and placing blame is not going to help me or anyone else get a job so everyone just needs to stay as positive as possible, keep the faith, and realize that things could ALWAYS be worse for you in your life. BE thankful you woke up this morning. *steps off soapbox* Good Day!

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Chance

July 18th, 2009
3:58 pm

I also was a victim of Bailey And Bailey Trucking. I quit just Friday, July 17th 09, with her owing me over $5000. She is a scam artist. She kept coming up with excuse after excuse of why I wasnt getting paid. Cal if you see this please contact me at SixPackTrucking@sprint.blackberry.net Thanks. I would love to have a lil more info for my lawyer.

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HP

July 19th, 2009
7:54 am

I have to agree with this article. Once you start to suspect something (if you do), there probably isn’t much you can do. And asking your manager, etc., to be straight with you is a waste of time. They aren’t going to tell you ahead of time, even if they want to.

Focus your energies on doing the steps above, AND shoring up your resume, work portfolio and letting your personal network know that you are looking.

For others: Just don’t keep all that personal stuff at work anyway. ITunes accounts (!), personal documents and photos, contacts, etc., don’t belong on your work computer. Lots of cute “stuff” on your desk, etc., is just more stuff you might have to pack. Or worse, they herd you out the door and tell you they will pack your things for you and send them to you. Why risk getting something stolen or broken? Keep a couple of photos and leave it at that.

Once I land somewhere, I do plan to keep the “spirit” of my layoff with me. No personal stuff on work computers, cell phones and laptops. I plan on keeping my personal phone and using only my work cell phone if I obtain one for work. And I will keep nothing at the office that can’t fit into a paperbox.

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chris

July 19th, 2009
4:07 pm

i have a pomeranian, and i have to admit i worked for a large cellular store, a few times i brought him in, and the interaction i got from fellow pom and dog owners got me more business! what are some business that allow employees to bring dogs to work in atlanta, i have no job and i need to apply there!

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ABaum

July 20th, 2009
9:06 am

Why does Ms. Robinovitz immediately jettison candidates who have been “laid off after 15 or 20 years”? Are they not qualified, or is she simply afraid to hire an older, more experienced worker who might give the impression that not everyone in her firm is under 30 years old?

It is a depressingly common story, and one I have run into at every turn: I have the experience and the skills in my field, but I am no longer 25 years old and aesthetically flawless. It is the worst kind of hypocrisy when employers whine about the lack of qualified applicants in a market flooded with people who can do the job, but have had the bad luck to pass into middle age. The tyranny of the employer-funded youth movement has consigned many able, eminently qualified people to obsolescence, and I would think–wrongly, by such accounts as this story–that people who would be overjoyed to have the talents of skilled, stable, time-tested employees on their side. However, it seems that we are no longer wanted.

I don’t feel sorry in the least for this woman, and I would be willing to bet that when she does find her young protege to fill the position, he or she will be looking for greener pastures at every conceivable opportunity, waiting for the moment they can find something better. I would like to see how much fun she would have if she were laid off from her position and had to batter her head against the new glass ceiling based on age rather than sex or race.

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MsJ.

July 20th, 2009
8:22 pm

Hello , I graduated last year with a Associates Degree in Surgical Technology. What I don’t understand, Is how can you get experience if the Hospitals won’t hire new grads. They want you to be certified which cost $300.00 and experience. I can’t become certified if know one will give me a job. Hospitals post on there website looking for a Surgical Tech, Qualifications are, surgical tech degree or so many years of experience. I have the degree and only my externship for experience. I thought I would be able to get an entry level postion. If I apply for other jobs recruiters feel like I’m over qulified and when I appy for the position I went to so for I don’t get the postion. I fee like me degee was a waste of my time. What do recruiters and employers want?

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jdb

July 21st, 2009
1:26 am

it should have been incresed years ago, should be at least ten dollars per hour now.

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Jeff

July 21st, 2009
3:46 am

If a college kid home on Summer break is willing to work for $5/hr as a lifeguard flirting with girls, why should the government make it illegal for potential employers and employees to make a mutually beneficial agreement.

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Z

July 21st, 2009
4:44 am

Its not the role of the government to set wages. Let the free market make the decision. Artificially raising wages like this will only lead to shortages.

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dg

July 21st, 2009
8:36 am

Z, was it the government’s role to outlaw child labor?

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Cindia

July 21st, 2009
9:29 am

The minimum wage should lift a worker out of poverty, not trap them in it. Working poverty hurts the whole community, not just the low-wage family.

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jlc

July 21st, 2009
10:08 am

Minimum wage should have been this high long ago. Now it should be $10.50/hr plus benefits or $12.50/hr without benefits. When workers live in poverty, they often work multiple jobs and have little or no time for family. Adults need to have time to spend mentoring their own children to give them a healthy life both mentally and physically. Higher hourly wages would decrease the number of folks in prison, in jail, in psychiatric care and on drugs, both now and in the future. That would make life better for everyone, rich or poor or middle class.

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JLG

July 21st, 2009
11:29 am

While there are many factors that affect wages and their impact on the worker and business owner there is one key component that requires personal reflecftion; is the business owner willing to earn less so that his fellow man can earn more?

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seek

July 21st, 2009
3:24 pm

Money in poor folks pockets is money that wil be spebt in their neighborhoods benefitting everyone in the area.
I wish it was just college kids looking for a summer job but if you open your eyes and come out of your penthouse you could learn that many head of households work minimum wage jobs.
I know, I know with hard work and determination some can make it to the top but not everybody can make it to the top. That is a fact of nature, markets and physics.
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As for letting the free market govern wages, we let the free market govern wall street and the banks; How’s that working out for us?

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Renee

July 21st, 2009
3:52 pm

The minimum wage should have been raised higher years ago and should be higher now. However, I voted that I was satisfied with the increase so at least the minimum wage increase suggested would be approved. Even if a higher minimum wage would cost me more in taxes or whatever, a higher minimum wage than even suggested would better all people. There just are enough people who have the common sense to understand that. The most famous and successful restaurant in New York has as its number one priority–employee satisfaction, benefits, etc. Strange as it may sound customers benefit from this policy and that’s why it’s the most in-demand restaurant in New York.

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Barbara

July 21st, 2009
5:23 pm

In the US we have always promised people that if they work hard, they will be able to take care of themselves and their children. For many low wage workers this promise does not ring true. It is immoral to ask people to work full time but to pay them so little that they remain mired in poverty. As a person of faith, I believe that we are called to respond to poverty not just by generous charitable giving, but also by insuring that jobs in our economy pay enough to meet a family’s basic needs. Let’s raise the federal minimum wage to $10 by 2010!

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Tracher

July 21st, 2009
7:26 pm

As it stands, with this increase, a full-time worker at minimum wage makes $15,000 BEFORE taxes. The key word is that these are WORKING – people are actually spending 10-40 hours a week making these low wages. The only jobs with large increases are those that pay a minimum wage. Wages should keep an individual or family out of poverty. It won’t hurt businesses – it could help attract and retain quality employees (less turnover and training costs). I say it should be higher that $7.25.

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vickie

July 21st, 2009
9:59 pm

If we don’t allow minimum wages to increase , those who make them will not be able to add to the economy with their taxes and spendable income.

We are encouraging unemployment and welfare if we don’t provide for those living on less than is acceptable.

Families who have to have 3 part time jobs to make ends meet, usually do not have a health care plan. We need to provide enough wages so everyone is equal in health care, education and housing.

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Leslie

July 22nd, 2009
8:07 am

Minimum Wage never ever intended to be a “living wage” – it’s intent was to be a STARTING point for people to strive to do better, work harder and find better paying work. The real problem is with illegal immigration devaluing the American worker. Illegal immigrants are draining this country. The impact of increasing the minimum wage will be increased prices and more layoffs.

And yes, I have worked 2-3 jobs to make ends meet, but I also worked hard to better myself and move into a much better paying job. The problem now is I am looked down upon because I DO work hard and have become successful.

We need to get government out of pockets and teach the value of hard work to our children, instead of them learning that the government will take care of them from the womb to the tomb.

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Jimmy

July 22nd, 2009
10:01 am

Nobody works willingly for $5 an hour. They do it because it is that pay or none at all, due to their age or lack of skills. Anything less thana $10 an hour is disgrace to to the system of free enterprise, and an insult to the American worker. What is overlooked is that an immediate increase to $10, would provide the stimulus to the economy which has so far eluded us.

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FlipSide

July 22nd, 2009
10:58 am

ABaum: I appreciate your situation (as I have been laid off recently too…It is difficult and deflating) and I wish you the best, however, for you to think that you are a strong candidate for any position that requires only two years of experience with your skillset, based on that alone, is presumptive of many things. You do not know the dynamics of the department, the personalities, the internal career plans of the company, etc. If the company wants someone to be excited in their role, and to get behind a new manager that is only a few years out of school himself/herself, it is doubtful that you are going to come in and really learn alot from that manager, since you do have so much more experience. Don’t you want to go somewhere and be challenged and learn new things? What you are looking for is income, period. The employer wants someone who needs to be developed from a standpoint of where they are in their career.

Do you think Chipper Jones would be a good fit for a T-ball team who needs a new player?

Do you think Donald Trump would be a good fit for an entry level sales job at a real estate firm?

Again, I wish you the best of luck, but try to remember what you were looking for when you were hiring someone and consider other viewpoints instead of blaming others (Recruiters and Companies) for your misfortune.

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Fred Vermillion

July 22nd, 2009
11:10 am

It is very long overdue.

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Barbara Rose

July 22nd, 2009
1:14 pm

It’s moving in the right direction, but should be higher.

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duh

July 22nd, 2009
9:02 pm

most of the people you talk about probably don’t have the internet to make a comment, duh

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Dave

July 22nd, 2009
10:33 pm

They probably live with family that still has employment or unfortunately resort to stealing stuff to survive. I bet they are more concerned with getting their next meal than reading about the job market. Unemployment benefits are just starting to run out, so wait a few months and we’ll see what people resort to doing to eat and survive without jobless benefits from the government. I’m guessing that it will get horrible by September. The real unemployment is really 2 times what the official government statement is, so it is at least 20% nationwide. That sounds like great depression era economics. People aren’t so nice today, so I think more will have to resort to survival mode rather than relying on help from neighbors and friends. At least seven million people died from starvation in the U.S. in the great depression. I think it will unfortunately be much higher in the greater depression, inflation, and high taxes that we are entering. I hope people are nice to each other and help their neighbors survive. We will likely all be unemployed soooooon!

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darrel

July 23rd, 2009
9:24 am

The dol is a joke.thay say thay go by the law.what law.thay make it up as thay go.you can ask them a question and get a diffrent answer each time.The first time thay give me unploment.the company appiled and won..now i have to pay back 1.548.thay said I could make payments of 60 a month/Two weeks after sending a payment and agreeing I would pay them.I get aletter saying I have 10 days to pay the money.I called and thay said since I just become unployed again.Thay would take 50 percent of my check to pay back the fund that gives me 115.00 dollers a week to live on.thay said thay need the money to put back in the fund for people that need it.no I dont need it with 4 kids and being unploment.now here is the kicker I went to work for a temp sevice and worked at the same job for 4 months and thay layed me off Thay give me the paper work and thay payed unploment taxs in to dol.now dol say I might not beable to draw becouse its a temp service.

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R. Ortiz

July 23rd, 2009
11:10 am

Minimum wage is entry level. If you have no skills then you should be paid the minimum. Once you start gaining skills then your wage should increase. Raising the minimum wage so those with no skills get paid more is a joke. This is going to hurt our already hurting economy. Open your eyes people. Is it our fault that people choose to not gain the skills needed to gain more. These are the same people who have the give me mentality. Always want something for nothing. If you choose to be that person then you should only make the minimum. It’s that simple. Quit depending on our goverment to help you out. Just because the minimum wage goes up to 7.25 you still will be making the minimum. Do you actually think you’ll have a better quality of life if you are trying to survive off of 7.25. You will still be struggling. WAKE UP!!!!

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R. Ortiz

July 23rd, 2009
11:56 am

Man you people are stupid who think minimum wage should go up or should have been increased a long time ago. If you keep increasing it you allow people to just sit back and not gain the skills need to be more productive. Why pay some stupid person 10 dollars and hour to flip burgers. MINIMUM WAGE IS ENTRY LEVEL PAY!!!!! INCREASE YOUR SKILLS AND YOU WILL INCREASE YOUR PAY. IT’S THAT SIMPLE!!!!

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Sam

July 23rd, 2009
1:04 pm

Boo-hoo for the recruiter! I have been the recruiter route and find them to be worthless! If you have been looking for an accounting person for two years and haven’t found anyone then your standards are too high or you’re not being truthful when advertising. That’s the problem with recruiters!

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EPI

July 23rd, 2009
2:07 pm

Increasing the minimum wage will only destroy jobs. Teenagers will be disproportionately hurt by the minimum wage hike. A 2006 University of Georgia study found that for every 10 percent increase in the minimum wage, teen employment would decline by 4.6 to 9.0 percent. This proved to be true when last summer’s 12 percent hike in the minimum wage corresponded with a five percent teen unemployment spike. Congress should stop the minimum wage hike if it wants to save jobs and help teens gain invaluable experience and skills from a summer job. For more information, check out http://www.minimumwage.com or http://www.teenunemployment.com

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ayoung

July 25th, 2009
11:11 am

The minimum wage is based on economic illiteracy and a disdain for freedom. –FIRST, if you raise the price of anything, on average, people will by less of it. Raise the price of labor (by increasing the minimum wage) and, on average, employers will buy less labor. Employers will be less likely to increase hours for their workers when business picks up and they will be more likely to automate as a partial replacement for labor. — SECOND, if two parties freely agree to a transaction in which money is exchanged for a good or service (whether it be for clothing, or a car, or food, or labor), what business does a third party have telling them that the deal is off unless they agree to a higher price approved by the third party (in this case, the government)?

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Sherra Scott ~ Virtual Assistant

July 25th, 2009
7:49 pm

As the owner of my own virtual assistant business, it’s great to see an article about virtual assistants that isn’t touting us as cheap labor. Yes, we can be more cost effective in the long run, but, as you can see from the numbers in the article, we aren’t “cheap”. The article says $20-$75, but knowing what my colleagues charge, $30 is much more realistic for an entry level VA. The costs can go up considerably when you look at VAs who specialize in tasks or niche markets (tasks such as bookkeeping, ecommerce support, social media marketing support, HTML/CSS support, or specialize in areas such as real estate support, author/speaker/coach support, etc.).

VAs are a great resource for entrepreneurs and small businesses, but be sure to do your due diligence. Is the VA you’re looking to partner with a member of any professional organizations (such as IVAA – International Virtual Assistants Association or VAnetworking. Do they hold any certifications? Are those certifications relevant to the support you need?

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Cindy Opong

July 26th, 2009
12:04 pm

Thanks for the great article Laura! And thanks to Lindsey & Bill for their great quotes and insights – it’s always great to hear from VAs around the country.

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Kelly Poelker, Author of Virtual Assistant - The Series

July 26th, 2009
9:00 pm

Great article. It’s nice to see a good variety of real world examples from industry professionals.

I would share that you’re missing one big ingredient in the reference to a VA business being easy to start. “All one needs is a computer, Internet service, office equipment, some marketable skills — and an entrepreneurial spirit.” — you have to have good business knowledge based on a solid track record of experience. It’s not enough to just plug in your computer, hook up to the Internet and hang out your shingle. It takes good business sense, a good plan, and you have to be able to wear the many hats it takes to operate a successful business as a solo professional.

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Jonathan Bill

July 27th, 2009
9:45 am

Thanks Laura for the great article. Thank you also to Cindy, Lindsey, and Shari for your involvement. As was said in the article, VA businesses are relatively inexpensive to start compared to starting other businesses, but take a business owner who not only has skill and experience, but strong character and integrity, who is willing to work hard and perform for his or her customers.

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Jacqueline Weaver - JWeaver Virtual Office Solutions

July 27th, 2009
11:16 am

As an emerging Virtual Assistant, it’s great to see that the industry is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds. I am so grateful for blogs such as yours and professional organizations like IVAA for continuing to spread the word on the benefits of using a Virtual Assistant. Thank you.

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toni

July 28th, 2009
1:09 pm

I would much rather have an older worker than a younger one. The work life experiences this person brings could be invaluable to any company.

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Steve

July 28th, 2009
1:49 pm

I am a 52-year old laid off male and have had two 1st-level interviews but had not gotten any further. I do know that some if not most of the candidates were probably younger. I think in today’s workplace, employers are opting for lower cost and the younger employee generally wins. I do think it depends upon the position and the skill set the employer feels is necessary for success. In some positions, especaially entry-level, the younger worker can be trained.

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Shari Graham

July 28th, 2009
2:49 pm

Thank you, Laura! You captured the essence of Virtual Assistance and provided a well-rounded view of how skilled, experienced, and varied we are in helping our clients achieve their goals, grow their businesses, and thrive in their professional – and personal – lives!

From bookkeeping to email management, social media to traditional administrative support, anything and everything can be done remotely (or virtually) to help businesses keep moving forward – even in our challenging economic times.

Thanks for helping us spread the good word about a viable industry with so much to offer our small and large business partners!

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HP

July 28th, 2009
5:04 pm

I am in my early thirties. I have worked with both groups. I think I liked working with older workers better.

In MOST, but not all, cases, they had a better attitude. Also, I felt I had a lot to learn from them.

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Helen Smith

July 28th, 2009
5:59 pm

Many thanks to Laura for this great article on virtual assisting! I too am a virtual assistant, specializing in real estate support, and I began my practice in 2001 when everyone you spoke to about the industry said “what’s a virtual assistant?”. They had never heard of a VA! We’ve came a long way and great articles like this one really help spread the word. Thanks again!

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Trey

July 29th, 2009
9:00 pm

Sam: In response to your comment that you “find them (recruiters) to be worthless!”

This article was written about an internal/in-house corporate recruiter. It is their job to find and screen candidates for their hiring managers. In my opinion, these recruiters have a tendency to “screen out” job seekers.

And on a similar note, external/third-party recruiters are paid by their clients, the employers. The employers dictate their requirements and they get paid to execute the search/screening process. Typically these recruiters have the mindset to “screen in” a candidate.

Either way, recruiters are just doing their jobs.

I’ve been a recruiter for over 10 years now and have never worked so hard to find good qualified candidates for jobs. Even though I’m receiving probably 3 times the resumes I used to get. I agree to several points in this article.

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Faye Alderidge

July 30th, 2009
11:19 am

Hey Florence,
Just wanted to let you know that you have truely been a blessing to me the last eight years. It’s a joy to be able to work with you and I wish you continued success with all things. Buddy Ol Pal

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daphne

July 30th, 2009
12:58 pm

I filed at the cobb county office and it took over five weeks for my benefits to begin and then i didn’t receive all of them at onece. does anyone know how many days or weeks it takes to receive your money after your certify each week or is it suppose to be automatic?

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monique

July 30th, 2009
3:41 pm

Hey, Florence just wanted to say congrats and may God continue to bless you.

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Mellissa

July 30th, 2009
3:44 pm

This article is great, can anyone give advise or tips on how to become a VA. This would be a great opportunity for me, I’ve been laid off since November an have difficulties finding work in this small town.
Thanks!

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Deidre

July 31st, 2009
5:23 pm

Remarkable! I wish you great success, continue to share your life experience with other, you have already touched many hearts with your knowledge and compassion.

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Andre Kellogg

August 3rd, 2009
9:13 am

Love the comments. I am looking for employment and can add value to any company as a VA. It would be great if you could direct us to companies that are looking for this type of assistance.

Andre’

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TWIN #2

August 3rd, 2009
9:17 am

How can I take advantage of this.

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Penelope

August 3rd, 2009
9:33 am

When I gave birth to my daughter it was very hard. I’m a single mom and because of this they would not allow my sister in while performing the epidoral. At this point I broke down emotionally because I felt so alone. One of the nurses, her name was Candace, was so supportive. She had such a humanistic approach, and re-assured me it was going to be ok. She was so sincere, and I was able to lean on her for support both physically, and emotionally. This really made my delivery a happy experience.

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mslenaj

August 3rd, 2009
9:37 am

I too would like to know how to take advantage of this.

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amccray

August 3rd, 2009
9:44 am

I too would like to know how to become a virtual assistant.

Thank you.

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Keyonda

August 3rd, 2009
9:45 am

How can I take advantage of this great opportunity?

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Belinda

August 3rd, 2009
9:47 am

Yes, I am looking for home businesses. How can I become involved with this type of business. I am in the field of accounting.

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Donna

August 3rd, 2009
9:47 am

Any suggestions for the best way of marketing a VA business at startup? Email promotions? Cold calls? My target area is the legal field (which I have worked in 25 years). Thank you in advance for your advice.

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Marceea

August 3rd, 2009
9:48 am

I’d love to have more information on this. I’ve been kicking such an idea around for years, but have never taken steps to bring to fruition. During the recession, many of my friends have lost their jobs, all are computer-skilled from Administrative Assistants to Marketing Analysts…my specialty is spreadsheet design and automation…and I’m seeing opportunity. I’d love to learn more on market demands in virtual assisting so that I can explore how to web our skill sets and board the business solutions of the future!

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Tara Hawes

August 3rd, 2009
9:52 am

Greetings,

I am a charismatic executive assistant with over 10 years of senior administrative support experience.

I would be delighted to learn more about current Virtual Assistant opportunities.

Have a Dynamic Day!

Tara Hawes

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Jorge Romero

August 3rd, 2009
9:55 am

Excellent article. By the way I would like to get me a job doing this kind of work. I have a bckground in translating and PR. I would appreciate any leads.

Blessings to all

Jorge Romero

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Steven C. Hill

August 3rd, 2009
9:55 am

I am very interested in becoming a Virtual Assistant. Please send me any information you have regarding this type of employment.

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Wanda L. Brewington

August 3rd, 2009
9:57 am

Good Morning,

I would like to know how I can take advantage of this opportunity. I have several years of administrative experience.

Thank You,

Wanda L. Brewington

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Terri R. Waller

August 3rd, 2009
9:59 am

Laura, thanks for this article. As a small business owner I was introduced to virtual assisting about 2years ago and I absolutely love my current VA. I have never seen anyone with such amazing turn around time on a project. So, to all the VA’s and aspiring VA’s good luck and continue to do good things for small business owners.

TRW, Food Safety Project Management Firm
http://www.BensonMillsGroup.com

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gisele

August 3rd, 2009
10:04 am

I am very flexible and would love VA jobs with several companies. I do it on my own now, in a way. I do staging in homes for realtors but want to expand into other areas. How do I pick up new clients?

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Pamela Wright

August 3rd, 2009
10:06 am

I am looking for home businesses and very interested in starting a Virtual Assistant business. How can I become involved with this type of business.

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Angela Childs

August 3rd, 2009
10:08 am

Great article! But honestly, I think those certifications are new ways to make money. Do you really need to be certified to be a Administrative Assistant?? No. If you are experienced, seasoned, professional WITH a entrepreneurial spirit, you can become a successful VA. I think your actual WORK EXPERIENCE is better for this job than a newly ‘required’ VA certification. Like this article says, if you are a 9-5 kind of worker, then this is not the industry for you.

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Mendi Boddie

August 3rd, 2009
10:15 am

I have been an Executive Assistant for 6 years, I am now working as an Administrative Assistant. I am very interested in becoming a Virtual Assistant. Could you please let me know the process and where I can find employment. I have seen quite a few “horror” stories about people being scammed with trying to work online.
Thank you.

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Deborah

August 3rd, 2009
10:15 am

I’m very interested in becoming a Virtual Assistant. I’ve been in the medical field over 16yrs. I’m currently a Reimbursement Specialist/Medical Biller,I also have accounting and office assistant experience, but as of 4 months ago we’ve experienced drastic lay-offs every other week and a significant pay-cut.

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Cynthia

August 3rd, 2009
10:16 am

Great article and a market that I did not know much about. In this tough job market, this would be a great way to showcase my administrative skills. Thanks so much.

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Karen Moore

August 3rd, 2009
10:18 am

Yes, I am looking to become a VA. How can I become involved with this type of business. I am a software trainer and have years of experience in administrative tasks, database developer using Access and reporting tools such as Crystal, Acuate and Business Objects.

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Deborah

August 3rd, 2009
10:21 am

I’m very interested in becoming a Virtual Assistant. I’ve been in the medical field over 16yrs. I’m currently a Reimbursement Specialist/Medical Biller,I also have accounting and office assistant experience, but as of 4 months ago we’ve experienced drastic lay-offs every other week and a significant pay-cut.

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Mark

August 3rd, 2009
10:22 am

I think the article is great but a little off base in the $20-75 range that it quotes. Why would anyone think of paying this in these days…the days of outsourcing? I can logon at 8pm, register on any Indian companies website, pay 1/2-1/3 of the price being shown here, and have the work done for me by the time I wake up the next morning!

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Tamara

August 3rd, 2009
10:24 am

I too have over 14 years of executive assisting. For the past 4 years I have working in the field of Internet Marketing.

I also would be delighted to learn more about the opportunities.

To a profitable day,
Tamara Smtih

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Victor Alvarado

August 3rd, 2009
10:26 am

I will love to get more information also. I have experience translating into Spanish and in the Marketing field. Thanks

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T.S. Leonard

August 3rd, 2009
10:26 am

I am very interested in starting a VA business. I have 20+ years of experience in sales support in the telecom/technology industry.

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Kim

August 3rd, 2009
10:33 am

I would love more information on how to get started as a VA. I am in the accounting field, and soon will have my associates in accounting. I love doing payroll and would love to become a VA and help small businesses. Very flexable hours.

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Constance R

August 3rd, 2009
10:37 am

How can I learn more about starting my own VA business

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Constance R

August 3rd, 2009
10:40 am

Where do you get the training to do this

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Gigi

August 3rd, 2009
10:40 am

Send more information on how to start as a virtual assistant, Thank you.

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lisa landry

August 3rd, 2009
10:43 am

I would love to have a virtual assistance job as I have young children and am unable to go back to work . How does one go about finding such jobs as they aren’t listed much in the newspaper or online?

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Michele Tucker

August 3rd, 2009
10:43 am

I became a Virtual Assistant 4 years ago, and have incorporated website design, logo design, marketing, bookkeeping and even personal errands into the mix. Here are some tips that worked for me:

Get a business license, open a separate business checking account, open paypal account for payments, get a website (webs.com, network solutions or godaddy), business cards. I sent out an email to everybody I knew announcing my new business. Then I did a postcard marketing campaign to all of the nearby neighborhoods, and visited small, local businesses. I joined several networking groups and regularly advertised with local newspapers, neighborhood newsletters and coffee shop flyers. It took a month before I had my first client, but it continued to steadily grow from that point on. Still loving every minute of it!

Michele Tucker
http://www.righthandsvcs.com

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Carol

August 3rd, 2009
10:44 am

This is for Mark…..that is the problem with our economy today. Outsourcing to India. Sure they will take the jobs out of our mouths and you can pay them 1/2 but what is this doing to our economy??? Nothing irritates me more than calling a major company and being forced to speak to somebody that has no clue what I’m talking about and can barely speak English.

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Stan

August 3rd, 2009
10:49 am

If you were a passenger taking a bus trip through the mountains with narrow roads of wild twists and sharp turns, do you want your driver to have maturity and experience, or a young recruit who has to get out his textbook every now and then?

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Kathy Anderson

August 3rd, 2009
10:55 am

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Renata G.

August 3rd, 2009
10:57 am

How do I apply for a Virtual Assistant Job? I have 10 years experience in Administrative Assistant and accounting, customer service.

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Janice Pettigrew

August 3rd, 2009
11:02 am

This is a fantastic article. Having been laid off in may from a company I’d been with for over 16 years I know I have skills that could be used in this market. Any suggestions on how to get started and get certification.

