Thursday, April 09, 2009

On the Job Front

Recently I have been thinking that it is a bit of a shame, really, not to be documenting this phase of our lives more closely. I mean, it might be helpful, or useful, or even interesting for other people to hear a little bit about what it's been like for us to be participating in this global thing that's going on right now. This Global Recession.

Hayden can show his side, what it's like to be a clever, talented and career-driven person who at any normal time would have to beat job offers away with a stick. He's an extremely employable person - an engineer with an MBA for goodness sake - who in recent times has gotten to know that ashy taste of disappointment when the HR people don't call back: it means rejection on the job front.
Seems like everyone in the job market is ready to accept the kind of work they were doing five years ago and we can count the number of times Hayden has held the big crumb of a job opportunity in his hands only to have some wily old eagle, who was doing that job five years ago, swoop down and snatch it from his grasp. Hayden is waiting to get the chance to become that swooping eagle himself. It may come yet. And then he'd have that crumb of a job he was doing five years ago, with its reduced pay and stripped out benefits, all its comforts gone. But, you know, it would still be a job.

It is tricky being on the sidelines of this one. I'm doing everything I can think of to stay supportive and patient, including trying to earn enough for our weekly expenses on my reduced hours at the coffee shop. (Why did they reduce my hours? I don't know. Feels like spite). We're both staying positive, we're kind to each other and we support some of the crazy efforts of friends who find themselves in a similar position. (Check out this old mate of mine Demis, who built a website to showcase his special wares. He's offering some real bargains on there: http://www.ijustwantyourmoney.com/).

And, of course, we don't want to be whingers. We don't want to be putting a negative vibe out there, and it's our instinct to close ranks and protect ourselves when we're going through a tough time. So I don't expect I'll be talking much in the future about what's going on around here ~ not until we have some good news to tell. But I thought that I would give you a little glimpse of what it's been like. For us, anyway.

5 comments:

Busy Mama said...
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Tinniegirl said...

Thanks for leaving me that comment about the Artist's Way. I think I am going to give it a go.

Thinking of you guys. I hope you have good news soon.

Anonymous said...

God will make a way when there seems to be no way. God bless you!

tunabake said...

So sorry to hear things are still the same for you guys but you have each other and that is something that not a lot of people have - we are both very lucky girls :)
Take care of yourselves in Townsville and speak to you soon.
Love Claire xxx

Drue said...

We're experiencing it over here as well. We've escaped better than most, but we're still under it's affect. We've only three friends left in Dubai, everyone else has been made redunadant and forced to leave the country (i.e. passport returned at the airport just before boarding the flight).

Our friends are the lucky one because, although they are without jobs they can return home relatively debt free. The construction workers who have been here for less than three years are going back to face the loan sharks with no way to pay back thier debt. Rumours have it that the rate of suicide has increased dramatically because of this. Rumours say it's gotten so bad that construction companies don't tell the workers that they have been made redundant until they are onboard a boat to take them home.

Let's hope the bottom of the crisis is found soon and the wealthy start to reinvest.

Hayden will find a job soon... hopefuly in a city with a big bookshop and excellent coffee.