Living Under a Cloud

Stephanie in Detroit, writes,

Dear Red, I am so confused as to what is going on with things in my life! I have been unemployed for over two years, I have been putting in applications everywhere, I have tried places that I would never think I would [do]. But I am becoming so depressed and sad because I don’t know what is this black cloud over my head and when is it going to end. Red, do you see me getting a job any time soon? Or having a better life?

Dear Stephanie,

Things certainly have been challenging for you, but you, like so many others, are collateral damage to the economy. You are in an area that has an extremely high unemployment rate, and this makes for a lot of competition on the job front, regardless of what jobs you are considering. Even though it’s hard, try not to take it personally, because it isn’t personal.

What you need is a little help. Schedule an appointment with your local unemployment agency to discuss what programs you qualify for as far as career education and placement. I see you in a government assisted program dealing with healthcare. It is through this program that you will receive additional education and training, as well as career assistance placement.

While you are in training, I do see you working part-time in retail. While it isn’t a whole lot of money, every little bit helps. Try not to look at it as a step back, but as a step forward. Going from unemployed to employed and in school is a huge leap in the right direction.

While it’s going to be a while before you have everything settled in your world, you will be working full-time in healthcare before the end of the year. The cloud you’ve been living under will dissipate, and the sun will shine for you once again.

Good luck!

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