I’d appreciate any direction

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Michelle Mangen-Your Virtual Assistant

August 3rd, 2009
11:02 am

Great post! I first learned about the VA industry from a fiction book. Was delighted to find that it truly existed. I knew that my many years as an accounting department manager and assistant to higher management would translate well into the skills I needed to run my own VA company.

The fantastic thing is there are so many different areas that small business owners need help with that if you excel in a particular area you can easily become a VA. However, being a business owner is not for everyone as the post mentions above. It takes tenacity, perseverance and collaboration with others.

If you are looking to become a VA there are many resources out there. AssistU, VANetworking, etc.

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Tamarra Horsey

August 3rd, 2009
11:04 am

Goodmorning,
I really enjoyed reading your article on VA. I work at Verizon Wireless and I would love to receive more information on VA jobs. Please contact me with information on how I can take advantage of this opportunity.

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Katharine

August 3rd, 2009
11:08 am

Yes, please tell us how we can become VAs.

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Kathy Anderson, CyberAssist, Inc.

August 3rd, 2009
11:11 am

Started my VA Practice in 2003, following a downsizing from ‘corporate America’! Had taken the 20-week course from AssistU in 1999 and received their certification. Lots of ‘virtual assistants’ don’t see the need for this, but certifications and professional coursework always stood me in good stead throughout my working career and were important to many prospective clients when I first began.

I’ve found that networking groups are my best source of clients, as now are referrals from my clients – even better!. Building a relationship with my clients, learning about them and their businesses so I can offer pro-active assistance in areas they might never have considered, and adding new skills to handle pressing needs of my clients, gives me an ‘edge’ in this ever-changing market.

I’m celebrating my 6th year of business and feel very blessed to have found this fledgling industry when I did – it’s taken time to build and I’m never complacent. I focus on Email Marketing, eCommerce support, Bookkeeping & Payroll, as well as more general administrative assistance. The rewards of learning to operate my own business, work with a wide variety of clients from across the US and in Europe, and having the flexibility to be creative and supportive far outweigh the struggle to ‘make ends meet’ in the early years.

Entrepreneurs and small business owners benefit greatly from virtual assistance – keeping their costs down, while getting much needed work accomplished professionally and on time!

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Jeanne Goldberg

August 3rd, 2009
11:11 am

I have been reading about virtual assistants and was wondering if I could connect with a VA who is competent with the computer who knows how to market online. I recently joined a wellness company that has exceptional–actually one of a kind–skin care products and top-of-the-line nutrients. They are marketing in 50 countries around the world and I need help to do internet marketing.

I have been reading about social media and know WHAT to do, but have not started yet. Since my new company is world-wide, it certainly would make sense for me to be using the social media to communicate with people.

Although I assume that most virtual assistants see that entering the field is a way to have a j-o-b, I can visualize that a good VA can actually do many jobs with OTHER people but they can join ME as a representative of my company and produce a residual income from their marketing effort.

I working closely with my niece who is an anti-aging doctor. I am a health education professional,
I taught in public and private school as well as worked in a medical setting in pain management.
I have a degree in Health and Physical Education from West Chester University and a degree in Horticulture from Temple University.

As I was reading about the growing field of virtual assistance and realized that many new companies were starting up, I thought it might be a sensible income-producing plan for the owners of new–and established–companies to consider emphasizing marketing themselves. Along with their usual VA work, they could start a marketing division, join a company such as mine and have a group of employees hired for the different avenues of marketing. Those employees could could be rep-marketers or they could function strictly as employee/marketers who would search out representatives for the owners of the VA company.

Speaking of leverage, the most productive way to build a business…having employee/reps that work hard for the owner and themselves…is a total WIN/WIN relationship benefits everyone involved.

To recap: I am looking for 1) a marketing savvy VA for myself and I am searching out 2) VA people orcompanies who want to explore the idea of adding a marketing division to do network marketing.
The potential income is quite large for people who learn to market professionally. We teach that to people who do not have the know-how.

Because the company I am working with is a huge company with great financial resources, they have web sites in different languages and excellent marketing material. They also provide training by conference call and at their home base. The training is FREE and is given by the successful leaders of the company. Of course my doctor niece and I do training ourselves. We also train right here in our area, Philadelphia and surrounding communities.

If any of you current VA’s, or potential VA’s or owners of a VA company want to explore the
VA/Marketing idea I mentioned, I would be delighted to hear from you.

In any case, I wish all of you success in your choses field. Success is something we all have to go
after. It is not particularly easy to achieve but with persistence we can make it happen. If we fall down, we have to get up–wipe ourselves off–and start again. Cheers, Jeanne

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Owen

August 3rd, 2009
11:12 am

Please contact me about a virtual assistant position!

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Betsy Robinson

August 3rd, 2009
11:12 am

Great article. I work remotely from my office for a few medical providers. They love it because they do not have to pay a full time staff and office supplies. I started my company PRN Medical Billing Inc. 2 years ago. With todays economy, I am glad I can help medical providers with small practices reduce cost.

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Kerry Clay

August 3rd, 2009
11:14 am

The Article is excellent. Sounds like an opportunity am very much interested in. Can you please send me more information about the whole VA opportunity.

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Earlene

August 3rd, 2009
11:17 am

I would like more information on becoming a VA.

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Lori Montgomery

August 3rd, 2009
11:29 am

This is something i know i can do, i would like more information on how to find these jobs and market myself for this type of work.

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Renita Dortch

August 3rd, 2009
11:32 am

This opportunity is very appealing to me. Could you please send me more information about the whole VA opportunity?

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Kim Lynk

August 3rd, 2009
11:32 am

This is a great article and I eagerly read all of the feedback. I’ve owned my VA business for 3 1/2 years and I was a little discouraged by some of the comments. What I’ve interested my time and efforts into is not a “fly by night” scam. I’ve worked extremely hard to develop my business connections and skills to give my clients the best possible end result. It needs to be crystal clear that this isn’t a business you just jump into, anyone looking to make quick money from an easy job should probably consider other avenues. I work unusual hours sometimes to support my clients but I do it because it’s what they need to keep their business moving forward.

I do charge considerably higher than $25 for my services and my clients gladly pay it because they know I’m worth it. Their work is done promptly, professionally and in a timely fashion. My rates are higher than what they would pay an employee but they only pay me for the actual time I am working for them. They do not pay any employment taxes or benefits, which is a savings to them. For one client, moving from a traditional 40 hour employee to my VA service, he was able to cut his admin expense by 75% and I did twice as much as work as his previous admin!. I don’t know about you but if I could get 50% more result for 75% less investment, I’d jump all over it.

To anyone considering contracting with a VA, yes, you can find many who charge next to nothing per hour. For most of us, our business is our primary source of income. Do you want to trust your income to someone who is cheap or someone who is good?

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Angela

August 3rd, 2009
11:41 am

I am very intrested in gathering information to become apart of this program. Please email me the information so that I can get further information, I think this is a great idea. I wish more people and companies would put something like this together to help more people find that perfect job that they are seeking. angela@johnsonward.com

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Cindy

August 3rd, 2009
11:53 am

Michele, thanks for the info on how to market a VA business. Could some of you other VA’s share your marketing tips? Has anyone used Elance? And on the business side, where would they find a VA?

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Alvin

August 3rd, 2009
11:54 am

We all know this problem exist, so how do we go about making it work for both. If we can intergrated the the two age groups, I think it would be the idea solution. The Virtual Market seems to be a good place start. If the employer don’t want the older worker on the job or in the office, then why not work them from home if they have any computer savvy. I think there is an answer to the this issue, if we just take the time to come up with a plan where it can work for every one. I am among the group of 55+ and I am unemployed. I spent the last few months trying to find work along with thinking about going back to school. I know the answer is staring us in the face and only if we are willing to give it a new breath of live can we hope to make it as older workers.

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Rosa

August 3rd, 2009
11:56 am

How exciting!, I worked for a fortune 500 company for 11 years in A/R and Customer Service. My strengths were corresponding with customers via the internet. I would love this. Please let me know how?

Anxiously Awaiting Information

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Anne Gilson

August 3rd, 2009
11:58 am

My husband and I owned a small business until a year ago, when we sold it. We both decided that we weren’t ready to retire, and that we had, between us, all the skills and knowledge to help other small businesspeople to maintain and expand their businesses. We now do contract consulting work, not as VA’s but we actually go to the employer’s location. I am an accountant, and focus on general office management. My husband has the skills to help small business owners establish procedures to improve productivity; to position a small business for future sale or investment by outside sources, or bank loans; and consults in the field of food safety and security (specifically, how to be ready for and pass food safety audits without disrupting you day to day business!) We have found that there is a great need for our services, and small business owners are happy to pay to have experienced, mature people do these jobs for them! You can find us on the web at Oceana Food Safety, in the Atlanta area.

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Angie Thornewell - Virtual Touch Admin

August 3rd, 2009
12:17 pm

I have been a VA for about 6 months now after being laid off from my Office Manager position due to downsizing. I have had a business over 15 years doing Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design so transitioning the 21 years of my Administrative skills into a business was a great thing! I never was a 9-5b type person so this has given me a new freedom but also your desire to excel increases as you are representing yourself and not just company… Definately believe in continuing training and certifications to make you more marketable. But integrity and character also will be a selling point in the business. Also need to be steadfast as there can be slow periods and it can discourage but if this is your passion it is not just about the money but fulfilling a need for your client and having them return~
Good luck to those aspiring to become a VA!\

Angie T – http://www.virtualtouchadmin.com

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Renz Smith

August 3rd, 2009
12:21 pm

I am a research and analyst guru whom would really shine as a VPA (Vitrual Personal Assistant).
Please contact me for your needs.
(First name twice at hot mail).
Renz

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Kare

August 3rd, 2009
12:21 pm

I would like more info on becoming a VA – have 23 yrs. experience in real estate law office as administrative assistant doing all types of office tasks before being downsized earlier this year. How do I get going with AssistU?

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Tara

August 3rd, 2009
12:28 pm

I am very interested in becoming a Virtual Assistant. Please send me any information you have regarding this type of employment. I always wanted to work from home and have years of administrative and IT experience.

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Sharon Jones

August 3rd, 2009
12:37 pm

I am a semi-retired Executive Administrative Assistant with over 35 years of experience. I have a desire to begin my own virtual assistant business in the future. In the interim, I’d like to begin my exploring positions in this field and would greatly appreciate more information on how to become a VA .

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Tia

August 3rd, 2009
12:38 pm

Currently i am a customerservice for a WAH company, but sitll lookig for possibilites of working with accounting, 5-7 yrs in accounts payable, and customerservice, i do enjoy working from home. littel low paying right now, but keep looking.

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staneisa phinazee

August 3rd, 2009
12:43 pm

I am very interested in this opportunity. Please send me more info on this position.

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PAT

August 3rd, 2009
12:44 pm

How Do I find the companies that are willing to do this.

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Danny

August 3rd, 2009
12:46 pm

I am also interested in starting this type of oppurtunity. Any information will be helpful.
I have an MBA degree with over 5yrs experience in the field of mental health

thanks.

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Cathy Bing

August 3rd, 2009
12:49 pm

This article was very helpful in describing the various functions preformed by a VA. Please send me more information regarding becoming a VA.

Thank You!!

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Karen

August 3rd, 2009
1:04 pm

Laura,

Thanks so much for this article on VA’s, I was just looking and applying for work this morning when I came across your article, I was feeling really depressed about not being able to find work in my field, I have been and Admin/Executive Assistant for years and this sound just like the job for me. Can you please send me ALL the info you can on how to get start and certified. Thank you my spirits have been renewed.

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Glenda Howison

August 3rd, 2009
1:12 pm

I have read your articles and comments about virtual assisting and it sounds like an opportunity that would benefit me and my family. I have been an administrative assistant, a loan processor, an interior design sales manager and a quality improvement coordinator for an Alzheimer’s Center…I am certain I can do this job as well. Please contact me so that I can get more information. Thank you, Glenda

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Lucinda Cross

August 3rd, 2009
1:16 pm

I would love to speak with all of the ladies and gents who are interested in this lucrative business called Virtual Assistance. Check out my site then visit my blog I would love to chat and I have success VA’s to give you the nuts and bolts of how to make it.
http://www.ultimatevasupport.com
http://www.corporatemomdropouts.com

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Dawn Holland

August 3rd, 2009
1:18 pm

Great article, I love helping people if you have any information you can send me please do. Thanks, Dawn D. Holland

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Marie MacAulay

August 3rd, 2009
1:34 pm

I was an Administrative Assistant for a church for three years and also a Sales Support Specialist for two years with Panasonic Broadcast Division. I lost the first job due to downsizing and the second because the company required the Managers to operate from their home offices. I have more than seven years of Administrative experience and am interested in more information about a position of this type.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide me.
Marie MacAulay

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Sineice Robinson

August 3rd, 2009
1:45 pm

I would love to find out more about becoming a VA. This can really help me. Plese send me information about this great opportunity.

Thanks,

Sineice

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shayne dye

August 3rd, 2009
1:52 pm

As a matter of fact, I wrote 5 letters and mailed them this morning to various representatives and President Obama, regarding student loans and career placement through my school. I have yet to receive a call or email back from career services at American Intercontinental University and my student loans are at an astronomical amount since i am unemployed 6 months. They are now defaulted.

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Carolyn

August 3rd, 2009
1:52 pm

How do i get started? I have prayed to get this started for so many years. Tell me everything, I will do it.

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J William Haga

August 3rd, 2009
1:58 pm

Thanks to Virtual Assistants I’m a Virtual Millionaire in just 6 mos. Acquiring services on an hourly basis has been around since the first caveman opened a business. Just because you use a computer and the Internet to help doesn’t make this any different.
What is it with people under 35 who seem to have to rename everything before it gets interesting. And by becoming independent contractors you’re also heaping a pile of tax and liability issues on yourselves that this article doesn’t mention.
Depending on the amount of control and the contribution of the VA to a task the IRS may say that what acts, talks, and smells like an employee is in fact just that: an employee.
An FYI…an accountant that I don’t know by face value……and who can’t assist on-site, be for real. And Certification/Accreditation by an agency that itself didn’t exist 3 years ago……………again, I’m chuckling.
The Internet may widen your search area for employment but it does NOTHING (am I shouting?) for adding credibility or proof of experience.
Now I’m going to go work on my Virtual Tan.

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Nichole

August 3rd, 2009
2:14 pm

I just told my husband last week that this is what I wanted to do. I got up this morning and have started my website. I know I have the skill set and experience, but I need help with locating the clients. Information on starting and succeeding as a VA is much appreciated!
Thanks, Nichole

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Paris

August 3rd, 2009
2:17 pm

This is an interesting article. I would like to read more about how to get started. I have been a successful full charge bookkeeper for fifteen years and recently have been laid off.

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Lisa Degen

August 3rd, 2009
2:32 pm

Thanks for the info. I would like to learn more about VA’s. I have been an executive assistant in the past and am presently a real estate agent. Please send me more info on becoming a VA.

Thanks

Lisa

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Wayne

August 3rd, 2009
2:39 pm

I have several stories on this subject Many years ago in the sixties I use to hang out with a Rock and Roll band the group would have go and do an audition before they would hired to do the gig.

I would help the group set-up the equipment my attire was a pair bell bottom slacks generally a plaid design a nice button type shirt with the wide collar and a pair of dress shoe with a pointed toe.

Now the Manger would show wearing clothing like he had just finished working 7-3 shift at the local gas station pumping gas and doing oil changes. On many occassions the owner of the club or the person who was in charge to hiring the the group would come up to me and start to talk to me as if I was the Manager of the group. Hmm

I went to work for a Travel Tour Company driving a Motor coach. The dress code was a tie a dress shirt with the company logo (they provided) a sport coat (again they provided) a pair of dress slacks (provided).

When there was a two or three bus move the senior man was always the lead Bus or Bus # 1. Several times when we would arrive at the pick-up point and be lined up in order, The lead Driver would not have on a tie, or a sport coat. I on the other hand would be dressed in the provided uniform. The group leader on many occassions would walk up to me and assume I was leader even though I may been the last bus in line. Gee I wonder why ??? Maybe because people think the professional looking person looks MORE responsible More organized ? ?

It has been proven time and time again that the customer or client forms his opinion in the first 15 seconds I repeat this 15 seconds of meeting you! ! Hmm

Wayne

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Kim

August 3rd, 2009
2:45 pm

This is a very good article. I was a Virtual Assistant for nearly two years. I loved it and would be interested in finding companies that are looking for someone. Please contact me with more information.

thank you

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Frank

August 3rd, 2009
2:50 pm

Wow. Two years ago I was diagnosed with heart failure and I’m only 23. It keeps me from being able to have a normal job but I could probably do something like this if I learned the proper software. Better than just being on disability.

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Stacey Heerssen

August 3rd, 2009
2:52 pm

Please tell me how to get in this business.

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Stacey Heerssen

August 3rd, 2009
2:52 pm

please tell me how to get into this business.

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Cheryl = Atlanta

August 3rd, 2009
2:54 pm

I have over 15 years as an Executive Assistant, what must I do to become a Virtual Assistant? Thanks for your help!

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R. Lacy

August 3rd, 2009
2:57 pm

I have well over $100,000 in student loans for obtaining my Master’s Degree in Administration. I have been diligently searching for employment, but so far has been unsuccessful. I’ve had to “dummy” down my resume many times just to attempt to gain an entry-level position. Employers no longer have to pay you what your worth and can pick and choose accordingly. Colleges are in business to make money, the professors, school president, etc. all have very handsome salaries that must be paid and so forth. While some schools may provide minimal assistant in helping one to find employment, ultimately you are on your own. It’s unfortunate that Ms Dye, myself (and I am sure countless others) are going through the inability to pay our huge incurring student loan debts. Not to say that no one ever gets a job once they graduates from college, but those statistics are dismal to say the least. Have faith and stay encouraged Ms. Dye. Just continue to look as I am doing as well, and know that God will lead you to that job in the right time. As far as suing the school, unless one can find somewhere in the school’s policies or elsewhere of the guarantee they make that you will find employment directly after your completion of a program, I think it would be a mute point. I just tell people that I know whom are thinking of going to college about what programs not to obtain a degree in, and if I feel a particular school I’ve attended or know of from others is a good one or not. Your opinion speaks volumes when spreading the word.

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Andrea

August 3rd, 2009
3:28 pm

I would also like some more information please. Do you know of any specific VA companies that are hiring?

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Selena Jackson

August 3rd, 2009
3:38 pm

I want more information or websites where I can apply to become a VA. Thanks

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Hebert Henry

August 3rd, 2009
3:46 pm

I hold a B.S. degree in Comp. Sci and a Masters in Information Systems, and more than 18 years experience in IT. I am currently out of work and would be interested in exploring the VA alternative. Where would I start?

Your suggestions would be much appreciated!

Hebert

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IT7

August 3rd, 2009
3:48 pm

@Mark Getting stuff done in India for 1/3 to 1/2 the cost. It really depends on what you need and the complexity of the task. For simple stuff like a web page sure it’s possible for complex stuff like marketing segmentation and data mining -you’ll run into the issue most big companies run into. Poor communications, cultural biases, and poor translation of task along with high turnover in India.

If you’ve got process sure it can be outsourced but typically processes can be just as easily automated. Six months on task with your firm makes the indian worker worth double right down the street -along with methods and procedures you documented so well. I kid you not as an american one of the tasks a major US firm wanted to hire me for was to cut turnover rates of contracted workers in India.

Most folks especially small businesses feel more comfortable and better served pulling VA talent from the US and Canada, especially for the service side and critical stuff. Classic “4 hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris. Out source locally or be prepared to have a detailed process for everything, and if you got detailed process why not just automate to begin with?

Web pages I’m all for that, writing my briefs that I might have to correct myself at 8:30 am –I’m going to the US or Canada for a VA. Data mining projects think real hard and ask yourself do you feel lucky? Well do ya?

IT7

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Elizabeth Young

August 3rd, 2009
4:07 pm

I have been wanting to do something like this for years. I have over 25 years of customer service and office management skills. I know I would be a asset to any company. Effective is Time and Time is Money.

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Jashlyn Woodard

August 3rd, 2009
4:11 pm

I really need a job. I am 19 years old and have great experience with Retail and Fast Food. I just need some help so that I can have a job and be more independet. And most importantly,go to college

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Jane Zeitouni

August 3rd, 2009
4:45 pm

I would appreciate any assistance or further information on this career. I have over 35 years of Executive Administrative Assistance experience with some major companies. Thank you.

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Myrlene Hoyte

August 3rd, 2009
5:48 pm

I own a virtual assistant company and it is refreshing to see an article devoted to what we do. This is still an area that is unknown to a lot of people but with articles like this one, we are on the track to letting the world know about the benefits that a virutal assistant can bring to a company.

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G W Etienne

August 3rd, 2009
5:49 pm

This is an extremely good article, it’s very informative . This would be a great fit for me. Please send me all information about this great opportunity.

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Barbara

August 3rd, 2009
5:59 pm

I will be graduating in December with a Bachelors in Business Administration/Information Systems, I’m currently employeed as a Systems Consultant. I’m very much interested in Virtual Assisting, how can I get the information that I need to get started.

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Kimberly

August 3rd, 2009
6:21 pm

I am in the process of starting my own VA business for the legal field. I am a certified paralegal with experience in civil and criminal litigation. I also have experience in other areas of law such as personal injury, worker’s compensation, bankruptcy, corporate law and estate law. I would appreciate any information on how to generate contacts for my business.

Thank you….great article

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Delores

August 3rd, 2009
8:16 pm

I live in the great state of Texas and would love to become a VA any info you have would be a true blessing.

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Jean Sturgeon

August 3rd, 2009
8:36 pm

I would love to learn more about being a Virtual Assistant. I have a computer at home with internet access, could get fax access, a telephone and transportation. I am a fast and accurate typist, expert with Microsoft Word, Access and Excel and have used QuickBooks in the past. Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Jama St. John - Gulf Coast Office Support

August 3rd, 2009
9:13 pm

Thanks for the great article on Virtual Assistants!! I started my VA business in 1997 — before it was Virtual Assistance. Back then it was business support, office support or secretarial service and working “virtually” was still doable, but more complicated and accepted less.

For all the aspiring VAs, do your research. It is not a “job” — it is a business. You have to market your VA business just like any other business. Check out the International Virtual Assistants Association, VANetworking and Virtual Assistant Forums. All are great resources for VAs just starting out and the old pros!

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Patty Munroe

August 3rd, 2009
9:15 pm

I am very interested in the Virtual Assistant business. Please send me any information. I would really appreciate hearing more details. Thanks

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Michelle Jenkins

August 3rd, 2009
9:29 pm

Right now, I work 4 days a week. This would really be something great for me to do on my “off” day. I have sales support, typing, proofing, AP, AR experience. Please send me information on the VA business. I would love this opportunity.

Thanks, Michelle Jenkins

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T Freeman

August 3rd, 2009
9:32 pm

How can I take advantage of this.

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byron

August 3rd, 2009
9:35 pm

I want to know some more information about becoming a va and where can I apply for a job ?

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Charles Caldwell

August 3rd, 2009
9:35 pm

I am very interested in the Virtual Assistant business. I would like to find out more about this busines.
Any information that can be provided would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your support, Charles

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Antionette Tate

August 3rd, 2009
9:53 pm

Hi. Thanks for the article. I am interested in learning more about VA opportunities. Please forward me any information that will help me on my journey. Peace and Blessings

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August 3rd, 2009
9:54 pm

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Amara Wheatley

August 3rd, 2009
11:31 pm

I am very interested please send me any information available. Thank you

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darryle canyon

August 3rd, 2009
11:41 pm

How can I take advantage of this seemingly wonderful opportunity?

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Diane Nichols-Paul/ Georgia

August 4th, 2009
12:32 am

I am Virtual Assistant with over eighteen years as an Administrative Assistant / Coordinator. I have the skill and knowledge to direct complex projects from concept to fully operational status. My wide range of experience in administration within the medical field as well as in the private and financial sectors have allowed me to manage and operate my own business. I am also a student member of the International Special Events Society (ISES) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and hold a certificate in Event Coordination. I would love more information on this opportunity.
Diane N.P.

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Shanne

August 4th, 2009
7:24 am

How soon can I sign up and is there a fee for this service.

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Bubba

August 4th, 2009
7:24 am

What a load of huey!

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Alexis

August 4th, 2009
8:13 am

This sounds like an awesome opportunity. I have been seeking a part-time position, and this seems like it would work for me. I am in the bilingual (spanish/english) administration/translation field. Any further info would be greatly appreciated.

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Dorothy McMichael

August 4th, 2009
8:38 am

I very interested in the virtual assistant business. Please advise with more information on the Virtual Assistant. I am retired from Xerox Corp with 30 years. I have experience as an Administrative Assistant, Event Planning, Telephone Supply Sales Rep, and Billing Coordinator. I would love the opportunity to work with this group.

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Veronica Adkins

August 4th, 2009
8:49 am

I woudl be interested in getting more information about Virtural Assistant. I have a back ground in sales and administravtive support and customer service. Please send me additional information.
Thanks

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Angela Buchanan

August 4th, 2009
9:00 am

I am very interested in the VA business. Please email me more information about it. I’ve been thinking about a home-based business for a while. Thanks a lot.

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Chris Merritt

August 4th, 2009
9:35 am

Love it. How do I get started?

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Eugenia Quimby

August 4th, 2009
9:43 am

Thank you for the email, have a medical and aviation background,would love to learn more.
Eugenia

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Mary Motz

August 4th, 2009
10:16 am

I’ve been working in my own virtual services business since since 2002…and there’s a LOT of bad info out there about virtual assistance and virtual professionals. So to that end, I just want to make two quick points:

1. If you are a company looking for help – do not expect to find a skilled and reliable VA to work for $20 an hour (Tim Ferris’ “The Four Hour Work Week” steered you wrong, sorry). Skill and professionalism will demand an appropriate rate (which is more cost-effective anyway, given the skill and professionalism you would get) ;-) . Bottom line: a VAs are a *cost-effective* alternative to employees, not a *cheapie* one.

2. To anyone thinking of becoming a VA… you have to start a VA business. You don’t look for VA “jobs” – you start a business – and you market yourself and sell your services to clients. Again – VA is not a JOB it is a BUSINESS. If you aren’t turned on by the idea by owning a business, please don’t get into this field, you won’t be happy.

Thanks for the article and discussion!

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q. neals

August 4th, 2009
10:43 am

I too have a huge student loan. I also have work in a private intuition that provides higher learning. The problem is many of the recruiters for these colleges and universities make promises that can not be kept. They make students believe that the school will help them get a job making fairly decent pay. Once the student finishes and realizes that it is not going to happen, he/she feels jilted. Schools need to stop using career placement as a marketing tool to attract students. Especially if the career placement is not very successful in helping students obtain employment. At the particular school I was employed, students that were place in jobs from the career center was only 10 percent of the graduating class. To me, that is not very successful.

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Melody McIntosh

August 4th, 2009
10:49 am

I too am interested in becoming an AA. What is the best way to break into this business? Thanks for any and all advice.

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Alicia C. Anderson

August 4th, 2009
10:52 am

I am a SQL Server Database Administrator with strong Administrative and Technical Customer Support experience. This would be perfect for me. Please send information. Thanks for the artical.

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Chuck Gosen

August 4th, 2009
11:37 am

I have over 20 years of accounting and busines experience. Would someone please provide me with the information on how to get started.

Thank you, Chuck Gosen

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Tanya Bell

August 4th, 2009
11:46 am

I love this article. I have been thinking about doing something like this. Please give me more information; how to start, what skils may be useful, etc? I have been doing administrative work for over 30 years. Right now I am office manager for three Psychologists. I do everything including medical billing. I also have very many other skills that may be useful to small businesses.
Thank you in advance for giving me the information I need.

