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Rete Jun 9th 2019 9:27 pm

Re: Gizza Job
 
Yes to being a USC:

Requirements for USPS mail carriers include a high school diploma, a clean criminal background check and driving record, and proof of US citizenship.
They must also pass the 473 postal exam and go on an interview

sid nv Jun 10th 2019 4:12 am

Re: Gizza Job
 
Thanks for all comments - much appreciated.
Uber or Lyft - not sure my 19-year-old car will be viewed as suitable by prospective passengers.
Trader Joe's - yes, they seem to have a good rep as an employer, but not hiring here. Ditto Costco.
Census worker - this is one of the first jobs that took my attention. Better pay than most. But, must be US Citizen, so ruled out.
USPS Mail delivery - I have long thought I would love to drive the little USPS right-hand drive vans around town. I have never seen this job advertised, and I guess this is a highly coveted job.
OP never bothered to introduce him/her self: Apologies If I have breached the rules regarding introduction etiquette. Although, if this establishment requires Blazer and Tie to be worn at all times, I will not fit in here.



Jsmth321 Jun 10th 2019 4:56 am

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Any pizza delivery places hiring drivers? They don't normally care what the car looks like, but suppose depends on gas prices if that sort of job will make money or not.

Any casinos in your area hiring?

Steerpike Jun 10th 2019 5:38 pm

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Originally Posted by sid nv (Post 12695868)
Thanks for all comments - much appreciated.
Uber or Lyft - not sure my 19-year-old car will be viewed as suitable by prospective passengers.
Trader Joe's - yes, they seem to have a good rep as an employer, but not hiring here. Ditto Costco.
Census worker - this is one of the first jobs that took my attention. Better pay than most. But, must be US Citizen, so ruled out.
USPS Mail delivery - I have long thought I would love to drive the little USPS right-hand drive vans around town. I have never seen this job advertised, and I guess this is a highly coveted job.
OP never bothered to introduce him/her self: Apologies If I have breached the rules regarding introduction etiquette. Although, if this establishment requires Blazer and Tie to be worn at all times, I will not fit in here.

Not quite sure what her comment regarding 'introduced yourself' was all about ... I don't think anyone does anything special in that regard. Perhaps she missed a post or two of yours where you may have said a bit about your background.

Regarding the several jobs that seem to require citizenship ... were you ever eligible to apply? There are a few recent threads on here where people talk about how long it took them to apply after becoming eligible (myself - 25 years!). It may serve as an illustration to others why you should consider applying even if you don't see much point at the time ... you just never know when it may become useful. I had assumed, when I was hot and heavy into my career, that it was pointless because I didn't want to work for the CIA or military, didn't care about voting, and didn't want to get called for jury duty. Little did I know that it may also prevent me getting a cushy job in my later years!


jeepster Jun 11th 2019 3:48 am

Re: Gizza Job
 

Originally Posted by Jsmth321 (Post 12695874)
Any pizza delivery places hiring drivers? They don't normally care what the car looks like, but suppose depends on gas prices if that sort of job will make money or not.

Any casinos in your area hiring?

Pizza delivery, now that's the ticket. Tips.

TimFountain Jun 15th 2019 4:44 pm

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Originally Posted by Rete (Post 12691387)
As for older workers in Walmart, the pay is chit, the hours crappy, you stand on your feet the entire time, etc.

Very true, but also very sad. Some of them need a job in order to get health insurance and a lot of them need a job because they have no retirement funds, or their funds got wiped out due to illness and crippling medical bills. It's a very f'ed up system in the US.


MidAtlantic Jun 17th 2019 4:25 pm

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Originally Posted by TimFountain (Post 12698544)
Very true, but also very sad. Some of them need a job in order to get health insurance and a lot of them need a job because they have no retirement funds, or their funds got wiped out due to illness and crippling medical bills. It's a very f'ed up system in the US.

Why pick on Walmart when it is generally true of retailers? In fact Walmart are better than many.

sid nv Jun 18th 2019 11:13 pm

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Originally Posted by MidAtlantic (Post 12699276)
Why pick on Walmart when it is generally true of retailers? In fact Walmart are better than many.

This reminds me of a chat I had one time with a Walmart "associate". The Walmart guy asked me where I was from, and when I answered U.K. he said that he had visited the U.K. more than once on business trips to visit a subsidiary operation. His previous job was Engineering Director at a large well-known disk drive manufacturer. He explained that the reason he was now working at Walmart was due to the very high level of stress at his previous position. He reckoned that one more year in his previous job would have killed him due to stress.

