John A. Zukowski is a religion journalist based in Pennsylvania. His website is spiritualpopcul ture.com.
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Provisions for the Long Haul
Suggestions and resources for networking job-hunters
CHRIS PASKI HAS a binder containing computer screen shots of every job he’s applied for in the last year and a half.
“I keep track of everything—I’m an engineer,” he says.
Paski blitzed the commutable radius around his Exton, Pa., home with résumés. He extended his search to Washington, D.C. If he found work there, he planned to sleep in a travel trailer during the week and return home on weekends. Despite impressive experience as an aerospace systems engineer and sending out 270 résumés, he’s scored just one interview. He’s still looking, and he says his faith is intact.
“I know the Lord will take care of me, but he seems to be taking his time,” Paski says, laughing.
But Mike Heaney of West Chester, Pa., doubts that God has a plan for his job search. He remembers a previous bout of unemployment when he lived in North Carolina that changed him.
It was a dark time, he recalls. Problems in his marriage escalated because of unemployment. That led to divorce. Money was tight and medical benefits a luxury. When he needed some major dental work, he drove from North Carolina to Mexico, where it was done for 75 percent less. “They call it dentistry tourism,” he says.