Ouch!

Maybe you have not lost your job yet but this just might be the main topic discussed this Friday morning at your breakfast table.  Economic reports as of this week show  a 10% + unemployment rate which has been noted( http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf )   may carry over into next year.

My  family owned small business  went under almost two years come this December! Thank God! I chose to inject life into my professional life and leadership coaching practice.  Its a struggle and challenge but it’s now  beginning to grow.

 I am only sharing this with you because I really haven’t been to the unemployment office lately but that I  do know that it is devastating not knowing where your next paycheck will come from. 

“According to an article written in the Wall Street Journal back in late September the writer stated that ” a growing number of long-out of work adults facing these odds appear to be giving up.”  There are folks out there that have been out of work over 27  weeks or more!”

 I pulled up the Wall Street Journal”s  on-line site today and I noticed notable , reputable ,well-known companies forecasting up-coming layoffs, down-sizing , and possible relocation of workers.

 Let’s report however that the federal government and our Congress have agreed to extend the ” first time homebuyers tax credit” of $8000 until April of 2010. This is good news for all of us!

 You may never have to answer the question ” What if I lost my job today?”

Try mulling over the list of questions I think are quite important for all of us this Friday:

  1. What outplacement resources does your company provide in the event that I’m laid off?
  2.  Am I prepared financially to weather the storm for the next 2-3 months?
  3. Have I talked about this important topic with my family or significant  other? 
  4. How have I helped friends or co-workers who have lost their job?
  5. What words of encouragement comes to mind?
  6.  If necessary,what challenges in your life have you endured that are helpful in your being able to bounce back and start from scratch ?
  7. What tough questions will you ask yourself or have you asked yourself?
  8.  Perhaps companies are rebuilding for the future and the new scenario they have in mind no longer includes you ? 
  9. How will you read into the concept of a “Green America” vs. a Graying of America ?”
  10. How would you rate your health and stamina ?

Perhaps its time to start your own personal and professional endurance training !

 Our economic picture will show some ups and downs and sometimes more downs than ups …… No one said life is fair but we do know that it’s cyclical.

As a Coach, I would only ask this question , ” What ‘s your Plan B , your future, and your family if such an event occur?”

                       “If this happens to  you  get back out there “

           Statistically…. so many ,quite frankly , have given up!

Curt Canada provides Personal Development, Leadership, and Executive Coaching in Washington DC at FindingYourZenith. Curt is also a Member of the International Coach Federation and the Christian Coaches Network.

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I had initially planned to write about  my recent accomplishments with a landscaping project in our backyard  however I ran across an article featured in the AFRO newspaper  that caught my attention. I couldn’t help but bring attention to the June Labor statistic regarding African Americans who not surprisingly  lead this month’s unemployment  picture.

Alan King, Staff Writer for the AFRO   mentions in his article ” African Americans lead in unemployment-June Labor Stats Show Little Change In Unemployment.” The overall unemployment statistical picture showed the number of unemployed persons in the U.S. at 14 .7 million. ” African Americans led the list at 14.7 per cent, Hispanics followed at 12.2 and Caucasians at 8.7.  Believe me, statistics and scarcity has away of  bringing you to your knees.

They say you have to tread lightly when reading and deciphering statistics because they can paint a skewed picture. However, the present economic photograph has many  flaws. America in all its grandeur and color is faced with dramatic present and future uncertainty.  I am proud to shed light upon a culture and economic class (African Americans) who leads the number of workers unemployed here in the U.S.   African Americans have wavered the storm in past histories and will do so again. However, they like all other Americans will have to implement ways in which to improvise.  Quite frankly, creating a niche for yourself has much to do about your longevity in the economic marketplace whether it’s getting a new job or starting your own business enterprise.

Just recently, I experienced firsthand how difficult it was to get a job. I applied for numerous jobs in which I know I was over qualified and jobs with less pay. I received  pleasant, polite, and politically correct responses “stating how rigorous it was to find the most qualified applicant.”.  I failed to take a look at all the different reasons why I wasn’t hired. I think you do have to consider the overall unemployment picture while building on your personal and professional skill set! 

 So, let us  all consider  how we will make the necessary changes to stay afloat. What belt tightening will you have to implement. Consider tackling two birds with one stone i.e. finding gardening space to grow your own vegetable garden giving back to the environment while improving your overall physical health.  As African American, I can give testimony to  the synergistic energy behind storytelling which I have recently found beneficial.   I must share with you that initially my objective were to bring attention to  the misery and uncertainty in the African American community whom have been affected by job loss and unemployment way before the recession of 2007.

Unemployment is debilitating , individually painful, and  has a way of tearing down  all families and communities both locally and globally. It’s  a natural component of the U.S. economic system and will never completely go away.  Do not for a moment conjure in your mind that I’m downing America . Our country (America) continues to possess abundancy,  human potential , and opportunities unlike many of our global partners.  Now’s the time to secure more knowledge, seek your passion, and set realistic goals !

I hope this article  will personally help each of us to take action reflecting on our strengths and innate gifts as we meet the growing ecomomic uncertainty facing our nation.lulu project 028

Curt Canada MSW provides Professional Coaching and Career Advisement at Finding Your Zenith in Washington DC.    

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Curt Canada is a  trained social worker and life coach  at Finding Your Zenith in Washington D.C.