Friday, February 27, 2009

SHTF: Gardening

Nightline had a story Thursday night about the return of the Victory Garden. As usual, they blabbed about the "sustainable, eco-friendly" reasons for growing at least some of your own food.

Despite the fact that the story was taped in the trendy, high dollar suburb of Venice, CA and most of those interviewed were well-heeled and single, just having this sort of story must be significant.

Victory Gardens hail from World War Two (they had a version in WWI as well), when the government encouraged Americans to start gardens in their backyards allowing farm produce to be sent to the troops and starving allies like England. Amazingly, at its height, 40% of the produce consumed by Americans came from backyard and community Victory gardens.

Remember, in the 1940's, most Americans either lived in rural areas or urban. There was little if any suburban dwellers. So these Victory Gardens were producing food from postage stamp sized lawns, window boxes, roof top planters and vacant lots.

Imagine what today's suburban farmer could do with their 100 x 200 lot in a modern subdivision.

Asides on the Nightline story..

There were three interviewed in the story.. a single guy, a garden consultant and a odd ball film maker who had a few raised beds in front of his ocean front home. Wow - what diversity.

They should have included a Midwestern (or anywhere in the U.S.) family with kids working a backyard garden complete with a few yard walkers who were trying to shave their grocery bills.. (and prepare for the coming food shortages.. )..

They should have included an urban dweller with a mini farm in an adjoining vacant lot..

They should have included one of those supersized community lots seen in many large urban areas..

But they didn't. Oh well.

Next up Compost.

Do you compost? I do. Everything from the kitchen in the form of vegetable and fruit waste, tea bags and coffee grinds goes into the compost heap. With spring approaching, I have my own way of expediting the compost process.

I take my large planting pots from last year and add..

- A layer of leaves.
- A layer of dirt.
- A big old pile of rotting vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, etc.
- Anther layer of dirt.
- Another layer of leaves on top.

Mash the whole thing down underneath another empty pot and leave it alone for a couple of weeks. After that time, I dump the full pot into the top pot, turn over and leave it alone for a couple of weeks. Repeat until planting time.

It works for me.

Watch out for vermin in the compost heap. Rats and mice love digging for those kitchen scraps and once you have those guys, they aren't leaving anytime soon.

I go out in the evening with a flashlight and my little Robin Hood (a kids wooden bow and arrow with the rubber tip removed and the end sharpened with a pencil sharpener). Scares the devil out of those pests.

Time to get to the hardware store and check out the seed selection. In my area, the seeds come out now and disappear at Easter (must be a Lent thing). After April, you can't find any vegetable seeds at the store.

Remember, you can produce your own food at home and it is mandatory that you start this year. There is no reason to expect our economy to support Washington's madness much longer.

Good luck!

Monday, February 23, 2009

SHTF Movies: Panic in Year Zero

When I was eight years old, a freak ice storm hit our area. The roads were nearly impassable, traffic was tied up and naturally, my school called a late start that morning.

My sister and I carpooled with another girl nearby and were able to make it to her house before we found out school was delayed. Her mother parked us on the couch, put on the television and went about her morning chores. (this was in the old days when mothers drove station wagons, wore their hair in curlers until 4:45 PM and cleaned house daily).

In those days, there was only 5 channels in our fair town; CBS, ABC, NBC, one local channel and a single UHF station broadcasting religious programming. At that time, national and local channels pretty much had free reign as to what they wanted to broadcast during non-prime time hours.

We had swell shows like Dialing for Dollars (watch a movie and during the commercials an announcer would call viewers and have them guess the jackpot), local cooking shows, farm reports (the show sets looked like they cost $10.00 in scrap lumber to build) and of course "women's programming" like fashions, household tips and exotic travel documentaries to places like New York City or New Orleans!

In the morning hours, there was usually a movie on to kill two hours. These films were all "B" movies which were cheap for local broadcasters to run unlimited numbers of times in the morning and late at night.

It was that icy morning I saw my first survival themed film.. "Panic In Year Zero".

Released in 1962 in full black and white splendor, "Panic" starred Academy award winner Ray Milland along with Jean Hagen and teen heart throb, Frankie Avalon.

