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I had graduated from college and was frantically looking for a job. Unfortunately for me, I had just gone on to the market when the recession was wreaking havoc. Everywhere I`d try to apply I would have doors shut right in my face, with few people even willing to look at my portfolio.

Then, I got a chance. A friend had put in a good word for me at a theatre and I got an interview. The director, a very old but affable man, was the first one during that entire year I had spent job hunting who took out time from his busy schedule and explained to me the current situation on the market in our field. He said he couldn`t offer me a job at that moment but since he liked my portfolio and my references were very good, he advised me to return within 6 months, maybe there would be a vacancy and he could introduce me to other people who would need someone with my background. I thanked him and went my way, a bit disappointed I hadn`t managed to secure a job. So, my job hunting went on.

Those 6 months had passed and I remembered what the theatre director had told me. But by that time, after one and a half year of being unemployed, I was so disillusioned by all the empty promises I had heard from employers (“yes, we like your portfolio, but come back in a month” or “we have no vacancies at the moment, but send us your CV and we`ll get back to you” etc., etc.) that I just kept postponing the visit.

Then, I picked up the newspaper one day and found out the director had died. He had been willing to give me a second chance, I had been too apathetic to even try my luck the second time around. Moral of the story: apathy only serves to aggravate the symptoms of unemployment.

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Posted on July 16th, 2013 by mel


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