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No jobs for me

So, it is already June 2nd.  Happy Birthday Mum!

I’ve spent the last few days looking for a job.  The lack of jobs in the Kootenay’s is staggering.  I’ve been searching within 50km of us in every direction and have only found a handful of jobs to even apply for.  I’ve dropped resumes off at quite a few places that aren’t hiring, just in case.  I went to the employment center and well, my resume and approach is fine.  There just isn’t any unskilled work available.

My top 3 hopefuls are a greenhouse, the Kidney Foundation as a coordinator of volunteers and doing a kids art camp in Salmo during the Farmer’s Market.  The art camp job would be through the Community Center, and if it pulls through will be a made up by me job and only a few hours a week.  As in 5-7 hours/week.  Which isn’t quite enough.

Mr. T has also been looking for work.  No luck there either.  I am looking for jobs for him to apply for too.  There just aren’t any.  Some hope about some work, later in the summer.

It’s kinda depressing.  I mean, we WANT to work, but not even Wal-Wart is hiring.

Currently all our projects that cost money to complete are pretty much on hold.  We are waiting for a plumber to be available for the well pump- I’m hoping in the next couple weeks.

The lady at the employment center suggested, kindly, that maybe we should give up our dream and sell our land.  Le Sigh.  Because then my family could try and find a house to rent at way more than our land payments are and then we would have no equity at all.  And the land beside us has been on the market for 3 years.  So it’s not like anyone is beating a path down to our door to buy it from us anyway.  The economy here is just dead.

When we bought the job market was fairly slow, but it existed.  The face of our town is a-changing though as retirees move out and young families move in.

So, if you have a job and live close to us- we would be happy to take it.

Interestingly, I don’t think I really *got* the economic crisis and job market until I actually started looking for work myself.  Even though I know lots of people who have had trouble finding work- including my husband.  I always kind of felt like I was good at getting jobs.

All the projects are pretty much on slow mo as we work at securing income.  Maybe it’s time to reconsider the farmers market…




2 responses

  1. L.

    What about self employment? You guys are both so skilled. Sell your wares/skills/labour/baking!

    Maybe even start an ebay/etsy business. I have a friend who is a single Mom that is raking it in selling shit on ebay. Antiques, used clothes, etc. Requires some initial investment though and TIME. Major time. And regular internet access. Maybe I’m actually not helping… sorry.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    • Cece

      Yeah, self employment got us here today. lol
      \it’s the long term goal, but right now we just need some short term cash….aahh, money!

      June 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm

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