Success Stories from Around the Web

12 Mar

I am amazed at the number of people blogging and writing about unemployment. There are lots of heartbreaking stories out there in the blogosphere. You read about people who went from making $100,000/yr to now earning $10/hr. You also hear about people who were solidly middle-class pre-GR (Great Recession), and who are now homeless. Some of the hardest and most frustrating stories for me to read are the stories about people over the age of 50 who have been told by recruiters to not even bother looking for a job.

You start to get a sense of the scope of the problem when you starting reading these stories. Although I admit that it is still difficult to comprehend how pervasive of a problem unemployment, and underemployment is in this country. Gawker recently did a series of unemployment stories, and sometimes it can be comforting to know that you aren’t the only one going through this experience. But, it can also be downright depressing to read all of those stories after a while. I prefer to read stories about people who have survived unemployment, and even thrived. Admittedly, the success stories are harder to find, but  I would like to share some of the success stories that I managed to dig up from around the web:

CBS.com

CBS.com did an article on 4 survivors of long-term unemployment. Some of them are even over 50, an age where some employers seem think that you are no longer employable. Read the successes stories here.

Slate

Slate also posted a story on success stories of the unemployed, some of who experienced multiple layoffs. Each person had a different way of making their way back to being employed, including one unique story about a job-seeker who won big on a game show. Read about it here.

Huffington Post

This one isn’t a success story about individuals, but is it a success story about raising awareness of the unemployment problem, and a creative idea to raise money for non-profits who mission it is to create jobs and connect people with work. Read about the JobRaisng Challenge, and how $1.5 million was raised to create jobs. It is just a drop in the bucket, but a positive story nonetheless.

The Daily Dot

The Daily Dot has a great story about how one man an his family started a custom handcrafted furniture making business. It started on a whim after Joe was laid-off from his construction job back in 2008. Read about his story and advice to others.

Do you have any success stories to share?

photo credit: Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton via photopin cc

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9 Responses to “Success Stories from Around the Web”

  1. churlgirl March 12, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Inspiring post, just what I needed to see today!

  2. churlgirl March 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    Reblogged this on Confessions of a Job Seeker and commented:
    It’s always good to hear success stories!

  3. Vishnu March 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Hey Lisa, please do share more success stories of the unemployed. I think sometimes you’re so down and out with unemployment that it forces you to be more creative, take bigger risks and start doing bigger things. It can be disempowering too which is why some people step back and don’t do anything. But if we say unemployment as life gift, we could appreciate and find more success in our lives during that time.

    • Lisa M. March 13, 2013 at 8:48 am #

      Vishnu, thanks for the comment. Yes, I do think you get to a point where you start to think in more creative, and entreprenurial way. I do think this time is a gift, but I also think you have to go through some struggle to recognize that the time is gift.

  4. Razwana March 13, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    Hey Lisa. Reading about success is much better for the mindset than reading about the opposite.

    I agree with Vishnu – unemployment is a gift. It is difficult to think this way when you are in the middle of it, but not all situations are constant. Things change over time. Sometimes considering the ‘if I were to look back at this in 10 years, what would I want to see?’ approach works for motivation to try new/different things.

    I just wrote a post on my blog about how I survived a period of very unexpected, negative events in my career, which lead to debt and depression! There is an upside though – and that’s the fact that I am still alive to tell the tale!

    Looking forward to reading more of your stuff, Lisa.

    – Razwana

    • Lisa M. March 15, 2013 at 7:55 am #

      Thanks for the support Razwana. I will check out your blog. You are very brave to share your story.

  5. Carolyn April 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Hi Lisa, Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors (a job networking group in NJ and elsewhere) posts all the success stories of their members when they find employment. They are up to 274 successes since 2011. You can read their success stories at http://www.neighbors-helping-neighbors.com/success-stories.html

    • Lisa M. April 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      This is great! Thank you Carolyn!

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