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  •  Where were we in this rather dismal narrative? (1+ / 0-)
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    Oh, yes! Long-term underemployment, admittedly partly due to my own issues, but due largely to disappearing living-wage jobs. (A disappearance that isn't supposed to matter, I guess, if you "get in touch with your passion." The money will follow. That's what the job-hunting books have said since the 1980s, right? Yeah.)

    To fast-forward, in about 2006, after a long stint as a substitute teacher, across all grades and subject areas, I decided to be a classroom teacher. For the first time in my life, I had what felt like a vocational "fit." This, after all, was a livelihood I was getting into on purpose. I had enough self-knowledge to know how my skills and interests would enhance the field. I had enough knowledge of the field that I was getting into it few or no illusions. I wasn't going to burn out. I was in it for the haul. After many hurdles, I got my teaching certification in 2010. And then the market for new teachers crashed, and crashed big. It was unprecedented in my lifetime, or in the memories of people my parents' age, this public-sector train-wreck. I'm in a teaching specialty where my phone, just a few years ago, would have been ringing off the hook. Now, nothing. I'm doing everything a reasonable person in my position would do to land work, including being willing to relocate. But I'm unemployable. With student loans :)

    You wonder why I sound bitter? You wonder why I read remarks like yours, and smirk? Here's the kicker: You wonder how many other personal stories out there, sound strikingly like mine?

    I hope you do.  

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 12:32:00 PM PDT

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    •  Personal? (0+ / 0-)

      Wait a second.  My assessment of the economy is on actual data from the SF Business Times.  If you want to point out inaccuracies from the SF Business Times, go right ahead.  You're more than entitled to.  Understand though, what the heck have you explained to me that you've done in your job search, networking in such that I'm not doing?  Or have you been doing the same thing as I have?

      I would have thought someone like yourself or others might actually want to ask me, "Can you help me?"  Instead, you prefer to vent and put my arguments down as if I'm using my own personal stories for the basis of my argument.  I'm NOT.

      Again, I am NOT using personal stories of my own to evaluate the job situation.  I'M STILL UNEMPLOYED OKAY?!

      Just go on the frickin Eventbrite, Meetup and other outlets and search for "business" or "networking" keep yourself busy instead of being on Daily Kos.

      And I'm sorry but I'm living in the Bay Area my whole life.  I'm a Berkeley native, graduate of Berkeley High, the best high school in the Bay Area and am a progressive Democrat who has been through rough times myself not related to this current economy or related.  And on that student loan front, gosh, it needs to be reformed.  The whole UC Berkeley and CSU system is getting the short end of the stick.  Maybe that's why I'm going to University of San Francisco instead as it's private and boy, it's a bargain compared to most schools.

      God, I feel like I'm wasting my time writing my responses here.  I could be out following up with the number of marketing professionals who I have to connect with who are job seekers and employed professionals or e-mailing back the recruiters I deal with on a day-to-day basis who get me set up with interviews all the time.  My association has a marketing event tomorrow we have to fill attendance with and we're working our butts off and doing so and we have people from Marketo and Vertical Response speaking.  All the nature of being in the marketing profession.

      Anyway, keep up the fight.  You're not alone.  I'm actually planning on being a professional networking expert once I'm employed so I'll be of service to any of you Kossacks who want to look for a job.  In fact, I plan on starting a company myself while I'm in my MBA program to use technology to put people back to work.  I get sad every day to see someone getting unemployed or under employed and I want to help out.

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