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Scott Risley

August 4th, 2009
12:49 pm

Im a stay at home dad that has been doing ebay for the past 5 years.
I need more now that ebay is slowing down.
I have cable high speed access, 2 computers to work with, I am internet and pc savy and ready to work!
24/7 – ready to work, email me people.

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Carmen Bussell

August 4th, 2009
2:26 pm

I am interested in becoming an Virtual Assistant. I have a background in Customer Service Representative and Administrative Assistant. Please send me information and companies that are seeking Virtual Assistants.

Thank you.

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LT

August 4th, 2009
2:48 pm

I worked with an executive assistant once who was in her late 50s. She printed out every email after she sent it to be able to “prove” she sent the emails. She was moved to another position to facilitate her early retirement phase-out, and the new assistant was in her mid-20s with a BBA. The new assistant streamlined processes and did the same amount of work in 1/4 the time the former assistant, but was let go because the boss (in her 40s) didn’t think the new assistant was “working hard enough”. Quality was identical, but it didn’t take the new assistant 20 minutes to schedule a conference room — it took her 5 minutes.

If I were hiring, I’d take the young assistant in a heartbeat over the old assistant. The young assistant was trying to prove her worth and was hoping for more important assignments after streamlining current processes, and even voiced this to the boss, but the boss preferred slow and methodical, not “what’s next?”

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S P

August 4th, 2009
3:13 pm

I am very interested in the VA business. Please email me more information about it. I’ve been considering doing this on a part-time basis for a while.

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AL

August 4th, 2009
3:45 pm

Being a non-traditional college student who is sacrificing a full salary while retooling myself for the job market, I certainly experience both work groups (established workers and eager want-to-be go-getters. Young people are more techy but they seem to lack business manners and are unwilling to ask older fellow workers for advice. Customer service, especially, requires a kid-glove approach; interpersonal skills and cross-generational communication skills can make or break business deals. I feel that the young business professional should humble themselves and learn from vested baby boomers. Vested baby boomers should ask questions that link the knowledge bases and they should not be too proud to learn from the young. I am definately learning from the young people on my campus. It is helping me to bridge the gap and assuring my comprehension when I do re-enter the work force. I am an HR assistant and would welcome the opportunity to V.A.

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Wynne Vance

August 4th, 2009
5:01 pm

Great article! I’ve been a virtual assistant for one national company in the Atlanta area for 9 1/2 years and was recently laid off. I am now seriously working my own virtual assistant business. Your article is very encouraging, and I would appreciate your sending me information regarding virtual assistant business setup and the IVAA.

Thank you so much.

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Sam Diener

August 4th, 2009
5:21 pm

Good list.

I would like to add How to win friends and influence people……
and if you are an anxious person, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Dale Carnegie

Sam Diener
http://forums.joblessyou.com

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Luis

August 4th, 2009
5:41 pm

Yeah Things are not getting any better. Sure some companies out there are reporting some profits.. but most are laying off. Before things were this bad me and my friends all had two jobs.. now I can almost say that one tenth still have a job everyone else got let go. Its hard surviving these days.. all iam doing is trying to pick up side jobs because no one is hiring.. I am trying to help my relatives with basic needs but in reality how much can I help and for how long…? Iam the only one that has not filed for bankcruptcy. I had a small business for ten years and now its super hard to get any new clients. People are afraid of what may happen in the near future..

I have cut down on every thing I buy. If i have to buy something the cheaper I buy it the better. I am on my last unemployment check and I have nothing else to sell.. I dont want to lose my car I dont owe anything on it but they broken in my car 4 times in the past 8 months. I dont know what else i can tell you.. yeah Iam losing my home.. any day now.. I will get the letter saying to move out. Hmm.. what should I do next?

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Bruce Huff

August 4th, 2009
7:57 pm

I have a computer with internet access. I have strong proofreading, data entry, legal research & writing, criminal record researching, organization, and communication skills. Please send me detailed information on the VA business.

Thank you very much,
Bruce Huff

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Jennifer W

August 5th, 2009
1:11 am

To those that are interested in doing VA work, I started doing this a few months ago. And I too love it. it’s good for a full-time if you have the ability but it’s also good for supplemental income as well. Go online to a site called Odesk, it is a site that puts VAs in different skillsets together with different businesses/people who need our help. I love it and have gained a few long term clients in the interim. Good luck!

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Linda Hobart

August 5th, 2009
9:23 am

I am very interested in doing this. Would you please send me any information and links on the subject. Thanks!

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Allegra R. Anderson

August 5th, 2009
11:26 am

I am a retired person and would like to earn a little extra money. I have an iMac 10.5, a printer, scanner, and access to a fax. How do I find out about existing openings?

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Allegra R. Anderson

August 5th, 2009
11:29 am

I am a retired person interested in earning some extra money. I have an iMac 10.5, a printer, scanner, and access to a fax. Can you tell me how I can find out about any existing job opportunities?

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Alana Crane Daveduk

August 5th, 2009
12:21 pm

I am also a freelance Virtual Assistant. My background includes marketing, administrative, advanced commputer skills (love excel) and orgainzation. I assist small business owners with brainstorming, organizing, flowing the workflow they don’t enjoy and taking their marketing plan to a more efficient level- which includes the use of social marketing and internet research. I am in Ohio and also just love to network and learn from others.

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Alana Crane Daveduk

August 5th, 2009
12:24 pm

Contact me via Facebook.

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Stacy Brice

August 5th, 2009
12:27 pm

To further what Mary said–Virtual Assistance is about admins owning their own businesses, usually running them from home offices, and working in long-term and collaborative relationships with clients (not employers).

There *is* a real demand for VAs. And you can look, but you won’t find reliable (non-scam) “jobs” for VAs. That’s simply not how it works.

But if you’re interested in owning your own small business, and controlling your own destiny (self-employment, btw, is the only way to provide real security for yourself–you will never be secure as long as someone can yank your job out from under you at whim) while providing high-end administrative services to clients, becoming a Virtual Assistant may just be right for you.

To get more info on this terrific profession, check into the leading industry networking sites: VANetworking.com, and VirtualAssistantForums.com. And if you don’t value having to reinvent the wheel, and *would* value getting industry-specific training, soup to nuts–everything you need to start, grow, and sustain a business as a Virtual Assistant–take a look at my company, AssistU.com. We formalized this profession in 1997 and are the world-leader in training top-notch VAs, and connecting them to top-notch clients.

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Paris

August 5th, 2009
3:23 pm

Has anyone been able to get more details on these opportunities. I would appreciate it if you would let me know.

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Margaret Harris

August 5th, 2009
4:07 pm

Please send me information as to how to become a virtual assistant. I would love to do this type of work. I love helping people, and have worked in customer service many years.

Thank you for the wonderful article.

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Tamara

August 5th, 2009
5:53 pm

This article was very much needed for me. I am currently looking to get into this business ASAP. I have Medical Billing, Collections, Account Receivable and Marketing skills. I am in corporate however my passion is to help small businesses with their business. I am a single mom and my ultimate goal is to work from my home office. As I’ve retreived some useful information from this site I am in desperate need of any information VA’s actively working can provide to me. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

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Tamara

August 5th, 2009
6:01 pm

Thank you Stacy Brice for your information. Can you please contact me via email to discuss further. I will visit your website as well. Thanks

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Delores Parr

August 5th, 2009
7:07 pm

I was downsized out of my job as Contracts Manager for a civil engineering consulting firm in 2008. I have a solid background in contract administration, program development and business management. I would love to know more about the VA field and how I can started as well. Please advise.

Thank you so much…!

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Sondra Jacob

August 6th, 2009
2:29 am

I am a certified bookkeeper, MBA and experienced income tax preparer seeking work at home opportunities as a virtual assistant. I would appreciate any information you can provide to assist me in this endeavor.

Thank you very much!

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Nika Wilson

August 7th, 2009
12:29 pm

I would love to have additional information on becoming a VA. I am what they call a jack of all trades!
and love to learn and do many things.

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Rosalee Sanderson

August 7th, 2009
12:42 pm

I am happy about the article you wrote and would like more information on becoming a VA. I have read several articles on the topic, strated researching but unable to find the connecting link. Please let me know how I can offer my skills and expertise in the Administrative Assistant field to a small business.

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Shanna

August 7th, 2009
4:05 pm

not to sound like everyone else but I too would really like more info on this. I have plenty of computer skills and have touched a little with working from home kind of stuff. Currently the field I work in is suffering miserably from economy and I do not see my town recovering soon. Thank you for any input.

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Sharon

August 7th, 2009
4:19 pm

How do you go about starting a virtual assist business. Please let me know

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Beth Power

August 7th, 2009
4:28 pm

I am very proud of my stepmom, Wanda Reese, she has worked very hard to get where she is today. She was one of my heros/mentors when I was young. Love you mom

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Rebekah Brinson

August 7th, 2009
5:12 pm

I am trying to find ways ro break into this line of work. How do you find employment when your funds are limited?

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Andrea

August 7th, 2009
5:38 pm

Great article but will there be a follow up with information providing a course of action to proceed in VA?

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babs

August 7th, 2009
6:01 pm

older people can learn new tricks! could someone not have told the print-out person that there was no need to do that, it’s not necessary? young people have to be taught things, as do older. I know a relative who does the same thing but if she were at work, someone could kindly explain that it’s a waste of time and trees and to move on to the next things that need doing!

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Vida Buckner

August 8th, 2009
2:00 am

How can someone become a VA?

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PCarruthers

August 9th, 2009
9:13 am

This IS a great article. Those of you anxious and ready to work at home potential VAs need to understand that becoming a VA is like building any business. You have to build your client base; usually the wedge between a successful business and an unsuccessful business. You must market well and hard, and anticipate gaining customers one-by-one and slowly. If you don’t like sales, the grunt work in building all businesses, this certainly isn’t for you. If you’ve never embarked in MLMs or attempted a business venture, I suggest you attend a great deal of workshops first. Don’t quit your day job yet! You gotta love risk-taking and have passion and faith, especially if this will be your primary gig.

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Carli Hawkins

August 9th, 2009
9:43 pm

I would also like more information please.

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Nancy

August 11th, 2009
2:39 pm

I am very interested in this, I do a lot of accounting from home, however I need the help in marketing new clients.
Thanks for the info

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Feelin It

August 11th, 2009
11:34 pm

Totally agree with this! These corporate die-hard women who work their a$$ off ultimately sacrifice the quality time they could spend with their children. No! You can’t have it all! When corporate women are traveling on the same day as school functions and activities, mom can not be there! Pure and simple! It’s either the boardroom or the classroom for Mommy Dearest. I no longer work the corporate hump and have all the time in the world to volunteer to give out cup-cakes in my son’s classroom and it soooo beats standing up and giving speeches to a bunch of $1000 suits!!!

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Jaye

August 12th, 2009
4:07 pm

Thank you, Feelin It for voicing your thoughts. Those of us who are and have been in the corporate world wish more moms would stay home with their children. Frankly, trying to navigate “mommy schedules” and keep the workplace running smoothly is a real challenge – and frustrating to coworkers. If you choose to be a mom – no one HAS to – stay home with your kids. They’re better off for it.

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Kim

August 12th, 2009
6:18 pm

I’m very interested in the Virtual Assistant business. Please send me all the great information about this opportunity. I’ve work in healthcare field for over 15 yrs.

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Dessaire

August 13th, 2009
9:23 pm

It’s nice to see all the postings of us Techies looking for such an opportunity–but is there an answer to our questions: “How do we get the job…?” Give up the information already!! We are READY TO ROLL with it—-

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Alan

August 14th, 2009
3:41 pm

Older workers…those young kids just want to play on the computers and talk with their pals on cellphones, hoping that everybody thinks they are working.

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Carol LaRussa

August 14th, 2009
11:04 pm

I would be interested in becoming a VA. I work full-time as an administrative assistant and would like to create some extra income in my spare time.

Thanks, Carol LaRussa

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n. maples

August 16th, 2009
4:50 pm

I also have student loans and no work that is related to my degree. I these loans are going to be unfairly weighted in the collection I believe a person has every right to file suit of law against the School the Loan institution, and the Goverment for Fraud. If you can’t guarantee the work then why must the Loan then be guaranteed? That same person could have been spending thier time in productive employment paying their taxes paying their bills if the school, bank and goverment had not offered them.. that is talked them into… that is scammed them into taking the loan…

That’s what we convict scam artist of every day…
why are schools, banks, and the goverment allowed to do it?

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t.robinson-gilber

August 17th, 2009
1:05 am

I definetly feel we should be able to sue colleges for misguidance. I graduated from USP back in 2005. I have a BS Pharmaceutical Science. Here it is 2009 and i have yet to find a job in my degree. I am supposedly underqualified or overqualified. The Pharmaceutical Science program did not require any internships in order to graduate, but i did work at Rite Aid Pharmacy while in school for 3 years. My counselor/professor advised me that this degree would definetly land me a job anywhere in the pharmaceutical industry and advised me to come back to him upon completion of graduation so that he would lead me in which direction to go as far as the companies he knew personally. Needless to say, upon graduation and after graduation my counselor/professor was no where to be found, he did not reply or respond to any of my phone calls or emails. Now here i am with over $120.000 in student loan dept with no job. I will be looking into this suing business myself. Society puts so much emphasis on continuing your education beyond high school. I believe college is so overrated. I see people working at major companies with no degrees, and they are in a better financial position than i am. Its crazy and i don’t understand it at all.

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Amanda Dufries

August 17th, 2009
7:51 am

Great article. The VA business has blossomed. Becoming a VA is the best thing I have ever done for myself, my family, and my community. I am able to work from home, successfully balancing my career & family life in a way that helps me be successful at both, all while I am serving the community and helping others! http://www.virtuallysupportivesolutions.com

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Michael

August 17th, 2009
9:49 am

This is a great article and I am glad to see that the Virtual Assistance Industry is beginning to get the attention it needs and deserves. I just read another great article about setting your VA rates that should be very useful to readers of this post. Setting your professional fees can be a frightening thing to do and this article addresses much of that angst.
http://virtualassistanceuniversity.com/how-to-set-your-virtual-assistant-professional-rates/

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Elisabet

August 17th, 2009
10:57 am

I believe there is something valuable to found in both work groups. I personally would probably go with the older worker simply because of the wisdom, knowledge and patience they have learned. Young people are great as well, they have a lot of energy and input, but there are times when they want everything to be instant because they are what I call the “microwave” generation and because their mentality is “right now,” they tend to sometimes rush in some of their decision-making. I also believe that older workers are always open and willing to learn new ideas and ways of doing things better and in a less time consuming way. And if given an opportunity, I feel confident in saying, that they would more than likely be a great asset to the company that chooses to grant them employment.

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Diana

August 18th, 2009
12:18 pm

How Can I get started?

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Glenda Howison

August 20th, 2009
1:33 am

I am a single mom and need to home school my three year old, as well as the quest to complete my degree on line in Business Administration. I am available immediately to begin and can type 100words a minute. Hook me up people…770-866-9168

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Shari Sultana

August 20th, 2009
12:21 pm

This is such a great article. I began my Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant practice in 2007 with not much more than a drive to succeed. Less than 2 years later I operate a very successful mulit-VA business specializing in assisting small business HubSpot customers. We implement the inbound marketing methodology for them. The Virtual Assistant Forums are a great place for new and aspiring virtual assistants to learn about the business.
http://www.modernmarketingsupport.com

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Jeff Machado

August 20th, 2009
11:23 pm

If I had to share one secret about getting started as a VA for all the people reading this article, I would suggest learning about the marketing techniques that are time tested and effective. Apply them to the VA world, get some results, and then you’ll have even more ways to bring in clients.

Also, don’t be afraid of forming strategic partnerships. If you see someone doing what you admire, contact them. Offer to help out in any way you can. Participate on their blog and show interest – if you keep on coming around, they’ll find work for you to do for sure. There’s so many wonderful opportunities out there that you could start pursuing today even.

Always be willing to learn and put yourself out there.

http://www.youroutstandingva.com

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August 25th, 2009
1:43 am

I enjoyed your article and I have 20 years experience in finance, accounting and sales. I have been trying to get into a second career of property management and it is a hard career to get into.

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August 25th, 2009
8:12 am

Of course workers are leaving Georgia. The jobs are not great. There is no loyalty. And the crime is horrendous. The public schools are battlegrounds. People are leaving for Montana, Wyoming and New England. Less crime, less hassle.

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Brenda Burch

August 25th, 2009
8:18 pm

I have been in Property Management for sixteen years. I have seen the industry go up and down. I have recently been unemployed due to the economic issues. I worked for one property under four different owners for the past eight years and the property recently went under new ownership again. I worked my way up from being homeless to my first Property Management position in 1995. I love my career ,I do not have a degree in Management , but I do have experience.

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Jennifer Kahnweiler

August 25th, 2009
11:31 pm

I appreciate Joyce’s comments about using humor and ideas on “thoughtful leadership” I wonder what steps she took to process information faster? Great to hear from an introverted leader in healthcare.

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Linda

August 26th, 2009
6:37 pm

My former boss, Bill LaMacchia, Jr. likes to treat his executive team with disrespect; using antagonization, fear, intimidation, screaming and hysterical rants to belittle and demean them. It is obvious that he leads a very shallow life, but that is no excuse for his treatment of people. He has been the worst boss, by far, and because of him I am much more wary as to the attitude and personality of the person I choose to work for.

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Richard

August 26th, 2009
7:01 pm

I worked for 7 years in a highly successful and competitive commissioned sales environment where the average age is 28 and the average income was 60K to 100K with a 35% turnover rate . I am age 58 and I loved being around these young people. For the most part I was respected for my experience because I had children their same ages. I appreciated and respected their struggles to make a living in a very tough work environment. As a co-worker, I always tried to give them encouragement when they accepted the responsibilities of marriage, children or home ownership.. However, my experience was often viewed as a threat to their lack of confidence and their desire for personal success. To keep my job, I spent more time appealing to their egos and their desire for overnight success, than giving them any advise. Unfortunately, our company was sold and the new owners felt they could make more money paying younger people less money to do the same job without a base salary. I have a BA in Business Admin. and a proven track record of sales success. Why in 3 months have I not had a single job interview ?????

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Paula Davis

August 29th, 2009
2:44 am

I am interested in becoming a virtual assistant.

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August 31st, 2009
7:31 pm

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Deb

September 2nd, 2009
6:22 pm

I have a dream. I am a so-called professional with a college degree, but thats not part of the dream. Although, it probally could benefit the dream. I believe that I am a born writer. A story teller of sort. I have been told I have the “Gift of gag”, a “Great conversationalist”. I do have many tells to tell. True stories of rape, kidnapping, Drugs, and inter-racial struggles. Abandoned by my family shortly after turning 15 years old. I lived a life of tragedy and struggle. Knowing after having a baby at 16 years old, that my dream was lost and my life would be scraps of paper, many thrown away. Now, all the kids are grown, and times are different, I see a glimer of hope, and would love to fulfill my passion. If dreams do come true then this one will too

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Mimy

September 2nd, 2009
6:34 pm

Hello, i’m a stayhome mom of 3 and i haven’t worked since 2000…Now i’m looking for a part-time job to supplement my husband income… Any help will greatly be appreciated. Thanks.

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September 3rd, 2009
10:05 pm

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September 4th, 2009
9:12 am

I experienced wrongful termination in my previous job. I was upset. But now, I recovered from that scenario, thanks to the help of this site I visited. I found a stable job with high cost of salary and also fits to my ability, skill and interest.

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Thank You and Good Luck!

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Ross

September 6th, 2009
9:03 am

Experience with people is key. I would rather hire someone who has traveled the world then a fresh college grad. BUT as far as insurance and health cost OLDER people are a drain to all corporation.

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lunachic

September 6th, 2009
9:54 pm

We are a victim of Bailey & Bailey also and I know of 2 others.
Please put the word out……..
She cost us everything.
You can reach me at lunachic3@yahoo.com or http://www.truckersforum.net

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David McDonald

September 8th, 2009
10:14 am

This isn’t stimulating the ecompny it’s pupming up more government agencies. I will never deny we need more good officers on the street but what a stimulus package needs to do is stimulat business growth and therefore get cash flow moving through out the ecomony. Dumping more money into government is notheing short of socialism and misuse of the money by this adminsitration that has no clue what a real business that makes things, sells things or provides a service is! Either spend this money on construction and road projects and other business job creating projects or put it back in the treasury now!!!

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Where is our money going?

September 8th, 2009
10:25 am

Average starting salaries for the new law enforcement positions is $39K – $42K, yet the stimulus money breaks down to $181,000 ($36.2 Million / 200 positions) per new employee. Where is our money going? I want to see detailed financial statements on where our taxpayer money is going in this “stimulus”… I would expect more from the AJC to expose this kind of gov’t waste program!

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Wm Kirkland

September 8th, 2009
10:25 am

This is not money being spent to stimulate the economy. How does a bridge stimulate the economy? When it is built the workers will be laid off. Another classic example of a president who doesnt understand business (becasue he’s never worked in one or run one) trying to look good. Look at the cash for clunkers program and how poorly it was run or the mortgage relief program. Designed by a non business people. There was no way to control either. They freed up all of this money for mortgage relief and then dumped it on the mortgage companies who weren’t staffed to handle it. Does any one doubt after these two fiascos that they will not do the same to healthcare?!?

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FJHS3

September 8th, 2009
10:26 am

Interesting article. Most shocking is that Atlanta would even consider hiring a police officer that only has a high school diploma. With all the college educated people looking for a job, how can you justify a candidate with only a HS diploma? I know many HS grads that I would not want protecting me, or carrying a gun for that matter!

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Bubba

September 8th, 2009
10:28 am

OK, we are loosing thousands of jobs but gaining a couple of hundred? What’s wrong with this picture?

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Daryl

September 8th, 2009
10:31 am

The article clearly stated that the “fastest job stimulation is likely to come in the department of transportation”, which received the lions share of the money ($934,000,000). Another $1.2 billion going to education…you should apply for some of this funding.(Nothing is not spelled with an “e”, but there is an “e” in stimulate. “Throughout” is one word…I could go on and on…
Also, make concrete suggestions about how to stimulate the economy and stop repeating the propaganda that you hear in the media. The complaints, without solutions, are getting old.

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John

September 8th, 2009
10:37 am

To David:
Let me guess…you’re a republiklan. Listen, stop believing everything that bloated drug addict on the radio says…and that joke they call fox news. Fox news is to journalism what the ocotomom is to family planning. They’re all screaming that the sky is falling and all you dumb*sses run around like chicken little. Just like other beings of lower intellect, republicans are easy to stampede.
Stop hiding your racism behind the guise of patriotism.

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Frustrated Beyond Belief

September 8th, 2009
10:38 am

My husband’s been out of work since December of last year. My daughter has ectopic atrial tachycardia which two surgeries and three different meds haven’t been able to fix. Our pantry is almost empty; my gas tank is on 1/4 tank; our mortgage company has renegotiated our loan and almost cut the payment in half, but without me getting a second job we won’t be able to make that payment because my main paycheck is less than half of what my take home should be because it covers all of our insurance needs. Oh yeah, and we have $18.67 in the checking account. I don’t give a damn about bridges or roads. My husband needs a job, NOW!!

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Leah Salby

September 8th, 2009
10:50 am

Obama’s stimulus plan is for the poor and uneducated. It stinks. There IS not stimulus plan for the unemployed. Forget it. I am SICK of Obama and his LIES. Boot him out. He’s the worst president since Ford, Carter, and Clinton. Get rid of him. Takes from the rich, gives to the poor lazy asses that don’t work, but break into homes. The cops are not educated either.

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unemployed at 61 !!!!

September 8th, 2009
11:00 am

It took years of non-regulated capitalism to create this horrid economical situation our country is in . Instead of blaming the current adminstration for all of its efforts to stop the decline , why not look around at the citizens who cheated , lied and pilaged the unsupecting working slobs ( myself included ) and demand restitution . My belief is their should be NO party affliation but only representation of the citizens that elected each offical . We as citizens are responsible to get our facts straight and not fall into the traps of exageration and truth bending . Patience and a positive attitude is all we have . Why not give the new guys a chance before we throw them off the bus ?

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Trying to Stay Focused

September 8th, 2009
11:01 am

I am a firm believer in the platformed agenda, but it is getting hard to stay focused and support when I see the focus in the wrong areas. they need to focus on the private sector and stimulating business. The majority of people work in private industry….not for the government. The stimulus is geared toward a select group. A group that was not hit as hard. America had his behind this recession to be able to do what it wants to with certain people and blame it on and hide behind this made up mock recession.

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Get the Big Picture

September 8th, 2009
11:02 am

Hiring new officers with H.S. diploma isn’t exactly stimulating my pocket either, but with a unemployment rate already above 10% in georgia and those of you thinking we should only give jobs to those residents with college degrees. Your right, because when that unemployed H.S. diploma resident pull you or your love one into a dark alley and beat you senseless for the few dollars you have on you because they can’t find a job with their H.S. diploma to take care of their family, you should feel very stimulated that the cop taking the police report has a college degree.

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Brandon

September 8th, 2009
11:04 am

To John:
Let me guess, you’re a Democrat. I bet you think the “no pork” bill that includes $20 million for the Captain Morgan plant so that we dont have to pay taxes on it makes sense too. Funny thing is, I drink Captain Morgan and I would be glad to pay the tax rather then give it to some plant out of the country. Let’s throw millions at sea turtles too. Maybe you should watch Fox a little more so you can improve your intellect. This administration is a bunch of crooks. It has nothing to do with race.

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John

September 8th, 2009
11:05 am

United we stand… divided we fall.

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Concerned

September 8th, 2009
11:20 am

Atlanta has received $31 million in stimulus funds for jobs in GA. Funds went toward GA Dept.of Education, when they spend out more money in that division alone (buying blackberry phones, GPS, expense printers, laptops, etc.). Really, where is that money going? What about the people that is unemployed, some of the stimulus money was to help the unemployed on going back to school. Where is that money? What happened to the Auditors coming in after so many months to check on the funding process? Here we go again the RICH IS GETTING RICHER AND THE REST LEFT BEHIND. Thanks Atlanta for putting more jobs here and less unemployment.

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TKL

September 8th, 2009
11:26 am

Stimulus WHAT? I do whatever it take to keep my job. Take home whatever left after taxes and then spend as little as I can so I can pay my own expense. My pantry and my refrigerator are always almost empty. When I am at the grocery checkout, I feel sick when seeing people using food stamp benefit paying for their cart loaded with food. I try to stay healthy by eating well and exercise daily but unfortunatly got high blood pressure with old age so I have to purchase prescription drug and .. here go my hard earned and hard saved money went straight to the Doctor, the Chemist..! ALL I CAN SEE SURROUNDING ME IS LAZY & GREEDY. WISH HE/THEY CAN FIX THE “GREED’ PROBLEM INSTEAD OF PUMP OUR/MY TAX MONEY TO NO WHERE. Why not control the Insurance premium per unit, stop the law suite for crappy reason, limit food stamp amount and PROMOTE CHARITY AID FOR needy people in the US .. don’t forget there are needy kids and familIES in the US as well as Africa, Asia ..

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Paul

September 8th, 2009
11:27 am

OK- I am a Republican but you know what… we lost. Yes, we lost. Obama will not be impeached and we will be printing money for 4-8 years. The key is that Georgia must capitalize on the funds that are available. Obama will not be finding a job for the skilled worker- we know this about him. I am from the south side of Chicago- where are all those workers he found jobs for? But, Georgia MUST take the money and they must do that which Obama wants. If he doesn’t build the bridge here, they will build it in Michigan or some other state. They will not say, “hey we shouldn’t build the bridge”. If they want police officers, let’s get them hired. The money will trickle into the economy and we want it here and not in another state. I hope, as all Americans should, that Obama is successful. The rules have changed by popular decree and we should just try to enjoy the ride. You can vote him out next election. In the meantime, I am boarding the Obama train, which is the American train.

