Comparing the vocational struggles of many in North America to the crushing circumstances faced by people in many communist countries is a bit of a stretch. Russia’s invasion of Lithuania at the end of WWII created incredible hardship and suffering, and puts the recent economic downturn in the free world in perspective.
It must be acknowledged, though, that the financial situation of many governments and individuals in the western world is very serious. Three words described the grinch who stole Christmas: stink, stank, and stunk. Meanwhile, one little word should figure prominently in every economic update in most of the so-called developed world: broke. Another stimulus package now just means more staggering debt that we will never be able to pay later.
Still, meditating on overwhelming problems that you can’t personally do much about is counterproductive. If you find yourself drifting toward vocational despair during these challenging economic times, realize that there are likely things that you can to to potentially change your situation.
If you have a “ho-hum” resume you could hire someone to help you write a “wow” resume for a small fee. If you feel all alone in your job search, and are in need of some encouragement and camaraderie, you could attempt to find and connect with other people in your situation. If you are at a loss as to what to do next, you could ask someone who knows your situation for advice. If you are in need of career counseling you may be able to find a community college nearby that offers such a service for free.
And you can always pray.
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