I was hoping this move led to something permanent.

I think seasonal and part-time positions should be banned, or at least severely limited. Companies should be only hiring for full-time, permanent positions—sure, I can understand daytime, evening, overnight shifts, but all positions should be BOTH permanent and full-time. None of this ”scaling”, hiring third-party contractors, seasonal or part-time stuff. Even for something ”basic” like retail. During slow or down times, have workers do cleaning, fixing, other secondary work, which balances out during those hectic times of year when demand increases.

People need to make a living. We need benefits. We have bills to pay. No employer wants to play second-fiddle to another because someone has to work multiple jobs to make ends meet, because the only jobs they can score turns out to only be part-time, especially in poorer or more rural areas. The idea that keeping people on their toes, always working as if they may be laid off at some point promotes incentive is wrong—yes, while there will always be some kind of freeloading, it’s been shown time and again that if people know they have something permanent, that alone provides incentive and promotes good work ethic.

I really hate that us good workers are so easily disposable anymore, and that it’s nepotism, cronyism, and the ass-kissers that get ahead, whether it’s moving from part-time/seasonal to full-time/permanent, get a promotion, or gets even a raise, while most of us who are hard-workers, just do our jobs, we get left behind, we don’t get those pay raises, we don’t get promotions. And people wonder why we’re in a ”great resignation”. Because we are tired of the bullshit modern workplaces has become!

I won’t regret working this seasonal job. I just wish it led to a permanent position. I kept hearing about all this growth, all this expansion … but I’m being let go by month’s end because of problems I won’t disclose.

Fucking Montana has no protections for trans people. Even if Missoula does have protections locally for people within the LGBT community, , I know I’d be safe back in New Jersey where my rights are protected everywhere.

I am not asking for much—just a job I would like to continue coming to most days, have a workplace where I get along with everyone, somewhere that constantly encourages me to do my best, and one job that can provide me with enough income to cover the rent, utilities, car stuff, other bills, and a bit leftover for savings, retirement, and a little discretionary spend. I just wish I landed this dream job permanently.

One hell of a Christmas present. I wouldn’t change coming out west again for the world. Just only that bit where I applied for something goddamn permanent… Let’s see how this next chapter works out.

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