Unemployment Nine: This cannot possibly be good

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.

2 comments on “Unemployment Nine: This cannot possibly be good

  1. missdisplaced says:

    Hey there buddy, it’s 13 months of unemployment and counting for me! Monster, jeez! You would think they would be booming, but I guess companies who are not hiring are not paid listings and unemployed slobs like us are not paying for premium Monster services (why bother if there’s nothing on there, right?). Even Wal-Mart is doing layoffs!

  2. Esther Smith says:

    You know you’re an excellent worker. The kind of employee an employer wants. You come to work on time, work late, take on increased responsibilities, develop new skills, work well with others, help out where you are needed, demonstrate strong leadership skills, mind your own business, meet and/or exceed expectations, are dependable and you get the job done!

    May I suggest they don’t deserve you; you ought to be working for YOU… not them. I say this knowing you must have scanned through that sea of hype and BS on the Net, those promises of get-rich-quick by selling pills or potions. I hate sales myself and have come to the conclusion that it has to be in your DNA. You either have it or you don’t; and I don’t.

    While I assure you of no selling, let me make one not so small point: this is a business that gives you residual income. You can leave this business in your will, you can put it in a trust fund… you can even sell it although I don’t know why you would sell a goose that lays golden eggs.

    We are all victims of our choices. Lord knows I’ve made some bad ones in my lifetime. Don’t spend your idle days reading Chicken Soup for the Sole Costs Too Much Now, instead come to my website below and contact me when you’ve looked it over. I look forward to meeting you.

    Esther Smith, publisher

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