Jsmth321 Jun 19th 2019 2:09 am

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Wal Mart has spent the law few years improving things. Lowest hourly wage they offer in stores is now $13 per hour.

They now offer up to 48 hours a year paid time off.

75% of store level managers and department managers started as hourly employees.

They offer medical at 30 hours a week. Plans start at $26 per check.

Average hourly wage is now $14.26 before benefits are included.

They offer ways to get a bachelors degree for $1 per day at their partner schools (only in certain subjects not a free for all.)

They offer those employees without HS the ability to get HS diploma free of cost.

Are they as good as Costco no. But they are improving.


sid nv Jun 19th 2019 3:54 am

Re: Gizza Job
 

Originally Posted by Jsmth321 (Post 12700020)
Wal Mart has spent the law few years improving things. Lowest hourly wage they offer in stores is now $13 per hour.

They now offer up to 48 hours a year paid time off.

75% of store level managers and department managers started as hourly employees.

They offer medical at 30 hours a week. Plans start at $26 per check.

Average hourly wage is now $14.26 before benefits are included.

They offer ways to get a bachelors degree for $1 per day at their partner schools (only in certain subjects not a free for all.)

They offer those employees without HS the ability to get HS diploma free of cost.

Are they as good as Costco no. But they are improving.

That is interesting, because I heard anecdotally that Walmart had deliberately cut working hours in order to not have to pay benefits such as health care.
Hopefully there is some human decency shining through the dystopian gloom of end-game capitalism.

vespucci Jun 19th 2019 4:21 am

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Originally Posted by sid nv (Post 12700034)
That is interesting, because I heard anecdotally that Walmart had deliberately cut working hours in order to not have to pay benefits such as health care.
Hopefully there is some human decency shining through the dystopian gloom of end-game capitalism.

If they'd done it a few years ago during the recession (when actually they reduced workers' hours) that may have been true. But they've done it just when the economy started to improve and they needed to retain workers.

sid nv Jun 20th 2019 4:34 pm

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It is reported that the number of over-65s in the US workplace has increased by 35% in the space of 5 years and is the fastest growing segment in the workforce, so I am going with the trend here.

Had an interview recently at the local equivalent of Jobcentre. I asked the lady there directly if I am wasting my time looking for a job at my age. She assured me that employers are not allowed to discriminate due to age. Having said that, they had me amend my resume to remove all age indicators.

Interview arranged later today at a casino, so perhaps I will get a glimpse at this seedy underworld of racketeering and second-hand cigarette smoke. The interviewer's caller ID is William Hill. Now there is a name I recognize.

Giantaxe Jun 20th 2019 7:57 pm

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My sense is that "casual" service-type jobs - e.g. Walmart greeter etc - are easier to find for over 65's here than in the UK. But in many professions there is rampant ageism. Like Steerpike, I'm a software developer, and it was very noticeable that once I reached 60 I stopped getting any bites for full time employment. I've also worked at a couple of startups where they clearly weren't going to interview older people. All done verbally, of course, so there was no documented track record that could have been useful to prove age discrimination.

civilservant Jun 21st 2019 6:37 pm

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All done verbally, of course, so there was no documented track record that could have been useful to prove age discrimination.
This is the key. If it can't be proved. then it didn't happen.

Steerpike Jun 21st 2019 8:09 pm

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Originally Posted by Giantaxe (Post 12700767)
My sense is that "casual" service-type jobs - e.g. Walmart greeter etc - are easier to find for over 65's here than in the UK. But in many professions there is rampant ageism. Like Steerpike, I'm a software developer, and it was very noticeable that once I reached 60 I stopped getting any bites for full time employment. I've also worked at a couple of startups where they clearly weren't going to interview older people. All done verbally, of course, so there was no documented track record that could have been useful to prove age discrimination.

Of interest, I've just started consulting with a new company that needs only part-time IT support. I'm ideal for them in many ways, in that I prefer part-time work and I happen to have good familiarity with just about everything they have (Dell servers, VMWare, Avaya phones, Ubiquiti WiFi, etc) except that I travel a lot (therefore not local when they may need me) and I'm way over their price range. So we've agreed that I'll help them out short-term until they can identify a long-term resource. We discussed who this 'long term resource' might be. The idea of a recently retired person who wants to stay 'active' but not engaged full-time came up. They are a non-profit / charity organization and are hoping they can locate someone who is 'committed to the cause' and thus willing to accept lower rates. We also discussed using interns. I'm not optimistic about interns but we will have to see what comes along.


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