The story follows a Los Angeles family as they head out early one morning for a camping and fishing vacation. Two hours after they leave home, they notice a flash in the sky far behind them. They ignore it until a few events take place (a car crash, a Conelrad radio alert and a crowded diner) reveal to them that a nuclear war has taken place.

Their home, Los Angeles has been hit and phone service to the area is out. Mom wants to return home to check on her mother, but dad Milland says nothing doing.

First, the family hits a small town and buys a few hundred dollars worth of groceries. In those days, that was enough to stuff their trailer full of canned goods and other things. The best scene here is the daughter picking up some sodas and her father saying, "No, leave that and get chocolate bars and honey". (Dad remembers WWII and knows what will be needed and what is junk!). On the way out, Dad advises the owner to lock up and hoard is stock as a mob will be coming soon from nuked Los Angeles to clean him out.

Next, they go to the hardware store and have their first problem. After they stock up on gasoline cans, rope, axes, and other hardware, Dad picks out a shotgun, lever action rifle and a fine .45 automatic (Ah, old school hardware stores). When the time to pay comes, Dad is short on cash and offers to write a check. The owner laughs and says "fat chance". Dad pulls his recently acquired .45 on the owner, leaves a check and clears out. The hardware store owner vows revenge.

Gasoline is next on the list and by now, the service station jockey knows about the war. He wants $3.00 a gallon for thirty cent gas. Dad belts him and throws a handful of rapidly devaluing cash on the sprawled unconscious body of the attendant. (Dad is fine with taking stuff, but nobody better try that business on him!).

The family plans on heading to their campground and holing up until things get better. More problems ahead..

Traffic from LA stalling their path.. Dad burns his way through that..

A road block in a small town.. Dad blows through it.

A carload of hoodlums ("Cops kinda busy, daddio"). Son chases the off with shotgun, but after Mom blocks his killing shot..

Finally, they arrive at their campsite. They tear down the bridge to the camp (good) and dump their trailer (dumb) and move into a cave (interesting).

Things get rough soon after..

The daughter is assaulted by the same carload of hoodlums..

The hardware store owner arrives and moves into their abandoned trailer!

The hoodlums have to be eradicated, but soon after, Son is shot!

And more adventures happen soon after.

Happy ending however and all turns out well. As the final line of the movie goes "Good, another healthy family to rebuild America". Happy times.

Get this movie from your local vendor or of course on Amazon.

Panic in Year Zero

I loved this movie as a kid and laughed at the crazy loud music in every scene. Apparently, Milland directed this classic as well as starring in it and had a hand in picking the score. This was the film the subconsciously got me into the whole prepper mentality, I just didn't realize it until twenty five years later.

A great watch for a somewhat corny, but hard to find film. "Panic in Year Zero" gets one thumb up from me (the other is holding my .30-30).

Friday, February 20, 2009

SHTF: Some fun skills to have post-SHTF


60 military press with 40 lbs
35 squats with bar bell - 80 lbs
90 sit ups
45 curls - half 40 lbs, half 20 lbs

two eggs
half can salmon
two tortillas
two cups tea

Here's the deal folks.. better get in shape now for manual labor, both at home, and at the next job. Hopefully, it won't be forced, but like the Great Depression, many of us may end up digging ditches for the new Stimulus Infrastructure Project in the near future.

Also, better start eating right and out of stored foods. What? Stored foods? I thought those were for when the SHTF? Guess what? It has hit the fan.

In the meantime, I am looking at the big picture and working on long term plans.

For instance, a list of things which are worth knowing now (bad economy across the country) and later (when things get even worse).

They are practical little tidbits which I hope to flesh out as time allows. They are also activities I am working on learning myself.

Making home made wine, cider or beer. Google hobo wine for some great answers.

Give myself and son haircuts with the neat barber set I picked up from Harbor Freight.

Dehydrating food without the dehydrator. I like my dehydrator, but doing it outside with an old window screen is better.

Routine auto maintenance. I have been able to do this sort of stuff since I could drive, but many cannot. One should know how to change oil, tires, windshield wipers, lights, hoses and belts. And how to use the tools required. It is not a hard skill to learn and most of us can do it with time.

Also, be available to fix things at your neighbor's home for barter. Say a dozen eggs or some of that canned chili they were saving. Mmmmm..

Sew. I can do buttons and hems, but I have never sewn something from start to finish. A good Singer, some patterns and material and I can make some simple clothes for my kids.

