Jim of Careers sent the video to me. Since I live in Atlanta, I don’t know if I qualify for your program, but I, too was “downsized” at 62 in October 2008 from the firm where I had worked, been promoted and earned raises and bonuses for 8.5 years. The effect was financially devastating – my 401k had just tanked along with everyone else’s (I moved it to cash the minute I was let go and saved some of the losses); I went from a great paying job to no work income; I suddenly had nothing to do days but apply for jobs. I never got an interview. I must have applied for over 1,000 positions; some with the federal government – each of those applications taking 1/2 to a whole day all by itself. I began taking unemployment insurance, a tremendous help, but not enough, and later on Social Security, also a great help, but not enough, even together. I’ve been able to refinance my home at a much lower rate since I started taking my Social Security and paying every single bill a few days early for about three months – secrets of the credit world.
I joined and attended jobseeker meetings all over the area, I got on email lists for job announcements, I posted my resume everywhere, revised it frequentlly, I activated my LinkedIn and Facebook presence, and even went door to door with my resume looking for work. I asked for prayer at the several churches where I am involved. Nothing happened. Finally, a presenter at one of the jobseeker groups I had stayed in contact with asked for help finding a part time sales assistant for a local office. I sent her my resume and got the position. It’s a small job, but slowly growing. I work about 10-12 hours/week there. I had an idea that lots of small or start up businesses would need what I can offer. I printed cards, wrote a business plan and went shopping. Standing in line at the tag office, Office Depot, Staples, or Office Max, I can now find opportunities to exchange cards with my potential clients. I try to look “business casual” whenever I go out and carry lots of cards. I’ve added several more clients, but am seeking more – my week is not yet full, but I’m having fun, living very frugally, and hoping for the best.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
— Albert Schweitzer