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May 10, 2016

Unemployment

The title of this post is Unemployment. I wanted to write this post because my wife has been unemployed for almost 15 months as of today. Granted she gave birth soon after being laid-off, but still puts her at around 12 months of seriously looking for a job for employment.

What bothers me most and the importance of why I’m writing this post is that the economists keep saying that the Unemployment rate in the great USA is at 5% and steady. Well I say horse manure!  My wife got only 6 months of Unemployment checks(that we had to pay taxes on) and that was it. No more support from our Government. No more checks. No more nothing after that. On our own.  No Bailout.

This doesn’t sit right with me. Mostly because that 5% number is a HUGE LIE!  That number represents something that is obscure, not the TRUE state of our country’s Unemployment rate. What happens is once there are no more claims for Unemployment from an individual, then your “off the books.” They don’t consider you Unemployed anymore…even though you are!

Also, this whole “We added 200k jobs this month” crap.  What is that?  What kind of jobs are these “jobs” people are getting??  I guarantee these jobs aren’t the White collar kind. Probably the minimum wage kind mostly, but not the 6 figure kind, the dream job kind, the support your family Middle-Class kind.  There are more lay-offs happening than I’ve seen in my 20 years employed.  Granted my wife and I both work in the Oil & Gas Industry and times are hard for the past couple years for sure. This report of adding jobs is not specific and is thrown around like some great heavy boulder of truth, when actually it is completely misleading and in my book a lie.

The REAL Unemployment rate is somewhere above 12.6% per this article. I say ‘above’ because I believe there are more Unemployed today(2016) than there were in 2014. Also staggering is that the Unemployment rate is at one of the highest rates in the History of its recording Today!

Come on American Government, STOP LYING TO US AND PADDING SOME PATHETIC NUMBERS TO MAKE THIS WHITE HOUSE LOOK ‘GOOD’!!!  We are being lied to by so many that we can’t even tell what the TRUTH is anymore. Let’s fix this LIE and what these REAL numbers are for one & give the truth so we can at least look at ourselves in the mirror and be happy at what we see is looking back at us.

I’m praying for my wife to find a job and pray that those of you who are looking jobs find one as well. Not a job to pass the time, but a real job that is worth while and fulfilling.

* Full disclosure, my wife has been applying for 10-20 jobs a week for almost a year and has had 2 phone interviews only. Also, she is a Mechanical Engineer, degreed.

 

March 12, 2012

New Job

Well Chevron, looks like I’M BACK!!

I was blessed to be offered the job I was supposed to get before I was laid off almost a year and a half ago. Ironically I started a new job at chevron about a month ago that I believe I was meant to have BUT God had other plans…

I had to go through a rough patch in order to be in a better place and be ready for this position God all along had for me. I just had to take the long road to get here. Fortunately, I have learned a lot in the last year and a half and I am more appreciative of the job I have now and am better off for it.

It’s truly amazing how God works. You fight, kick & scream when you go through those “insert adage here” times and when you get to the other side of it hopefully you realize that your better off and hopefully you learned something. I KNOW I have.

My faith has grown in God and he just reassured me that no matter what – He always takes care of me & Always, Always has my back.

Thank you Abba Father, for always taking care of me – even in going through the midst of what seems to be the hardest time. You love me and you show that to me everyday. I love you Lord & thank you again. Amen.

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August 10, 2011

Life, always in flux

Why is it that when one aspect of your life or many are going well, that there has to be another aspect of your life that isn’t? Please tell me???

I am totally in love with my soon to be bride, Heather, my spiritual life is on the upswing BIG TIME, but my job/work life SUCKS!!!

I’m so unhappy with it right now.  I am a man of balance, and desire and seek after that balance daily. My life is NOT balanced right now.

I come to work and am unhappy. I’m trying to reach out to my co-workers and managers for help and seeking change, but it doesn’t seem to help…so far.  I am going to keep giving it my best effort, but it’s very frustrating!!!

Anyway, that’s where I am today and hoping that things are well with you and your lives. I know I’m not the only one that feels this way about their job, but for me and my thought process, it’s either get better or I’m not going to stay.

I’m actively seeking new employment right now as the frustration and unfulfilled aspect of my job is beyond bearing I feel right now.

I know this is a great outlet for me and posting this will make me feel better, but it doesn’t last too long before I find myself back in the loop of my job situation.

Employers, when hiring for a position, please don’t fluff up the job as something that it truly isn’t, when it is truly something else. Just a bit of advice.

To better days of work and prayers up for all of us dealing with job frustrations!

April 23, 2011

My new job

I had a great week as I started working at my job. I’m so excited to be working again. I can’t believe it’s been almost 5 months that I was out of a job. Going through it seemed to last forever, but now that I’m back working, weirdly enough, it seems like the time flew by. I don’t understand that phenomena.