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Robert

September 8th, 2009
11:33 am

We are an architectural firm that has laid off 75% of our staff. Those laid off will not be designing roads and bridges, or becoming police officers. They will however continue to receive government funded unemployment checks, which raises our country’s debt. The stimulas package must REQUIRE lending from the banks to allow development and employment of all types, otherwise small businesses like mine will never recover.

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Tom

September 8th, 2009
11:41 am

For sure there is money missing and some where..Lets say that all the officers get 43,000 per yr..This is suppose to be a 3 yr program..
43,000 X 3 = 126,00 per officer X 50 officers in Atlanta..= 6,300,00..
Give or take a little…Well there getting 11 mil for Atlanta, where is the other 4.7 mil going..This is just atlanta..Don’t forget the money for the other cops…The figures just don’t add up..Not unless you using VA Math..

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Porter

September 8th, 2009
11:43 am

Brief history lesson – Rates were being pushed down early part of this century, especially after 9/11. Most loan officers in the morgage business on commission were making money hand over fist, along with the mortgage companies. When it got to where they couldn’t go any lower, they really started pushing the sub-prime crap, to keep the money flowing. Fatcats blaming unsuspecting homebuyers for getting loans they couldn’t afford when the sharks were pushing these loans , and the big government social program was backing and help to push them, is talking head bull crap. The idea that everyone needs to be homeowner, being pushed by the government is a wrongheaded social prgram that adds to suburban sprawl, and is a function of a mortgage interest deduction that should be done away with, along with the IRS. I digress.
Since the government programs are largely the cause of this problem, you would expect the government to fix it, therein lies the problem. It’s like lighting matches to put out a fire. Big money influence said save the banks, but common sense would say save the homeowners caught in these vicious ARM’s. If you don’t save all the homeowners, you have all these houses dumped on the market, then the housing industry takes the first major hit, then so on…
It seems like common sense that you would not prop up the financial markets from the top, but that’s where the influence rules. Regardless of republican or democrat, the money rules. If the government would have bought up all those mortgages from the homeowners, instead of the banks, and reduced the rates, we likely wouldn’t be in this mess. The banks and Wall St. got the money, and they’re still dragging their feet on modifications. The foreclosures keep coming, because the economy is such bad shape now it’s affected everyone.
P.S. Don’t forget, they changed the bankruptcy laws in ‘05, so the fatcats could try to prevent people from getting out of these loans. They still won’t let the judges modify them.

We’re in a fine mess, and we likely won’t even get close to staightening out before the Lord comes back. +++

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Tom

September 8th, 2009
11:45 am

Sorry, made a 3,000 mistake on each officer but did the total correct. Still does not add up…Some body is sliding money some where, it sure doesn’t take 4.7 mil to send 50 officers to the state police academy in Forsyth..The last figure i heard it cost less then 8,000 to send one through mandate classes..For sure, no where close to 90,000 each..Thats the amount missing per person..Wow…Pockets are getting full, that are freezers..

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TKL

September 8th, 2009
11:51 am

One more thing, when I started to work, I was advised by a “high earning” people that I should work for a private sector and then move over to Government when I am about ready to retire. the explanation for this advise was “private sector pay higher than Government and move over to Government when you ready to retire so you don’t have to word too hard at your old age ..” HA HA, I still consider that was a good advise, specially now a day, GOVERNMENT SEEMS TO BECOME MORE AND MORE INVOLVE .. LET HOPE WE DON’T HAVE TO WORK HARD FOR OUR WAGES ANY MORE .. HA..HA.

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Dee

September 8th, 2009
11:52 am

I’m a white, educated (former republican – turned independent)female, and my educated, republican husband has been unemployed since 2007 (excuse me, but wern’t the republicans in office in 2007??). If you don’t have any intelligent solutions, why keep repeating the same comments over & over (most of which are just a repeat from the hate/propaganda channel, Fox News). I agree with the comment “United we Stand, Divided we Fall.” We should all stand behind our President of this great country instead of wishing he, along with the country, will fail. Stimulus funds take time to work!

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Michael in Marietta

September 8th, 2009
11:54 am

Dear John,

In the words of Dan Aykroyd to Jane Curtin , “You ignorant sl%%”.
Let me guess, you’re a Acorn loving liberal. YOU played the race card, not David. Maybe it is you who is the racist. Certainly, you have the hate speech of a racist.

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Tim M

September 8th, 2009
11:56 am

Why do we need more teachers, books, computers, schools and higher tuition. If you look at the stats (my neighbors included)– from 2007-2009 new college graduates (40%) are not finding jobs,owe 21,000 (avg) in student loans, 4,000 (avg) in credit card debt. We always stimulate the education sector but look at the results. We need job training stimulus at all business sectors to train the unemployed. We don’t need degrees we need jobs. A college degree is all hype. The statistics you see about how college graduates make more money—correct but it only surveys the ones who got the job– not the 1000 who did not. Also, surveys are done by educational bureaucrats who just want to support the educational system for their own benefit.

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Patrick

September 8th, 2009
11:59 am

John, shut up already! As soon as I hear the race card in any discussion it’s clear where that conversation will go. It matters little what any of us think. They’re all owned by the special interest groups and it is they that will triumph in the end. Our motto needs to be “If you’re in you’re out” for 2010 and 2012. I don’t care how good or bad you’ve been you have become part of the problem and it’s your time to go. If Obama can’t even take the advise of his chief economic adviser Warren Buffett who said, “Never invest in anything you don’t understand”, then what hope do any of us have? None of it makes any sense!

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Native Atlantan

September 8th, 2009
12:10 pm

The only positive part of this article is the hiring of more police officers. As for the infra structure building, the biggest winners are the huge construction companies, their suppliers and all the Hispanic workers, numbering into the hundreds, hired by these huge construction companies benefiting from the stimulus money. How many are illegals? Public taxpayer money spent to give illegal workers jobs while United States citizens in Georgia can not find any jobs of any type.

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James

September 8th, 2009
12:11 pm

Frustrated Beyond Belief

September 8th, 2009
10:38 am

My husband’s been out of work since December of last year. My daughter has ectopic atrial tachycardia which two surgeries and three different meds haven’t been able to fix. Our pantry is almost empty; my gas tank is on 1/4 tank; our mortgage company has renegotiated our loan and almost cut the payment in half, but without me getting a second job we won’t be able to make that payment because my main paycheck is less than half of what my take home should be because it covers all of our insurance needs. Oh yeah, and we have $18.67 in the checking account. I don’t give a damn about bridges or roads. My husband needs a job, NOW!!

It’s people like you and me that will show up at the polls in 2010 and 2012 and send these sorry bunch of lawmakers home where they belong! They are self serving and could care less about the average American who is suffering and have been suffering for a long time now. While Obama is vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard common folk are trying to put food on the table. Can anyone answer this…How did Obama become a millionaire as a community organizer? You can call me a Republican (which I’m not) or you can call me a racist (I’m not but I don’t care what you think) but this is the worst administration I’ve ever witnessed in my 60 years! I pray to God he’s a one-hit wonder! I know my vote will go for anyone other than Obama! Anyone!

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Sylina Strickland

September 8th, 2009
12:17 pm

I agree, “United we stand, Divided we Fall”.

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TKL

September 8th, 2009
12:27 pm

I agree, “United we stand, divided we fall” but be careful to chose where to stand. Need not to stand on the quick sand or on an “unstable surface”

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EVOLONE

September 8th, 2009
12:35 pm

Thank you Paul

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S. Haddad

September 8th, 2009
12:41 pm

I do not see this as providing new jobs. I respect the police and I feel they need to be supported but it seems like Obama is just elevating the country to a police state. We need to bring jobs back to the US and quit worrying about what China thinks. The chinese government hates us and eventually will pull the notes we owe them then what??? We need manufacturing jobs brought back here with incentives for greedy CEO’s to make money here and support the American economy. We need to go to buying American cars. We need tariffs brought back to make it more cost effective to buy American. We have an interdependent economy and if you eliminate one part the rest will suffer. The global economy is pulling us down. We need to concentrate on college students going where jobs are really needed like engineering. We are importing engineers from foreign countries because our students are not focusing on jobs that will employ them. We need to make college more affordable and one area that the government NEEDS to control is all the outrageous fees that colleges charge students.

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James

September 8th, 2009
12:47 pm

Well Dee…you don’t sound too educated! Stimulus funds had to be passed quickly and, as a result, unemployment would not exceed 8%. Obama’s words not mine! By the way, I didn’t see any of your intelligent solutions? Did I miss something?

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Trying to Stay Focused

September 8th, 2009
12:49 pm

United we stand, divided we fall….and if we do not stand for something, we will fall for anything.

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USAF Vet

September 8th, 2009
12:51 pm

How is this NOT stimulus? This is why I’m a constitutionalist and not a republican anymore. Because republicans can’t count.

1+1=2 people.

Break it down.

You’ve got more people employed. Therefor more income. That income is used to in the local area on… holy crap: goods and services.

Also, you’ve got people with health coverage. So they aren’t visiting a free clinic or Grady that turns around and overcharges the government who ends up paying for it anyway.

Also, you’ve got less crime. It is a well known fact that crime hurts local economies.

And I reject this idea of calling this socialism. Be realistic. It is NOT socialism. Go read about what socialism is before you ditto head that faux news garbage. “redistribution of wealth” oh…you mean like “trickle down economics”. Funny how it’s not socialism when people with money get more money… oh wait… that’s what happens in communist systems like the now defunct USSR and N. Korea.

But whatever people. I guess we can all continue to be hypocrites: ie bashing the president when back in 2003 when anyone questioned the WMD lie they were called unamerican for “bashing the president”.

If you want true conservatism. Check out the constitutionalist party. After all the republicans are responsible for the largest government expansion ever in American history.

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BPJ

September 8th, 2009
12:51 pm

The idea of stimulus is to avoid a repeat of the Great Depression. After 1929, government policy for several years emphasized balancing the budget, with disastrous results. Fed Chairman Bernanke, fortunately, is an expert on this period of economic history, and he and the Obama administration are determined not to repeat the mistakes made by Hoover.

When the private sector is laying off workers, and credit is almost frozen, that is the time for deficit spending by government (see the works of John Maynard Keynes). The good times are when government should be running a surplus, paying down the debt, and planning for the next rainy day, as Clinton did, and as Gore advocated in the 2000 campaign. But no, almost half the voters fell for Bush’s argument that we should never run a surplus.

Several of the commenters seem unaware that most transportation spending winds up in the hands of PRIVATE business. The Ga. DOT, for example, pays PRIVATE contractors to do most of its work.

Yes, some of the stimulus funds go to pay salaries of police and teachers. This is a good thing, for two reasons. The first is that we need these people. Local and state governments have seen revenues fall drastically, and would other wise have to lay off police and teachers. That would make us less safe, and our children less educated.

The second reason is that when stimulus money goes into the hands of police, teachers, or those private sector road contractors, it doesn’t just sit there. They spend some of it. Perhaps they go to restaurants more often, so the restaurants don’t have to lay off a waitress or a dishwasher. They may start buying cars again, so some autoworkers don’t lose their jobs. That’s fewer people on welfare, and more people working.

That, at any rate, is Keynes’s theory regarding deficit spending by government in times of recession. It makes sense to me. It is generally accepted by most economists. Stimulus spending is being implemented by many governments, of varying political philosophies, around the world – most of them spending more in relation to the size of their economies than we are.

Deficits are a concern of course, but: (a) the main way deficits are reduced is by accumulating surpluses in times of prosperity (the 1990s, for example), so we need to return to prosperity first, and the stimulus is likely to help, (b) I’m skeptical of lectures on deficits by anyone who voted for Bush Junior twice.

Perhaps Keynes was wrong, and stimulus spending won’t work. Most economists think it has helped us out of some past recessions. But if you’re going to argue against the entire idea of deficit spending as an economic stimulus, then you’re going to have to explain what you have to offer besides the policies of the Hoover administration.

If you’re going to argue that stimulus is a good idea badly applied by the current administration, then at least understand that: (a) much of it is going to private business, such as those road & bridge contractors, (b) money going to prevent layoffs/hire new public employees such as police and teachers is money that works its way into the larger economy, and reduces spending on unemployment, and (c) most of the impact is just starting and will unfurl over the next several months.

And, yes, spending on repairing bridges is a good thing. Remember that bridge that collapsed in a major midwestern city a few years ago?

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James

September 8th, 2009
12:57 pm

And, Paul, good for you…enjoy your trip! You forgot to mention you’re a dumba$$ too!

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USAF Vet

September 8th, 2009
1:01 pm

Way to go BPJ! Good job!

I love how people think that money earned from a business or money earned from the government are two different things. If you have any printed money… take a look at it. That doesn’t belong to you. You just get to trade it for goods and services. Every bit of money we have was never created by business. It all originates in a trade of treasury notes for printed dollars from the federal reserve.

That money you hold, does not stand for INCOME that YOU have… it represents a debt that everyone owes…. regardless of where you earned it from.

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BPJ

September 8th, 2009
1:01 pm

And speaking of bad ideas from the 1930s, now someone is suggesting tariffs as the answer! Smoot-Hawley, anyone?

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USAF Vet

September 8th, 2009
1:04 pm

Woah woah woah. Let’s not reduce ourselves to personal flame wars. That serves no purpose in any discussion. You can disagree all you want. But create points to counter his. Use facts and sound logic to back up your positions. Calling people names means that YOU lose and THEY have won. Because that sort of response says that you cannot find anything valid to counter with er go you resort to a personal attack in reaction to wounded pride.

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USAF Vet

September 8th, 2009
1:05 pm

BPJ

September 8th, 2009
1:01 pm

And speaking of bad ideas from the 1930s, now someone is suggesting tariffs as the answer! Smoot-Hawley, anyone?

LOL!!!

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USAF Vet

September 8th, 2009
1:07 pm

BPJ, you’re a smart individual. I’d love to hear more of your thoughts from time to time. Do you ever have any discussions in online forums outside of a free comment box?

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Trying to Stay Focused

September 8th, 2009
1:37 pm

BPJ

I would love to agree with you wholeheartedly, but I can’t…because I do not see the same impact as maybe you do. Yes, the stimulus stimulated the economy, but the economy was stimulated in an area that was not hit hardest by the “mock” recession. The DOT contractors did not hire workers back that were laid off, they used what they had and put more projects on their books. They had already gotten rid of the bottom tier of people that they wanted to get rid of under cover of this so-called recession. Not one company has called back workers that it laid off. Yet, everyone is carrying on with what they have left. Unemployment is still rising and projected to continue to rise. There are many industries that need to have funded positions and the only group in need is not law enforcement. Private industry needs the boost. that is where the bulk of America works.

Have we forgotten that it is not harder for middle income people to get loans from banks that have gotten bailout funds. And no banks is willing to give a business loan to either startup or small businesses unless they have been in business for three years. If a company has been in business for three years and surviving, they don’t need a loan because their initial business plan is sound in the first place.

I just see alot of gaps and holes in the direction. But I still support our Prez. Again I say…United we stand.

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Sassy Smith

September 8th, 2009
1:41 pm

After reading these comments, we have already lost the battle and have gain to nothing from the stimulus package. My husband has been laid off for the first time in his work history at 59. Where do we go from here? Could it get any worse…..you betcha! Its only just began.

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Charlene

September 8th, 2009
1:45 pm

I am currently in college and need some employment bad, I have been putting in application after application and still nothing has come through. I have been patient and everything been going through this since May. Does anybody have any suggestions I stay in the Gwinnett area.

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Cloe

September 8th, 2009
2:10 pm

It is a shame that most of the construction work for bridges etc. goes to the illegal workers. If you think I’m exagerating, drive around from state to state and you will see that maybe a crew of 50 may have 4 whites, maybe 4 blacks, and the rest are illegal immigrants. Most of the HUD vouchers for housing goes to illegal immigrants in California. Americans have absolutely no chance for low income housing.

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David

September 8th, 2009
2:50 pm

Want we need from government? Is to put American companies and American people back to work first. Cut national unemployment from +10% to 4%. Right now, it does not matter what jobs are out there now or in the future, what matters is to people back to work and create more jobs for our citizens. We as Americans deserves that, and we need to stop sending our jobs overseas because of the heavy taxes they have to pay here to survive. Right now, our government does not understand that as a result we have forcing ourselves into a recession by importing more people into our country and exporting more jobs outside this country. I am sorry this does not make sense as a result, we are forcing companies to layoff and cutting jobs, and putting good people out of work. Right now, 1 out of every 10 people are out of work, and all we need from this government control health plan is to put people back to work (period)… THANK YOU

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Linda

September 8th, 2009
3:01 pm

People need to stop blaming the Obama administration for their short comings. The man has only been in office for 8 months. He is not God. Give him credit for attempting to come up with solutions. Some might be good, some might be bad but at least he is trying. All these people with all these problems, these things did not just start and will not just stop.

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Donna

September 8th, 2009
3:33 pm

Not all older people are a drain to all corporations. I am in the 55+ age group and am both thankful and proud to be alive today. I rarely have used my insurance, but I have to admit that I have co-workers, BOTH YOUNG AND 55+, that have made the health insurance premiums continue to increase, made it much harder to qualify for FMLA and just taking a day off that you have earned has to be requested several or more months in advance (if you want to be assured to get it). So, there are guilty people on both sides of the fence. Alvin, I like the way you think. But unfortunately, it seems that because of the few the many must suffer, yet again.

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James Miles Head

September 8th, 2009
3:35 pm

Please ask employers to stop posting jobs available in newspaper ads if they arn’t indeed hiring, it’s frustrating to waste my time and resources to chase non existing jobs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I am gator

September 8th, 2009
3:37 pm

Native Atlantan is dead on and every American should begin to ask why! I bid several projects at Ft Benning funded in part by stimulus money and found it impossible to compete against companys using 100% immigrant labor. AMERCANS NEED NOT APPLY! How is that putting people back to work?

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Blah Blah Blah

September 8th, 2009
4:25 pm

To those of you who want an accounting of the $31 millions Gerogia has received, perhaps you should be wondering why Atlanta, the economical center and heartbeat of Georgia received the small sum it has. Don’t you wonder why the bulk had gone to the rural counties that just suck the financial life out of the state’s coffers?

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J Booker

September 8th, 2009
4:55 pm

I don’t see any bricklayers, carpenters, general clerks, truck drivers, plumbers carpet installers (get the message) or any of the core workers benefiting from the stimulus. Seems it’s the bigwigs Auto dealers, road construction companies. bank execs, (get the message) that are getting the gravy. Of course they will say it will trickle down. Yeah, right.

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Kathryn

September 8th, 2009
5:25 pm

I will speak for all of the thousands of people who got laid off, forced to retire and any other 50+ aged person out there who is like me. We have a snowballs chance in hades in getting and keeping a job. I was under the impression that age isn’t suppose to be asked but when our birthdates are required for “background checks” thats exactly what companies are doing. It is frustrating that the older we get the harder it is to find a job. I have gone back to school to be retrained for a job I did for 6+ years that I need papers for to prove that I can do the work I did for many years. Most of the people my age and older are more dependable, more conscientious, and just as productive. And we can teach the youngsters. We need jobs too, I have bills just like the youngsters and I have needs and I want to stay independent. Its sad to work all of our lives to have nothing to show for it. I had money but it took all I had to survive and pay my bills. What will this supposed stimulus mean to me and my peers?

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SamB

September 8th, 2009
5:58 pm

The “Stimulus” plan is New Deal Era economics acting at its most desparate hour…..
The economics that worked great in 1932 and again in the 1960s, investment in public infrastructure , has decayed into print up lots of funny money and throw it at the angry masses…….
The politicians and businessmen convinced themselves that “greed is good”. Then they reduced taxes(to appease the mob) AND increased spending(to buy the votes). The Romans found out what that leads to.
So now our government has become as fat, bloated, out of touch, and cancer ridden as Teddy Kennedy was. The government’s fate will be similar if it doesnt collectively learn how to invest in actual work.
Hiring more cops just smacks of Panic Stricken Overlords trying to protect their opulent villas from the starving angry masses.
No more free bread and circuses please.

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Linda

September 8th, 2009
5:59 pm

People, our problems start before Obama, and I agree with “United we stand, Divide we fall” But we started falling when America start taking God out of everything! Put Jesus back in charge and watch how things turn around. Instead of pointing your finger at this person and that person, Stimulate Jesus in your life.

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A Paschal

September 8th, 2009
6:07 pm

It’s all well and good but hubby and I are over 50, unemployed sine Dec 08 and can’t do law enforcement or construction. They need more answers.

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Cynthia R. Powell

September 8th, 2009
7:18 pm

I never heard the American People so hateful, in 9/11 this country was attack, we had disaster of Katrina, now here is a annirversary of the act, and we still are full of HATE. We been through a lot in the past years, People it’s time to make changes, What happen to humanity of Americans how can WE the people, just turn our backs on our country, and the poor, needy why should some have and other don’t. Other countries looking at us, where is our charity, Love, out of all that we gone through, Yes, we had a administration that only care about themselves. Stole Monies, Murdered people our American soldiers, WE Need a change, Healthcare for everyone, Jobs for everyone, Safery for everyone, We need not be Fearful, Bush adminstration made sure of that, NOW WE AMERICA HAVE NO HOPE , we are the American People, and We will STAND!!! Keep AMERICA ALIVE, Stand behind our President OBAMA, Let’s build this Wonderful Country and Not be DIVIDED, YES we CAN and WE WILL!!!! When we went through 9/11 we trusted and call on GOD !!!! AMERICA we need to Trust and Call on HIM again!!!!!!

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Tire of Fraud

September 8th, 2009
7:22 pm

Let’s see if I have this right. We are the United States. We give jobs, welfare, medicaid food stamps and unemployment to Illegal aliens. If you cannot speak English you are not a US Citizen (GET OUT)Why can’t we deport these people so the CITIZENS of the United States can get benefits.

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D-HUB

September 8th, 2009
10:17 pm

As I read everyone’s comments, I feel that we all have legitmate concerns on every level. However, I agree that HATE is not going to make anything better. I tried to stand behind Bush as continued to run this country into the ground; and then I got from behind him when I saw what effects his administration had on the country; and was also shocked that NO ONE SPOKE OUT ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON! Obama inherited this problem and is at least attempting to correct it. I agree with some his (intelligent) critics on some issues and concerns that they may have. However, please don’t throw hateful comments around; work with your congress person on how we can bring better solutions to the problems of this country. “United We Stand, Divided We Will Definately Fall.”

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Tiffani

September 9th, 2009
12:36 am

I have read every comment on this website about the economy and to tell the truth a lot of you needs to be looking at what Bush did to this country. I believe that instead of creating war we should be using that money to beef up american borders and to be able to defend this country like it should be. We should not be trying to fix other countries problems when we have problems here. Obama has already demanded a time frame from the military on when they will have the troops out of Iraq. On the economy I believe that again Obama inherited this problem and all I am hearing is bashing on Obama about the economy when no one has given him a chance to fix what BUSH has done. Yes Bush put us in this mess. Has anyone noticed the oil prices when Bush was in office was up to 4 and 5 dollars a gallon. But when Obama came into office the prices have not been up past 3 dollars? Here is a clue Bush owns stock in the oil companies that is why he wanted war in Iraq because he knew the prices would skyrocket and he would become richer than what he already is. Think about it people we were taken for a ride by Bush and Obama is trying to fix it. Please dont bash the person who is not responsible for the mess this country is in but the person who put us here in the first place.

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T. A. H.

September 9th, 2009
4:44 am

It is kind of important to be truthful about things. The president inherited a problem that had been developing for a while.
NOBODY knows how to fix it. Democrats don’t know how to fix it, they’re experimenting. Republican policy makers do not have the answer or they might have been able to avoid this crisis.
So the president has been unable to eliminate unemployment in eight months. Is that disappointing? The president’s success will be measured by the speed of the recovery but there are realistic expectations.
I think stimulus should meet two basic conditions: biggest IMPACT in the least TIME. So where specifically should the president spend the money? Any better ideas?

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Mike

September 9th, 2009
7:41 am

First off, the poor lazy asses that don’t work but break into homes, huh. Some of those people you’re referring to as lazy can’t find jobs. Remember who owned slaves and was too lazy to farm their own crops and clean their own houses. Break into homes, funny. Check the statistics on who commits the most crime in the US. Don’t watch the news to judge it neither, check the numbers on crime and drug use in America. So we really know who the lazy ones are here. Just because you have money, don’t mean you’re not lazy. Rich people are some of the laziest mf’ers on this planet. They don’t take care of their own kids, they ship them off to boarding school. They cheat on their wives and the wives have sex with the gardener, nobody is happy, just greedy and lazy. I laugh at rich and racist people. The world is changing around us, adapt like a human or perish like the dinosaurs.

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wmv

September 9th, 2009
7:59 am

I think it is easy for people to sit in judgement and have nothing but complaints, come on people get on board. In stead of complaining get involved to help promote the change that you feel is needed, be part of the solution and not the problem. Have you asked yourself “how can I make a difference?” It not just the Presidents problem, it is EVERYONE’S problem and it is going to take an effort on EVERYONE’S part to get through this. One fact remain that I feel that people may not be thinking about is that it took many years to get to this state of dispare and it is going to take many years to get out of it (hopefully not as many as it took to get to this point), the point is that it won’t happen over night people. Stop looking for what is wrong and focus on fixing the problems that we have. If you going to look for problems have some suggestions on fixing it, be part of the solution not the problem.

Looking forward to a brighter future!
wmv

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Michael Renew

September 9th, 2009
8:13 am

74 new law enforcement positions in Atlanta, how long will they have a job? The city has been laying off firefighters and not hiring law enforcement and making people take unpaid days off because the city is in a big hole. What about all those people sitting at home that had jobs with the city? Why not bring them back first? Also, what happens when this $36.2 million runs out? If you could not run your budget before and pay the people then why should we believe you can do it now. Like someone above said that had done the math, where is all that extra money going? I’m guessing not jobs.

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Genna Muhammad

September 9th, 2009
9:44 am

I guess the idea of hiring the new law enforcement officers was a good one – considering, the amount of people who might steal bread when they get hungry from being unemployed!!

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Camille

September 9th, 2009
11:00 am

FRUSTRATED BEYOND BELIEF, TELL YOUR HUSBAND TO APPLY FOR A POSITION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE DEPT OF EDUCATION. THE ARTICLE CLEARLY STATED THAT THESE ARE THE AREAS WHERE THERE WILL BE HIRING. DUH!

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT APPLY FOR PT WORK AT A DAYCARE CENTER OR BABYSIT. STOP LOOKING AT THE NEGATIVE AND LOOK FOR THE POSITIVE.

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Billy Baker

September 9th, 2009
11:06 am

A Government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take anything away.

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B.Stewart

September 9th, 2009
11:58 am

Someone said that the stimulus plan is for the poor and uneducated. I don’t believe that is true, but if it is so what. The lower class finally gets a break after all those years of Bush’s crap. If the “educated” were not so crooked and greedy then there would still be good jobs out there for everyone, but I guess the millions of dollars in bonuses that keeps getting dished out wouldn’t do better in the pocket of someone in a cubicle or the mail room.

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Ol Skool

September 9th, 2009
12:22 pm

Some people in here have selective amnesia. As has been pointed out this MESS, Iraq War ($100 Billion/year), the worst recession since the 1930s, and the Mortgage Crisis and Bank Bailouts, etc., were INHERITED by the current administration. If anything they may have not adequately accessed how BAD it was, hence they blew through 8 percent unemployment to what it is today. If they had taken the laissez faire approach to the problem we would have already been in another Great Depression.

