You know things are bad when people start making public appeals for employment at business luncheons. That's exactly what happened at an event I went to yesterday here in Cleveland, and watching it made me incredibly grateful that I'm gainfully employed and mostly in control of my own destiny during a bad time.
The event was sponsored by a group called Society for Urban Professionals (SOUP for short) and it was pretty much your run-of-the-mill shake-hands-and-hand-out-cards type of deal. That is until the end of the program when they asked if anyone had any announcements. A woman walked from the back of the room, took the podium, stated her name and said "I'm in the job market."
The room went silent, and for the next three minutes she explained her skills and qualifications, her enthusiasm for work and without sounding like she was begging, made an appeal to pass on her email address to anyone who might need her services. It was ballsy, and it was telling about just how far we've dipped in this economy.