To The Daily Sun,
Recently the president has suggested that Americans spend their extra cash from low gas prices to buy a new car.
I have a car with 185,000 miles. I would love to buy a new car. Unfortunately I am unemployed. I have better things to use my "extra cash," such as food. There is no way I could afford a new or used car with less mileage.
I am a mechanical design drafter. I do not have an engineering degree, but I have experience — a great deal of experience. There are very few positions in New Hampshire but a bit more in Massachusetts. I have been applying to positions in Massachusetts and Maine. Yes, Maine. It would be an hour and a half commute each way.
I was a single mother with an ADHD son. My energy went into trying to keep him away from video games, which was his addiction. I tried everything to get him interested in anything else. Fortunately, I succeeded and he excelled in math and graduated college and has a great position and is doing well.
But I am not. I worked as a contract design drafter so that I could take my son to all his outside school activities. And I am glad I did.
For a short time, I was a substitute teacher in a town in Massachusetts. When I stopped substituting, about half dozen students were expelled. The school system could not get anyone to substitute for the middle school, which is where I was most of the time.
The students that were expelled were very smart kids. They did not have any family support and as result they got into trouble.
I am a firm believer that many students who get into trouble at school are very smart and bored — attention deficit kids. But this is another story for another time. I just want to reiterate that I am glad that I did what I did as a mother in keeping my son busy.
When I contracted, I would get laid off and would go to the next job. I would submit my resumes to many contract agencies. I worked all over Massachusetts. Companies would have a number of requirements. Not everyone filled the requirements and the company would pick the best person.
There is a change in employment now. Companies have requirements and they want all the requirements. They can be picky because there are so many unemployed that they can afford to be picky.
Companies are finding that they have gotten by without the extra person and are in no hurry to hire anyone unless they fit perfectly their requirements. Some companies are outsourcing jobs to India.
I have a friend who is an employment recruiter and sometimes she finds the perfect candidate and still the company does not hire.
I am familiar with three different types of CAD software. I have worked with all three in the past and can easily start working with them. But that is not enough. They want experience on the latest version.
When I go to a company they usually have one CAD software. And not all use the latest software package. It is impossible to be up to date on all CAD packages ... unless you purchase the packages and do work at home. The average price of CAD packages is $5,000. I don't know about you, but I do not have that kind of money to spend.
Not only do I not have a job, but the money I spent when I had a good job affects my community. I no longer can spend that extra money in the community. My community suffers.
Today Gov. Hassan is being sworn in for another term. It is a sad day for me, as I do not see anything that she has done to create good New Hampshire jobs with benefits nor keep the ones we have/had.
She went to Turkey for some sort of trade deal.
So many businesses are leaving states for right-to-work states. I wish New Hampshire was a right-to-work state. Businesses are leaving New Hampshire for right-to-work states. I think I heard or read somewhere that six new companies came to New Hampshire last year. Wow! A whole six.....
We have plenty of space and people to work in New Hampshire. We should be actively getting businesses to stay and expand in New Hampshire.
I do not want unemployment. I do not want Obamacare. I want a job. . . a decent paying job with benefits.
Today is a sad day. I am still unemployed and we still have Gov. Hassan. I wonder what the jobs prospect would be in the state if Walt Havenstein was elected?