My step father is a truck driver. He has been one for most of my life and it was a great job, then it went downhill and you just didn’t know if you were going to make money, but the good news is now this job option is coming back, strong and ready to make you a happy traveling worker.
Truck driving schools are popping up all over the country and it’s really an easy job to get into. You go to training for 3-4 weeks (roughly) and then you can start working. Of course there are some restrictions to getting your CDL but if you pass though all of those a truck driving job may just be the career for you! You can go get your CDL on your own, but there are many truck driving jobs with training, so you don’t have to spend any of your money on getting that CDL endorsement.
One great benefit of a job driving a truck is that you can choose where you drive, well depending on the company you work for you can. Find a local company and you can be home every night. If your single or young with no family you can choose to go over the road and travel all over the country. My step father went everywhere and even into Canada and Mexico. It’s really a very interesting career that will allow you to see the country and get paid to do so!
There are also different ways to get paid with truck driving jobs you can get paid per mile or you can get paid per hour. I’ll be honest with you, most places do not pay per hour anymore, so if you find one and want to pursue a truck driving career you better jump on that, but the per mile jobs do pay well too.
So are you ready to start your new truck driving job?
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I am hearing more and more how the economy is getting better. I have to say it looks like it could be, but I’m sure not getting benefits from it yet. I do know that in order for businesses to start hiring people need to start spending again, that apparently is happening. Now I really want to know when those jobs are going to start picking up. I know for me it will be a while before I get anything as my job search has not gone well. I’m the low person on the list and I’m sure that businesses will want experienced workers not someone just out of collage. Why hire fresh when you can get someone who knows their stuff.
Personally when I have my own interior design business I will hire people in school and just out of it, but I like to train people to my thinking, not have someone that I may clash with, I also would like to give people the opportunity I didn’t have. My internship was horrible, I have yet to find work in my field so I know how that is. Of course I may never get my own business I may be that women on the street begging you for change or a hot cup of coffee. You never know.
All I can hope for is that these people are right and the economy is improving. What do you think are we out of the worst of it?
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Your credit. Yes, that is the reason you may be passed over for that much needed job. Your credit stinks or at least you owe something, that means that most collage students will not get jobs. They may find something, but it still will not be enough to pay those wonderful student loans every month and more then likely you’ll file bankruptcy, but that doesn’t cover student loans so your still stuck with bad credit and a horrible job, if you can find that even.
According to this article on ABC news When Your Credit Report Cost You. Almost 50% of companies now check your credit report. Gone are the days where it was mostly checked for positions that required handling money, now everyone gets checked. It’s suppose to show your responsibility, if you pay your bills your responsible, if not you are lazy and are not worth there time. Of course they don’t know the truth behind your credit. Did you lose your job and can’t find new work, did you get a divorce and your spouse ran up the credit card before it was official. It may have been caused by a stolen identity or just simply student loans that have yet to be paid because you can’t find work.
How fair is this. I have known for some time that this was done by many companies, I know that my credit report is a huge reason I can not find work. It stinks, I know this. I check it all the time. My problem is do I put food on the table and keep a roof over my and my parents head (both who are unemployed right now) or do I pay down my credit. I have done what I can, but I’m sure to some employer the fact that I run 3 business does not count, my credit report tells the truth, I am a lazy no good job candidate and my resume just went into the trash.
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I was talking with a friend of mine the other day and we ended up talking about Iran and what they are dealing with over there. Eventually our talk led to what we in the US should or should not be doing to help ourselves also. Now I’m not saying go out and riot or anything, but I feel that many Americans don’t want to speak up and be heard, they are happy with how things have been over the last few decades and don’t want things to change, though in the last few years many things have against all of our wills.
One thing I have heard a lot about is how people do not want the auto industry bailed out, their tired of banks getting everything and themselves nothing. Speak up, write your elected official and tell them so. Email them, go talk to them anything you can do to get what you want across. That is what the United States was built on.
Now my friend feels that because of all of these issues and a lack of anything being done quickly there maybe drastic measures taken as people get frustrated and angry. He sees a very violent revolution starting, something that will change everything we know now and create the start of a whole new lifestyle for Americans. This got me thinking, could it happen?
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It looks like we still will have some troubles ahead when it comes to the economy, so what can you do to pass the time until things get better. Well below I have compiled a list of thing that you can do to entertain or improve your life.
10. Read some books. We don’t have money to go to a theater right now, catch up on reading for enjoyment.
9. Better yet, write a book. Your good at or knowledgeable about something, use it.
8. Get a hobby, painting, photography and other arts related things may not be big now, but get an inventory of good work by January and you may be able to make a business out of it.
7 That brings us to number 7 start a home based business, many do not require much to start up and if your unemployed its a great way to make some extra cash.
6. Spend time with your kids, school is out for summer, take a walk, bike ride or play some fun cheap board games with your kids.
5. Volunteer, if you live in an area where volunteers are needed check out the opportunity, not only can you feel like your doing something, but it looks really good on a resume.
4. Take a class or two, if your a part time student you may qualify for financial aid. Learn something new that is related to your job experience or get a whole new degree, your never too old to go to school.
3. Start a swap day, on a swap day you get together with people you know and swap items for other items, you can set the rules however you want to and sometimes you can get some really cool stuff.
2. Learn a language, there are many cheap programs out there, or you could head to the library and check out a book or cd. Yes libraries still exists.
1. Relax, if your unemployed it’s stressful, bills pile up, you have no money and life in general sucks. Relax and breath and remember eventually it will turn around.
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I have to say I am sick and tired of hearing Republicans downgrade the idea of government run health care? Do they talk to people from other countries or just dream up the bull crap they are putting out there. One recent comment I read involved people losing their health insurance. How would that work if there was a complete government provided health care system, not what they want to do now, but a system where we all put in to pay for everyone to have insurance. That means no co-pays, everyone will have insurance and no more waiting months to get into doctors or to save up for a simple check up.
It’s a sad state of affairs when someone with a chronic illness is being harassed by bill collectors and skipping on medications because they don’t have insurance or the insurance they have sucks. Not everyone can work for GM and get good insurance, oh wait they get crap now too. The only solution to our health care problem is a government insurance program that covers everyone. Yes I know the insurance companies don’t like that idea, but frankly that can bite me. I’m tired of being treated as second rate. In many other countries they get the care they need, why do you think so many other countries are healthier then Americans, it’s not just the food here people!
Really would it be that bad to pay a few dollars more in taxes to get good insurance that covers everything? Oh, and you get back most of what your paying out anyway as the insurance thieves won’t get their greedy hands on it anymore. Do people even know how much money insurance companies pocket each year? If you thought bankers were bad take a long hard look at the insurance companies.
Yes I have gone on yet another rant. Life sucks for everyone right now, why are we living in the 20th century still? Everyone deserves to have good affordable health care, not just the rich, not auto workers, not just some mom who got pregnant at 15 and is on state help, but everyone.
Feel free to leave a comment, what do you think about this subject? If you live in a country where the government covers your insurance how does it work for you? Please when you comment keep your language in check.
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I am watching as gas prices start to slowly rise, they are not as bad as last year, but they may get that way very soon. I plan on cutting down on my driving this summer as I hope to not be in classes, we have not figured that part out yet. I hope others are figuring out ways they can cut down on gas consumption too. Cutting back is the only way to fight high gas prices, not just for a day, but permanent changes are a must.
I also am going to cut back on other things that use oil like plastic water bottles and other plastic items. Think beyond the gas to other things. Not only will it be good for your pocket book but the environment as well. What are you planning to do or not do?