Not a Client from Hell, but a glimpse into the employment hellscape we’re all living in.
An older friend of mine, an older woman in her 70s was looking to re-join the workforce because she didn’t have enough savings (which was sad enough).
Friend: You know, 15 to 20 years ago, I was earning more money per hour than what’s offered now in the same field. I could find a full-time job with benefits easily, and the work was stable. In fact, even when I wasn’t working full-time I could still keep my benefits.
Me: That sounds like it was nice.
Friend: It was. I could afford to go on nice vacations around the world. And I didn’t even have to get a college degree.
Me: Wow, that’s cool.
Friend: Now, when I look for work, benefits aren’t as easy to come by, the pay doesn’t keep up with basic standards of living, and the interviewers aren’t as professional. I’m also not being offered the option to work full-time. And, the traffic to get to work is horrible.
Welcome to the world I’ve lived in since I graduated from college ten years ago…