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My Job Search Has Reached a New Low

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More desperate than ever, this week I shot out three letters seeking work never before performed.

woman thinking about working at 7-11

Lori Curley: More desperate than ever, this week I shot out three letters seeking work never before performed. Wasn't there someone who said, "unemployment is the mother of invention," or was it the" root of all evil," the "reason I ate the cake"?

My first letter went to the VP of Human Resources at 7-Eleven. I offered to go from store to store fixing the handwritten signs and tutoring the employees in grammar. I gave some examples of signs that I have seen while getting Slurpees: "We cannot except Credit Cards for purchase under 10$. Thank You." And, "If your looking for work, please see the manger." Minor errors, I explained in my letter, but important to their corporate image.

Secondly, I petitioned our local high school, extolling the virtues of a "Writing Specialist." They already have reading specialists, and I don't see how you can have one without the other. I offered to read and correct every paper, every composition written by every student in the entire high school for $80,000 -- which is chicken feed in our district. The gym teachers make more playing dodge ball.

Thirdly, I sent a letter to the president of ETS, the company that makes the SAT. I offered to create a new test that will not take as long to administer and will be a more accurate measure of a student's ability to read and write.

Now I will wait by the phone ... hope they don't all call at once.

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Nicole August 19, 2009, 12:56 PM

Good luck on your job search! I know it is a tough battle. And, if it is any consolation, they need an English teacher in my district…don’t know if you want to move to Texas though.

Acacia September 22, 2009, 12:47 PM

You are not alone, in the town I live in there are mostly factories that have either gone out of business, or moved overseas. I wish you well, don’t get discouraged.

Woods May 21, 2011, 12:38 AM

I thank you hbumly for sharing your wisdom JJWY

Dorothy May 22, 2011, 8:13 AM

AKAIK you’ve got the asenwr in one!

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