And yes we need more boots (cops) on the ground in the middle of a recession of this magnitude. One of the phenomena of a major recession is increase in crime. Has anybody notice the crazy stuff happening? People having their doors getting kickdown, getting held up at Walmart, Students near Georgia Tech being held up at gunpoint. I want more cops patrolling neighborhoods, Shopping Malls, etc. while we are in this MESS (not giving speeding tickets to folk going 5 miles over speed limit).

And while I no longer have kids in the school system we don’t need students sitting in classes with fifty students because we have to drastically cut teachers. The kids education don’t need to suffer. They will have to compete in this Global Economy one day.

The fact of the matter is the money is just hitting the street. And it is Stimulous folk. It may not be targeted to your particular career path. It is targeted in areas for things that need to be done, generally things that need fixing and maintaining, but get kicked down the road. I agree with some on here that first priority for these Construction Companies should go to Legal American Citizens. I hope some one is Watch Dogging to make sure the Contractors are not increasing their bottom line by hiring the Cheap Illegal Labor.

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Daisy G

September 9th, 2009
1:13 pm

Not only should you be conentrating on immigrants taking jobs, but also on the number of jobs outsourced to India and China. We have been building up their economies and neglecting ours. Executives receive bonuses for lowering expenses. How do they manage? By hiring cheap labor or by moving it elsewhere. Georgia and many other Southern states were intitial recipients of this largesse when jobs moved from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt in the 1980s. At least then the jobs remained in America. Many phone bank jobs that previously were in such low cost locations as Omaha or towns in Oklahoma have been sent to India. How long has it been since you have looked at an item in Walmart, Target, etc and seen a “Made in the USA” label. Manufacturing has gone mostly to China.
Maybe we should ask our legislators in Washington to take care that these jobs remain in the USA by revising a law that was initially designed to help developing countries when we were flush. The downside of that is we’ll be paying more for “Made in America” goods. Will we have enough money to buy those things with our unemployment checks?

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Open Your Eyes Put Away the Hate

September 9th, 2009
1:54 pm

Stimulus projects are designed to fix the infrastructure of our country. While the money is not spent according to what we think is right I am happy that something is being done. At least the President is not stimulating the economy the same way his predecessor has by putting a check in our hands that we all quickly spent at Wal-Mart which in turn went straight to China! No this money is being spent in our country and so what it’s taking time, every dollar has to be verified. As far as that officer that gets paid 39K to 42K a year, ask the store owner where he shops if he dissatisfied with the increase in business.

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Ol Skool

September 9th, 2009
2:39 pm

Au Contrir “Open Your Eyes”. That was the first part of the stimulous. The tax cut for middle class was phase I of the stimulous. Your take home pay, provided you had a job, should have gone up back sometime in April. It is this third phase that is the one that takes time to get implemented because they have try to make sure they get the most bang (jobs) for the bucks. They also try to put regulations in place to make folk don’t abuse and take advantage of the system. Unfortunately as in any thing like this there is gonna be some waste, fraud, and abuse. It is that way in any disaster recovery, i.e. Katrina, when you have to try and get something done for people rather quickly. It is/was like that with the war in Iraq where big companies like Halliburton have increased their bottomline. GAO will comes back later for the crooks. Everybody (who has a job and health care) says the President needs to slow down and study it, review it, analyze it, etc. IN the meantime Real People are suffering.

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Kysem

September 9th, 2009
3:59 pm

Thank you Paul. I really appreciate your input. I am with the few who have decided, “UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL” and USAF Vet, I would like to thank you for your comments and input as well. I think we need to stop trying to get Obama out of office or degrade him. Let’s not forget that all of the problems came about starting with the administration before him. This just didn’t start over night! Obama just took office at the beginning of the year. Bush was in office for two terms. Again, I repeat, THESE PROBLEMS DID NOT JUST HAPPEN OVERNIGHT WHEN OBAMA TOOK THE WHITE HOUSE. USAF Vet, you are right, people who start to attack with name calling just does not have anything valid to say or anything or information to support that which they state. It’s the unintelligent and/or uneducated way of responding to something. When you have nothing better to say, you start to name call. I am a young man, who is college educated, with a MBA and working towards my CPA here in GA and is unemployed. I think if we, as an American people, stop the divide, no matter what our political affiliation is, we can get more accomplished and turn the economy around. I think that all of these folks who are against the current administration are trying to get some support to make President Obama look bad. I can’t say this enough, that things are not going to clear up overnight. We gave the prior administration a chance and look what happened. So lets stop all the name calling and bashing. Let’s give the NEW administration a chance to recover our economy. If we stop all the negativity the results would be endless.

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LBG

September 9th, 2009
5:06 pm

America we need to wake up we have been asleep to long the time has come for all of us to pray .The almight god can only save us now . Turn Back to our heavenly Father he want us to turn back to him. Just read every comment and tell me what do you think. In this economy it is hitting all the areas of the our local school , governments,hospitals, healthcare, many other jobs, food industry, even down to the transportation , gas, just think about it and open your eyes and see.

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Bubba Josephus

September 9th, 2009
6:43 pm

If yall had enough time to comment on this article you had enough time to cut the grass, do the laundry, paint the gutters or something other than argue. Where has bitching about the government ever done any of us any good? The giant corporations that can afford lobbyist, big marketing dollars etc. rule the roost. Start a coop with your friends. It is amazing how they grow and soon become independent of all this crap. We need to go back to an agricultural society that is intent on cleaning the air, the water and growing fresh organic foods. We would all be healthier and would not be concerned with health care options. We do need to change the educational Pell Grant benefits so you can take a real estate course, an HVAC course or something similar that will get you right back to work. 4 year degrees are mostly a waste. Huge money in education is the driving force for that. Stimulus funding jobs are mostly keeping government jobs intact. Very little of it makes it to the private sector. Volunteering is a good thing while you are out of work but it doesn’t pay the rent or feed a family. Men in Atlanta have been mostly affected by this recession and there are many families struggling because of that. White men in particular have been affected with an increase of 200% in those unemployment numbers.(Yours truly) I would move to North Dakota and get a construction job if I could but I take care of my elderly parents. Yes, I am drawing food stamps for the first time in my life and it is very humbling. BUT…I worked my ass off and paid lots of taxes for 32 years so I am not ashamed. Race was a subject of the 60’s. GET OVER IT! I, too, did not vote for Obama but he is our President and we should all stand behind him in unison. He has the most brilliant staff of any President ever. I feel sorry for the guy because now that he got to where he felt he could make big change he realized what his hero, Abraham Lincoln, meant when he warned us all of the power of the big bankers and corporations. Grow a garden. Fresh veggies. A great pasttime and a great way to fill the void right now. Give your extra tomatoes to a local food bank or homeless shelter. Start a community garden and a coop right in your neighborhood. AND IF YOU ARE GOING TO BITCH, BITCH ABOUT THE BRAVES…YOU WILL GET MORE SATISFACTION FROM IT!
PEACE USA

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Bubba Josephus

September 9th, 2009
7:03 pm

As far as manufacturing is concerned, yes, China got lots of it but they also got the pollution that accompanies it! We are still trying to clean up the air, water and soil from our own industrial revolution which is the cause of most cancers and neurological diseases. Change comes with tough sacrifices that a free, capitalistic, democratic republic has a real hard time accepting. Greed is killing us all. AND…our enemies know it and use it against us. GO REAL GREEN and clear your conscious and buy American made products that are environmentally safe) local farmer’s markets are a good start). And in reference to the religious comment…right on! If we lived by God’s simple rules we would not be in this mess! And in memory of the peace/civil rights movement of the 70’s….
“Well I’m goin’ to the country….baby do ya wanna go?”

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Joseph Allison

September 9th, 2009
10:52 pm

Same Issue of the newspaper. These jobs Gained at high Taxpayer expense, are not close to totaling those Taxpayer jobs Lost, with one company, Fenner Dunlop, in Avondale Estates, Closing Down, today.

I, in no way, can even think this is good news. Sorry.

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Michael Funke

September 9th, 2009
11:43 pm

I am sick and tired of everyone blaming Bush for the economic situation we find ourselves in. Sure, he made some mistakes and Obama has compounded these mistakes. However, the real culprit behind the start of the economic downturn is Barney Frank. He made millions capitalizing on bad mortgages that led to countless foreclosures. Why he isn’t in jail is beyond me. Because of this housing mess (inflated property values, etc.), it wouldn’t have made any difference who was in the white house. Republican or Democrat, they would have taken the blame. My question is, who is holding members of the House and Senate accountable for their actions? Anyone?

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Tinzley

September 10th, 2009
6:32 am

I spoke to a few people who are collecting unemployment and are comfortable with it, so they haven’t been looking for work. They said they would just ride it until the wheels fall off. In a struggling economy, it’s all about what an individual is willing to do to find work. I went through a temp service and worked for three months, and another temp service for two months all while I was looking for fulltime work.The pay wasn’t great, but I was above water and getting by. I landed a job with a fortune 500 company, fulltime with benefits and good pay. Not because I had a degree because at the time I didn’t, not because I’m a woman who wore a cute mini skirt to the interview, but because I worked hard and was committed to finding a job.I made calls, I put in for jobs that I may never have done, but knew I could do with training, I didn’t just sit around blaming my situation on the economy and blah blah blah.Not to sound inconsiderate of people, but those who are riding the system know who I’m talking about.I spoke to people who said they aren’t willing to work here or there because they are more than that, well if you aren’t willing to pick up the pieces and start over, even if it means working for less money like I did, then unemployed is where you will remain. How hard are people trying? Are you following up? Is your resume good? Have you done homework about the company so you can kick but and ace the interview? Do you ask questions? These are the things employers look for.If unemployement is going to continue to pay people many who aren’t even trying, then the unemployment rate will continue to sky rocket.

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Unemployed Single Mom

September 10th, 2009
7:38 am

I lost my job (in education) in June of 2008 and have been looking for work ever since to no avail. I don’t live in Atlanta, so I probably won’t see any benefit from the stimulus package. Yes, I am on food stamps and medicaid, and me and mt kids have had to move in with family to keep a roof over our heads. My husband walked out on us because I can’t find work, and then quit his job so that he wouldn’t have to pay child support. I currently have five associate degrees, so I’m not dumb or uneducated. I have done nothing but look for work, polish my resume, and try to stay sane during the past year, but it gets harder and harder for me to keep it together. I don’t necessarily blame the federal government for this mess (although throwing billions at the banks probably wasn’t the smartest of moves), but I blame the state government. The pork spending has got to stop! This is insane! If so much money is being given to the schools, then why are only 35 jobs being saved? Why not put an INCOME CAP on Hope Grants and Scholarships and stop these rich kids from going to college for free while the poorer stidents are struggling to pay for an average of $300 in books with the lousy $100 that Hope provides. Conduct AUDITS on these colleges and find out why they pay over $3,000 for a desktop computer when Best Buy sells a better system for under $1,000. Where are the funds from Student Activity fees and Technology fees going? HINT: the technology fee doesn’t pay for computers, software or upgrades! And the student activity fees don’t necessarily pay for student activities or clubs on campus, either. The education system in Georgia stinks and it’s about time somebody was put in the governor’s office that not only talks about improving education, but actually DOES something to improve things!

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Get a clue

September 10th, 2009
11:37 am

“The city is seeking roughly $528 million in stimulus funding, with $300 million going to fund the Peachtree Streetcar project.”

Why on earth would you use $300 million on “streetcars” when there are people losing jobs, starving, and homeless? Okay, I see this will create jobs then generate a steady cash flow for Atlanta…right?

I’m sure there are more important things this money could be used on besides “streetcars”. Get your priorties straight feed people (a need) or streetcar (a want). In the next few years it will be another bright “want” millions of dollars will be wasted on it’s called “innovation”. Reach in your pocket and waste your own money!!

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Cynthia

September 11th, 2009
4:08 pm

Everyone is 100% right. Where is the rest of the money going? The same ole same ole. The car for clunkers program worked, which proved the middle-class stimulated the economy. Why not the state of Georgia, give a similar program for housing, with the rest of the stimulus state money that Georgia is getting with less restrictions, which will create what? MORE JOBS.

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Cynthia

September 11th, 2009
4:17 pm

There is a stimulus appliance program coming out in October, but unfortunately it is up to the individual state to determine how much your rebate check will be for the appliance, click on the following link for more information. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/JustOneThing/story?id=8374739

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September 14th, 2009
10:26 am

How can I get in touch with nurses in this field? Want to find out more about pursuing this for myself.

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jim

September 14th, 2009
10:23 pm

Hitler wanted more police to we all new what happend there. My friend was a jailor . He hurt his arm had to take a few days off and was fired. He was the only other white guy there. I worry that most government jobs already go to the minority.Ifeel as I will not get a fair shake because I am white..THINK THE TABLES HAVE TURNED.

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jim

September 14th, 2009
10:25 pm

wake up folks

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blakenuff!

September 15th, 2009
8:55 pm

Jim ! getalife!

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B

September 17th, 2009
4:13 pm

I work as an EMT in were I can say first hand that we don’t get payed for what we do. I work a 48 hours, most of the time dealing with drunks and drug users. I have worked too many pediatrics codes, putting my licenses on line, all for less then 11.00 dollars an hour.

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September 19th, 2009
5:53 am

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Dawn

September 21st, 2009
1:35 am

I can say CNA ’s are the most underpaid and unappreciated people you can find. I work as a PCT (patient care technician), that’s fancy for a CNA with extra work. I draw blood and do EKG’s in addition to pateint care. The course is longer then the CNA eight months vs four weeks. You would never know it, they treat PCT’s just as bad as CNA’s. In fact they still refer to us as “Aid’s”. I make $15.00 an hour plus a $2.00 shift diff on weekends. We work with two PCT’s and five nurses on my floor. The nurses treat us like absolute S#@%! Why I’m still there? No idea! I can tell you this, I play lotto every week lol.

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September 29th, 2009
3:32 pm

some good tips Samy – thanks.

but how about some ideas w/more “meat”? most of what you said above is directed mainly at either:
A) recent college grads who know nothing about style or professionalism, or
B) guys who are trying to make a major transition from the warehouse to the ofc, or guys who have the style sense of a 12 yr old.

maybe a few things for those of us who know a good bit about proper style & what’s acceptable (or not) for an interview?

Such as – proper posture, the importance of eye contact & a firm handshake, a professional resume on high quality paper, etc.

the above info is a good start, but could easily have been taken straight from chapter 1 of “Interviews for Dummies”.

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ms t

October 1st, 2009
9:41 pm

how would i get into virtual assisting?

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W.G.

October 3rd, 2009
5:13 pm

Very good article. It is true that waiting around for an extension for unemployment is not only self stifiling but it’s just unrealistic. It’s simply basing one’s hopes on a unreliable variable.

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Roberto

October 4th, 2009
4:11 am

Danna

October 5th, 2009
9:19 am

NO one should be forced to get vaccines, especially one that is completely unprotected to the consumer. And, no, I would not get a flu shot if asked by my employer.

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Jori

October 5th, 2009
9:28 am

While GA may be a right to work state, forcing a vaccine is unconsitutional and I wouldn’t do it. Of course I’ve got enough sense to stay home if I have the flu and most people don’t. That is the real issue, lack of common sense!

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Freemason...

October 5th, 2009
9:28 am

ajc is owned by what corporation?…..
Here we go….you drop this little story
in all the papers to test public reaction.
Well add a hell no to your statistics.
Hmmm do you catalog the emails and ip
addresses of all the nos?…..
Wake up America!

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Kacy

October 5th, 2009
9:28 am

No, I do not think anyone should be forced against there will to take any shot, especially the swine flu, since there is so little known about the long term and short term side effects. I would quit my job or be fired before I would get a mandatory shot of any kind.

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Jim

October 5th, 2009
9:32 am

No! You did not mention employer liability if there are medical side effects from the shot.

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Melissa

October 5th, 2009
9:33 am

Hell no. You would have to fire me. It is my choice on if I want a shot that is more dangerous than the actual flu.

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Leslie Rand

October 5th, 2009
9:34 am

ABSOLUTELY NOT! Precautionary measures must be taught, rules put in place for handling materials, interaction with others, etc. Flu shots may be encouraged and suggested at the employer level, but ultimately the deecision belongs to the indiviudal (worker).

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jimmy johns

October 5th, 2009
9:35 am

Enter your comments hereno they shouldnt…thats not right im not putting that poison in my system

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jimmy johns

October 5th, 2009
9:37 am

no ever will i put something in my system that has the swine flu,bird flu and regualr flu in it all at once.

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Jennifer

October 5th, 2009
9:39 am

They absolutely should not.
#1 There is no proof they work.
#2 Many people suffer side effects from them, since there is Mercury (Thimerisol) and Sqalene, not to mention other garbage that is harmful in them.
#3 People have even died from taking them.
#4 People catch the flu from the shot. The years I stupidly took it were the only years I got the flu because it weakened my immune system.
#5 Since the news agency’s refuse to honestly report on the flu and other vaccines, everyone should know that the government grants immunity to the flu vaccine manufacturer’s so there is no reason for them to make the vaccines safe because you can’t sue them if the vaccine is unsafe.

Think about it people it’s not worth risking your life or the other side effect, it’s just the flu. Think back to the days before the media created hysteria over it, if you had the flu you were sick for a day or two and that was it, after-wards your immune system was stronger.

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Lynda

October 5th, 2009
9:43 am

Enter your comments here

Absolutely not, particularly not H1N1. Mandating vaccination as a condition of employment will cause more harm than good and may be unconstitutional.

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Trina

October 5th, 2009
9:47 am

No, I would not get a flu shot – I have never had the flu – any kind of flu – and I am not going to let anyone inject me with the flu virus.

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les frnks

October 5th, 2009
9:47 am

Enter your comments here
The answer is implicit in the question by reason of the word, “forced”. It is time for the people of this country to shed their sheep-like attitudes and bring on a second revolution for independence.

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Mary

October 5th, 2009
9:51 am

I dont think it should be mandatory but more of a choice I do feel if you work in a medical setting and are exposed to it all the time then yes you should to prevent but if you know you are goin to have a reaction then it should be your choice.
Its funny when you get a flu shot some get flu symptoms following it the next day or so. ( after all you are being injected with a live virus to build your immune system. I am one who get symptoms afterward so I dont think I will be electing the H1N1 shot :)

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Jim

October 5th, 2009
9:51 am

ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Corporate America and the media have no right to even ponder such a question!!!

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Steven

October 5th, 2009
9:55 am

Yeah, get the flu shoot or lose your job, what’s after that? Get a tattoo of the company logo on your back side or get fired?

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Frank

October 5th, 2009
10:11 am

I am 58, I have never had a flu shot, and I have never had the flu! I can’t even remember the last time I had a cold. I won’t take a drug to do what a heathly imune system should be able to do on it’s own.
It seems the health industry has discovered that all they have to do is use the word “pandemic” and people will line up for their drugs, and they will sell all they can produce.

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Gary

October 5th, 2009
10:13 am

a great deal of people dont know is that in the Swine Flu vacine in that in it is the accual swine flu virus, bird flu virus and the regular flu virus. The best way to keep yourself from catching the seasonal flu is to increase your vitaman C intake and get a good amount of sun light and a good night rest.That is how you fight these virus. I would advise anyone reading this article do not do not do not take any of these vaccine. Most people don’t even read the infomation on the bottle of the vaccine. It tells you of all of the side effects and whats in it… We need to educate ourselfs. This is why the word of God says ” My people die because of a lack of knowledge”

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Susan

October 5th, 2009
10:14 am

Absolutely not! No one should be able to force anyone to put something in their system that the govenment has come up with – they are all liars and evil people, trying to get rid of thousands of people. Do your research people, and don’t take any shots of any kind that the govenment insists you take!

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Adeline

October 5th, 2009
10:17 am

I am faced with this particular problem right now. I am an LPN, I work in a physician’s office. My employer of two years is using my refusal to take the flu vaccine as an excuse to force me out of work. I gave him a note from my doctor as he requested, stating that i am refusing the flu vaccine due to previous reaction to the vaccine. He accepted it, allow me to work for a few days with a face mask, then gave me a note giving me a deadline needing more explanation because according to him the note was not specific enough. He wants lot # and what side effect and whether my reaction was reported. Whether or not the vaccine was administered by my doctor. He is “not firing me” , but I am not allowed to work until then. I’ve checked with the Dept of Labor, and several other Govt offices. No one has any answer for me other than that, Georgia is a “right to work state ” What is wrong with this picture? Everyone should be upset about this. Whether you voluntary take the flu shot or not. Ask yourself, WHAT WILL BE NEXT? What will your employer require of you next in order for you to keep your job

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Adrienne

October 5th, 2009
10:18 am

Absolutely not! My employer does not dictate my medical requirements & have no right to come between me & my family doc. As the vac makers have been protected from ANY lawsuits, the jig is up!!!! No vacs 4 me & mine! 1 encephalopathy from vac is enough.

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SaveOurRepublic

October 5th, 2009
10:18 am

Of course not! These mercury laced vaccines should NEVER be mandatory. It’s a part of the Globalist Elite’s Malthusian eugenics agenda. Everyone needs to awaken regarding the scam of vaccines! Educate thineselves!

http://drtenpenny.com/vrc.aspx

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Professor

October 5th, 2009
10:19 am

@Steven I totally agree. I am not worried about it my company is too cheap to do this there is no way they would ever pay for a flu shot.

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Chris

October 5th, 2009
10:23 am

Enter your comments here: Forcing someone to take a medication, which is what a flu shot is, should never be allowed. If we can’t have a say-so about our own bodies, we can’t have one about anything!Besides, if it is forced and someone has a bad reaction, is the company prepared for a lawsuit?

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Brian Jones

October 5th, 2009
10:30 am

The vaccines are fine, the procedures have stood the test of time and are much improved since the original polio vaccines. The hysteria, paranoia and conspiracy theories on that front would be laughable if it weren’t so sad. However, I stand by a person’s right to reject medical treatment on grounds of personal convictions. Legality wise, businesses in Georgia can actually do this, but I don’t think that it’s correct to do so.

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Millie

October 5th, 2009
10:34 am

Are you kidding me? Is this STILL America? C’mon, people — wake up.

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Sher

October 5th, 2009
10:39 am

There is NO data PROVING the flu vaccine is safe or even effective. It is outrageous that someone could be forced to take any kind of medical vaccine or be booted out of their job. Wake up, folks.. BIG BROTHER is here.. Resist, resist, resist and use your brains — and what’s left of the U.S. Constitution.

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deinandra

October 5th, 2009
10:43 am

Absolutely NOT. I have never had a flu shot, and do not get the flu. I don’t avoid all vaccines, but will not take something for which my immune system seems to be doing just fine.

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Linda

October 5th, 2009
10:43 am

It appears everyone who has responded has the same sentiment NO. Every company has requirements for employement, which each employee follows. The Government has rules and regulations which every US Citizen follows or pays the consequence. There are very few choices an individual can make with a complete free will. Flu shots or any medicine should not be a requirement by employer or by the government. Each person’s system and reactions to medicine is different. Will the government and employers take full responsibility and liability for any reactions an employee may have?

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FreeThinker

October 5th, 2009
10:45 am

NO! NO! NO! NO! If required to take it I would quit and consider leaving this country. This is absolutely ludicrous and dangerous!

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I'Joni

October 5th, 2009
10:45 am

Not just no, but HELL NO! Forcing people to take the flu vaccine is wrong. Especially when it doesn’t guarantee that you won’t catch the flu. It doesn’t stop irresponsible parents from sending their kids to school sick. It doesn’t stop irresponsible workers from coming to work sick. Thats what needs to stop! Thats what will bring this flu under control! There were several people sniffling on MARTA this morning. I’m just sitting there wondering how many of them were sick, putting other riders and their co-workers at risk. There’s a woman in our department that comes to work sick ALL the time! I’m sure many people have a co-worker that will do this. She came to work with the flu when this H1N1 first started showing up. Last year she came to work with the chicken pox! Both times she felt horrible but tried to “tough it out”. She finally went to the doctor both times to find out what she had, but only after she had been at work for days. The doc said she shouldn’t have been at work at all! How many people did she come in contact with and/or put at risk because of her careless actions??? People need to realize they’re not going to win some medal for coming to work with an infectious disease. Despite what you think, your office can do without you for a couple of days while you rest and get rid of whatever you have. And if the problem is your running out of sick days before you get more, then maybe you need to lead a healthier lifestyle. Another co-worker at my old job used up all her sick days, then got sick again. Well maybe if she took better care of herself during the times when she was well (she was overweight, didn’t exercise, and ate out all the time), she may not have gotten sick and burned through all her sick days. She was the perfect example of being reactive to sickness and disease, not proactive.

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Winnie

October 5th, 2009
10:48 am

Every vaccine carries the risk of serious side effects, including death, and none are guaranteed to work. Everyone comes with their own health history which needs to be considered before any medical procedure.

If the point of getting a flu shot is to protect their workers, they should start with protecting them from the vaccine. THAT is the true threat to people’s health. Injecting mercury, formaldehyde, and other toxins is stupid.

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Ellen

October 5th, 2009
10:49 am

Enter your comments hereAbsolutely not! You can bet the farm that no one in Congress, and no CEO of any company is taking the shot. When did such a thing as flu season begin? Every year you, months and sometimes a couple years before a so-called flu virus hits, we are warned of it. These viruses are manufactured to reduce the population. God is not giving the W.H.O. and the C.D.C a heads-up on flu viruses so they can run out and manufacture a vaccine for them. No! I would refuse a vaccine for flu, as no one knows what the heck the pharmaceutical companies have put in them, just like the ones causing autism in children. Americans are being overdosed on unknown chemicals in these shots!

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Kelly

October 5th, 2009
10:52 am

Employers absolutely should not be allowed to force any employee to receive these shots. Doesn’t anyone remember the ’70’s flu scare and the greater harm caused by the vaccine than by the outbreak itself. Wash your hands, stay home if you have the flu and wear the appropriate clothing – oh and don’t get the shot unless your primary care physician recommends it for you.

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DJ

October 5th, 2009
10:59 am

Seeing all of these strong reactions has made my day! I used to feel like I was in the minority in my opinions about vaccines, and I’m glad to see that the number of people who are wary of vaccines is growing. The worst part of the swine-flu frenzy is that pregnant women and infants are being targeted as needing the vaccines the most, when in actuality, infants and unborn children are the most likely to suffer harm from additives, such as mecury-based preservatives.

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Chris

October 5th, 2009
11:01 am

It has nothing to do with constitutionality. The constitution and more importantly the bill of rights are only there to limit the government. It very clearly says that Congress may pass no law that does something such as violate or freedom of speech. A further amendment extended that terminology to include state governments. It says nothing about what private individuals and businesses may do with any agreements they form. Your employment is an agreement between you and your employer.

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Robin

October 5th, 2009
11:04 am

Absolutely NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TJ

October 5th, 2009
11:04 am

Throw another HELL NO on the pile. This is not even what I would consider refusing medical treatment – it is a preventative measure that MAY reduce your risk. I’d hope that the decision-makers of an organization would be smart enough to not jump on the paranoia bandwagon and exercise this benefit of our wonderful Georgia “right to work” system.

Of course, an employer who would force the vaccine probably might not be amenable to workers taking the paid sick time necessary to kick the flu. A required shot would be their attempt at sensitivity. Gotta keep ‘em productive!

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Kathy

October 5th, 2009
11:05 am

I do not agree with forced vaccination because this is America and we are still free people. But I agree with Brian,this is paranoia at it’s best.As an RN I have seen the effects of H1N1 on very healthy young people.We have two young women in their 20’s at present that are on ventilators and may not survive.Now that is scary,not a vaccine .As for Jennifer ’s comment on thinking back to the days before the media caused hysteria about the flu,Jennifer look up some history an read about the pandemics that killed millions. Do you think maybe the reason we don’t see this in developed countries today is because of vaccines and the progress of science?

