Help Wanted?

No sense beating around the bush this morning—I’m unemployed for

Will Work For Coffee

the first time in over twenty-five years; involuntarilly separated from my employer after over eleven years of very-enjoyable service.

If you are expecting any sort of rant about this—fagettaboudit; this is my take on applying for unemployment benefits with the State of Minnesota and seeking employment. Things have changed a lot since my last experience, now instead of going to the Minnesota State Unemployment Office and applying in person, one may (and is encouraged to) apply on-line.

I knew I was in trouble when on the first page I was expected to know my exact date of hire. Month [mm], day [dd] and year [yyyy]. You must put something in each space. It’s been nearly twelve years! I don’t remember the day of the month. Not an option.

Some people can remember even the most obscure days in their life; the date, day, time of day, what they were wearing, who they were with and how they felt. I may have once had those memory skills; I don’t remember.

I do remember the year: 1999 and the month: May, so I guessed. I’m sure it was a good guess; within 31 days good.

I don’t remember every question I had to answer on the form; I do remember having to go back and make something up—just to fill in the space. Blank spaces are not an option.

They did cover all the methods of the past in seeking and obtaining employment: Want ads, door-knocking and papering the area with resumés—all manner of relatively useless methods—save one: networking. Almost every job I’ve ever had was obtained because I knew someone who knew someone who had a position to fill.
In case you hadn’t noticed—I’m networking right now with this post (that’s a hint).

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