posted on May, 11 2012 @ 04:31 PM
I had my own business for 10yrs when the clowns on Wall Street tanked the economy. My clients started folding and contracting as their businesses
strated drying-up. In the Spring of 2008 when my world was starting to come apart I was asured by Pres Bush and John McCain that 'fundamentals of the
country's economy were sound'. Apparently they were significantly mistaken.
My income from my consulting business was a healthy six-figures for all those years. Long before it tanked I started looking for work 7-days-a-week.
I was registered on every professional job site, had professional recruiters and scoured every website that had job listings. I wasn't able to find
a job until Fall of 2010 Over 2yrs of looking). I am very highly skilled with a ton of experience in a field that has a dearth of talent. Naturally
there was no unemployment for me. I was sending out resumes by the dozens and if I could get 1 interview every 3-4mos I was doing great.
Over two years to find a job? What a loser I am, uh? Not everything works the way people of that mindset seem to think it does. I was fortunate to
be back making six-figures. But I was in no way holding out. My wife and I came a hairs-breadth of losing our home. I sold everything I could to
pay bills. In the winter we were buying diesel 5gal at a time to keep the heat on cause we couldnt pay for an oil delivery. I tried applying at
every kind of place you can name: WalMart, fast food restaurants, other entry-level jobs but because I' always held high-level jobs no one would
even talk to me. I begged on more than one occasion. No way. So it isn't always that easy for reasons you may not necessarily understand.
I have a very close friend and colleague. He works in the same industry as I do. He has been looking for 3yrs. He's gotten a few part-time
consulting gigs but cannot find a fulltime job. No unemployment for him either. There are so few jobs in his field and so many people looking the
odds are stacked against him.
My wife is a highly skilled real estate paralegal with a great many years under her belt. She had her hours cut-back to part-time. Wanting fulltime
she's found herself competing with out-of-work lawyers taking paralegal gigs.
So, my friends, it's not always so clear-cut. The real world doesn't start and stop at your doorstep.