uiMillions of Americans and many Valleyites will lose unemployment benefits.

According to what I have read, the benefits went up to 73 weeks, and in some states, 99 weeks. Unemployment helps families weather the storm, but unfortunately, the rains of recession don’t let up.

I have been unemployed and underemployed. Both are a drag, especially if you are able bodied and hungry.

Many people’s fiscal frustration is directly related to their personality. They are passive, lazy, or feel entitled to much without doing anything.

jobsI know many folks, looking for work, who are none of the above. They are skilled, motivated and desire independence, not dependence on welfare or unemployment.

It is sad when someone wants to work but they are not able to access opportunities.

The loss of a job can lead to depression that leads to low energy that leads to the loss of desire for job hunting. It is a vicious circle where people don’t end victorious.

The important thing for you and me is not to give up. Success in job search, like many other important things in life, requires pain and long suffering.

Having a baby takes a minimum of 9 months. College graduation, takes from 2 to 5 years depending whether it is a junior college or university. They say that you shouldn’t expect to make a profit from a business for the first couple of years. If you need to drop 50 to 100 pounds to save your health, again, it takes months, not minutes. I have a friend with leukemia who is finishing his second year of chemo.

unemployedIf you have lost some financial support, I will offer some friendly support. I am going to be your New Year job search coach. If you are looking, don’t give up.

Consider each rejection, a no to your application, as a step closer to the word yes. People who give up don’t get hired, and who wants to hire a quitter anyway.

You reap what you sow. Plant a lot of applications and one will grow into a job.

I have also heard many times, “I can’t get a job because I don’t speak Spanish!”

Well, I know lots of folks who speak Spanish who are unemployed. Don’t play the victim. It is true we are in a border community but the truth is in most businesses, organizations, and systems, the managers, owners and supervisors speak English. This is less true in Calexico, but the truth is that “most” managers speak our native tongue.

Your language limitation is not the real issue. Most jobs require English, not Spanish.

One thing that is true- is that it is often “who you know.”

If you think about your work life, you have often gotten this or that job because you heard about the opening from a friend.

networkThis being a reality, it is important to get to know more people who can help you in your job search. Talk to friends, neighbors and people in line at Wall-Mart or next to you in the church pew. Increase the size of the net that you throw out.

Most jobs are not advertised, so how do you find out about them?

People can’t read your mind, so you have to put yourself out there. Not easy.

It is actually work but the truth is, in today’s economy, you have to work to find work.

Often the person who gets the job is not the most qualified, but the one who gets there first, and that is the person who hears about it first!

I want to wish you a Happy New Year, whether you are working or not.


If you are unemployed, I want you to find a job. Not just so people can pay for my Social Security, but so you will have security, and that will make you more social.


God bless you because after a while the state will stop blessing you.