Card games. Cards are cheap and games are numerous. I can play go fish and poker, but knowing how to play things like Hearts, Spades, Bridge and so forth will kill some time when the TV is a distant memory.

Butcher something other than a bird. I have dressed a couple of rabbits, but never anything bigger. Time to learn and get good. Dog may be on the menu soon.

Scavenging 101. This means dumpster diving, clearing foreclosed homes and businesses, refurbishing dumped furnishings and stuff left on the side of the street.

Cook for 20 or more at one time. Can you say "neighborhood potlucks"? I knew you could. This will be the new past time in most subdivisions before long.

Washing clothes by hand and hang drying outside. Sure we know HOW, but we also know its HARD to do. Be ready for rolling brownouts as home electricity usage is determined by available carbon credits.

Like I said, it's here now and like I told a customer yesterday, it's going to get worse before it gets better. And a note to the uber-rich out there.. with the announcement from FedGov on Swiss bank accounts and Stanford's arrest, there is nowhere safe offshore any more. Might want to look at a nice hidey hole in Idaho or Montana about now..

Good luck!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

SHTF: Patriots Suviving the coming collapse

Since most of us are into preparedeness and survival, with the exception of an odd "lost in the woods" news article or a major event like Hurricane Katrina, we are left to our imaginations as to what "post-SHTF America" would look like.

And we are not alone..

For centuries, story tellers have dreamed up imaginary stories of survival and preparedness which in turn, inspire another generation of authors and writers.

Homer's "Illiad" and "Odyssey" and H.G. Wells "War of the Worlds" are both great literary works, but also great early works of survivalism. The legend of Atlantis and numerous stories in the Bible are also great influencers on the modern preparedness movement.

Patriots originally started as a shareware version on the Internet back in the mid-nineties and went by several different names; Triple Out, the Gray Nineties and finally, Patriots.

The story is simple. Economic meltdown of the U.S. followed by years of chaos. One group's story in Northern Idaho and how they prepared and survived the tough times. Lots, and I mean lots of details on how do survivalist things.

Patriots is now available for purchase only in book form online.

First, Patriots is a standard for modern survival stories. Nearly every author (online) follows the Patriots model for survival fiction. That includes..

Tell the story from the protagonist point of view.

Give plenty (read pages and pages) of technical details on preparedness preparation including retreat construction, name brands of products used, occasional references to websites (which is funny in a SHTF, non-internet world), lots of firearms descriptions/capabilities and sprinkle in a cast of bad guys with names like Scrag, Killer, Lefty and so on.

Continually preach the mantra of preparedness, financial frugality, the problems of the federal government, unwavering support for the constitution and the inherent danger of fiat currency.

Also frequently point out to readers "Don't Get Its" - those people who failed to prepare for emergencies and also who lived beyond their means. Those poor souls are treated savagely at each turn.

All conversations between characters are lectures on the above topics with little discourse between the characters present except for "straight lines" to keep the speaker going, such as "Gee, Bob, I thought our currency was backed by the government" or "Isn't the government here to help us and not hurt us?".

The end result is as the author likes to state, "Patriots - survival fiction neatly dressed as fiction".

Neatly, as in the eye of the beholder.

I have read Patriots on more than one occasion. I have visited the author's website and read his non-fiction comments and writings. I have tried really hard to like this book. But Patriots just doesn't do it for me.

First, Patriots has a two dimensional story line.

For instance, who really thinks 12 friends, not matter how long they have known each other, would really still be speaking after two years locked up in a cabin in the middle of nowhere?

In the first week or so of the Crunch, why wasn't at least one member of the Group curious enough to drive over to Bovill or Moscow or any other nearby town to see if the troubles had reached them yet? From what we learned later in the book, most of the problems never made it to central Idaho.

Who really thinks a bunch of city dwelling drug addicts and convicts are going to wander five hours from a major city, miles from any major highway while searching for a farm or ranch with enough food and gasoline to make it worth their while?

And who really thinks that the UN, with European soldiers, are going to invade and conquer the United States including huge underpopulated sections which primarily consist of rugged mountains and forests? European countries are more interested in invading a disco or something similar.

When I reread Patriots, I searched high and low for some sort of conflict between the characters such as whether or not to help others, or friction between friends or famiy. It never happened.

