Getting a job is no game

I have a couple of friends who are currently out of the job because they were laid off by their company. Currently, they are on unemployment and that’s they’re main source of income. One of them is currently still living at home so he’s not too scared about what will happen once his unemployment insurance runs out. The other one isn’t living at home so he should be more worried than the other. Unfortunately, I don’t see any of them making any source of effort to find employment.

I am a little disappointed at the way that they’re handling this matter. I know that it’s probably none of my business what they choose to do with their life but as a friend, I’ve very concerned. The longest that I’ve been unemployed for was a month and even that I got a little worried about my future. I couldn’t stand it sitting around the house and doing nothing because that’s just no way to live your life, especially during this recession. If you don’t have a source of income during times when money is hard to come by, you can find yourself in a lot of trouble.

My dad isn’t working full time right now but at the moment, he’s working somewhere to bring some sort of income. It’s not a lot but it’s enough to put food on the time. I’ve never known my dad to make rash decision where he would put the family in jeopardy and he’s always been willing to do what it takes to make sure that he provides for the family. I’m very grateful for the life that he has given our family. I hope that one day I can show him how thankful I am.

Things like this are what a parent should do for their children. Parents are always looking out for the best interest of their kids. They want to give their kids a good life and they want to provide for them the best that they can. If I was a father, I would be very embarrassed if I couldn’t provide my kids with the bare necessity.

My one friend has been out of the job since the summer of last year because the company that he worked for went bankrupt. My other friend worked at the same location and now both of them are on employment insurance (EI). Both of them should be out there every day applying for a job but from what I can see, they’re just at home playing Halo 3 on the Xbox. From my perspective, they’re just wasting time. I know that it’s hard to find a job right now but it wouldn’t hurt to go out there and try. I would rather be working at some fast food job than wasting away in front of the television.

I was talking to my friend and asked how the job hunting was. He told me that he’s been looking but nothing came up yet which is good, at least he’s trying something. But then he told me that he wants to find something that will pay him “under the table” so he can continue to stay on EI. I told him that it’s not a good idea to do that. It’s better to find a job and get off of EI. And what got me a little pissed off was that he said he’ll talk to me later about it because he’s going back to play Halo.

The other friend has it even worse because he has to provide for a family. I’m not sure how much he’s getting from EI but they recently cut back of his income because of some error which means that he’s getting even less than before. If I was in his shoes, I would be panicking and possibly crapping my pants. To know that a few months down the road that I won’t have any income to provide for my family is scary. I’m not sure what he’s doing about it but it doesn’t seem like much. Much like the other friend, he is also spending time playing Halo and less time concentrating on what matters, getting a job.

I understand that video games can be somewhat of a stress reliever but it’s not helping with paying the bills or putting food on the table. There are countless resources available at your disposal and all you have to do is look for it. I’m sure that my friend is aware of the programs that are available to assist him but he’s not very enthusiastic about it. If you look it from a different perspective, it seems like he’s sort of got it made. He’s at home playing video game and he’s getting an income. Why bother getting a job when you’re getting free money?

I think that my two friends have gotten lazy because of the fact that they’re getting income for not working. It’s a bad state to be in because you’ve gotten to the point where you don’t feel like working anymore so there’s no motivation to find work. But I think that the motivation is there, they just have to open their eyes to see it. And I hope that they see it before it’s too late.

2 replies on “Getting a job is no game”

  1. Hi, as you know. I’m the One. Also, I notice a grammatical error..”wasting away in from of the television”. That is all.

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