Hello family, friends and fellow bloggers. Happy Wednesday…..for us it really is, how do is it said?….”Over the hump day.” As I sit her on the patio writing Walt has exactly 2.5 days left before his weekend begins.
As most of you who read my blog know, I have been out of work now for almost a year, right now there is no end in sight. I read an article on CNN:
G-7: We’re watching Europe’s debt crisis
By Chris Isidore @CNNMoney June 5, 2012: 10:54 AM ET
The following really got to me:
“Last week, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said that the configuration of the euro will become “unsustainable” if policymakers do not take action. World financial markets have been focused on the European sovereign debt crisis, fearing it could spread a recession to other major economies, including the United States.”
It could spread a recession which could include the United States? What are we in right now? Michigan’s last reported unemployment rate was 8.3 in April of this year, Michigan politicians quickly patting themselves on the back announcing that the number had dropped, people are going back to work. Who? Not anyone I know. And there are still four houses on my street that recently posted bank notes in the window…..how did that happen?
Ok, it’s better than the 9% it was at one time but what they fail to mention is that the numbers drop not because people are working….it’s because people are no longer collecting benefits and therefore there is no way to track them, because they are out of the system. We may no longer be at 9%, but I will bet that we are not at 8.3% either.
Today, Michigan Talent Bank posts that there are a 88, 060 jobs on their website in Michigan……there are 780,769 resumes on file. Do the math…even if everyone with a resume was lucky enough to land one of those jobs that would still leave 692,709 people without a job.
Keep in mind that I do realize some people who post their resume on the Talent Bank are not unemployed and are looking for a new position. But I would venture to guess that for every one of the “already working but hey I’m looking” there are two people who are unemployed who don’t have a resume posted on the Talent Bank. I don’t think you can trust the numbers.
When you have a Talent Bank account, there is a counter that shows how many times your resume was found by employers and how many times it was reviewed. Each Monday I reset this counter (even though they suggest you don’t reset…hey what can I say, I’m a glutton for job search rejection), on Monday it showed that my resume was found 14 times and reviewed once last week. Sad, sad, sad.
I find this amusing too….there are two jobs that keep coming up as a new posting, one is for a Recruiter and the other is for a Personnel Manager (haven’t heard that term since the 70’s), the job descriptions on each read like my resume. I have applied to each of them each time the new posting comes up. NOTHING! Nada….no “sorry you’re resume looks great we’re going in another direction”….no “sorry we’ve filled it” …………NOTHING! (HR Etiquette 101 will be covered in another blog posting). These jobs appeared last week yet AGAIN, as a newly posted position and I won’t be surprised when they pop up again in July as a new posting.
I know what the issues are, the challenges I face. Age, titles, salaries.
I don’t have to be a Manager….in fact as time goes on, I don’t want to be the boss any more a title is no longer important to me, I don’t need to climb the corporate ladder. I would be happy, ecstatic actually, to be the Receptionist, (I have applied for many), smiling and greeting clients, passing out visitor badges, making sure supply cabinets are full, working on projects, making sure appointments are kept. I can be an accounting clerk, open mail, match invoices, input data. There are lots of things I can do if only given the opportunity. I don’t have to lead, I can be a great follower who doesn’t need a lot of direction or attention.
Yesterday’s dismal job and economy news was the topic of Walt’s and my conversation last night. Discussing what our/my job prospects are and aren’t, where we stand financially, what we should do, how should we handle things, all things we talk about often.
We are luckier than most, I know that, I am grateful for that, we always have a plan, we think alike on saving, investing (ok, so maybe I’m a little more of a risk taker on investments) and our future. But we are not in our 30’s, we are closer to retirement than we are to building or starting a new career, and these are the concerns and issues we have to take into serious consideration.
So as The Script sings in their song (“FOR THE FIRST TIME”) about unemployment and a relationship…………. Oh these times are hard, yea they’re making us crazy…. but we’re gonna start by drinking old cheap bottles of wine, sitting up talking all night …. both knowing how we’re gonna make it work.
And that’s exaclty what we did last night….we sat up till the wee hours of the morning, talking over a bottle of wine. Our wine of choice last night………
For a $10.00 bottle of wine it was not bad at all. You can taste the blackberry, cherry and the oak, a hint spicy. The oak was not over-powering, very subtle. Walt can drink wine that is so oak heavy you think your drinking tree bark, so when he brought this home and it said “Oak” I was just a tad leary.
Personal Note: I love wine, I am a wine drinker…..I am not a DRINKER. I am usually a one wine glass of wine kind of gal, two makes me giggly and three, well, let’s just say at three I’m silly. Having stated that, I had several (leave it at several friends and family ok – lol), and was pleasantly surprised that I did not wake up with a headache this morning.
Until the next time friends, family and fellow bloggers………enjoy your Wednesday!