Thursday, April 26, 2012

Economic Realities

I’m at a crossroads today. My unemployment benefits are done and I haven’t been able to find employment. Since I’m someone who is looking, I have some ideas of why no one wants to hire me.

First of all, there is the fact that I’ve only worked sporadically since I got married. There were many reasons why it was difficult for me to work, but those of you who have paid for daycare have a clue. When my oldest was not quite two, I had twin boys. Because of the problems I’d had with my first pregnancy, I was considered high risk and I couldn’t have worked. Yes, doctor’s orders. Then there was another surprise.

I was pregnant again. This time I had placenta previa and was hospitalized several times during that pregnancy and had to have an emergency cesarean. I’m thinking I was being told I better stop having kids. That was taken care of.

For the next sixteen years I had a baby in the house. My youngest had several health issues that caused several hospitalizations, a tumor that resulted in several surgeries, and ultimately took her away from me. She was a difficult child to find daycare for, let alone pay for all the kids at different times. So, until 2004, I mostly stayed home with her and worked occasionally.

That doesn’t always translate well when looking for employment. From September of 2005 until December of 2009, I did work at different places steadily. Then I was fired. It was a call center for a cell phone company. I had never worked in one. I spent the next six months applying everywhere under the sun and tool the first job that was offered. It was another call center. Lack of sales quota ended my job there. I have been unemployed and looking ever since. It’s been almost a year.

Can you imagine what an employer thinks when he looks at my resume? She doesn’t have much experience. She’s almost 50. She hasn’t had a great work history. How much can she really do at her age? There are other factors I can’t talk about here, but there are other factors. In other words, there is a lot going against me.

People who aren’t looking for work don’t really understand the reality of the situation. I’ve been told I’m not looking hard enough and I should take what’s offered. Nothing has been offered so I can’t just take it.

The bottom line is this. I NEED A JOB!!!

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