you don’t need benefits

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So, one of my favorite bloggers, Fred Clark (aka Slacktivist) has been hosting a job thread like this one i did for BlueHost Black Friday Deal 2016. I tossed my hat in the ring to see if anybody knows of anywhere that is hiring, and found that I’ve ran straight into a Catch-22. Another commenter on the thread says:

I’ve found a lot of companies nowadays aren’t hiring direct anymore. They’re all hiring through contracting agencies where they keep people on “probationary” employment for a year or so before committing to hiring them on permanently. Though a company may have a position advertised on its website, it’s quite often the case that you can’t apply for it directly (well, you CAN, but it most likely won’t result in anything).

I’d been working part-time for five years before applying to a contracting agency that specialized in my field. I was placed in a full-time contract-to-hire position within a month and am quite happy with the job I landed in. It sucks, but in today’s economy, you pretty much have to have an “in” to get anywhere. No one’s willing to take risks.

I’m right back in the same position I was in regards to healthcare. The one thing I can’t afford to be without, and a lot of companies are hiring employees without benefits, particularly health care. It’s rather discouraging.

But it’s okay! Repeal Obamacare! We’ve got the BEST HEALTHCARE IN THE WORLD, baby!

4 thoughts on “you don’t need benefits

  1. Ken 0

    Yes this is how it is sadly. the world after cheap oil… but at least we aren’t back to slavery and naked feudalism right? oops. :P

  2. Elaine

    When I contracted full time through a contracting agency, I did manage to get health care bundled in. I, too, couldn’t live without health care (can’t do martial arts without it) and I was surprised to hear that I got it with the agency. So much better than COBRA…

  3. Ken 0

    I had the option of COBRA during the good ole stimulus days, so my coverage was 35% of the full premie. it was better than nothing and really paid off after an incident.

    I work in a clinic now and can attest that insurance cos are a gangster PITA. but they are at least “professional” in their obstinance. more than i can say for other industries above and below board.

  4. Ken 0

    I’m covered now on a partner’s policy but that could change any day now.

    the one good thing about health insurance (“sick care”) going away is that ppl are starting to be more healthy. because there isn’t a choice, unless you pay cash to your doc.

    i think the future will see cash (and barter) pmts to doctors as doctors are being squeezed mightily by insurers also not just us “consumers”

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