The title is self explanatory.
I don’t know what else I can do to put money on my table. I am cooked either way, apparently.
I have no other ideas or brainstorms. I don’t know what way to go.
This is one big whistle in the dark the size of the Milky Way. There is nothing I can do about it. I can only try.
This was another crummy week of nothing and zero success in the way of the job search. I emailed off another resume; that was Tuesday night and I did not hear from the company.
I no longer wait for these people. They usually call within 3 days if they are interested and more typically I will hear from them the day after my resume goes to them.
If it goes much longer than 3 days, I don’t consider the company a viable option for me to consider employment with. In the past, that would be normal to wait longer than 3 days — not anymore. This isn’t the old days where things used to be normal when you were searching for a job.
I don’t have the patience or time to wait around anymore. No call/email in 3 days = cross them off the list and forget them.
The quantity of ads is also rapidly diminishing. Very few companies are hiring and the ones who are are run by idiots, owned by monkeys or simply don’t know what it is they want or how to conduct a candidate search. Who in tarnation ever heard of interviewing 12 people for a simple office manager job???
A marketing manager asked me questions that were geared to a much younger candidate…which means that that is what they wanted: somebody just entering the job field. Which also means the pay stinks.
We have seen it, all of us — what type of ineptness exists out there. This is hopeless — hopeless for me and hopeless for the rest of us. And at this point, I feel like I am begging or that I want a handout of some kind.
I have no other ideas regarding what to do with my future nor do I know what to do to put money onto my table.
I have no other game plans and no other possible options.
Keep on looking at the ads and waiting to see if I get a job via that route?
That plan’s not working and hasn’t, in months. This is now a fool’s game.
The fact of the matter: the worst of companies are running the ads and are doing the hiring. We have all seen it during our own job searches: the wrong people are being hired and maybe I’m some kind of jealous ole fart or something but why do I think the men who are doing the hiring are looking for a concubine, and not an admin???
The second option is go back to school. Nonoption; we have no more fields that are hot or in need and besides, who’s got the money or time? now it’s get a whole certificate or a whole degree! This is shit that the education cartel cooked up; it’s for their financial benefit, not yours.
The days are gone where you can take 1 or 2 courses and pursue another field of employment. The days are also gone where you could pursue a career that utilizes your degree and the experience you got from a job in the field you were in — not anymore.
Option 3 is go back to school and pursue operating a company of my own. Again, I don’t have the money or time for school. (If I was fully employed, maybe I’d consider school. I don’t know)
I don’t see what other direction I can go into to guarantee full time and livable wage employment. I don’t even know if I am heading in the right direction or whether or not this is something that is viable for me. I have no intuition, no gut feelings, no nothing. And I didn’t have any, either, when the conventional job search was taking place.
I have tried calling former employers to see if they will rehire me. No way: one of them may be closing soon — and I called the head honcho 3 years ago, for the same reason. he told me to drop my resume off at HR (for some reason he did NOT want it faxed to him directly or emailed to him directly; I never could figure out why that was) and when I called him to follow up on my resume/phone inquiry, I never got a call back from him. So forget it.
The rest of the companies I worked for are closed. Or they’ve merged with another company and nobody I worked with is in the merged company’s employ. Or the owner retired and is MIA, or dead, or un-reachable: the person’s phone number and address changed over the years. (this is the great big advantage of being an older worker. Groovy)
The other 2 companies that are left: one is smaller and isn’t hiring and the other one…long story. No way can I call them.
We have no more fields in demand. There is no way I can move to some state or locale where the jobs are more plentiful.
So it’s plod ahead and start up a company.
I will do it at no cost: I can operate the business out of my home studio; I do not need an off site studio or other external area of operation. Clients need not come here; I can meet them at a food court or a Dunkin or a Starbucks if they want to discuss a project with me.
I need not resort to a print ad to generate business or spread the word about my business. Nobody is running ads anymore; it’s now Facebook and the interwebs and other social media. If I choose to run an ad on a website that covers our town’s news, it will cost me $10. Big deal.
I know of somebody who does kid’s parties and provides entertainment for kids; he never advertised or had a website; he taped a flier to his car window. He got many many calls and clients that way, plus word of mouth didn’t hurt. He had no website at all.
I already have competed projects here that can count as a “portfolio” — and I won’t even need a portfolio per se; all of the projects will be different and as per the client’s suggestion and what I can think of, as well: each completed product will be unique in quality and layout, etc.
I also don’t want to be somebody who tries to start a business and then have it not pan out; I don’t want to spend my life trying business after business.
I also need clients immediately. And the minimum price I will charge…art is not cheap. The smallest painting will cost you $300 if you buy one at a local artist’s studio tour.
And the ugly truth of it: if you go out of business, that’s that: you cannot collect unemployment. Nor are you putting any money into the system for Social Security…and this also means Pay Your Own Health Insurance.
Businesses are also economy driven. A business of the type that I will be running: even more so. Nothing I can do about that.
I can expect to pay 4 grand on a modest 45K a year business.
What else can I do?
I am out of suggestions, ideas and options; starting a business is the only direction I can think of heading into.
And I cannot tell you how many companies I cold called: I cold called many when I got laid off; I was given 2 and a half months of severance so while the severance was up and on line, so to speak, I did cold calls back then: NOTHING resulted.
I am active in local organizations that do lots of fundraising for scholarships and other good deeds; I am well known in town for my art. I’ve done 2 shows and I’ve had an interview with one of the local papers. I got a lot of press that way and about 4 days after the article went to press on their website, the article had over 800 views, which was pretty dern good. last I looked it was up to 1550 views and this is more than a year later.
I’d say my chances for clients is pretty dern good.
I refuse to gauge my self worth against a palette of non-deservers who know from shit; run a company? As a character said in one of Neil Simon’s plays: “I wouldn’t let them run for Chinese!” (I myself wouldn’t let them run water) These are not companies that are well known, or where the competition for a job is tight because it is a specified field that requires an advanced degree. These are little small time outfits, period. And that is the majority of the companies — no, ALL of the companies. No big time names or semi well known companies are running the ads.
These are garden variety jobs. We don’t KNOW what the big guddang fuss is all about. There is no need and no reason to do things they way they are done. And so long as this type of reasoning is at the helm, forget it: we’re fugged.
What else sucks and sucks bad — and I saw NONE of this in 1992 when my company closed and our division went out of business:
The very vast majority of these companies are connected with China, a foreign mill/manufacturer or a major portion of the business is linked to overseas. I am not keen on that at all.
I am going to go ahead and do it — I expect to go live by June 1, July 1 the latest.