Further, most of the characters had a family members elsewhere yet no one had any interest in looking for them or trying to make contact. However, when two friends were trapped a few hundred miles away, the Group wasted no time driving through hostile territory to save them.

It got old having to wade through pages of how a character hooked up a Acme Super Solar Charger to a post next to his barn. And the constant product plugs were tedious as well.

And my biggest gripe: Every person in the book was identified by the type of firearm they carried.

I get tired of the survival manual mindset. I want to read a story first and a "how to book" third or fourth. Patriots is quite simply, not a very good story.

Patriots would be a lot better if there were more of a story line. It starts out well, has great potential, then gets real boring real fast.

Hey, if you enjoy Patriots and don't mind some of the points made above, no problem. But if you are looking for a good story "FOC", check out Lights Out, Deep Winter or Shattered - all of which are available online.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Prepare: Real Tornado Insurance

If you have been watching the news, a massive storm rolled through the middle of the U.S. last night (February 10) and made all sorts of havoc.

I live in the area affected and hoped I was ready for whatever came.

We knew the storm was coming around 8:30 - 9:00, so after dinner I checked outside. I made sure there was nothing which could "go projectile" was left outside or in a dangerous location.

That included tools, kids toys and lawn furniture. Other than that, there is not much more you can do to stop or make your home prepared for a tornado, high winds or damaging hail.

When the storm hit, my wife was in the den watching the weather updates with the baby. My two older kids were in bed. I stepped out the front door to watch the storm roll in when the emergency sirens went off at the fire department a half a mile from our home.

Just then I heard my wife yelling in the house and saw her shadow run past the front window as she headed to the kids rooms.

I went inside and my wife was herding the children into the hallway bathroom.

Now here is where our family's tornado insurance lies. We have a main hallway which runs through the middle of our home. It is surrounded by the rest of the house and includes access to each bedroom but also has a large walk in closet and a bathroom.

It was in the bathroom my wife took the kids and one of the dogs (for some reason, she left the other dog in the den; she never liked him much). My oldest started crying as my wife told them a tornado warning was in affect for our area and one or two twisters were possibly going to touch down.

At this time, I went for the weather radio and a battery powered lantern. After dropping those off in the bathroom, I opened the walk in closet and grabbed an extra folding mattress which I gave to my wife. If a tornado struck, we would lay down under that mattress for protection.

Time was still on my side so I went for one of my battery powered radios, an extra flashlight and some more milk for the baby.

Nothing was happening, so I checked the television in the den which stated that two twisters were possibly north of our location. I went back to the family and brought the cordless house phone (I have my cellular in my pocket as well as a small flashlight).

My wife called her father and let the kids speak with their "grampa" which helped calm them down.

In the meantime, the television reported that the twisters had not touched down and the warning was clear. Good news.

After 15 minutes or so, we let the kids go back to their rooms. I kept the rest of the supplies in the bathroom just in case. (I also added some work gloves and dust masks because I did not want to look for those things later).

We were lucky. Our neighbors to the north in Edmond, OK and other places were not. Our prayers go out to them.

The best tornado insurance is a plan and a place. Tornadoes have struck every state in the union, so none of us anywhere are safe from these natural disasters.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Prepare: Tax Return, Refund Check

So the tax return for last year is complete and according to Uncle Sam's rules, due to my over generosity with forced lending, I am getting some of my money back.

Since this is probably the last year the feds will be sending returns, (expect IOUs next year), I will be putting mine to good and prudent use.

I won't share with you the exact amount of my "refund" (it's not a refund - I earned the money and lent it to the .gov interest free for several months. It's like having a deadbeat brother in law..), but it's a nice little sum I can put to good use for "stuff" around the house.

First and foremost, when the check arrives, half will go into savings. Every dime which comes into our home has a portion put away for the inevitable rainy day.

The rest will go to these projects..

1) Garden and garden supplies.

I have laid out a location for several raised beds in the east side of home which will dramatically increase our garden yields. To do it, I need lumber for the beds and a big pile of new dirt delivered to the house.

I will also need to purchase some more seeds for this year and the next two years. I would like to get some things I have never grown before and have an area set up for experimentation.

2) Hardware and housewares.