Looking for a job and going through this hard time is difficult, I know. I am praying for all of you who are looking for a job daily. Keep in mind that God has a plan for you and that He will never leave nor forsake you(us).

God Provides and I want to encourage you today to stay positive and focused!

Ask Him to reveal things in your life that need to be addressed that could be hindering you from finding that job today as well.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God – Philippians 4:6

April 12, 2011

Praise the Lord

God is good! All the time! I got a job and start next monday.

So thankful I am for God’s perfect timing of this job. I believe that when His timing is right that I would find a job and I have.

I feel like Jars of Clay found in Isaiah 64:8 “Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand”

I believe I would find a job, just in His timing. I didn’t want to lose my last job, but that really wasn’t up to me. I didn’t want to be out of work, but again, it wasn’t up to me. A pattern begins. So, I had to work through this time and wait upon the Lord to make this happen.  Very glad it has happened finally and although it’s been a long 4 months, I know that it can always be worse and with a longer wait.

I still know many folks who are looking for jobs and have been out of work longer than I have and I’m going to continue to pray for y’all! I know how hard it is and I think I am more understanding and empathetic to your plight and situation, having gone through this myself.

I encourage all of you to continue to seek the Lord. Keep praying, stay focused and your eyes on the prize. Volunteer and be active in something your passionate about like I have been. That seemed to help a lot. Giving back even though you don’t have finances, you have time and there are many people who can use your time, don’t waste it.

Prayer:

Thank you Lord for your provision. Thank you for being a good Father to all your children and knowing that you always take care of your children in the good times and hard times. Your always faithful and you will never leave us nor forsake us. Thank you for your promises. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

March 15, 2011

Job search/situation

Things are really starting to break for me, Thank God. I had my 2nd interview in as many months recently with a real good company and got a call for another position today too. I’m really thankful and happy that things are getting better. I feel like I should have a job real soon, Lord willing. I pray and hope so.

I reminded myself somethin’ that I learned in BJM 2 weeks ago.  It was a short prayer and it goes like this, “Lord, may they see my worth and value. Amen.”

I hope that those of you that are with me in this job search find a job soon. I’m praying for all of you.

May financial blessings abound to you and your family!

March 3, 2011

Between Jobs Ministries

aka BJM, is a great ministry located in NW Houston. I would highly recommend it for anyone that is actively looking for a job. They teach you some great principles about networking while uplifting you with positive words of encouragement.

I went this past Wednesday for my first time and pre-registered online before I got there. It was a real wonderful experience for me and after it was all over with I felt uplifted and reinvigorated to go out and look for a job.

I hope that you will find the same to be true as well. They have been doing this for over 10+ years. You can find more information about it on their website here:   http://www.nwbc.org/church/subdisplaya.200.141.200.0.0.0.html

Blessings!

February 18, 2011

2 months + counting

I have out of a job since December 6th. I must say, at first I was upset, but then I was ok bringing in the holidays. Since they have passed, I have been actively seeking a new job and really over the R&R stage.

It has been pretty hard finding a job in our current economy, at least for me so far. Fortunately, I am in Houston, which is good because we weren’t hit as hard as many other big cities in the country and at least I thought we were much better off.

There has been a lot of recruiters calling me and I have made many contacts, but I am still looking. It’s been hard looking for a job, especially when most of these companies don’t even call you back.  It seems as if they just post these positions to fill some quota that the government has required of them. Anyway, I hope and pray that a job opens up soon for me.

I have been praying hard and been able to donate my time to some good causes I believe in, but I am ready to get back to work.  Ideally, I would like a job that has a good salary and that I am going to be happy in.  I’m not looking for a job that pays a million dollars and requires me to be there 24/7 either. I just want an even work/life balance, which for me is most important.

I pray for all of you who are looking for jobs as well and may we all find that perfect job that we all want.

Blessings!

December 14, 2010

Job Hunting

It’s going well.  I have lots of opportunities opening up, but haven’t got the right offer yet.  Praying hard and waiting in great expectation, knowing that God will bless me with that ‘right’ job.

Spirits are high and I’m really enjoying this time of the season that I haven’t enjoyed in a few years due to my recent ‘issues’ in the past couple years. I just laugh about it now, but glad to see that my heart is mending and there is someone so very special that is making this happen for me.  Bitterness is so in my past and love is here and now and healthy again. PTL!!

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!

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December 6, 2010

An end to 12 years…

Today was my last day at Chevron.  Not by choice, but by a lay-off/reorganization.  As my mom said,”It was a good run.”  I agree with her, it has been a good run. I have enjoyed many fond memories over the last 12 years and now I look forward to the next chapter and opportunity in my life.

I am thankful and hopeful to what God has in store for me even though right now in my life I can’t see the Big picture, I do know He does and I trust in Him for the guidance and direction.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, but in all your way acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight – Proverbs 3:5-6