I've been involved recently in some discussions on the ACB-L list regarding the same old familiar topic: unemployment. In the course of these discussions, I have brought up my eight-year job search in an attempt to illustrate some points: namely that in certain fields volunteering is not going to land a person a job because employers want to see that the applicant has previous paid experience in the field; that long-term unemployment puts a person in a situation in which the person does not have the resources to relocate for a job; that it is nearly impossible to obtain an entry-level job in a city in which one does not live because the employers will fill the position locally... There are a number of people on the list who are successfully employed and who have tried to share their strategies. These are all things I tried years ago. They unfortunately were not appropriate strategies for my situation.
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