I need more hand tools, buckets, kitchen equipment, a meat grinder, some more plywood and some 2x4. Want several large trash cans to use for water catchment system using roof gutter drains. Have a good idea what I want to do. I also want two more deep cycle batteries. I have a new system for recharging them which these two new ones will be part of.

3) Ammunition

Can't get enough, but really want to stock some calibers I don't have delivery systems for. t

4) More school supplies.

Wife is going to full time home school over the summer with home schooling for kids starting in fall.

5) Miscellaneous

Extra diapers. Canned food. More big storage containers. We need more plastic bags, toilet paper, paper towels, bleach and cleaning supplies.

Basically, nearly everything people like us like to have on hand.

Like I said, this is the last year for tax refunds. I suggest you use yours wisely for tangibles like the list above.

Also, keep some in cash on hand for the Last Shopping Day when that day comes to your neck of the woods.

Stay dry!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

SHTF: Post SHTF employment, jobs, skills and work

In light of my past post about surviving layoffs and today's economy. One of the SHTF forums I frequent brought up this topic for discussion.

Let me preface with an explaination what I mean by post-SHTF. I am not talking about the current economic or employment scenario we have today. Loading up a yard cart and going door to door in your neighborhood offering to sharpen saw blades might get you a bunch of odd looks and the possibility of a confrontation with the law.

Rather, post-SHTF employment and jobs means work after the economy has collapsed; i.e. no welfare, no SS, no Medicare, no paycheck or job to go to. The government is gone or limping along at the federal level with few if any employees and only a token head of state hiding in a bunker somewhere. The streets are either deserted and home to looters and thieves.

You and yours are living in a rural or suburban enclave and have to do business or trade with others to items you need.

So, that being the case, here are my list of realistic post-shtf jobs and employment.

- medical and dental work.
No, nothing complex, but basic medical treatment and advice. Doctors, nurses and dentists will have plenty to do, but will have to do their work without benefit of most drugs or electricity. However, having a doctor check a child and determine that indeed the appendix is in danger of rupture and surgery is required, will be a must have skill.
In addition, knowledge and skills with natural remedies will be priceless. But these homemade potions and herbs have to work to some degree, so don't plan on figuring out this skill after the SHTF.
Finally, any sort of related health skill will be useful such as massage therapy, accupuncture, chiropracters, midwife, etc. Those folks will have their "hands" full as hospitals and doctor's offices close.
A reminder, there will be no advanced medicine available or will be severly limited. That means high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, depression, etc will either run their natural course or the patient will have to adjust. Quickly.

- personal care
How often do you get a haircut? Once a month or every six weeks? What happens when Supercuts is a distant memory? Who wants to have head lice or scabies? People with hair skills will have their work "cut" out for them. Sure, Sonny can get a crew cut or butch with the home barber kit, but what about Mom or daughter?

- food production and preparation
Most people have brown thumbs and cannot produce a thing to eat from dirt. Those with gardening know how, or better, the ability to produce extra will have work out the wazzoo. That also applies also to those with canning, preservation, butchering and drying skills.
The hunter will have work, but with 300 million mouths in the US, wild animals will be overhunted and domestics will be the new food source. Take it as you will.
Raising chickens, rabbits and goats will be a cash industry post-shtf.

- labor of all types
Like it or not, most of America is soft and weak and used to having others do for them. Family men who cannot change a lightbulb or mow their own lawn. Mothers who cannot clean their home or do the laundry.
These are opportunities, as basic as they are, for the hardy do it yourselfer to offer services and training to these lost souls.
More advanced skills like sewing will be highly in demand. Basic work like taking in laundry will provide work for families.

- Mechanical, electrical, carpentry
If gasoline runs out, fixing the Escalade will not be in demand. However, keeping a generator or rototiller working will be.
Same with installing a basic power generation system using salvaged solar panels or an excersize bike and car batteries.
How about having those shot out windows fixed or the roof leak repaired?
Yes, having real fix it skills, not some shade tree service, will be in demand from skilled professionals. Having the tools, non-powered to do it, will also be mandatory. So stock up on hand saws and drills.

