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  •  Just remember that my access to resources (3+ / 0-)

    is considerably greater than that of most unemployed people in America.

    Our public sector lists all its jobs in one handy go-to place (jobs.wa.gov.au for the State public sector in my home state, https://www.apsjobs.gov.au/ for the Commonwealth jobs). And there are actually reasonable numbers of jobs going at both entry-level and higher-level placements.

    I have access to a functional public transport system that gets me to most important places in a reasonable time period and with a high degree of safety - I can get to no less than eight major shopping centers within an hour of leaving my front door, and live 35 minutes by train from the CBD.

    My unemployment benefit is sufficient to enable access to a phone and internet on a reasonable level without having to choose between that and rent/food/etc.

    There are Job Network Providers who will aid my job search in various ways and by various means, including assistance with my CV etc.

    After six months on unemployment, I'm put into a part-time community work program, providing services to various community-oriented groups. In the past, I've done such things as library assistant at the local primary school, graphics design support for nonprofit groups in the area or working retail in the local Good Samaritans. In my experience, a significant amount of effort is put into matching up the work placement with my skills & interests, rather than just shoving me into anything going.

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    As I said, I do wish that some people would change their attitude (that because I'm unemployed, I must therefore be bludging or cheating the system), but overall the system isn't such a burden on me.

    "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

    by Australian2 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 08:20:44 AM PDT

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    •  We wouldn't want you bludging (0+ / 0-)

      Whatever that might be...

      Interesting on the public service work. Nice touch. Your infestation of Republicans can't be as serious as ours even though the world economy is more tightly linked today than 25 years ago.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

      by TerryDarc on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 09:07:52 AM PDT

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      •  "Bludging" (0+ / 0-)

        (Australian colloquialism):

        slack, skive (Brit. informal), idle, shirk, gold-brick (U.S. slang), bob off (Brit. slang), scrimshank (Brit. military slang) "He was sacked for bludging on the job."

        C/o here.

        "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

        by Australian2 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 09:36:02 AM PDT

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        •  I understand OZ-strine (0+ / 0-)

          if all the other words in the sentence are approximately English. Actually, I love hearing you guys talk. ;-)

          Good luck with the job hunting!

          What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

          by TerryDarc on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 01:49:05 PM PDT

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