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    JesseCW, llywrch

    I got laid off when the economy went down.  I haven't been able to find a permanent full time gig since then.  I occasionally have employers ask me what would be a workable rate for hourly work.  I usually suggest something close to 65% of my old salary, but add that number is flexible.  I quote that rate because its close to the minimum amount I can feed myself and make my loan payments if I work 40 hours a week (which isn't guaranteed).  That doesn't include rent since I'm crashing with family and would continue to do so if need be.  The last two times I haven't even heard back from the potential employer.  I think they were car shopping for the cheapest skilled labor they could find and wanted me to come it at less than half of what I was previously paid to do the EXACT SAME WORK.  I can't find a job at my old salary.  I can't find a full time job at half my old salary, and I can't live on a part-time job at half my old salary, assuming I ever find one which I haven't been able to do.
    The new reality sucks.

    I am the typo queen. Sorry in advance.

    by sadpanda on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 02:11:01 PM PDT

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