Archive for January, 2013

What did you do during the Recession, Daddy?

January 7, 2013

or Mommy, of course.

Recognize this question?  It was a solid theme of twentieth-century USA journalism.  How would you explain what you did during the …….. War?  Fight, supply, sacrifice, protest?

Which brings us to the dawn of 2013.  Wars are still being fought, but the draft keeps many folks from being confronted with that question.  (And that’s a topic for another blog.)

But for those who have been unemployed for six months or longer,  how will you answer the question?

I keep hearing of prejudice against hiring long-term unemployed.  Maybe because employers fear:

  • they are looking for something better,
  • they are depressed and demoralized,
  • there must be a reason they have been rejected by others.

So – what did you do during your period of unemployment?

I brushed up on my spoken Spanish.

I renewed my notary license and volunteered my services at the library.

I worked at the church food bank.

Be ready.  This question will come up.  Look energetic.  Be grateful for the opportunity to have caught your breath and gained a new focus. Anyone who cares to share a dynamite answer to this question, please post!

Happier New Year to all

January 1, 2013

This year, I’m happy to see January 1 roll around.  I sense that wonderful let’s roll up our sleeves and get going attitude in the air.  And I hope I’m not wrong about this.

Let’s put 2012 behind us. This means you: friends, clients, and family members who are unemployed or way underemployed. And there are so many of you!  We are all watching the congressional negotiations which might or might not bode well for the economy, of course, including the extension of federal unemployment benefits.

But I’m also watching the predictions that this will be a year of recovery.

What is recovery?  I’m hoping it means…

  • more new jobs being created,
  • more confidence in the workplace that leads to more hiring,
  • a surge in job search activity among those who have gotten discouraged,
  • a sense that the recession is behind us and growth is at hand.

I’m not an economist.  I’m only a person who is really glad to put up a new calendar, toss out the last of crumpled wrapping paper and ribbon, and get on with it.

A happier new year to you all.