Dear US Postal Service

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Dear US Postal Service,

In my line of business, I receive, open, and date-stamp a lot of postal mail every day. It’s not uncommon for me to go through 3 and 4 deliveries a day pounding away with that incessant date stamper on everything that comes in. However, recently I started seeing (quite regularly, I might add) … um … let’s call them “mistakes” that you’ve been making. These “mistakes” generally end up looking like they’ve been eaten by the dog, or used to prop open a garage door.

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Congress takes vacation while the unemployed are abandoned

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It’s amazing that Congress can just take their week-long July 4 holiday while the unemployed sector of the country is in need of continued assistance. Today, unemployment claims are up, home sales are plunging, and manufacturing growth slows to a crawl. Congress was asked to extend unemployment benefits for another six months, yet they decided to sit on it for a week while they recess for the holiday. Without this extension, the current 1.3 million people who are without jobs and without benefits could climb to 3.3 million by the end of the month.

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Searching for a job?

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Job SearchSearching for a job in this economy is like searching for that elusive needle in a haystack. It could be a daunting task to find the right position and to shine through the muck of the unemployed to be noticed and at least get a call for an interview. Networking is your best bet, or so I’ve been told; but even the concept of networking has changed with this economy. No longer are we alone to make the connections we need. No longer is networking limited to headhunters (though they can be of assistance if you stay on top of them). Today, networking has evolved into something much more useful: your entire list of friends. And through my friends, I learned some things about the search for that perfect job. This is what they taught me: More

Relax and be true to yourself

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Today would be a good time to write a little about being unemployed and going through the interview process, since I just went through another interview.

It’s interesting how so many people fear interviews; they look at them more like a firing squad, or (as Ms. Palin loves to say) a death panel. As for me, I actually look forward to them! The key is to always be comfortable, to relax, and to be true to yourself. Don’t think of it as interviewing for a job, but shopping for a place to spend your days, because interviews go two ways! Not only are they interviewing you to see if you will fit with them, but even more importantly, you are interviewing them to see if they will fit with you. I actually had a friend many years ago who told me she used to arrange interviews for positions she had no intention of taking simply because she enjoyed the interview process. She would go on interviews when she was already employed and loved her job.

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Unemployment has its ups and downs

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I’m unemployed. It happened recently, but there’s good and bad to the story. I worked with a company that was very progressive. We were leading the way in our industry and forging ahead with new ideas and new technologies. We took the first steps into uncharted territories other organisations feared, only to find those same organisations were following. They looked to us for direction, though they rarely admitted it. More