Unemployment Recap – I guess I’m a lifeguard.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the people I look up to… specifically Captain James T. Kirk.

James T. Kirk does not believe in the no-win scenario… and for the last 23 years of my life, neither have I.  No situation has been so desperate that there was no way out of it.  I learned by watching Star Trek at a young age that you can always win, but it all depends on your definition of winning.

Kirk was also able to laugh at himself and get through situations with a modicum of humor – also one of my guiding principles.  Which is why I wanted to share with you my job search results.

When you file for unemployment, you are *required* to create a job-searcher profile with the local unemployment services office.  Mine shows my skill as a computer programmer, marketing, and  audio engineering.  The ONE and ONLY job they found which matches my profile?


April’s numbers for the state of Colorado put us at near 8% unemployment.  Nation-wide, we’re almost at 9% unemployment.

I’ve heard somewhere that perseverance is one step away from desperation.  I haven’t gotten to desperation mode yet.  You’ll know if I do.

Last week I made the decision to pull out my IRA so that I could pay the bills.  This wasn’t an easy decision, but I had planned on having more time than I do now.  It seemed like the logical thing to do, considering that unemployment doesn’t seem to be working very well for me.

I had been trying for a week to contact the unemployment office after re-opening my existing claim from this time last year.  After two weeks of busy signals and a two-hour hold, I finally got through.  They told me that my claim had to be updated, which could take anywhere between 5-10 weeks before I get paid.  What’s worse, since my claim is almost a year old, the money I was entitled to goes away in July.  More than that, if I’m still unemployed in July I will have to file a new claim, which will take an additional 5-10 weeks from when I file it and be for an uncertain amount.

I’m not going to wait around for that.  I will not sit by with my hands open waiting for a payout.  My plan is to make an honest living before June ends.

I’m going to find a position in my career or build up my own business before this becomes a bigger problem.

If all else fails, I guess I could always go into life-guarding.

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