This is real market research -- it won't make you rich, but it will make you some cash and won't cost you anything but a little time.
"Will I Ever Get a Job?"
This is a question the millions of long-term unemployed ask themselves frequently. (Sometimes they ask Google, too, oddly enough.) The answer, unfortunately, might just be, "No."
Presently, there are 5-6 applicants for every job opening. That's what "they" say, anyway. A lot of those applicants are bushy-tailed new graduates willing to work for peanuts. Experience works against you these days, and even the bushy-tailed are having a rough time.
The economy is fundamentally messed up. It is in a state of entropy. Despite what the pundits and propagandists tell us about "recovery," for a good 90 percent of people, the economy is shrinking. (The top 10 percent still fare well, and that's probably why they're so wedded to the status quo.)
Long-term unemployment has never been worse, even during the Great Depression. Even people who have jobs are suffering as the average work week has been slashed from 40 to 34 hours, with a corresponding drop in wages. Every day more and more shops are boarded up and fewer open all the time. The worse things get, the worse they get. It feeds on itself like a starving body, and it will keep doing so for some time.
That's reality. That's what we're dealing with. The American economy will never again be what it was in the 1950s or 1990s. It is impossible by the laws of physics -- there are too many people competing for ever-dwindling resources.
The good news is that never getting another job need not be a horrible situation once you accept it. Personally, I never expect to have another job, and I'm OK with that.
We are -- literally -- in a time when physically surviving unemployment is a real concern. Millions of people's benefits will dry up this year and next as Congress has refused to pass another extension.
So what do you do?
You focus every ounce of energy on making money until you get it flowing. How do you make money? Figure out how you can serve people. What are you good at? What do you like to do? Offer those services. People who need them will take you up on your offer.
It's also important to work collaboratively with others. There is strength in numbers. Partnerships are incredibly important. If you like to wash windows but hate to do sales, find someone who can rustle up some gigs for you and split the profits. Keep your marriage together (Damn, I wish I had done that...) or get married. Two earners and one set of bills is a nice situation. Having someone always on your side through thick and thin is a good thing. (Ugh... here comes the pain...) Anyway, work with others, not against them.
Just keep moving. You might just find that you don't have any particular desire or need to work for the Man.
Of course, if you are looking for a job, you should use indeed,the best job search engine. (Costs you nothing and puts a few pennies in my pocket if you do, too -- thanks!)
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