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LOS ANGELES, CA — “Friends who had traveled the unemployment road before me explained that coping with joblessness is similar to experiencing a death in the family and going through the five stages of grief. I was stuck in the anger stage. My emotions were running rampant, and I was becoming difficult to live with.”
That is the emotional journey that author Dwain Schenck puts down in his new book Reset: How to Beat the Job-Loss Blues and Get Ready for Your Next Act www.resetyourfuture.com that for so many millions of Americans is just the emotional journey of looking for work and being stymied in so many ways to make a living including Congressional reluctance to extend unemployment insurance for millions who have been scrambling since December to keep food on their tables and roofs over their heads.
Simply put, Congressional and let’s be honest here, Republican intransigence toward alleviating the extended unemployment benefits breakdown and travesty of stalling is obscene and don’t talk to me about the deficit when we’re still sitting in Afghanistan helping prop up a corrupt government while our young men and women die. Our people need help here at home. Your neighbor, my neighbor and, most importantly, our families are still desperately seeking some help that they thought they’d paid in to. It was called taxes.
As Schenck points out “Long-term unemployment can be the worst thing to happen to a person” but his book, observations and advice is not solely for the unemployed. For those who have been laid off, and particularly for an extended period of time, your psyche is possibly crushed but Schenck says “don’t go it alone.”
Sure, the unemployment rate dropped to under 7 percent this last month. But a major factor is that many of the unemployed don’t register and have simply given up hope of finding a job. From Baby Boomers down to new college grads (forget about high school grads – you’re kind of out of luck) many simply cannot find work despite a slowly recovering economy. And with layoffs or, let’s be blunt, being fired, your morale and motivation is “sabotaged” as Schenck puts it.
With a foreword by Mika Brzezinski, who was herself dumped by CBS News before signing up with the very successful “Morning Joe” news show as an MSNBC co-anchor with former Congressman Joe Scarborough points out “This story is for those who never thought they would be unemployed— who shouldn’t be— and how not to feel alone, when you essentially are!” Brzezinski, also author of ”Knowing Your Value,” writes everyone has to ask themselves “What do you have to offer? That’s what everyone in this new economy has to figure out.”
The thing is, what is this new economy? A time for millions to be out of work for months, years, permanently? Schenck went through hell trying to get his feet back on board in the job market. He experienced this even after, among other jobs, having worked as a journalist, in public relations and with AmeriCares, which provides disaster relief. Maybe there should be some disaster relief right here, if America cares. Or maybe, as Schenck might put it, it’s just a “mole in a hole” time for some of us trying to make ourselves, our families and others survive in a world that, quite honestly, doesn’t seem economically survivable.
Read this book especially for all who are feeling loneliness, worthlessness and a loss of purpose because of losing a job or the thought of losing their livelihood. Schenck’s got some pretty good advice. Take it.