Calling Bullsh!t – The Wild West is Back

Note from Nick: You might have noticed I missed Friday’s article.  I apologize: I’ve recently become unemployed and the job search and stress is taking a toll on my personal projects.  I’m not planning to fail, but it is highly likely that I will soon lose access to niceties like a roof and electricity.  If you are hiring for rock-stars in social media, marketing, or web design, or any one of my other fabulous talents such as baby juggling, herding cats, or uncannily good looks, check out my LinkedIn profileor personal website and drop me a note.

Last night the news told me that gold is selling for around $900 an ounce.  People are resorting topanning for gold to pay the bills.

That’s when it struck me.  We’ve come full circle to the time of the Wild West.

The big banks somewhere off in the East keep on doing their thing, but it’s the local, littler banks we all trust now.  Robberies are getting more common and the thieves are more desperate – and what’s more, we can identify with the people doin’ the theivin’!  Honest, hard-working people who hit a low spot and just want to keep food on the table and a house over their heads.  The best we can hope for is an undisturbed spot on the river and a fire to cook our beans with.

The situation in America is pretty damn bad.  A new study showed that less than 20% of 2009 grads are getting jobs they’ve applied for.  A whopping 65% are moving back in with Mom and Dad.  It’s not all doom and gloom, but if only 20% of new grads are getting hired and the boomers just ain’t retiring, the job market seems to be in mighty slim pickins.

Don’t let that get you down.  There’s always grad school – more education can only help you here.  You can even go the route of the entrepreneur – just don’t become a snake oil salesman (though if ya do, Twitter is a great platform).  Be smart and conserve your resources – pay for necessities and skip the niceties if you can go without.

The best you can do is to carve out your own living as best you can.  Hold on to a job you might not enjoy as much as you might like.  Express yourself in your off-time as much as possible if your work doesn’t bring you satisfaction.  Do as much as you can to become a digital gunslinger – make your opinions count and your voice heard.

Remember that in tough times good people tend to face situations that aim to make them bad people.  Don’t let it happen to you.  Keep your head up and keep moving forward as best you can – and look to anyone you can trust to help you.

I’ll help as best I can – free resume reviewing, all the free info and tutorials on the website, and so on.  If you have questions, all you need to do is ask!

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