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David

October 5th, 2009
11:09 am

Question: Can employers require employees to get flu shots?

Answer: NO

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LosingTheLottery

October 5th, 2009
11:13 am

I think the basic point is being missed in this thread: A vaccine is designed to stop YOU catching the virus and spreading it to others. That’s why it is called PUBLIC health. Any vaccine is calculated gamble–there will be some negative outcomes — but for the vast majority of people it keeps them healthy and stops the spread of the disease.

In my view, e all have a moral responsibility — despite any minimal risks — to take the vaccine, just as you have a moral responsibility not to drive drunk and kill others, just as you have a duty to serve the country in time of war.

If you are so opposed to immunizations, drive down to Warm Springs and look at the breathing machines used by Polio patients at the Warm Springs Institute. Polio was largely iradicated through global use of the vaccine.

If you and 20 of your co-workers died or were crippled by H1N1, my guess is that your survivors would be suing your employer for failing to offer the shots and then complaining to the media that the government didn’t do what it was supposed to do to protect the public.

And, BTW, Jim, asking a question like this is precisely the right thing for the media to be doing — challenging the conventional wisdom and educating the ignorant. Kudos to the AJC for asking the question.

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joannie

October 5th, 2009
11:14 am

Absolutely NOT!!! Nor should students or anyone else be forced to take them. The fact that this infringes on our constitutional rights should stop your even asking the question!!

Since it didn’t, let me ask why you haven’t given front page space to the dangers of the mercury in the vaccines and the subsequent development of autism, or ever asked what we can do to stop the flu nutritionally?

Many healthcare professionals are suggesting that deficiencies of Vit D (the sunshine vitamin) are the reason for the flu season. The flu shows up mostly in the fall and winter after every one has gone indoors and made it impossible for his body to get enough sunlight to make Vit. D. Studies have shown that getting enough Vit D in supplements can keep you from getting the flu, or can stop it if you do get it. Thus we don’t even need flu shots – and they’re more dangerous than the flu, itself!

Why help the drug companies poison us and subvert our freedoms when you could actually improve Americans’ lives and health by headlining the real news?

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Chris

October 5th, 2009
11:18 am

I’ll put it this way. I’m a nurse, I can get a job without a problem. If my employer tells me I must get this vaccination or be fired. I would resign immediately. I wouldn’t want to work for someone who told me I must put a substance in my body or I will loose my job.

If americans thinks there is a nursing shortage now, try forcing nurses to do something they don’t want to, especially injecting some substance into their body they don’t want inside them. The nursing shortage will get dramatically worse if employers try to force this upon nurses.

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jef

October 5th, 2009
11:19 am

Put another hell no in your syringe. Are companies prepared to give us paid absences without using our vacation and personel days when we become ill or who knows what ailment, after we take such shot? I’ve never been sicker than after I got the flu shot a few years back. Wash your hands and stay home if sick.

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Jen

October 5th, 2009
11:21 am

Are the employers LIABLE if their employee has a bad reaction to the flu shot? Interesting, Georgia’s right to work policy does not mandate sick days or health insurance.

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Stephanie

October 5th, 2009
11:28 am

I have copied and pasted Jennifer’s response because it is exactly my response but more concise!
For the vaccine issue know the people you are dealing with in the medical, pharmaceutical, and media professions, and their motives!

They absolutely should not.
#1 There is no proof they work.
#2 Many people suffer side effects from them, since there is Mercury (Thimerisol) and Sqalene, not to mention other garbage that is harmful in them.
#3 People have even died from taking them.
#4 People catch the flu from the shot. The years I stupidly took it were the only years I got the flu because it weakened my immune system.
#5 Since the news agency’s refuse to honestly report on the flu and other vaccines, everyone should know that the government grants immunity to the flu vaccine manufacturer’s so there is no reason for them to make the vaccines safe because you can’t sue them if the vaccine is unsafe.

Think about it people it’s not worth risking your life or the other side effect, it’s just the flu. Think back to the days before the media created hysteria over it, if you had the flu you were sick for a day or two and that was it, after-wards your immune system was stronger.Enter your comments here

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Skeptical Jane

October 5th, 2009
11:32 am

To me, this smacks of “bonus sales” to the makers of the vaccines. Fan the flames of hysteria, convince governments of imminent danger and catastrophe, and then shove a “solution” in their face at just the right moment. Contrived and calculating.

A few people dying from a flu is NOT an “emergency,” nor is it an “outbreak” or “pandemic” or anything else. Humans – just like every other species on the planet – get thinned out and culled, and this is but one of nature’s tools.

What’s really unfortunate is that this is always all about money, and not about people…the vaccine only gives a temporary benefit to one particular strain. Keep doing this and your body never learns to withstand the test. Get any other strain, and you’re in a heap of trouble.

No employer has a right to demand that I submit to this farce for the pharmaceutical companies…I am an employee, not a slave. They might be able to dictate work hours, but they can’t force injections on me.

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Gakii

October 5th, 2009
11:44 am

NO NO NO!!! Imagine the law suits that could ensue if any mandated employees developed complications?? I would NEVER get the flu shot if my job mandated it. I never have and hopefully never will.

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Laurie

October 5th, 2009
11:47 am

I hope no employers mandate that flue shots must be taken by employees. This is borderline forced vaccination and what happened to ‘the patient has a right to refuse treatment’? I am highly skeptical of these flu shots and what else might be contained within them. I have never had a flu shot and I never plan to get one. My husband just got over swine flu and I have had no symptoms. I rarely get sick and don’t trust the flu shot’s safety and possibility of it causing the flu.

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Laurie

October 5th, 2009
11:50 am

By the way, “right to hire” state? More like “right to fire” state. Georgia needs to get on the ball and employers need to develop zero tolerance policies to workplace bullying by staff and bosses. Whoever thought up this ‘right to hire’ deal should have been fired.

The government needs to stop creating a pandemic scare about the flu – it comes every year. Basic rule to avoid infections- wash your hands!

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DE

October 5th, 2009
11:53 am

“Right to Work” ironically means Hire/Fire at will.

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Nez

October 5th, 2009
11:59 am

Absolutely not! That is taking things too far.

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Casandra

October 5th, 2009
12:10 pm

I do believe that people out in the workforce should be required to get the shot since a lot of people are not respectful enough to stay home and sit it out. Why, get other’s sick and make them stay at home?

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John Smith

October 5th, 2009
12:33 pm

While this might work for some easy to replace employee’s how well would things work out if you lost hard to replace employees over flu shots? While it seems like a good idea from the productivity angle how about how much it will cost to replace highly skilled employees who could have another job in a week with a call to their recruiter? Its not a good idea to force anybody to do anything especially those who are running your enterprise.

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RonJor

October 5th, 2009
12:33 pm

I would love to see the look on the “faces” of every employer when the entire workforce of the United States failed to report for work on the day they mandated flu shots.

That would be a PANDEMIC !!!

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Sue

October 5th, 2009
12:40 pm

Enter your comments here I am a critical care nurse who has been required to have annnual TB test, all immunizations including hepatitis current, in order to protect me And the Patient. Do you really want a nurse who has the flu leaning over you? Do you want to get it from a patient? By the time there are symptoms one has already exposed others.

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Andrea

October 5th, 2009
12:48 pm

Absolutely not. Requiring that an employee put something into their body that they wouldn’t otherwise ingest/inject is invasive and beyond the realm of an employers jurisdiction. They’ve hired me to do a job for them, that does not mean they own my body.

If they want to enforce a policy that requires anyone with a fever to stay home, that’s fine.

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Melissa

October 5th, 2009
12:48 pm

I wonder what your feelings would be if your loved one was in the hospital and became infected with H1N1 or the seasonal flu by a nurse or other hospital worker who was not properly immunized. A person can be contagious for 24-48 hours PRIOR to the first symptom, so the nurse taking care of your child in the hospital can look healthy, feel healthy, but can still spread the flu. What would you say then?
Would you be worried about the nurse’s personal rights? Or public (your child’s) health then? What about all of the other children that nurse took care of that day?
I am a nurse who works in a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). Premature babies, sick newborns who by definition are immunosupressed. I will GLADLY be getting both the seasonal flu shot tomorrow and the H1N1 vaccine as soon as it is available at my hospital. It IS mandated, but I would do it anyway. It is a question of public health. The H1N1 vaccine IS safe. It has been tested here in the US as well as in Europe. Both vaccines utilize DEAD viruses, so you do not get the flu from the flu shot. Both are available in mercury-free versions, if you request it. Squalene is NOT an ingredient in the US version of H1N1 vaccine. Get the facts, not rumors before you make up your mind.

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Zaheerah Aleem

October 5th, 2009
12:56 pm

Enter your comments here
No! There should be no mandating of the H1N1 shot. There have been negative results from this shot and the companies making the drug are held harmless of any damages incurring to victims of the shot.

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Susaannna

October 5th, 2009
1:11 pm

chalk up – yet another Hell no. If my company tries that – they can have a good time replacing my ass. :-)

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PAUL

October 5th, 2009
1:13 pm

iF YOU ONLY KNEW WHAT’S IN THAT H1NI SHOT…YOU WILL RUN FAST AND I MEAN FAST!!!!

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Tony Castelluci

October 5th, 2009
1:28 pm

The fact that everyone said “NO”, makes me realize that people are starting to wake up.

There is a revolution of mind going on in this country. I’m very happy to be part of the wake up call. Also very happy to call myself an American alongside this folks! Pretty damn awesome!

Now we have to all band together and demand the Federal Reserve become, well…Federalized! The central banking cartels that run our paper money have ripped us off for far too long.

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Dr K

October 5th, 2009
1:31 pm

No, no and no…forcing people to get a shot that hasn’t proven to be effective isn’t the answer

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Contrar

October 5th, 2009
1:34 pm

Yes. I think everyone should get a flu shot.

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Contrar

October 5th, 2009
1:35 pm

Yes. I think everyone shoud get a flu shot.

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Alissa Smith

October 5th, 2009
1:40 pm

I know we lost the right to free speech, I know we lost the right to due process. How many more rights are we willing to just give up before something is done? We do not get preventative medicine/alternative medicine costs paid for by the companies we work for, or by the government. Yet, they want to force something the “prevents” (and NO IT DOESN’T PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING THE WHATEVER IT IS THEY’RE TRYING TO PEDDLE, IN FACT IT MAKES YOU SUSCEPTIBLE TO IT!!!) a new disease they come up with?
Swine flu, bird flu, mosquito flu, next we’ll have boar flu and kamikaze flu!

Instead of mandating things that ONLY BENEFIT F***ing DRUG COMPANIES, WHY NOT MONITOR WHAT THOSE COMPANIES DO, SO THEY DON’T GO CREATING ANY MORE DISEASES THAT THEY UNLEASH UPON THE GENERAL POPULATION? BUT NO! THERE’S GOT TO BE PROFIT!

Mandate people working out! Mandate ORGANIC food growth and production! Mandate CLEAN AIR! MANDATE a stop in GLOBAL WARMING! Mandate things that strengthen our immune system, not jeopardize it! But hey, WHERE’S THE PROFIT IN THAT, RIGHT?

BUT AGAIN! NOTHING SHOULD BE MANDATORY!

And for those of you that have already drank the cool-aid, OPEN UP YOUR EYES! LOOK AROUND YOU! SEE THE STATE OF AFFAIRS WE AS A PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY IN!

If you want to take the darn shot, MOVE TO MASSACHUSETTS and vote for this new law they’re trying to pass! In this law, the Governor has the right (or soon will have) to indeed mandate/force you to take the shot. If you refuse, you could be fined up to $10,000 & 5 years in prison! Yeah! We live in a free country!

God save us all!

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Melissa

October 5th, 2009
1:46 pm

Paul, apparently you don’t know what’s in the H1N1 immunization either, or you’d state it, and you wouldn’t be so frightened.

For those who don’t want thimerisol (the mercury-based preservative) in their flu shots (H1N1 or seasonal), they can request either a single-dose vial which is preservative-free, or the flu mist which is administered as a nasal spray. However, the flu mist is a LIVE, attenuated (meaning weakened) version of the flu (seasonal or H1N1) virus, so there are risks involved with that. If you are around someone who is immunocompromised, you should not get the flu mist, because the live virus can be “shed” from your nose when you sneeze or cough, and there is a small risk that you can actually get the flu from the flu mist (unlike the flu shots).
Squalene is an adjuvant which is approved for use in Europe. It is NOT approved by the FDA and therefore NOT in the H1N1 vaccine here. Adjuvants are materials which help boost the effectiveness of a vaccine, but at this time there is none being used in H1N1.

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Michelle

October 5th, 2009
1:52 pm

I believe that it is each persons right to decide if they want to get the flu shot or not. I don’t believe a company has the right to force anything on an employee that may endanger their lives. Although, they are paying your bills at this point and yes, you are enslaved to them for a specific amount of time during the day. If you don’t want to be forced by corporate america to do things then start your own business and run it how you like. No one says, we HAVE to work for someone else. We live in a free country, it is our government that educates us in our government run schools, that we are programmed to go to College, get a “good job” (Where does that exist?), and you will be set. Apparently all of the same unemployed people in today’s economy is looking for that “good job”. Jobs are great as a temporary means or if you like to stay employed and don’t have the desire to work for someone else. REGARDLESS, we should never be FORCED to ever inject our bodies with a vaccine. I had the flu once 10 years ago, and that was only a couple months, after I had open heart surgery and my immune system was down. I revived and am still alive 10 years later.

If you don’t want to catch the flu take your vitamins, like Nutrilite Supplements, DoubleX – (I get mine at) jwaller.qhealthbeauty . com and other supplements that has Vitamin C & D in it, to keep your immune system healthy during the winter months.

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Chris

October 5th, 2009
2:00 pm

You’re delusional if you think the H1N1 vaccine doesn’t contain Squalene. Google it Melissa, it’s in the vaccine, but if you still don’t believe Squalene is in the vaccine, go ahead and take the vaccine, take a chance on getting ‘Gulf War Syndrome’. Do you think our precious government isn’t willing to give their own people Squalene? Look at the soldiers from the Gulf War, look at all the unapproved injections they were forced to take. Go ahead Melissa, take the vaccine, trust your government and believe everything they tell you.

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Michelle

October 5th, 2009
2:03 pm

@ Chris. LOL. :-) You are so right about that.

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Olvinn

October 5th, 2009
2:04 pm

No, I think if employers start mandating vaccines, then they have crossed the line. I definitely would not take a vaccine. If I have had the flu, i would not know because I treat it like I treat a cold, drink plenty of fluids and stay home so you dont infect anyone else. I agree with other people, if I get sick or worse, die from the vaccine, can I sue you.? I know the answer is no, so why risk my life.

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Bishop Anderson

October 5th, 2009
2:17 pm

Whether an employer can legally force an employee to take a flu shot, and prevail in a law suit if they fire a non complying employee, it is clear that the benefit to an office is primarily to the employee who takes the shot. If all but one take the shot, the one who doesn’t, and gets sick, isn’t going to infect those who did take the shot. However if the employer requires the employee to take the shot as a condition of continued employment, and the employee has a negative reaction or catastrophic reaction to the shot, which can very rarely happen, the employer would be subject to a law suit by the employee. Whether they would prevail or not would depend on the court.

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Wil

October 5th, 2009
2:34 pm

The AJC trial-balloon question was Can. . .? Okay, perhaps employers, under some obscure law, require employees to sacrifice their health (although is the vaccine approved by OSHA?), but the question might be rephrased in two parts to be more telling:

1) Should employers be allowed to require. . . and 2) If an employer requires. . . will you submit?

So I’ll answer my questions:
1) NO! The last I heard we were a democracy and a republic. We are not yet the United Socialist States of America–let’s not push it.
2) If I had an employer, I wouldn’t submit.

May The Lord Y’shuaJesus have mercy upon this once-free and reasonable nation.

Wil

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Anita

October 5th, 2009
2:41 pm

First issue: Georgia is a RTW state, To remain such, there are compromises to be made. One of those choices is to allow private employers to do anything legal as a requirement of employment. Unless you have a contract which explicitly excludes the ‘and other duties as assigned’ included in almost all regular level, non executive positions, you then make the choice to do as they will or resign. You have to face reality of life without unions. Business loves it. Employees don’t always.

Second issue: Sick leave, Health insurance, employment reviews: Absences are counted against you at most businesses. Sick leave is meaningless at others. Do you go to work sick and spread your contagion or do you do the right thing, stay home and use some sick leave if you have it?

Final Issue: If I had a business where my workers were in constant contact with the public or in a largely populated work environment, I would STRONGLY encourage them to be up to date on their life saving immunizations including flu vaccines. The risks are smaller with all immunizations than with full blown disease. The consequences of disease involve a greater scope than one person’s body. We do have to think of the common good at times.

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Kay

October 5th, 2009
2:43 pm

Hell No!!! Thousands die every year from regular flu and the flu shot is not required for the regular flu. There have not been thousands dying of the swine flew the whole thing is a scare tactic makes you wonder what’s in this untested vaccine that someone wants us to make so bad to make it mandatory. Welcome to 1984 the Facist state run government is upon us google Alex jones and know the truth

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Charlton Allen

October 5th, 2009
3:20 pm

I am an employer and would not mandate such a policy. I would not want an employee to report to work with the flu either. If absenteeism becomes an issue due to flu, then I would handle it on a case by case basis.

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Chris

October 5th, 2009
3:21 pm

A little more information for everyone:

The U.S. government has contracts with several drug companies to develop and produce swine flu vaccines. At least two of those companies, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline, are using an adjuvant in their H1N1 vaccines.

The adjuvant? Squalene.

Squalene (MF-59), an ingredient in the H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine has been shown to cause severe autoimmune disorders such as MS, rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus. This is the vaccine adjuvant that is strongly linked to the Gulf War syndrome, which killed over 10,000 soldiers and caused a 200% increase in the fatal disease ALS (Lou Gehreg disease).

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Michelle

October 5th, 2009
3:29 pm

There is some interesting information on how to tackle the flu on this blog jhwaller.blogspot.com. Check it out. Some Natural ways – which doesn’t have all the horrible chemicals, mercury and latex drugs that our body doesn’t know how to naturally handle.

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LG

October 5th, 2009
3:40 pm

Your opinion is true for some but not the majority. There are a lot of us that are applying for jobs, attending job fairs, working temporary and part time jobs, applying for financial assistance to upgrade skills, taking advantage of training seminars and living on the internet applying through different job websites to no avail. The percentage of people that think like that is very low compared to people who have always worked for what they want and have in their lives. This is a desparate time for a lot of people who are doing everything possible to survive.

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lauren

October 5th, 2009
4:42 pm

Enter your comments here Your work place should not require you to put any substance into your body but they should focus on sending someone home if they suspect that person has a bad cold or flu. A firm suggestion from a supervisor or human resouces person that an individual take a couple of days off to recoup from a bad cold or flu is not unreasonable.

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VP, HR

October 5th, 2009
4:54 pm

Companies who care enough about the productivity and well being of employees to actually do whatever it takes to have a healthy workforce, are companies that individuals should want to work for. First, if your co-workers are not reporting to work sick with the flu, you will reduce your own chances of becoming sick and also passing the flu to your friends and family. Second, companies are wanting to retain productivity with a healthy workforce – there is nothing wrong with that as productivity is what earns companies money and in turn, provides jobs and benefits to employees.

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Chris

October 5th, 2009
4:59 pm

@ VP, HR. How dare us want to care more about our health than your revenue. Shame on us!

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Adeline

October 5th, 2009
5:38 pm

Having said all of that, does anyone actually knows what can someone do if she is being forced out of work because she refused the flu vaccine?

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Roberta

October 5th, 2009
6:24 pm

Enter your comments here No one should be forced into taking the swine flu shot. Do a little research on the adjuvant “squalene” and it just may scare you to death before the swine flu gets you.

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Anita

October 5th, 2009
7:40 pm

This has become a scary DON’T VACCINATE blog. How about reading the question?
No, unless you are a health care or child care worker, it should not be required of an employer…What about our military employees? They are immunized for our country’s safety and for their own. Adverse events that are long lasting are rare considering the amount of vaccines administered and the millions of servicepeople immunized.

Growing up, I actually suffered through measles (three different kinds), chicken pox, mumps and other diseases for which vaccines are available today. So many children and others died then as compared to now although our population has increased. The two persons in my large family who died from flu were young and healthy. I gladly have had all of my children and grandchildren immunized and all are up to date with yearly boosters when necessary and flu shots when needed. In the case of all current immunizations, the percentage of those who have had adverse events is tiny compared to those who have had terribly adverse reactions to simple Tylenol and Tylenol based drugs yet we still use them because that is still a small percentage of users.

The scare mongers are out there. But please put it in perspective.

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Lisa White

October 5th, 2009
8:09 pm

Wow, where are we living? What is happening to personal liberties and responsibilities? The flu shot does not prevent the flu. Let’s just start there. Healthy people should not be required to receive the flue shot as a conditon of employment. Flu shots are for immune compromised individuals – not normal healthy folks.
It’s a money thing people!

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Dennis

October 5th, 2009
8:15 pm

As people say Georgia is a right to work state. But does that allow employers to dictate what you do with your personal life? The choice of taking or not taking the flu shot is a personal one and even though you work for some one that does not give them the right to make choices for you. You let them make this one and soon they will be making all of your choices. Such as whom you can date, what car you should drive, who you can marry etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. If that is what you want go ahead and allow the work place to dictate your personal choices to you. Me I will make my own decisions thank you.

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Heather

October 5th, 2009
9:22 pm

Absolutely not! But I would also add to all the other adults who’ve answered no, why is it ok for the government to force parents to vaccinate their children? Same diff, folks! Inadequate or compromised testing, toxic chemicals, aborted fetal tissue, limited immunity and effectiveness, side effects… These are all reasons why I don’t vaccinate myself and why it galls me that I’ve had to do it to my children.

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bajeha

October 5th, 2009
9:56 pm

IMO the “hell no” commenters are ignorant and short-sighted at best and downright dangerous at worst. It appears that they haven’t bothered to read the flu.gov or cdc.gov web sites, but instead are rehashing wildly inaccurate urban legends to support their refusal to be vaccinated. I got the swine flu shot in 1976 (with no side effects), and the same type of people reacted exactly the same way. Some things never change.

I plan on getting both vaccines to protect myself and those around me. If you are a “hell no” type who won’t get vaccinated, please let me know where you work – or will be looking for work — so I can avoid those places.

For the most current information about both flu vaccines, please read the CDC’s October 1, 2009 bulletin at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/clinicians_qa.htm

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bajeha

October 5th, 2009
10:15 pm

IMO the “hell no” commenters are being ignorant and short-sighted at best and downright dangerous to society at worst. It appears that they haven’t bothered to read the flu.gov, cdc.gov or who.int web sites to get the facts on swine flu, but instead choose to rehash inaccurate urban legends about the vaccine to support their stance. The same type of people reacted the same way in 1976, when I got a required swine flu shot (no side effects) along with most other Americans. Some things never change.

I plan on getting both vaccines this year to protect myself and everyone around me. If you are a “hell no” type, please let me know where you work – or will be looking for work — so I can avoid you.

For the most updated information about both flu vaccines, please read the CDC’s October 1, 2009 bulletin at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/clinicians_qa.htm

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Lynn

October 5th, 2009
11:07 pm

I work in the medical field as a Medical Assistant in a doctor’s office. I have never had the flu shot (before working at the doctor’s office and even while working at the doctor’s office), and I have never gotten the flu. The flu shot itself has the dead virus, everyone carries all of the viruses and diseases inside of us, it just takes something to trigger it to come out. My employer told me that I need to get the vaccine for the flu and I refused. They want me to get the Swine Flu Vaccine, I will continue to refuse. If we all think back to 1975 and how many people got a lifetime problem of Bells Palsy from the Swine Flu Vaccine back then, who knows what you will get with this one. As the old saying goes “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”!!!! If I have been immune through confirmed cases that have come into our office already, I may already have immunity to it – why inject myself and get sick???? Couldn’t be me!!!

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sue

October 6th, 2009
1:50 am

If your work place would be at risk (healthcare,work with children/college students),employees should get vaccinated. What is wrong with keeping a healthy workplace. Fear and lack of understanding is creating a negative attitude. If employees are unsure of the swine flu vaccine they should at least get the annual flu vaccine to boost their immunity. I was in the military in 1976 when the swine flu vaccine was required to prove it was safe. I had a very sore arm but otherwise I was fine. I am sure the vaccine process has improved in 33 years. Think about what would happen if the illness spread rapidly and many were sick. They economy is depressed enough. A mass flu outbreak would keep everyone home, no one to shop or work or keep operations moving.

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Elena Morgan

October 6th, 2009
5:06 am

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RJ

October 6th, 2009
6:27 am

Since it is a VIOLATION of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, NO, employers should not be able to force an employee to take a vaccination of any kind, health care worker or NOT. The CDC is controlled by board members that have financial interests in the pharmaceutical companies. HellO! Search for and download the affidavit (it’s online, don’t have time to post link here) that tells your employer you will not have your rights violated, even if you have to say it’s for religious reasons and you have no religion. I waved it in front of my boss’s face concerning the TB test (another farce!! Don’t fall for it!) and they never mentioned it again. As for Bajeha and Sue, right above me here, READ, people. Read. Research. Educate yourself. It’s a LIE. You do not know what you are talking about, so please go get some real information and stop believing what the so-called “authorities” tell you. Be your own authority and STOP letting others run your life. Don’t be the sheep they want you to be.

Not only NO, but HELL, NO. Not ever. Because I’m smarter than they want me to be.

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Dan

October 6th, 2009
6:42 am

No one should be forced to get the vaccine of course, but let’s stop with the conspiracy theories please. No one is trying to control you in this case. When they say “you only have your health”, that’s very true. Have people gotten sick from the vaccine? Yes, your body’s immune system is built up as a result which is essential. People who are allergic to eggs and chicken shouldn’t take it, it’s common sense.

As for the mercury, there are very very trace amounts of mercury or whatever preservative they use. And you know what? If you’re still too scared to get injected, the vaccine is offered in a nasal mist and there’s no mercury! My nephews had this done a couple of weeks ago

I had the injection a couple of weeks ago. I’m fine. I didn’t get sick after and I haven’t gotten sick since. This will be the end result for 99% of the people who get vaccinated.

You want to get mad at the big corporate world? Have at it. But by “refusing” to get vaccinated you’re not striking back at anyone. Enjoy your freedom, and “don’t cough on me”.

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Trevor

October 6th, 2009
8:47 am

I agree that no one should be able to force you to take any kind of medicine, but this is a “right to work state” and they can legally let you go with no recourse. The economy is in very bad shape as we all know so I wouldn’t rock the boat at work right now. Pick and choose your battles very carefully or you could be collecting unemployment along with many other Americans. I believe we have rights but there is a time and place for everything. The holidays are coming closer and it will be a cold winter, especially if you are not working!

