In my 16 months and counting of being unemployed, I have often read the unfortunate news of either other people I know suffering the same fate, or of companies in my industry shedding positions. But I read some news today that I don’t know how to take.
Monster.com – as in, one of the best-known places for people to go to find jobs – laid off 200 people, as reported by Boston Business Journal. Seriously?
The Boston Business Journal story contained the typical corporate-speak quote, this one from vice president of public relations Matthew Henson: “As we have been doing for the past 24 months, we continue to restructure, reorganize and, importantly, reinvest in ways that we believe are necessary to meet our ever-growing and changing business needs.” Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever.
I know there are different ways to look at every story, but I just don’t see any way this can possibly be taken as good news. Granted, my mood on the subject has been a bit dour of late, but when job sources start cutting jobs, I just have to shake my head.