Originally posted by Jordan River
This is my rant, and many of you obviously will tell me how to conduct my life, tell me I am making horrible choices and that it is my fault that I am
unhireable. You will declare to me that you know my situation more, that I should find a trade, that I should have more talents, be more accessible
to the job market, find a certificate, get a degree, kill myself.
No I won't tell you anything like that as I feel your pain brother, literally feel your pain and know what it is like as I am coming from my own
personal experience that was a result from this current economical meltdown. If you'll allow me to step up on my soapbox for a moment here, I
retired from 20+ years active duty U.S. Navy in June 2009 after just turning 38 years old. I retired at what is considered a Senior NCO rank of Chief
Petty Officer (E-7) with an active TS/SCI security clearance, science degree (BSL) along with the equivalent of 15+ years electronic engineering
experience. I networked as best I could prior too retirement checking off every box I could in preparation because I had been a long time believer
that an individual possessed the greatest control over their destiny...and boy was I wrong, oh how I was so wrong.
In short I lost pretty much EVERYTHING and in the process put my Top Secret security clearance in jeopardy as a result. Due to retiring at probably
the WORST possible time in our nations history to do a "career move" (I had no choice at that point as I had put my walking papers in 18 months in
advance and they came back approved for retirement). In addition to me having been senior active duty making around $90k a year once all
benefits/perks were accounted for, my wife and I owned a Day Spa business in San Diego, CA that unfortunately had lost over 62% of it's clientele
over the course of 2008-2009 again due to the economy. We QUICKLY learned that one of the things that most people (most women at least) cut back on
when hard economic times hit is personal grooming type stuff. Instead of getting a brow wax religiously say every 2 weeks, it now became every 4 to 6
weeks (if many stopped altogether) as they began to just go back to trimming/plucking their eye-brows themselves.
My point is, due to the above circumstances I lost the roof over my head, lost ALL the toys (E-46 BMW M3 FULL AC Shnitzer 400+ horsepower, 996 Porsche
911 Carerra Cabriolet, FULLY loaded Nissan 350Z 35TH Anniversary model black on black with more options than a fully loaded Infiniti G35 had including
Brembo brake package along with Navi...a few guns, and damn near my family as a result).
Why? I couldn't find a damn job to save my life!!! I was primed to go into Defense Contracting (I know, I know the "Military Industrial Complex"
but after an entire adult life knowing nothing but military operations/tactics and no longer having the finances to try and go back into business,
what other options did/do I have????). You name it Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and even smaller contractors had anywhere from 8 to
12 ADDITIONAL APPLICANTS for EACH AND EVERY JOB BEING OFFERED!!!
It took me over a year (almost 1 year exactly) to get my career off the ground, but unfortunately not in time to stop bankruptcy
If it were not
from an old sympathetic U.S Navy buddy in Tucson, AZ that chose to repay a favor I did for him and his family back in the 1990's while we were both
on active duty that allowed me to come out to his house with nothing but the clothes on my back and a measly $850 a month retirement/disability check
(injured Kandahar, Afghanistan back in October 2001), I would probably not be here writing about this now, yes I was in that dark of a place at the
time. Something I am not proud of believe me.
Moral of the story...tips include:
1. STAY LIQUID!! Liquidity will be your friend my friend. Times are not like they were, the job will not come to you,
chances are YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GO TO WHERE THE WORK IS.
1a. Cast a BIG NET.
2. Prepare yourself the best you can NOW while you have the means/assets to do so with because once they are
gone, they are gone brother.
3. Prepare yourself the best you can mentally for what is about to come. If you think that you are a pretty humble
person NOW, unfortunately your not as the humility that is about to come will be unbelievable. Just one
example...I for the live of me NEVER expected to be looked so down upon by society when the only thing
I had in the form of electronic money was a DEBIT CARD!! I was looked upon as a no good CRIMINAL for
having NOTHING BUT A DEBIT CARD TO USE (as say goodbye and good riddance to credit cards after you
lose everything those will be gone also).
4. You are about to find out who your TRUE FRIENDS are in life, believe me you will.
Running out of space here. I wish you the best and most important of all...DO NOT GIVE UP NO MATTER WHAT. Good luck.