I was surfing around looking at stuff when I came across Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist website. This is a site where all kinds of people blog about Gen Y job search and career management issues. I found a post called 10 Things To Do When You Are Unemployed, and thought “I’ll check that out, I’ve written about that stuff before.”
The first line just about made me puke:
I am lucky enough to be able to survive quite comfortably with the unemployment checks that come in every week.
Oh my gosh. Did Joshua really just admit that he is thrilled to be living on the dole??? He goes on to say that he had a tough job at a hotel, and needed to take a break. His words: “I have taken the time off to do the things I love to do.”
You have taken time off? Dude, you are about to lay out 10 things that you are doing while the Government (I mean, my) tax dollars pay you to just chill out.
Fortunately, in the comments there are a number of people who say “shouldn’t GET A JOB! be #1 on your list?”
But you know what? This is the system, and it’s easy to find loopholes and opportunities for abuse.
Later, in one of his comments Joshua writes:
I was lucky enough to be prepared for lay-off and saved enough money throughout my jobs. I was always told by my parents, “jobs are never secure. Always be prepared for downsizing or a lay-off. Save as much as you can and you won’t regret it.” I am not trying to brag, but why am I being faulted for being financially responsible?
Because you said “I am lucky enough to be able to survive quite comfortably with the unemployment checks that come in every week.”
What that says to me is “I’m living off of your (tax) money. Have fun, sucka!”
Viva la dole!