He's actually very nice.
March 20, 2012 9:04 PM Subscribe
We have a close friend who needs a job solely for the benefits. The catch: he has been out of the work force for five years and isn't particularly social or skilled. Any thoughts?
posted by Madamina to Work & Money (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Our hetero life mate J. spent the last five years administering both of his parents' (separate) estates and living off of the profits. We love him dearly, but he is dysthymic/depressed (won't go to therapy -- long story) and prediabetic, and he smokes the most godawful cigarettes known to humankind.
He also uses his extremely neurotic dogs, one of whom has a pacemaker (yes, really), as an excuse to stay in.
His COBRA is running out, though, and he needs to get a job -- any job -- to get benefits. It doesn't have to be particularly high-paying, but I don't know what he could do.
He has virtually no resume. He has an associate's degree in graphic design; he used to work in the advertising department of a major newspaper. But that was quite a while back. He's willing to go back to school, but... for what? Luckily, we're here in a state capital with a major university, so he can take civil service exams, but who knows. He isn't in good enough shape to do anything requiring standing/lifting much, and he's not the customer service type, so retail is pretty much out, and I'm hesitant to suggest food service.
So do you have any tips for someone easing back into the workforce after such a break? And any ideas for what he might do?
(We love him, for reals. He is very loyal and kind, even though he does his very best to appear as if he's in training to be a serial killer. Who else would bring a ventriloquist's dummy to a wedding reception?)