Taking a hard look at the county employment picture

Time to get to work. Sort of sounds like what we parents tell our kids either when the summer comes or when they graduate from college. Heck, we’ve been working for 30 or 40 years now so why shouldn’t the kids?

Or it’s what you tell someone who has been out of work for any length of time. The trouble is, sometimes it’s not that easy.

Only once in my lifetime have I ever been out of work. It wasn’t pleasant.

I got my first job at age 15 when I worked at a bowling alley. I was paid $1.25 an hour (before taxes) and rode a bike to get there. There were weeks when I brought home all of about $12. Rich man, eh?

As an adult being out of work can be a scary thing. There is the notion of dealing with the folks who determine unemployment. And you used to have to go to the office and fill out forms indicating where you had tried to get work.

With the explosion of the web job hunting has gotten quite a bit easier. Now I said job hunting, not job getting. There are various websites, blogs and online access points for you to plunk your resume and places to find help wanted advertisements.

However, it still can be a daunting task. Throw in a serious recession and you’re talking life-altering situations. Homes lost, families crumbled. You name it, it happens and not much of it was good.

At the Daily Local News, we have decided to take a look at the employment picture here in Chester County. We will look at the numbers of people out of work, the number of jobs out there and hopefully point those in need in the right direction. We will utilize our social media networks, blogs and even our classified ads online and in print to get people to where the job opportunities are. We will interview the experts and provide tips, resources and people who have the skills and talent to get you in the ballgame.

And as we like to say, the rest is up to you. And nothing is a sure thing. Someone with a specialized job is going to face a tougher road. But together we can try and help. And help is a good thing. Often people out of work become discouraged, embarrassed or reluctant to keep trying because they have not found any success.

Well I’m here to tell you that we would like to offer our connections, expertise, advertisements and things like blogs, Facebook and Twitter accounts to pass on your messages, your stories and your sincere desires to get to work.

So dust off that resume. Be prepared to tell your story. Don’t be shy and with any luck, you can connect to the right person, the right company and the right job.

Good luck!

— Andy Hachadorian


About fromtheeditorchair

I am the editor of the Daily Local News.
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