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Lion in Winter Jun 24th 2019 1:56 pm

Re: Gizza Job
 

Originally Posted by sid nv (Post 12700715)
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.

How did it go?

And who won the 2:20 at Kempton Park?

Mempete Jun 24th 2019 2:06 pm

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Worked at a Casino for a year in Tunica MS... Great Job as long as you can handle the unsocial hours. Be aware though they are paranoid about their money and how you handle it.

Steerpike Jun 24th 2019 5:13 pm

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Originally Posted by Mempete (Post 12702033)
Worked at a Casino for a year in Tunica MS... Great Job as long as you can handle the unsocial hours. Be aware though they are paranoid about their money and how you handle it.

I'm guessing you have to like cigarette smoke also? I'm guessing these day's they'll make you sign waivers for 2nd hand smoke?

Mempete Jun 24th 2019 5:16 pm

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No worse than sat in seven lanes of traffic in a rush hour😝all jobs have drawbacks

Giantaxe Jun 24th 2019 5:22 pm

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Originally Posted by Steerpike (Post 12702149)
I'm guessing you have to like cigarette smoke also? I'm guessing these day's they'll make you sign waivers for 2nd hand smoke?

I have a friend whose brother died in middle age of lung cancer. The guy never smoked a cigarette in his life, but he worked for a couple of decades in a night club where second hand smoke was constantly a factor. Nothing can be proven, of course, but there is a high probability that second hand smoke killed him. I would be really wary of taking a job in such an environment.

Steerpike Jun 24th 2019 5:24 pm

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Originally Posted by Mempete (Post 12702150)
No worse than sat in seven lanes of traffic in a rush hour😝all jobs have drawbacks

Speaking of jobs, drawbacks, etc ... how does current employment law handle people who travel? I see lots of gnashing of teeth on this forum about salaried people having to (or choosing to) work 'extra hours', but what about those who have to fly off Sunday night (or Monday morning) and return Friday? I've known people in 'consulting' and also in 'sales' who practically live 'on the road' (in generic hotels across the country) for much of the year; they literally see their family on weekends only. I've had glimpses of that life myself when I was a techie doing installs, troubleshooting, design review meetings, training, etc - sure, I only 'worked' from say 9-5 but I was away from home and often in some boring shit-hole with very little to do every evening. I decided way back that I'd rather work 12 hours a day at home than do a nominal 8 hour job 'on the road'.

sid nv Jun 24th 2019 6:46 pm

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I was rejected for the casino job for lack of relevant experience. My casino experience is limited to sitting in front of a 1c slot machine in order to benefit from free beer. But it was refreshing to hear "No" at the face-to-face interview, unlike two other interviewers who said "We'll let you know" and after over 3 weeks, no they haven't.

A delightful opportunity has presented itself in my quest for non-ageist employers in the form of a job advertised at . . . the Department of Employment. It will be interesting to see how they wriggle out of this one.

Leslie Jun 24th 2019 7:00 pm

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Postmates


https://postmates.com/

Mempete Jun 24th 2019 7:27 pm

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Hey good luck if you could get in at the dept of employment... At least you could see other opportunities as they come in. As far as worker rights that was mentioned in a previous posting... Hmmm there is the law and then there are ways round them.. Gladly I am retired from many years as a manager of people. Hearding cats comes to mind, Whatever you choose remember your old enough to ask all the questions at the interview that they tell you not to ask.

sid nv Jun 24th 2019 8:27 pm

Re: Gizza Job
 

Originally Posted by Steerpike (Post 12702161)
Speaking of jobs, drawbacks, etc ... how does current employment law handle people who travel? I see lots of gnashing of teeth on this forum about salaried people having to (or choosing to) work 'extra hours', but what about those who have to fly off Sunday night (or Monday morning) and return Friday? I've known people in 'consulting' and also in 'sales' who practically live 'on the road' (in generic hotels across the country) for much of the year; they literally see their family on weekends only. I've had glimpses of that life myself when I was a techie doing installs, troubleshooting, design review meetings, training, etc - sure, I only 'worked' from say 9-5 but I was away from home and often in some boring shit-hole with very little to do every evening. I decided way back that I'd rather work 12 hours a day at home than do a nominal 8 hour job 'on the road'.

I did an installation one time in Saudi Arabia, during which I needed a part shipped out from the factory. Ordinarily I would have returned to the UK to wait for the part to arrive, but in this case the travel visa was only valid for the single business trip. So rather than return and apply to the London Embassy for another visa, I sat in Saudi and waited for the part to arrive. It took 3 weeks for the part to ship and clear customs.

sid nv Jul 2nd 2019 12:57 am

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I am seeing a pattern here; at 3 different job interviews received an almost identical comment: "Well Sid," (interviewer leafing through resume with raised eyebrows) "you sure have a lot of experience here". I can think of two possible interpretations to this remark:
1. You are a Jack of all trades, and Master of none.
2. You are too old.

Back at the Jobcentre this morning, which was a lot busier than last time. One geezer started complaining loudly at the front desk, but was hustled off to a cubicle before I could get the gist of his complaint.
I have a hazy memory of being in a Jobcentre in the UK just once many years ago, the main difference being on that occasion there was not a security guard armed with a gun sitting at the front counter.

jeepster Jul 2nd 2019 4:05 am

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Originally Posted by sid nv (Post 12705314)
I am seeing a pattern here; at 3 different job interviews received an almost identical comment: "Well Sid," (interviewer leafing through resume with raised eyebrows) "you sure have a lot of experience here". I can think of two possible interpretations to this remark:
1. You are a Jack of all trades, and Master of none.
2. You are too old.

Back at the Jobcentre this morning, which was a lot busier than last time. One geezer started complaining loudly at the front desk, but was hustled off to a cubicle before I could get the gist of his complaint.
I have a hazy memory of being in a Jobcentre in the UK just once many years ago, the main difference being on that occasion there was not a security guard armed with a gun sitting at the front counter.

I don't why you British are so sensitive about guns, if you behave yourself you won't get shot. It's that simple.

Have you taken my advice and gone to a pizza joint? 20 year old cars are de rigueur for pizza delivery, and sometimes you're able to get a free pizza (mistakes happen).


spouse of scouse Jul 2nd 2019 4:58 am

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Originally Posted by jeepster (Post 12705353)
I don't why you British are so sensitive about guns, if you behave yourself you won't get shot. It's that simple.

.

:huh: Tell that to the families of the kids shot at school, and all the other innocents victims of murder by gun.

jeepster Jul 2nd 2019 5:38 am

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Originally Posted by spouse of scouse (Post 12705363)
:huh: Tell that to the families of the kids shot at school, and all the other innocents victims of murder by gun.

Have you noticed, the English laugh easily but don't really have a sense of humor. they're always outraged about something or another.

spouse of scouse Jul 2nd 2019 6:01 am

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Originally Posted by jeepster (Post 12705372)
Have you noticed, the English laugh easily but don't really have a sense of humor. they're always outraged about something or another.

Nope, haven't noticed that. I think British people in general have a fantastic sense of humour :)


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