Out of Options in AZ, Thinking of Enlisting.

It started about a year ago as I was getting ready to graduate from grad school, I received that dreaded call that my meager under-employment gig was letting me go. At the time, that notice hadn’t quite fully sank in. As they quoted, “if we get our clients back, we’ll be sure to call you.” How reassuring was that?

It just so happens to be that I live in Arizona, an area rocked with high unemployment and high foreclosures. No one is hiring and no one is returning your job prospecting calls. If you do get an interview from an employer, they call you in, meet with you for an hour, and then tell you that they’ll retain your resume for when they start hiring again. So comforting to know that you wasted your time to only find out that they don’t need you now!

After I lost my part time job, I decided to invest what I had left in savings (which wasn’t much) to start my own company. Little did I know, that too would dry up like the rest of Arizona. So, since I was underemployed with my previous gig, I don’t qualify for any assistance from the state or federal government. Now I’m out of options as my savings have dried up and no call backs from the hundreds of applications that I’ve submitted. The only option left is to enlist, an option that I would not make unless it meant putting food on the table and clothes on my back. I cry at the idea of feeling like you have no options left and the feeling of worthlessness. How do you even begin to look on the bright side of things, knowing that the promise land isn’t so promising…

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