“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool” – William Shakespeare
The wisest thing you can do when you’re part of that hapless 8.2% is to admit to yourself, “I am a fool.”
Yes, you have a master’s degree in from the Columbia University School of Journalism. And an engineering BA from MIT. And a certificate in dental hygiene with a concentration in toothpaste from Colgate University (hehe). But you know what you don’t have? A degree in finding a job. You don’t know how to do it. You’re a fool, and that’s why you’re unemployed. But it’s not your fault the public school system makes you take Algebra II, but doesn’t teach you how to keep the lights on. (Or stay out of debt… but that’s a whole other aisle in the grocery store). Don’t beat yourself up. You’re an unemployed fool, and that’s okay.
So, you unemployed fools of America: Thank you for your newspaper articles which are both informative and enjoyable. Thank you for bridges and tunnels that don’t collapse. And thank you for the root canal.
Now let me return the favor. I can’t get you through a mountain – or fill your cavities, but maybe I can help you get back to drilling those teeth and tunnels. So here’s my tip for today: Get help. Somewhere, from someone. It’s okay to pay someone to write your resume/cover letter if they have good references and you trust them. If you’ve worked as an airplane mechanic for the past 20 years, chances are your writing skills aren’t great. And that’s okay. Or get a book. Get a couple books. Go to a career center – every state has them. If you need specific ideas for your neck of the woods, leave a comment or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’re a fool. Now go and do something smart about it.