What a waste of time. Since I had no choice, however, I went and danced for the NYS Department of Labor.
They sent me a notice that said, in essence, if I wanted to see unemployment insurance benefits, I would have to show up for a "Re-Employment Workshop". Granted, I'm unemployed, and it's not like I can snap my fingers and get a new job. Still, I really didn't think there was much they were going to be able to tell me about hunting for a new job.
I had no choice in the matter, so I went. Once there, I saw why people think so little of civil servants--because of guys like the one running this "workshop". I once was a civil servant, and I never cared for people making jokes, since the people I worked with were, for the most part, bright and hard working.
So what did he teach us? Nothing! He collected forms from us, ridiculed one woman who didn't fill out her forms in advance, and then he went into the navigation section of the class.
Navigation? Why, yes. One guy had a question--"I'm going to be working a temp position in Somelittletownin, Pennsylvania, so how should I handle that?" This got a half-assed answer, followed by the guy running the workshop asking, "Is that near Someotherlittletownin, Pennsylvania, because I have to go there on Friday? How would I get there?"
We then learned that if he goes over the Outerbridge Crossing, he'd find himself further south on the New Jersey Turnpike, thereby saving time, after which he could go to Exit 6 and head west into Pennsylvania.
Why, thank you, State of New York, now I know everything will be fine and I'll soon have a new, good job!
Anything else I need to tolerate before I get my checks?
Nice to see my tax dollars being so well spent!