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allen

October 6th, 2009
9:31 am

no this flu was made by the government. This will be the reason this Left WING GOVERNMENT, turns our country over to an international body to be ruled. Not by Americans but by a FEW Elite and rich people. Americans beware it’s happening they are trying to end the United States of America

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Dave

October 6th, 2009
9:43 am

Today it’s H1N1, tomorrow? Sure you don’t have to take it, but you LOSE YOUR JOB if you don’t? What a choice.I’m glad some are so relaxed about this, you give these folks an inch and they will take a mile. What’s next? Will folks have to take birth control, so companies won’t have to pay for pregnacy. Oh wait, Obama care will take care of all that. “Stop with the conspiracy theories”, …you’re right, I guess it’s not really a consipriacy theory if it’s not really being hidden…lol.
Check out the movie Gattaca, is it the extreme version of this. Yes, but is it not the path this country is on?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119177/

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PublicHealthProfessional

October 6th, 2009
10:34 am

Wow. I can’t believe that so many people can be so ignorant about such a simple subject. I work for the government and can assure you that: (1) No, we did not create the flu virus. It is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Every year, a new variant of the flu virus develops within the pig or fowl population and is passed to humans. This usually happens someplace in Asia and then it spreads around the world. (2) The vaccine is not poison. We are not in cahoots with the drug companies, trying to make money by injecting unsuspecting citizens with something that will harm them. In fact, the flu vaccine is free this year. That’s right. The government is footing the bill to keep American healthy this flu season. (3) The H1N1 vaccine does not contain avian flu, swine flu, and seasonal flu all in one dose. That would be great if we could get them all into one shot, but it’s just not the case. In fact, the avian flu vaccine is not yet available to the public.
The CDC has some great information about the flu, both H1N1 and seasonal. I encourage the paranoid masses to read up a little bit before they go spreading rumors. http://www.cdc.gov

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David

October 6th, 2009
10:59 am

No one should be forced into medical care that is not of their choosing and I would refuse. However, for all the people that are speaking of rights being taken away, Remember the people in this country that currently do not have all of the rights you do… the rights that are refused others could just as easily be refused you. Rights in this country are a matter of convenience. Thank you right wing republicans!

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Dave

October 6th, 2009
11:04 am

PublicHealthProfessional….the issue here is that employers are forcing employees to take something into their bodies that they don’t want. Thanks for the flu lesson, but you seemed to stepped right around the main point. For people who would like it great, but employers shouldn’t have the ablitity to “force” it on the “paranoid masses” with an ultimatum of losing their jobs.
Now on the other hand, you do have to get your children vaccinated in order to get them into pulbic schools, so in a sense, this is nothing new. Though they are still researching the relationship between these vaccination and illness contibuted to it later on in life.
I don’t believe people have faith in this rushed solution, and certainly not in a employer dictating your medical needs.

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BONNIE

October 6th, 2009
11:11 am

Enter your comments here SOMETIME I WONDER IF I AM STILL IN AMERICA! I CAN’T IMAGINE ANYONE ATTEMPTING TO FORCE EMPLOYEES TO TAKE ANY SORT OF SHOT! WE ARE LOOSING OUR FREEDOMS EVERY DAY! WAKE UP AMERICA … WE ARE QUICKLY BECOMING THE SOCIALIST STATES OF AMERICA … AND WHAT EMPLOYER WOULD WANT TO TAKE ON THE LIABILITY THAT SUCH AN ACTION COULD INITIATE? NO EMPLOYER IN HIS OR HER RIGHT MIND~! THIS IS JUST A SMALL EXAMPLE OF ALL THAT IS WRONG IN OUR COUNTRY TODAY … PERSONAL FREEDOMS ARE BEING ERODED … WHILE “BIG BROTHER” IS TAKING OVER! IT’S PAST TIME FOR AMERICANS TO SEE THE LIGHT!

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BONNIE

October 6th, 2009
11:26 am

Enter your comments here TO DAVID….EXACTLY WHAT RIGHTS MIGHT I HAVE THAT OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE LEGALLY IN THIS COUNTRY WOULDN’T HAVE? AS A LONG-TIME RIGHT WING REPUBLICAN … FOR WHICH I WILL NOT APPOLOGIZE … I AM TOTALLY AMAZED AT YOUR COMMENT … AND WANT TO KNOW WHAT RIGHTS ARE BEING DENIED TO AMERICANS ACCORDING TO WHAT GROUPINGS? WE ARE ALL LOOSING RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS EVERY DAY …. THANK YOU LEFT WING LIBERALS!

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PublicHealthProfessional

October 6th, 2009
11:40 am

I do think that employers should be able to mandate vaccinations for their employees. It’s nothing new. Kids have to get several vaccinations to attend school. Health care workers have to get Hep B and chickenpox vaccinations to find employment. Travelers have to get yellow fever and other vaccinations before stepping foot in many countries. This is all done for the sake of public health. We are not trying to keep one person from getting sick. We are trying to keep one sick person from infecting entire communities (or places of business, in this case). It’s called herd immunity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herd_immunity

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-lenor

October 6th, 2009
11:54 am

Enter your comments here
No. Absolutely No. We have lost enough rights since 2001. Besides this I would not want to be a guinea pig for some new vaccine. Prevention is better than cure. If one would work on improving one’s health the immune system would get a boost and most outbreaks would be avoided.

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Shanteeza

October 6th, 2009
3:02 pm

Employees should not be required to get a flu shot. If anything a employer should be required to keep a cleaner enviroment for their employees.

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George

October 6th, 2009
3:16 pm

Good luck older workers looking for a job!!! You had better hope you get one with a smaller company because the larger companies have floors of lawyers to figure out how to get around the EOE laws. You almost have to be Merlin the Magician to get a job when you are over 55, at least one that includes a salary. I am very disappointed in corporate America and their rampant and blatant discrimination against older workers. As to the pertinent question here, I think a blend of older workers and younger workers is the best scenario. Let’s face it, young ones are the future of the country but they need to learn some of the life lessons from us old dudes who have been there, done that and have the t-shirt.

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muhammad

October 6th, 2009
3:40 pm

No one should be forced to get vaccines it’s violation of the constitution

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Trisha

October 6th, 2009
9:15 pm

I have already gotten a flu mist this year, i made sure my whole entire family did as well too (if not the flu mist then the flu shot). Its not right to “require”….so the words should be “recommended”. I work in a Pediatric office. One of the doctors has seen 200+ H1N1 flu patients in almost 2 months. I’m not sure about the other two in the practice i’m at. Before i worked in a pediatric office, i worked in retail. You can catch whatever the customers are bringing in to get their prescription or just to shop around the store.

I think people should get the H1N1. As a healthcare worker I will be getting it when I can. I’m not going to risk myself, my family, or others around me getting it. My mom works in an Internal Medicine practice and she’s gotten the flu shot. My father is disabled and has gotten the flu shot. My sister in high school and my fiance both have gotten the flu mist. I bring home germs being in my office and so does my mom being in hers. The doctors in my practice are going to be getting it and so will all the employees at my office will. Its “recommended” by the company that my office is under.

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Rick

October 7th, 2009
7:15 am

Absolutely not! No one should be required to get a flu shot. They don’t work half the time because you never know what strain is out there and H1N1 is not any worse than some of the other Flu’s out there…

That being said, we need to be responsible to our co-workers though folks. Know what the symptoms are and dont go to work/school if you are sick.

.:Rock:.

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Denise

October 7th, 2009
11:48 am

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Absolutely not!!!!! This is America. I have the right to determine whether or not I want a Flu shot. Employers better think about the liability if one of their employees has a severe allergic reaction, or worse yet dies and they did not want the vaccine. I was around for the 1976 Swine Flu Vaccine and remember all of the problems with it such as Guillen Barre Syndrome and death. I didn’t take it then either because I was pregnant: my husband did and boy was he sick. The AJC just interviewed the doctor who was in charge of the CDC in 1976. He resigned in disgrace at the time and guess what? He said that he would NOT take the vaccine today, “since he is not in a high risk group.” Yeah, right!

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DeVine

October 7th, 2009
12:21 pm

Hell to the NO! it’s funny how the fed gov can pull a vacine out of there you know what, but can’t find a cure for AIDS, but already have one for H1N1 just like that. But for those of you who don’t know H1N1 has been out scince the 70’s just like AIDS. People of America wake up the fed gov is killing you AIDS (Animals In the Digestive System) Stop eating all of this FDA approved meat.
peace2fingers

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ricardo quintero

October 7th, 2009
8:24 pm

Enter your comments here is this a joke, what is next ?

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Gary Higgins

October 8th, 2009
6:47 am

Right To Work is a piece of legislation that speaks to employers mandating union membership as a condition of employment.
It does not to my understanding state that an employer can enforce things (such as mandatory vaccinations) as a conditions of continued employment.
Please show me how my interpretation is incorrect.

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Kimberly

October 9th, 2009
1:52 am

No, I don’t feel it is right to make anyone take a flu shot if they do not choose. Last time checked I live in the land of the free. We have right’s here in the good old United States Of America, or did the White House take that right away without telling any of us. What good is a Declaration of Independence or the Bill of Rights if we cannot choose what we want to do with “OUR” own bodies. Whats the point of having our Soldiers over there fighting for our freedom and our choice of rights if we cannot have them. The government puts all this stuff on T.V. just to brain wash us and never puts the truth about whats really going on. I agree with the other comment WAKE UP AMERICA!!!! Are we that stupid and that easy to brain wash???? We pride ourselves on “our” rights and freedom but what rights and freedoms do we really have anymore.

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GoKaren

October 9th, 2009
10:11 am

The best Nurse Practicioner in Atlanta, Ga.

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Muhsinah

October 9th, 2009
5:48 pm

If we could just get the sick people to stay home. So many come to work when they are contagious and they know it. I have not gotten the flu every since I started taking flu shots. It has been recommended by my physicians that I get the shot since I am in a high risk group.
Even with the shot, I am still worried about those persons who know they are ill and come to work.

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Tony C.

October 10th, 2009
9:37 am

With a long background in the architectural design and build industry I am now looking to enter into the diverse carreer of property management. What are the disadvantages of entering a degreed program sponsored by a potential employer (am I beholden to them for a period and is the program that in depth) or the advantage of completing a program on my own which seems to be more in depth and ZZI would have the freedom to entertain employment abroad. Would really appreciate some input.

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Cheryl Maness

October 10th, 2009
3:39 pm

Way to go Karen! You are so lucky to have a job that you love, that is rewarding and that you are good at. Keep up the good work.

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Jim Conway

October 11th, 2009
12:51 pm

We (wife & I) are frustrated. We can create jobs and hire six new employees for about $75,000. We have done so three time, before. Need cooperation from retail landlords (of empty “big box” space.)

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Anita Fighera

October 11th, 2009
3:36 pm

I just found a great source for jobs called “Hound” – http://www.Hound.com/ . What they do is collect new job listings from tens of thousands of employer websites so the listings are coming directly from the companies that have job openings. Since they’re constantly updating their listings they always have the newest jobs available, plus they‘re doing all the research for you which saved me lots of time!

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Dave Pritchard

October 12th, 2009
6:03 am

Thanks Randy, Great article and very accurate.

Over the past two months in attending conference events with HR Exec’s & Talent Managers at both the local and national levels the message was clear, hiring is on the up swing again.

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laquanda

October 12th, 2009
12:11 pm

unfortunately…us military service members have no choice..its mandatory..now for the swine flu..i dont know. i will fight to refuse it though cause we dont know its compications

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Jerry Chautin

October 12th, 2009
12:13 pm

Expect calls from IRS and Department of Labor fraud inspectors. You cannot circumvent paying benefits and payroll tax by mischaracterizing employees.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20091012/COLUMNIST/910121016/2267/BUSINESS?Title=When-workers-aren-t-classified-as-employees

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Laboria

October 13th, 2009
12:47 pm

I’m 17 year of age. I’m attending Brunswick Job Corp an I will be leaving at the end of this month. I really wont to stay on track please help me.

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Sonya

October 13th, 2009
6:22 pm

I’m not surprised that people like Matt, think that being overweight is a choice. That’s a HUGE misconception, that’s perpetuated by those who’ve never had trouble keeping thin. In my case, I’ve fought with my weight since puberty.

Before puberty, I was as thin as a toothpick. But, by age 10, my weight mushroomed. During those years, I was always a hyperactive child. I ran, swam, did gymnastics, played softball, marched in the band, etc. All that physical activity though, never stopped me from piling on the pounds. My parents made sure that I didn’t eat much junk food, and our meals were eaten at home. I never pigged-out on calorie laden fast-food.

ALL of the females in my family put on lots of weight during puberty, regardless of their eating and exercise habits. I truly believe that problems with being overweight are heredity, for many people
like me. I now eat organic fruits, veggies, low-fat meats and seafood, and don’t eat sugar, desserts, processed foods, red meat, eggs or fried-foods. I move around too, though I’m no athlete. And yes, I am still overweight. I believe that everyone should eat healthy foods, and get some form of exercise.
Doing these things however, does NOT guarantee that you’ll be thin. You can be overweight and still healthy, if you have a healthy lifestyle. Some of us are just genetically bound to be overweight (or at least not thin).

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ansha

October 13th, 2009
7:40 pm

need job iam 13 going to be 14 at feb 5 please help me to find a job i need a job i could do anything please i could even babysett pls need a job job pls

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Hayley Hudson

October 16th, 2009
11:57 am

This is an excellent, informative blog post! We plan to share it with our Career & Job Seeker Tweeps.

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Hayley Hudson
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MIA

October 16th, 2009
9:45 pm

Congrats on all your success! I am a PA with a Master’s degree and have always found it very disappointing that even to this date most NPs are convinced that they are “better” than PAs when in fact we are all mid level practitioners. Correction…PA’s do NOT focus on procedures mainly…maybe in your experince but certainly that is not the fact or the norm. Just wanted to clarify… As mid level providers NPs and PAs should be more positive and supportive of each other.

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MIA

October 16th, 2009
9:51 pm

Although I agree that ALL PAs should have at least a Master’s degree, let us not forget that regardless of this, we all sit for the same certifying exam. If you are not competent to pass the board exam you may have your PhD which would be useless for that matter.
PAs, like NPs are mature individuals who usually have many years of experince in health care and most importantly DIRECT patinet care.

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RN

October 17th, 2009
8:31 pm

Replying to an earlier post: We’re supposed to be impressed by our generous, caring government providing the H1N1 vaccine for FREE!? Gee, I wonder where the government got the money to afford that……………………. Guess I should consider myself lucky to live in a country where the government takes nearly half of every paycheck I earn, and then returns part of the money to me in the form of a (potentially mandatory) vaccine shot in the arm? Maybe the Government could give me a tattoo on my wrist, too………

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Deborah Murrell, RN, BSN

October 18th, 2009
11:14 am

How do I start receiving PULSE in the mail.
Years ago, I received it and then it stopped coming.
Thank You,

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Ginny P.

October 18th, 2009
11:37 am

I definitely think it is important to not sell yourself short, I often take note of jobs that I have seen posted numerous times say in 6 month intervals, esp. if it is a low-ball poverty level salary and I have told the contact that they may want to rethink that salary level b/c someone will take it for experience and then move on after 6 months..

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Ginny P.

October 18th, 2009
11:38 am

Hell no! I’m unemployed and when I was my boss didn’t deserve to get any praise for being a boss b/c there were downright awful at it!!

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Misty

October 18th, 2009
12:15 pm

I totally agree with you Ginny! My last lousy boss and the even lousier company has me unemployed now too and when I was working for the company it was the worst experience of my life and I would never give them anything for boss’ day,but a big chunk of my mind and that aint good!!!
Managers are nothing like they used to be years ago, they are now selfish,power and money hungry jerks and whatever they can do to save their own butts they do, and they could care less if it means eliminating your position or laying off 200 employees because it’s all about them!!! They don’t deserve nothing, not even a cheap one dollar card from Walmart!!!

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Brigitte

October 18th, 2009
3:18 pm

LG you are right on point. I am in the same boat.

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October 19th, 2009
1:13 pm

nurse- not enough pay for the abuse – want to get out asap

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R.T. Tillema

October 19th, 2009
8:56 pm

This was my letter to the senate which no one sent a return addressing the subject, just a thank you for contacting my office.

Why does passing a bill that will feed fellow Americans and at best, maybe pay a bill seem wrong to you because a republican didn’t introduce it? This “us and them crap” has to be put aside for the welfare of the people! All the senate does is debate the health reform bill. Take a couple hours and do what is needed and right for the people that your in office for
I understand that “health insurance” is a very hot/important topic and I am one very interested in the outcome as my Cobra runs out next week and my HIPPA premium jumps an extra $500.00 a month to over a thousand dollars, and to top it off I was diagnosed with cancer last months and need surgery and radiation for six weeks.
However my unemployment extension ran out last month and now I can’t feed my family and keep a roof over our heads. I have to do without the cancer treatment until we fall far enough to qualify for public programs and go on welfare.
I’m a proud man and have been living without any frills for 2 years and have never had assistance in my life of 61 years! But when it threatens my family’s welfare I have no choice and unemployment is barely keeping us off those roles.
With the extension I will get closer to Social Security age and can survive without government assistance.- Please get H.R. 3548 through the senate and passed!
Sincerely;
The Tillema Family

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R.T. Tillema

October 19th, 2009
8:59 pm

Why does passing a bill that will feed fellow Americans and at best, maybe pay a bill seem wrong to you because a republican didn’t introduce it? This “us and them crap” has to be put aside for the welfare of the people! All the senate does is debate the health reform bill. Take a couple hours and do what is needed and right for the people that your in office for
I understand that “health insurance” is a very hot/important topic and I am one very interested in the outcome as my Cobra runs out next week and my HIPPA premium jumps an extra $500.00 a month to over a thousand dollars, and to top it off I was diagnosed with cancer last months and need surgery and radiation for six weeks.
However my unemployment extension ran out last week and now I can’t feed my family and keep a roof over our heads. I have to do without the cancer treatment until we fall far enough to qualify for public programs and go on welfare.
I’m a proud man and have been living without any frills for 2 years and have never had assistance in my life of 61 years! But when it threatens my family’s welfare I have no choice and unemployment is barely keeping us off those roles.
With the extension I will get closer to Social Security age and can survive without government assistance.- Please get H.R. 3548 through the senate and passed!
Sincerely;
The Tillema Family

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Ankush

October 20th, 2009
2:49 am

Very good Article…..thanks very much. Myself physician turned into health informatics professional from India.

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Ankush

October 20th, 2009
2:52 am

Hi Kelli,

One good way to know nursing informatics professional is join linkedin.com and join nursing infomatics groups in varous states.

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PhillDoc

October 21st, 2009
8:09 am

Great blog you got here. It would be great to read more concerning that theme.

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Yeah Right!

October 23rd, 2009
11:04 am

Whats wrong with stating “I have 6 months to find a job before my unemployment runs out” Hmmm 26 weeks (6 months)…is there a point there?
In Good economic times 26 weeks is more then enough time to find a job, I agree, but these are the worst economic times that I have ever seen in my life time.
I just graduated from college after 2 years, I lived in GA for 11 years now, and My neigbhor who delivers this AJC paper is barely hanging on to his little route.
And there not even hiring…Your entitled to your opinion, but most of these jobs around the country, are gone for good!!
Thats what you should be reproting on….How can you spend less when you have no cash flow, and people don’t want to part with $10 dollars to clean there windows?
Yeah this is the real world! and your out of touch!

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Nick

October 24th, 2009
5:01 am

Im in the same boat as the 10.1 percent of Georgians that are unemployed and have run out on my third extension now and hoping for either the phone to ring with a job or the fourth extension to be passed into law. I totally disagree with this blog because the majority of us have been frantically looking for work since day one of receiving benefits because we all knew there would come a day when the benefits would end and you need to keep the cash coming in to live. Its all about survival for everyone. Most of us, well i can only speak for myself, but Im not the lazy type and would rather be working. Especially considering that the checks were nothing but a percentage of what I and over half of the people benefiting were making from our actual jobs. So we are force to make it work. People have mortgages, children to feed, bills to pay and these are things that are a must not an option to take care of. Its still no jobs out here anywhere trust me I apply seven days a week and nothing has happen and its been a year and a half for me. Like I said its about survival for us so we are counting on that extension.

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Nick

October 24th, 2009
5:16 am

I am also one of the many that have exhausted unemployment benefits and am hoping for a extension. Ive been without work for a year and a half now and am job searching seven days a week nearly twenty four hours a day and nothing is happening. Bill collectors could care less about whats going on with the economy or our own problems all they want is the money and thats that. We are counting on this extension to survive. How else are families depending on it going to survive? From my understanding congress has passed the extension but they are waiting of the presidents signature to make it official. I dont see what the big hold up is and why this isn’t a priority. The other things being prioritized are important but lets talk about right now. We need this right now. After all how can you get this health care insurance without a job? And if you are like me you cant afford other insurance plans because of you other expenses anyways.

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AnotherHealthProfessional

October 24th, 2009
9:07 pm

To PublicHealthProfessional, that’s untrue about being required to get HepB or chicken pox vaccines to find employment. You sign a waiver. At least in my world. And I’ve been a nurse for 15 years. I’m a strong advocate of patient rights, so I guess that spills over into EVERYONE’S rights for me. I will NOT be getting this vaccine, I have very clear memories of the previous hysteria, and the outcome. Should my employer decide that my job requires I get this (I never get the flu shot and have NEVER EVER had a problem, whereas many of my co-workers have after getting one), my resignation would be in before the end of the day. And they should really try actually doing blood tests on people before dx’ing H1N1. But the Wise and Wonderful CDC doesn’t want them to do that anymore. It’s a “waste of resources” and the assumption is sufficient because “there’s a pandemic.” Scary? Absolutely. Surprising? Not at all.

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James

October 26th, 2009
8:18 pm

I’ve never considered suing, but I have thought of taking my worthless diploma back to the school and asking for my money back. I graduated during the last recession in 2001 when the tech bubble burst, and couldn’t find anything matching my skills. I work in a dead end, low level job and freelance to try and make a little extra money. I’ve had some job interviews for stuff I’d be perfect for but they were pay cuts compared with the dead end job I hate.

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Donna

October 26th, 2009
8:36 pm

Well the flu shot should be up to the person. If the shot is not avaible in your state or area yet and everyone is getting sick how do you stop it? They tell you to stay home. Tell that to the employers. When you going to lose your job if you dont come in what do you want people to do. They have to have there jobs. Companies are making this difficult for people who are sick already. What choice do they have.

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Way

October 29th, 2009
11:49 am

I am 31 yrs young, it saddens me too see the priorities of our government. Health Care is in fact important, but without a job where would the funds come to afford even a cheaper insurance? A bill was passed for 2.4 billion dollars for Greene Cars! What the hell??? We have people starving, struggling to feed their families, loosing there homes and cant find a job! This is America. I am unemployed and will be exhausting my extension in 3 weeks; I apply for 10 jobs a day and am facing an evicition! We the people of the United States of American are suffering while our goverment fart around with issue not as important as feed, clothing, housing and employing a nation! My theory is this: If millions have used up there unemployment and have no means to over come this, AMERICA will then see higher crime rates, higher suicide rates, higher foreclosure rates, homelessness and businesses will fail even more! Please pass this bill, im praying and trusting God but im putting a voice on the hearts of america as well! We will overcome but will our Government leave us by the wayside….God Bless America…Ms Way!

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Way

October 29th, 2009
12:07 pm

Ms Yeah Right! You are a 100 % on point! This article is just another exampe of people turning their noses up at the less fortunate! Its apparent you have a job Ms Joy Johnston but sweetheart, the harsh reality is this nation is suffering and the fact that you fix your fingers to write this article pisses me off!!!

Ive been working since I was 18, apartment, car and a job! I have never in all these years had a problem finding a job, i have worked 2 jobs and went to school at times, no kids and comfy! Now im 31, no job and in less than 3 weeks my unemployment will end and Im facing eviction. My my blood, sweat,tears and efforts i put into working hard is insulted by people like you!!! So yes mam, you are way out of touch!!! God Bless America!!!

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October 29th, 2009
4:41 pm

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aunt patti

October 29th, 2009
5:42 pm

what a great article. i am so proud of you two. all the4 obstacles you have overcome and how you have achieved so much. you both are pretty special and i love you very much.

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October 31st, 2009
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Cynthia

November 1st, 2009
2:25 pm

I’m 60 and am mad as hell. Working at a law firm was indeed challenging, even under the duress of young, talented, mostly nice attorneys – who were not necessarily equipped with the knowledge of running a team. I learned years ago how to connect with the younger set, and, have had more younger bosses than older ones. However, when it comes down to maturity and overall common sense – well!!!! “Decisions were made,” I was told. And think back after my departure, I should have seen it coming. It began with humming that I’ve down in all my working years. Tried to stop after it was brought to my attention. However, that was not the first red flag. All kinds of petty complaints that suddenly made for eye-brow raising concerns. I eventually got the boot, told on my separation notice that it was for “lack of work,” and, when questioned, (the administrator) an ex Navy man told me that seniority made little difference. I was a bit perplexed, but after the fact, reality definitely set in. Upon interviewing, it became clear to me that it would not be easy, especially since I was 1 of 2 who were actually laid off, that I worked for 4 attorneys, and, I know indeed just how busy I was. Good grief, what a crock. I had to chalk it up, and continue on my trek – but in reality, 60-years-old does not mesh well with the reasoning I try to convey to prospective employers. I feel like a fool – yet don’t want to lie. What’s a “seasoned professional” to do? I wish someone would give me some answers. The monies I made are thoroughly missed.

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Donna Satchell

November 2nd, 2009
8:54 am

Great article about small business owners. Karen Ervin made some excellent points about managing your fears and recharging your creative energies. Karen – thanks for your valuable insights.

Donna Satchell
STARR Consulting & Training
http://www.JustGetSerious.com

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Dave Chambers

November 2nd, 2009
9:26 am

Excellent Karen E.

I want you to know that I overstand all of what your are saying and will in the futre reflect back on this article to help me through future stagnant times. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge on how to make it through these tough times. Please send more info on your book and how we may obtain a copy.

Thanks

Dave Chambers.
Quik Action Plumbing Co.

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Bill Of New York

November 3rd, 2009
12:12 am

I am 51 years old I retired from the military with two honorable discharges and have worked all my life. In 2008 I lost my job like many other American’s and have not been able to find another job close or paying anything like the job I losted. I was on unemployment paying my bills. I went to 100’s of interviews that looked great but for some reason didn’t get the job. I still kept my head up and tried over and over again.now I am told I am out of unemployment and I must ask for help, Public Assistance, Welfare. I am a proud American that has always worked, so I once again heald my head up and applied only to be told that my wife makes a few dollars over on her worker’s compensation and we don’t meet the guidelines for assistance. I am broken. We don’t have enought for food or anything else after paying for rent. If I could get the extension from unemployment I could live. I fear of losing our apartment and everything else if nothing changes. What is America came to where they don’t take care of there own. New York Unemployed.

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Sondra

November 3rd, 2009
9:07 am

Karen, you provided great insight. This is a very informative article. Thanks for the tips.

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Jon Exume

November 3rd, 2009
10:46 am

Very good article Karen:

There are some good tips that I have picked up from this article about not being burnt out. Good ideas.

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Harold Mahoney

November 3rd, 2009
1:50 pm

Please pass this on to who handles sending the pulsa out.

Please stop sending the pulsa to: Betty J. Mahoney. She is deceased.

Thank you,

Harold mahoney

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Mary LaBroi

November 4th, 2009
1:35 am

Great article reminding us that life goes on after us; however, while we are here, we can address our issues by planning, prioritizing, delegating, reviewing and starting the cycle again. One of the most important things is to take care of ourselves in the interim. Thanks Karen for the reminders. More information needed like this.

Mary LaBroi
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Kim Thornton

November 4th, 2009
9:53 am

Thank you Karen for this timely article.

Kim Thornton
Caregiver Solutions Training Institute
http://www.caregivingsolutions.net

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J

November 4th, 2009
9:54 am

The Holiday job is not worth that kind of effort for so little money. Also, remember if you are receiving unemployment from the state, you have to let them know. Then you have that hassel there.

Go ahead and work all kind of hours for pennies. Keep up the real job search and net work, and then net work some more.

