The struggle that comes with being unemployed, or even underemployed, is a taxing and humiliating experience for more than 4.1% of the population. For those privileged enough to have a job, that statistic doesn't mean much, but for the people who have been recently fired, laid-off, or unable to secure a job--the prospect of going another day facing unemployment is akin to feeling like an outsider to society. Being unemployed makes a person feel conspicuous.
The United States' work ethic is notorious throughout the world, we pride ourselves on working long hours, accumulating a nice cushion of income, and being able to provide for our families. Our economy is still recovering from the global recession of 2008, with many people thrown for a loop and still unable to reconfigure their lives to fit into the income inequality that exists.
A lot of people don't know where or how to start to apply the jobs and many end up spending hundreds of dollars they don't have to for-profit career counseling services that very often don't result in their employment.
The anxiety behind getting hired is a very real and tumultuous journey. There's the frustration of applying repeatedly for jobs and not even getting an interview. There's the added humiliation of feeling like a failure in the eyes of your friends and family. Not to mention, the burden of attempting to create a résumé when you might not even have the proper tools to make you look good for a corporate recruiter or future employer.
On top of all of this is the profound emotional distress that comes when your self-esteem takes a nosedive and continues to plummet. Just take a minute to Google how our culture deals with all the emotional burden of being unemployed--the results are next to nothing.
My column, I'M POSSIBLE, will explore what it's like to be unemployed and how nothing is impossible. The most important thing to remember is, nothing is as hopeless as it may seem. This column ties in with do-over.me's mission of making the impossible, possible. As Audrey Hepburn once said, "nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!"