“You need to realize that there’s no stigma about being unemployed,” says Sue Ross, who recently lost her job in customer relations at WageWorks.
...see, I think that's one of the things that's wrong with our culture. There should be some sort of qualifier on that--between jobs, laid off recently, caring for family (children, elderly, sick) instead of working for a wage*, etc. The fact that there's no stigma attached to being "long-term unemployed", refusing to learn new skills, using a disability to avoid seeking other types of work you can physically perform, choosing to gestate multiple fatherless babies instead of working, etc, does not improve individual lives or society at large.
I did appreciate the links to resume-writing and job goal worksheets. Now, if someone could tell me what sort of new programming language/skills I should be learning in the interim...
* Traditional women's work, back before American women were expected to work for wages. I'd prefer to be living like that, but alas, ugly women with healthy elders don't get that choice.