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#469732 - 04/18/08 09:57 AM Re: Kuck Fansas ***** [Re: Jenny]
Ryan2845 Offline
Max Falkenstien

Registered: 09/05/05
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I work for a conveyor engineering company, we can't enough people. Every engineering firm in the Kansas City area (except the automotive engineering firms) are hiring.




+1, this thread makes me glad to be an engineering major. When I graduated last year I got an offer from every company I interviewed with.

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#469733 - 04/18/08 10:04 AM Re: Kuck Fansas [Re: Ryan2845]
sensei Offline
[censored] you

Registered: 01/12/06
Loc: East Lawrence represent!!!
I agree the state of Kansas sucks. Bad. That's why I'm getting the heck out.
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#469734 - 04/18/08 10:09 AM Re: Kuck Fansas [Re: sensei]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
Get the heck out and you find it was a heck of alot better than you thought.
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#469735 - 04/18/08 10:15 AM Re: Kuck Fansas [Re: Hawklin]
tbhagz Offline
Baby Jay

Registered: 09/25/06
Loc: Your mom's house
I'm still moving back, no matter what you clowns say!
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#469736 - 04/18/08 10:20 AM Re: Kuck Fansas [Re: English_Jayhawk]
13Hawk Offline
Baby Jay

Registered: 07/08/04
Loc: Topeka
OK, here's a copy and paste from
THIS post for LarryB. At the beginning of the post I'm talking about why I was no longer at Channel 13 (thus the 13hawk). Someone thought I was fired from there.



Quote:

"I built the station, ran it, and when they switched management - the new guy told me I would never make more than 11$ an hour. I told him I was at 17$ already... he said "not anymore". So I went to Target Distribution Center.

Fast forward 3.5 years.

I worked Non-con at target, and did Inventory Management. Non-con is all the heavy/expensive stuff (HDTVs, furniture)... I caught a firepit that fell out of the rack while I was 55 feet in the air. The firepit weighed 155 Lbs. = Back injury. They tried to send me home without pay, and I refused. I told them I would take light duty work - just like the 4 other people that were on LD because of injury. Management looked at me funny after that. Did the recommended re-hab and went back to work ahead of schedule.

Fast forward 2 more months.

My niece is born, and my brother wants me to be godfather. No problem. I ask my supervisors 2 MONTHS in advance for the day off. No can do they tell me, we already have 2 people off that day. The 2 people off were 2 guys that had every weekend off for fantasy football. I tell them I wont be there - even offer to find my own replacement.

I call in on the day of the baptism - as is policy - and come into work the next day. I was pulled off the floor and told I was being investigated for "safety violations"... of which there were none of course. A safety violation is the only way - by Target policy - they can fire someone without following a due process.

I ask for proof repeatedly, none was given. I talked to the HR people about it, and was told "I would have closure by the end of the week". They called 1 day before my shift began and told me not to even come back on the property. They said I could fill out an appeal if I thought I had been fired wrongly, but I only had 7 calender days to do it.

Target mailed the packet needed to do that TWICE without postage - certified. I called and complained. They mailed it the third time - 1 day after the deadline. Then I get the Kansas Department of Labor finding that stated clearly that I was fired for missing 1 day of work - "which was found to be justified".

Kansas is an "At Will" employ state - which means that there is nothing... NOTHING I can do about it. I've applied at just about everything here in town short of fast food (because at that payrate - I'll lose the house)... and haven't even got 1 call back.




For the record, I DON'T think it's the states' job to find me a job. I DO think that if the state - and especially the city of topeka - weren't so goddamned good at running businesses off, this wouldn't be an issue for me. My favorite job was a place called Accelerated Care Plus. I built medical equipment like Shortwave Diathermies and Muscle stimulators. Topeka ripped the carpet out from under us by offering some nice tax incentives then not following through on them just 2 years after they offered (after we had constructed the building and began business). This city does this to everyone.

Target is another example. They gave Target a tax break on their property. The stipulation was that they maintained a certain number of employees. The contract doesn't specify how to define "employee" so Target assumed that they meant ANYONE employed by them. Full time, Part time, seasonal, contract... Target is way over the stipulated number set forth in the contract as defined by Target... but the city of topeka decided that they were going to interpret the contract as "regular full time employees ONLY". So after giving them a tax break for 2 years, they up and decide to change the agreement. That's probably why Target decided to get rid of the people like me that made 19 dollars an hour in favor of hiring a bunch of people at 12 dollars an hour - to fulfill the number made up by the city.

There are countless other examples of the exact same thing going on in both this city and this state. Thats why almost every major corporation has left topeka. Payless shoe source is the latest. They are closing up shop here after decades of residency because it will be cheaper for them to build and operate 2 seperate distribution centers out of this state than it is to operate 1 here.

I was halfway done remodeling my house when Target decided to get rid of me. I can't move. Thanks to the politicians in office right now (both Dem. and GOP) the banking system is so screwed up right now we'd probably lose money trying to sell our house anyway. My wife is a banker and handles all of the mortgage side of her bank - believe me, I know. Also thanks to the politicians the price of gas is too damned high for me to drive to even Lawrence - let alone KC - to go to work.