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Don

November 4th, 2009
10:47 am

J, point well taken. I was considering a seasonal job as I just got laid off but your point about working crazy hours for pennies makes a lot of sense. I can make more staying at home collecting unemployment and dedicate that time for real job searches/spending time with my children

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Shannon

November 4th, 2009
11:10 am

These jobs can lead to permanent employment if you are a star. If you are lazy and will not do a good job then maybe the collection of unemployment is for you. There can be some crazy hours but that will also allow time for a proper job search. I ended up making almost 70K and working at a company for almost 7 years off a 2 week temp assignment and my job before that happened the same way. Sometimes the hard way is really the easy way to a great job. Keep pressing forward. We all know it is not easy these days.

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Robin

November 4th, 2009
11:13 am

No matter what the Job or pay, it is better than taking unemployment which taxpayers fund. There are no free rides.

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Ed

November 4th, 2009
11:15 am

I have a recent felony, and I am unable to determine if THAT is the reason I get (virtually) no responses, or the economy, or my age or what. I just keep plugging, though, submitting aps & resumes, for jobs within my skills/experience set, and entry level positions. I will wash dishes for minimum wage & be grateful!!!!

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Scot

November 4th, 2009
11:23 am

Robin,

You seem to have forgetten that if you are on unemployment insurance, that you were let go from a job for reason(s) that were not your doing. Meaning, you didn’t screw up and get yourself fired.

As such, these folks are taxpayers, too. So, if they paid in the money to the fund, why should they be chastised for using it?

Yours is a rather short sighted position.

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Dee

November 4th, 2009
11:32 am

My position was elimated 6 months ago. I don’t receive unemployment because I worked for a church. I have not received an offer for an interview either. I receive no assistance.I’ve worked since 1980 but hardworkers like me slip through the cracks.

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Carter

November 4th, 2009
11:45 am

Robin,
I am sorry to hear you feel this way. I have paid into the system for over 10 years, then I got let go through no fault of my own. So, I, too, am on unemployment and am trying hard to find another job. Unemployment benefits are there for a reason – to help people through a difficult time financially until they can get back onto their feet. However, I was wondering, how many jobs has Obama really saved or created? In fact, he’s destroying the economy with his comments (no business travel – just ask people in Las Vegas how they feel when they vote out Dingy Harry in 2010) and socialist programs. The government cannot hire us out of this recession, they cannot tax us out of recession and sooner or later, Obama is going to have to stop blaming the previous administration for our problems. It is time for Obama to grow up and take some responsibility, quit acting like some child trying to blame others for your problems. Small businesses – those who employ less than 25 employees – generate 85% of all jobs. So, if you, Robin, or anyone out there would like to give a “hand up” rather than the government “hand out,” feel free to start your own small business and advertise your job openings. Obamanomics 101.
Thanks for reading!

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Deidre

November 4th, 2009
11:51 am

Scot,
We do not pay into the unemployment fund. That money is paid in 100% by the employers, so your not receiving money that you have paid in. Also, if you are on unemployment and you do take a seasonal job, you still draw your unemployment and nothing changes unless you quit or get fired from the seasonal job. I worked a season job and helped me from being so depressed about not finding a full-time. I was also able to make other job contacts.

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Deidre

November 4th, 2009
12:04 pm

Sorry about the grammer. Working from home parti-time while searching for full-time employment, lost my place in the blog. Side note, the work from home job contact was made while working at my seasonal job.
Carter,
You sound so knowledgeable about small businesses and Obanomics 101 why is it you think you have paid into the “system” that you are drawing from for 10 years? Any small business owner knows that unemployment is not paid into by the employees.

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November 4th, 2009
12:29 pm

It is nice to know that we are not alone in our worries and stress. Not good that we are all facing this, but somehow there is strength in sharing our struggles.
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Olivia

November 4th, 2009
1:34 pm

My strategy during the holidays for making ends meet is to cook. I bake goods for people who can order large quantities. I can do this full-time or part-time depending on my schedule. I have written about my strategies in a book Cooking Up Some Dough (www.cookingupsomedough.com)

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Bea

November 4th, 2009
3:29 pm

So many people are under the misconception that Unemployment is funded by taxpayers, this is incorrect. Your employer has to carry an unemployment insurance policy, this is federal law. When you apply for unemployment it is paid from the employer’s insurance first, I am not sure whether or not the insurance covers extended benefits that have been offered in the past, I think that comes from the state’s reserved funds. Please note that the unemployment insurance premium that the employer pays is NOT funded by the employee or taxpayers.

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November 4th, 2009
4:47 pm

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GA Girl

November 4th, 2009
6:51 pm

Unemployment is for those who truly need it and have through “no fault of their own” lost their job. It is amazing how many people are looking for a hand out. Jobs are available, get one.

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Jack Schitt

November 4th, 2009
8:03 pm

@ Robin….NEWSFLASH for you. Taxpayers DO NOT fund unemployment. Companies pay into the fund for every employee they have. The funds are disbursed from that fund. So please study and know what you are talking about before you get keyboard happy. Now you can say you know Jack Schitt.

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Newbie

November 4th, 2009
8:59 pm

regardless of how unemployment is funded, it is there to help the millions of people like myself who have been surplused due to company downsizing. i am not ashamed to receive my weekly unemployment. and it is SO easy for some of these bloggers to say “jobs are available, get one”. there are indeed, hundreds upon hundreds of jobs posted this is true. but talk to me after you have seen me online for endless hours per day submitting apps, in line @ job fairs, doing follow-up emails/calls every other week, actually making it thru 2-3 interviews – only in the end to hear nothing or that it was offered to someone else, or that the company restructured and the positions have been closed. the demand (for jobs) simply does not meet the supply (of ppl needing work). so until you’re in a persons shoes who has been laid off after years of dedication to their company, pls do not judge anyone for receiving unemployment. i will continue to receive it until i find another job. if you have one for me (GA Girl) i’m all ears , er, eyes.

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Mike D

November 4th, 2009
9:11 pm

I was in an auto accident in a company van, after being released from the hospital with a serious wound to my left arm (tore open from wrist to elbow.. dragged on ground) I got a nice separation notice in the mail. My employeer didn’t even have the guts to fire me on the phone or in person! Anyway, after a few months of W/C benefits, my W/C ran out when my arm healed. Now work is even harder to find so i applied and was denied UI. Myy employeer claimed I was on the phone during accident (I didn’t get a citation) I appealed, a month later (monday) got a phone hearing. Found out today I won!
Question… How long until I receive my benefits? I have been claiming for 7 weeks. Will I get all back pay then proceed with weekly payments?

Thanks!

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Fionna

November 4th, 2009
9:24 pm

My advice to those who are collecting unemployment: DO NOT waste your time at these temporary jobs. If you are fired or quit (even for a good reason), your unemployment will stop. That’s what happened to me earlier this year. I was let go from my job through no fault of my own and collected unemployment. One of my former colleagues offered me a part-time temporary position working for his company. I took the offer and collected the unemployment while I worked part-time. To fast forward to the outcome, I had to quit the job because it required me to use my car, thus increasing my weekly gasoline cost. I could not afford it so I quit the job. When I filed an additional claim with the department of labor, I was told that my reason for leaving the job was a “good personal” reason but not a compelling work related reason, so therefore my benefits were terminated. All of my savings were gone and friends helped me along until I started a small business. Business is slow but I am getting by.

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RAFAEL J. WILLIAMS

November 5th, 2009
6:59 am

AM LOOKING FOR A PART-TIME JOB OF A FULL-TIME JOB BEEN LAYED OFF FOR A MONTH ANY WORK IS GOOD WELL LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANY JOBS THANKS ALOT…

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blkshepherd

November 5th, 2009
8:55 am

HOLD UP!
I was not going to comment until I saw Carter’s comment about Obama.
How in this world we call Earth are you going to blame Obama for the current Crap that the USA is facing when You know Full well eight yrs of the Past administration sent our country down the toliet and forced
in to a recession by paying for a Billion dollar a month war? Thanks to your beloved Bush we went into a war In to a land, and after the wrong person(Saddam) when it should have been Bin laden where last I checked, they Still didnt get him. Wasnt he the one that financed the plot that was successful bringing down our twin towers? Was he not the mastermind? Saddam is dead, out of Power. Bin Laden is still in power. whats wrong with this picture.
Your blaming Obama for no jobs what the hell was Bush doing to create jobs. Yes Obama inherited the sad state and Messed up kitchen from the former administration. I saw this coming. I knew it I knew I knew. As soon as the New president took seat(didnt matter who it was)Folks like YOU would be blaming them for the sad state our country is in. People LIKE YOU CARTER Love to bellie ache and blame others. I would Like to see YOU Carter, walk on day in the shoes of the President and have everyone Blame YOU for the Messed up state things are in. See how you like it when the Public attack you. I bet you would not last a Day in the first seat. Why? because your a whinner.

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LizTGit

November 5th, 2009
11:26 am

Hi, I like what “Newbee” said, so many people that HAVE a job that’s managed to survive this recession sound so Judgemental, The Gov’t long
ago set up the SAFETY NET, of unemployment benefits, Why? So People like
you and me, if all of a sudden didn’t have a PAYCHECK, could actually feed and cloth themselves and put a little, guess what? Gas in their cars or PAY for any necessities like the INTERNET, to actually be able to stay in the game and continue the foot work, and yes 100’s if not 1000’s of hours hunting on Web sites and in Job fairs which are very Spacific jobs looking for very spacific qualifications and they’re not afraid to say it either, even Age wise. So,believe me, if you’re ever laid off, as to no fault of your own, just remember there could be 6-10 others applying for the same job, DOL #’s! Numbers
according to just those collecting “earned,” unemployment through their
former jobs that paid into it, as mentioned by others…that you too could be in Our Shoes. Just something to consider before you all say,
“get a Job,” that was the Former economy, not the current one. Faith sustains many of us hard working folks searching and seeking and repeating again for something they’re actually qualified to do, and not screened out for some Computerized reason, oh yes be sure to keep your Credit Rating up also, while Career searching! Really appreciate those who actually care and have empathy, it could happen to Anyone! God Bless.

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Mel

November 5th, 2009
2:42 pm

@Carter – Leave it to someone like you to blame Obama for Bush’s nonsense. People like you need to go away. Move to another country if needed!!!!

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SJ

November 5th, 2009
3:15 pm

I just want a job, I’ve applied in person,online,through networking,just want a job, I’m drawing umeployment right now,just want a job

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Sporty King

November 5th, 2009
5:12 pm

Excellent ‘back to basics’ commentary from both professionals. Principles always need repeating to help make the small steps seeking big gains. Thanks and blessings.
http://www.sportyking.com

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Dennis

November 5th, 2009
5:51 pm

It is amazing how a simple subject on how to get a job can be taken advantage of by some people in order to spread hateful slurs (carter) and to bash others (robin) for taking advantage of a benefit that they have earned for being good and diligent workers in our society. Everyone please take a look at the blog and see how the entries have changed since the hateful bashing people placed their non-beneficial commits on it. There were some helpful comments made but for to many reply’s to the non-beneficial comments of Carter, and Robin. The time spent thinking up such trifling comments could have been spent doing something more beneficial for themselves or for society in general, like finding a volunteering opportunity in the community, or for the company that you would like to work for in the future. Everyone can be helpful if they put their minds to it.

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N I

November 5th, 2009
6:22 pm

I am like so many others that had a job and got laid off. I do receive unemployment and I am very grateful that I do. Without unemployment I would really be up a creek. I have spent days, hours and months applying to jobs online, in person or networking. Asking complete strangers where ever I am if they know anything about some one hiring or standing in line for hours at overly crowded job fairs that won’t allow you to enter because they have reached maximum capacity. I really just pray that somehow the economy turns around for all of our sake. I don’t really care who is the blame, I just wish that someone could do something fast and quick. I feel the pressure everyday because regardless of whether I am employed or unemployed my life doesn’t stop. My child still needs his mother to be 100% and pay the bills and provide for him. Some days I wish that I could just make something happen myself to make it better for the economy, myself, and all the people suffering. This goes beyond unemployment and looking for a job. People are homeless, loses all that they have and they where people that got up and went to work everyday.

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CDS

November 5th, 2009
7:14 pm

I was small business owner paying into the unemployment insurance account when a major client asked me to join them. After two years, I was let go through no fault of my own. I can’t begin to tell you the sacrifices that were made taking that position and two years later I had to draw unemployment. I hold two degrees, have over 15 years of experience and now 14 months later I’m still in search of a job with a toddler at home. Because of tight pursestrings companies are not as open as they once were to what I offered in my business and other small business clients went on to other vendors when I made the switch, so starting another business is of course an option, but most small business owners can attest you work twice as hard for less money. I can say, you can’t trade anything for piece of mind though and I truly have missed that. Do I want to sit around and collect unemployment? NO! But I have to take our household into acct. And I join the other bloggers who have submitted countless applications with, so far, no resolve. I wish I could “just get a job!”

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Help4u

November 5th, 2009
8:40 pm

For those of you who have customer service experience and have a quiet environment at home, here is a website that you can check out that is legit and free! http://www.callcenterswitch.com

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Bonnie

November 5th, 2009
8:58 pm

I am glad some of you chimed in to let people know that we don’t unemployment, but their employers do. I’ve heard this from people for years and I became tired of saying otherwise. Also, folks the sun, moon and stars have been lining up for some time to bring about this current global situation; but in some respect we feel it even more here. When I graduated from college in 1975 people who didn’t want to fit into the college slot, could make a decent living and support their family, sometimes without having their mate work…and purchase a home, car etc. because there were manufacturers out there and technological jobs where they trained oftentimes on the job. Greed from many levels along with the passing of Nafta assisted in helping so many of our jobs move offshore. Loosening of regulatory agency policies for banking, oil industry etc. also assisted in moving us to this state of current economic woes. We have been moving in this direction the last 20 something years. Sorry, it was not Obama, or even entirely GW; albeit I think he’s part of that whole greedy bunch. I am blessed I have a job, a well paying job at least for the moment. I feel for others that are going through layoffs now. Regardless of who’s paying, that’s what it’s there for…to help. I help those that I can. We all have to help those that we can in whatever way we can assist. We can all see what buying so many of these “cheaper” items from overseas have wrought us…items that don’t last, poison our food chain and our pets. Personally (and I realize I am in a better position than some) I would be willing to pay more for American made products, to put more Americans back to work. The old saying is true..”you get what you pay for”…So isn’t the other old saying…”You reap what you sow.”

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Carmela

November 6th, 2009
2:14 pm

I have a job, but we have furloughs and I was reading this article to see if it was going to be worth it go back to work part-time at Macy’s. I think I will stay home and just sell stuff on e-bay. It really makes me sad to see how stressed out people are here. This article should have been helpful, but instead people have really gotten nasty and mean in their comments. I feel bad for those of you who have lost your job, I just hope I don’t end up in the same position. But please try to be kind to each other. Blaming the current or the former president isn’t really going to make a difference in your bottom line is it? And just for the record, I have 2 friends that got stimulus jobs in the last 4 months, so don’t count out the plans to get people back to work that are in place. Just realize, we didn’t get here over night, it took more than 8 years and a war to cause this situation, I promise you. So we can’t expect less than a year to be enough time to solve problems that have been growing all along. There is a whole generation of college graduates, and many of them are struggling to find enough work to live and pay their student loans. So, take comfort in knowing that we are not alone, unless we want to be. But attacking each other isn’t creating any jobs, now is it?

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William

November 7th, 2009
4:04 pm

First Amy, I must wait until I get healthcare. The President, Pelosi, Reid, and the liberal democrats have led the way. After this year, I may decide to look in the healthcare career field or become a insurance salesperson for AARP. I am sure I can talk all those old people to get supplemental insurance with the scrare that the new healthcare will take away their benefits.

I know you are helping but like my leaders have insisted I must have healthcare before I get a job. I guess the unemployment extenstion will hold me over.

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Duncan Mathison

November 8th, 2009
12:53 pm

Amy – Thank you for helping people get a bit more focused in their search as a means to get to the “hidden market”. But it pretty frustrating for people to know it is there and not know how to get to it without knowing someone. I like your getting started steps. But what is next? I tell people to show people in their network the list of target companies and ask people the question, “Do you know anyone who might be able to tell me more about any of these companies?” This primes the pump for a good networking discussion and adding to your connections. There are a bunch of ideas in the book “Unlock the Hidden Job market: 6 Steps to a Successful Search When Times Are Tough” What else would you suggest people do with their research and list making?

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MB

November 11th, 2009
9:42 am

Carter!

Wow – Why so bitter? ‘Your’ hot-rod car didn’t win the race, so now you’re pouting…You’re the one that sounds like a child!

Obama IS our president, get over it and deal with it. I’d rather see someone working for us than against us!

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Stephanie Fryer

November 11th, 2009
2:36 pm

A part-time job that you work from home may be preferable to some. J. Lodge Corporation is a quality call services company that incorporates and employee model consisting of disabled Americans. By using their educational and business experience; employees are able to pursue a work from home, part-time career. J. Lodge Corporation is currently expanding. We are looking for individuals who are interested in our company and who qualify for our positions. If interested, please visit jlodge.com/careers and apply online.

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Greg B

November 11th, 2009
5:02 pm

GE is trying to do the same thing to me as they laid me off last March. $2300 overpayment. When I contacted them about the extra money they assured me it was a severance benefit. They then recanted and said I was overpaid due to a system error. Am I legally required to return this even though they assured me it was mine?

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Konnie

November 15th, 2009
8:29 pm

Small business find tarket market

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OIL

November 15th, 2009
8:42 pm

Carmela, bless your heart. I was getting a bit flustered by all the attacks and counter attacks. It says that two wrongs do not make a right. Thanks for your input. We pray that all those who are currently unemployed (myself included) will find a job soon. Guys and Gals, it will be all right. Nothing in life is new. This too shall pass. Bless you all.

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Michael

November 16th, 2009
1:07 pm

EMT, is a horrible job!!!! As one poster, Jamie above incorrectly pointed out: You can easily find a job making $750 a week, then states its not easy. Do you think you could be more wishy washy next time. I have grossed over $750 a week, but I put in a lot of hours. The job just wears your body out and you are often times mistreated by the nursing staff and nurses fear their jobs because a skilled paramedic can do it for way less. But in all fairness to nurses, they get burned out as well due to volume. In my experience, nurses tend to be more polite outside of metro areas.

I left law enforcement for EMS and I thought LE officers were treated crappy. WOW!!! For me, EMS is on the worst list for a reason. Been injured twice and one time was directly related to the work.

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Charles J.L. Brooks

November 17th, 2009
9:22 am

Your Mother just emailed me this article and I really enjoyed seeing the picture of your family and reading about your wonderful (life-changing) experiences. We have missed seeing you over the years, but please know that we pray for you both, and the twins, everyday. God Bless you all. u/c

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Unc. Mike Brooks

November 18th, 2009
11:19 pm

Lordy, Lordy, Lord!! We haven’t heard about Shalice for so long we were afraid she was off in either a rough or very enticing foreign country and couldn’t/wouldn’t get back – - and were afraid to ask for fear of what we would hear. This has been an absolutely thrilling and pleasing revelation to us. Much Love and best wishes to Shalice and her Family including Chad, the twins, Mom, Dad, Aunts, Uncles and her slew of nieces and nephews, Unc Mike & Aunt Jean

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KT

November 24th, 2009
1:56 pm

I read a couple of articles posted on AJC about Dallas, GA residents making good money with Google. I visited the site in the article to get more information, and of course they required you to pay postage of $2.97 to receive their cd and information. I paid for what I thought I was going to receive via mail. CD never came. I called back after two weeks and cancelled my order. Two weeks later my account was debited $99 from a company TCQ*ONLINEBIZKIT 800-497-4988

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lydia

November 25th, 2009
4:17 am

hi
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Brandon

November 28th, 2009
1:40 pm

try cashcrate.com

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Greg Scott

December 3rd, 2009
11:44 am

The reason we cant get jobs is because the current corrupt political climate is driving small
business out of business. Small businesses cannot get loans even though hundreds of billions
were earmarked.for such. The wall street guys and banks just put the money in their pockets.
And yes small business employees DO pay for unemployment “ultimately” because
when the costs of doing business goes up, the available funds for employees goes down.
The Obama administration is nasty, vile and corrupt, just like the ones before it. It is a Washington
DC problem not a particular party. Raise the taxes on small business owners, increase
operating and regulatory requirements, and jack up the health care costs and the small business
owner cannot afford as many employees and may well no longer be able to compete in the
global economy.

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tind

December 3rd, 2009
3:49 pm

I’m curious as to how many teens who’ve posted have actually read the article on which they’re commenting. The writer is clearly giving ideas on the industries that hire teens. The next step is for THE TEEN TO DO THE FOOTWORK (not post cries for help on finding a job since the article is a comprehensive response to those pleas). If you’re a teen and you really want work, you’ll do the following:

Go (not call or email, that’s lazy) to the business or organization from one of the job categories about and ask for an application – whether they’re hiring at that moment or not. When you pick up the application, ask the person who’s handing it to you what their name is. Introduce yourself and thank them. Make a goal to collect 5 applications each weekend (That’s 20 applications in one month!).

Make a copy of each application you pick up. This way, if you make a mistake while filling out the app (a mistake that white-out can’t fix), you’ll have a fresh application without having to make an embarrassing trip back to X business for another application.

Return the application within 48 hours of picking it up. If you leave the app with someone different from the person who gave it to you, explain that so-and-so gave you the app and ask for the name of the person who’s taking your app. Again, introduce yourself and thank them for their time. Ask if they accept calls or emails from applicants who want to know how the employee search is going, and get the supervisor’s name and contact info if they do.

P.S. Make sure you’re dress business casual (ask mom or dad what that mean) when you pick up an application. If the manager happens to be in the room while you’re there, you’ll make a great first impression – especially if it’s the manager who’s handing you the application. If a prospective co-worker gives you an application, they may mention you to the supervisor/manager. You don’t want to be tagged as the scruffy juvi who asked for an application!

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melissai

December 4th, 2009
11:35 am

I am thankful for a job that allows me to work from home and that pays me well enough to get by while my husband is seeking employment.

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Petal Williams

December 5th, 2009
10:34 am

Very interesting concepts. I’m considering expanding a room in my home to operate an alteration shop and any input would be greatly appreciated.

Petal

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Dee

December 5th, 2009
8:03 pm

Hi All,
I got terminated from my job 2months ago and i’ve been searching for either a part-time or a full time job to put food on the table but to no avail. Should anyone have any ideas as to which companies are hiring cuz im down for anything now… Experienced in the Satellite Industry and also a Computer programming college Student.. Any idea is welcomed please.

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douglas marsh

December 7th, 2009
12:17 pm

I feel your pain as if it was my own. Wait a minute. It is. Im 57 and laid off too. I found out I was an (at will employee) and could be laid off for any reason. Thanks to God I have gotten some severance pay for my eleven years–but it is about to run out. Unemployment doesn cover many bills. It is just a trap that keeps you unemployed.

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ANNA

December 8th, 2009
1:04 pm

I AM LOOKING TO MOVE MY BUSINESS TO ATLANTA (PERSONAL HOME CARE)….IF ANYONE HAVE ANY ADVICE PLS LET ME KNOW

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Jim Tanner

December 8th, 2009
10:57 pm

JOB Creation
I have the excellent solution you won’t hear in the Media.
Do what the Asian countries do If you want to import the add an additional Import tax it will keep the jobs here while creating jobs instead of giving away jobs I need a job any suggestions?

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mirc

December 9th, 2009
2:43 pm

thank you Joy Johnston :)

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Swede

December 10th, 2009
6:45 am

Good blog-point! Yes, it’s so sad. I have been applying for jobs in the medcial industry for 7 months and still no job. I have a PhD in neuroscience, i.e. a very long education but I’m not worth nothing to the employers. I am crying everyday because I over and over again hear that I’m not what they want because I don’t have experience from the industy. How will I be able to enter the job market if no one let’s me in??

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Frank

December 11th, 2009
5:31 pm

As far as the chief wearing his uniform: He should not wear jeans daily, but on occasion if he’s not on patrol and in the office with no formal meetings whats wrong with that? However, I can remeber my father and uncle both police officers making sure their uniforms were perfect. They both wore a pull on black uniform wellington style boot (i think the same syle as Andy wore in the Andy Griffith Show) that were highly polished. (I had to polish my fathers) I have to say when they were in their uniforms they looked professional and they were respected.

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Mary Beth Rogers

December 15th, 2009
1:10 pm

Nurse Cindy DeMinsky alAtlanta Cancer Care has continued to give mee hope, comfort, and cheerfulness during 2009 and for over five years before. She is the most requested nurse on the infusion floor, yet, she always takes the time to listen to my problems, my successes, and the poetry I write. This year, before I had the procedure for a port implacement, Cindy took me away from the others and explained the procedure, showed me what the port looks like, and told me to contact her if I had any questions or problems. She was there for me and soothed my fears–always patient, always professional, always concerned for me. I am nominating her for a nurse of excellence who has made a significant difference in my life for next May’s Nursing Excellence Award.

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Ron

December 16th, 2009
5:50 am

I am 58,very diversified and work for a company and my pay is UNDER the National Poverty Level. Understand, I was with a company that was “bought-out” by another and I was passed over 4 times in Lay Offs. This has left me “Stranded” in Ohio in order to keep my job. I SEARCH continually for the opportunity to, at a minimum, get back home and be employed. I can not estimate the positions I apply to,with no response,and realize age discrimination is alive and well! I am sought out continually by the younger generation for answers and advice and willingly help so they are able to perform their duties. My current position is in Quality Control and I am amazed at the attitudes and poor performance displayed from them on a daily basis. I have more experience than most of them are in age! I can see what’s coming! When Corporate America wakes up, realizes it is coming to a HALT, removes these Diploma Driven Leaders from their duties and tries to start “Bailing”, there will be NO ONE who knows how! Everyone will then return “Home” to Mom and Dad, sit at their table, answer their text messages and “BITCH” to their parents as to how “WE screwed things up!
It exasperates me……………

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December 17th, 2009
8:39 am

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Unc. Tommy Pickering

December 18th, 2009
5:10 pm

I am so proud of my big brother Chad and his awesome wife Shalice! It would be tough to find two people that can appreciate being parents and the joys it brings more than Chad and Shalice. When we started this journey, of my wife being their surrogate, we knew it could be another disappointment for them to endure or something so wonderful that they couldn’t even imagine. They were brave enough to take the chance and trust the Lord to provide them with two little miracles that I had the privledge of being in the delivery room with them. I remember like it was yesterday their eyes welling up with tears as Mattie and Gracie were being delivered and thinking to myself, wow! twins, get ready for a wild and fun ride! When our family visited them in May on our way to Disneyworld, I could see how much they love and appreciate every moment with them, even the times when they wanted to pull their hair out, they loved those times too!! I didn’t mean for this to get so emotional but the Pickering and the Brook’s family are so proud of Chad, Shalice, Mattie & Gracie and nobody deserves the good fortune of such a great family!!! Hope you have a great 2010 and your family is always in our thoughts!!

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paul kavanagh

December 20th, 2009
3:44 am

i got laid off on friday they left a vioce message on my phone and think it is not proper how they have done what can i do

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Portia DeBrew

December 20th, 2009
11:59 am

Alanta is a great place to start a business Networking and finding the right sources can help achieve the goal. My goal is to open up a couple of group homes in Alanta one day with my strength and determination and with the great resources in alanta I feel my dream will happen . Alanta a great city!

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mostinterested

December 20th, 2009
6:47 pm

In spite of all the pessimistic talk here, most “bad bosses” are not incorrigible. You CAN change your workplace situation with this approach – if I did (using her book), you can, too. Check Taylor’s YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2jMT2Ohm1I

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secret shopper jobs

December 21st, 2009
3:47 am

Thank you for the info, this is definately going to help.

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Michael

Dec