NOTE: The following is a guest post from Kerry Quinn, author of FUNemployed: Finding the Upside in the Downturn.
I don’t believe in economists or the unemployment rate or media stories of all the miserable unemployed. Well, I believe them. I just don’t believe in them.
My dogma is to find the silver lining in a bleak situation. So, I’m that (annoying?) person who always focuses on the positive. The economists, unemployment rate and media stories are all pointing out the negative, the dour, the depressing. If you’re reading this, you’re likely unemployed. Me too. Actually, I call myself FUNemployed.
I was laid off in October 2009 when my ad agency closed its Venice, CA office. I was ashamed, dejected and demoralized. I expected financial ruin and a black mark to appear on my forehead. And then I realized that I was given the gift of opportunity and I needed to stop wasting it.
Over the course of my journey, I’ve applied to approximately 506 jobs. I’ve also volunteered with children in hospitals, lost 20 lbs, learned to cook healthfully, set up payment arrangements for all of my credit card debt (and paid 40% of what I was paying before), hustled to get freelance projects, became an eBay seller, learned to surf, took up photography, started a blog called LovingFUNemployment.blogspot.com, and wrote a book to tell you how to be like me and others who’ve done the same. It’s called “FUNemployed: Finding the Upside in the Downturn.”
Make no mistake…I don’t make light of unemployment. But I am light-hearted about it. I could be a) sad, sitting on the couch carbo-loading thinking about how much life sucks or b) I can be positive and smiling while trying to make my hair-brained schemes work. Either way, I’m unemployed. Given the choice, which would you rather be? And, given the power to hire someone, who would you choose?
Kerry Quinn is a Connecticut native, ex-New Yorker and current Angeleno. Upon graduation from the University of Michigan, she began her career in advertising and has since worked on behalf of Fortune 500 companies at world-renowned advertising agencies in New York and Los Angeles. She began her blog, FUNemployed and Loving It, in 2010. FUNemployed: Finding the Upside in the Downturn was published in May 2011 by Smashwords. It sells for $7.99 at Sony, BN.com, Kobo, iBookstore, BookieJar, Diesel, Smashwords and Amazon.