My temple decided 2 months ago to start a task force of volunteers, therapists, etc. to aid the un- and under-employed in our congregation. As a member of the perpetually unemployed, I figured at worst there would be free coffee and cookies*. So I went.
The first meeting was a "needs assessment" to figure out what members of the community actually wanted. We were split into small groups, based on availability. My group was run by a therapist, and was composed of 3 women, all over 50, all single... and me. Now, I know they didn't do it on purpose, but I can only wonder.. is this my destiny?!
Although this group wasn't depressed, there was a sense of desperation. Desperation that I certainly don't feel. I realized something.. everyone I know is unemployed. It's no big deal for us, just the staus quo. "You don't have a job? Great, neither do I, yup sitting here applying, hey look at this great youtube video of a 4 year old narrating a book about kittens! Ain't it just darling?" These women are really missing out if you ask me. One is content to sit in her bathtub all day. Another just did her taxes to pass the time.. but, and I quote***, she was "not ready to to send it in just yet... might have done them a little too fast".
I may have gotten more out of this session than the other ladies, as I was basically offered a couple job like things on the spot (the beauty of not having 70,000+ salary requirements).
1. Concerned about credentials? I usually recommending informed lying. (know what dorm you didn't live in during grad school, what professor you never had, what computer programs
you've never seen)
B. Looking to change direction? Become a career counselor/placement officer. The demand is
*There were no cookies.
**Both of these measure would serve to stimulate the economy, if only briefly.
1. Helicopters are not cheap, nor are missile sized sedatives, and hey.. pilots gotta eat too. Plus think of all the merchandising, and the advertising you could sell during special 24 hour coverage tv news.
2. Tranportation to and from the pentagon, as well as food and campsite rentals (since we're law abiding citizens) would also generate spending, which creates income and stimulates the economy. So ha!
***And I hope she never finds this piece...