As far as people needing my skills... probably. My problem there is this - I have an education in Electronics Technology and Systems Repair. I can fix electronics the old fashioned way - take it apart, find the part thats broken, and fix the part. --- NOONE does it that way anymore. Now you take a whole board out of something and slap a new one in and off you go. I'm skilled in computers... I'm skilled with audio and video equipment... But I don't have a degree in them. I'm halfway through my studies for both A+ certification and CCNA certifications... but halfway doesn't get you hired. 10 years ago my education was the right choice. This year it is worthless. I'm "scary-smart" ( heh)... but noone hires people based on potential nowadays (except the NBA).

... and as far as temp or recruiting agencies goes... how about : Addecco, Key staffing, Manpower, Westaff, Premier recruiting, Bossler Brown, Express Personnel. It really isn't like I'm not trying here guys... thats what has me so damned infuriated and suicidal.

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#469737 - 04/18/08 10:21 AM Re: Kuck Fansas [Re: Hawklin]
sevenyearhawk Offline
Max Falkenstien

Registered: 08/28/07
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Get the heck out and you find it was a heck of alot better than you thought.




AMEN!

tb, you're going to have some re-adjustment ... the pace of life is different here, we went through reverse culture shock when we moved back.
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#469738 - 04/18/08 10:24 AM Re: Kuck Fansas [Re: 13Hawk]
13Hawk Offline
Baby Jay

Registered: 07/08/04
Loc: Topeka
Long story short guys - thanks for the support one way or the other. Last night was just a bad night. I don't have any friends here in town anymore, and I really needed someone to talk to. Even if this is just a collection of dots on a phosphorus screen... it made me feel a little better.

I'll find a way to make it all work. Everyone always does. But it doesn't mean we can't bitch about it while we are doing it.

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#469739 - 04/18/08 10:25 AM Re: Kuck Fansas [Re: 13Hawk]
larryb Offline
Gutter

Registered: 05/02/07
Loc: Work
My bad 13! That's horrible! Not that it matters to you but I am going to boycott Target after reading that. I now somewhat understand your hatred towards Kansas as well. I don't know how I can help you but if I can/could I would be more than happy to try.
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#469740 - 04/18/08 10:34 AM Re: Kuck Fansas [Re: larryb]
sevenyearhawk Offline
Max Falkenstien

Registered: 08/28/07
is there a lawyer on the board?

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#469741 - 04/18/08 10:35 AM Re: Kuck Fansas [Re: sevenyearhawk]
DarthJayhawk Offline
Big Dipper

Registered: 10/10/07
Loc: Hatin' Mark May
13hawk,
I'm sorry about your luck(or lack of it.) It must be really frustrating to have several skill sets and not be able to find employment with any of them. Maybe by looking outside those areas that you are familiar with you will find something that will work. I'm currently in a job that I never thought I would be doing. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't, but at least I have a job, and it's better than a lot of alternatives.
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#469742 - 04/18/08 10:36 AM Re: Kuck Fansas [Re: larryb]
gquinn225 Offline
Prolly Thinks U Dumb

Registered: 06/02/06
Loc: Mile High City
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I don't know how I can help you but if I can/could I would be more than happy to try.




go to his website. click on donate.

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#469743 - 04/18/08 10:36 AM Re: Kuck Fansas [Re: larryb]
13Hawk Offline
Baby Jay

Registered: 07/08/04
Loc: Topeka
I KNOW how you could help me.






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#469744 - 04/18/08 10:37 AM Re: Kuck Fansas [Re: 13Hawk]
gquinn225 Offline
Prolly Thinks U Dumb

Registered: 06/02/06
Loc: Mile High City
the hell with that 13....topeka is too close to lawrence...there would be too much fallout hitting the city.


the nuke is a no go.

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#469745 - 04/18/08 10:41 AM Re: Kuck Fansas [Re: larryb]
WDNR2007 Offline
Peasant-O-Douche

Registered: 10/07/07
Loc: Boulder, CO
Has anyone looked over your resume? I don't know what kind of jobs you are applying for but if you are applying to medium/large corporations with HR departments, there may be something in your resume (in addition to not having a degree) that is resulting in you being screened out before your qualifications are considered.

I'm certainly not advocating lying here, don't get me wrong. And I'm not making assumptions...your resume is probably great. Just throwing one more suggestion out there. I had a business professor a couple of years ago who was a VP of IBM before retiring to teach. He gave us a lot of good information on how to write a good resume, what companies look for, etc. Anyway, if you're at all interested I could scan it in and e-mail it to you. Might sound ridiculous, but hey...desperate times call for desperate measures.

But, as others have said...job market sucks everywhere. Love to have you on the board, but jayheel is right...you should be out meeting people however you can. I'm graduating this summer and I already have an awesome job lined up because I was assertive at a dinner party at a friend's parent's place. Good luck.
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#469746 - 04/18/08 10:53 AM Re: Kuck Fansas [Re: gquinn225]
13Hawk Offline
Baby Jay

Registered: 07/08/04
Loc: Topeka
Here GQ... I'll go bigger so nobody in Lawrence would notice... maybe 10 Megatons?



No... maybe bigger... how about 57 Megatons?


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