- security
The soldier of fortune, former police officer or even the black belt, former nightclub bouncer will have plenty of work.
Think of all the folks who are afraid of guns right now. Or have never handled one. Or the number of people who do not know how to defend themselves. Or know how to set up a defensive perimeter around a home, town or farm.
These skills and the mindset which accompany them will be priceless as your town goes to war between the haves and havenots, the raider and producer and the looter and survivor. Remember the TV show Jericho? The neighboring town attacked Jericho for farm land and food. Having a man like the Mayor who had combat experience made the difference when the town was under attack.

- scavenger
The ability to find hard to get products will be.. interesting. And potentially profitable.

Tell me. What skill do you see as needed and worthwhile to pursue after the SHTF? Remember, think what others will pay for, not what your dream job will be.

Monday, February 02, 2009

SHTF: Surviving job loss and layoffs

Here's the news last week..

Boeing may cut 10,000 jobs, IBM cut 2800 jobs, Pfizer cut 8000 jobs,

Target stores another 600 jobs, Caterpillar a whopping 20,000 jobs cut

and on and on..

Saturday I met with a friend who works with a big telecom company. He

was laid off a month ago.

Other friends I have spoken with since December; all 6 have changed or

lost jobs. Everyone has taken a pay or promotion cut.

The job cuts are across the board and not limited to any single

industry or dicipline. The hard times, similar to the Great Depression

may be soon upon us.

I have been through three big layoffs in the past ten years. One left

me unemployed for eight long months. I went from a very comfortable six

figure salary managing a team of people in two states to being willing

to work overnights for less than I made my first year out of college.

In the end, I survived every single layoff and job loss thrown my way.

In the end, I learned some hard and expenisive lessons about job loss,

searching for work, adapting to new challenges and managing fear of


If you have been affected by the downturn in the economy and have lost

your job OR see the writing on the wall at your place of work and know

you have to find a new job soon OR you just want to find a better place

to work or line of work, this post may be for you.

Here are some of things I have learned and tell anyone who will listen

when they lose their job.

- Your old job is not coming back. The HR person who released you may

throw you some hope that "when things get better, we may call some

people back" or something similar.

Don't believe it.

Bringing back a laid off employee opens some employers to lawsuits.

Also, former employees cost more than new employees who are willing to

work for less.

Former employees are a pain because they systemically want things they

way they "used to be" before they were laid off.

Forget about your old job it is not coming back. So stop waiting by the

phone for HR or your supervisor to call you in. It is not going to

happen so move on.

- STS - Save that severance!

Use your severance package for maintaining bills and mortgage.

Use it to pay down or make minimum payments on car and credit card bills.

Use it to purchse a new suit, get a haircut or for travel to a job interview.

Do not use a severance package for a vacation in order to "find yourself".

Do not use a severance package for "training, coaching, interview skills, resume services, recruiters, headhunters" or anything else.

Most of those services are free and no paid person knows you as well as you do.

Do not use severance for toys, "wants", indulgences, or gifts. That can wait for when you are employed again.

You cannot live off a servarance package indefinately. It is merely a way to survive until the next paying job.

- Get a job, get back to work, doing anything.

Start working any job as soon as you are laid off or terminated.

Deliver pizzas, mow yards, throw newspapers, work for a friend or relative. Anything to get your mind off your old job.

When we get laid off, we brood and play mind games with ourselves.

We imagine ourselves back in the supervisors office telling him off when he announces our termination.

We imagine how we could have fixed things years before so we were not laid off and that other guy got the pink slip.

We waste time with the past rather than thinking about the urgent future.

A job, no matter how menial, occupies our mind and hands and makes us productive.

While working, we think about what we want to do, where we want to be and how to get there.

This leads to action which leads to finding the next real job.

Not working means sitting at home staring at a TV or computer screen, eating and sleeping. That leads no where.

- Stop spending hours in front of the computer.

Clicking, typing, pointing and browsing is an activity.

Sitting in front of a computer is not interviewing and talking with prospective employers.

Spending hours wading through Monster or other online job search engines is what two million other job seekers are doing right now. You are not alone!

Hooking up with old friends on Facebook ("they might have something for me!" - yeah right) is a waste of time.

Instead, pick up the phone and starting calling companies and the people you may know who work there. Nothing can replace personal contact.


- Swallow your pride and start letting everyone you know that you are out of work and searching for a job.

This means friends, family, church, old employers, old coworkers, friends from school, parents of your kid's friends, anyone and everyone.

The best job right now is going to the person who knows someone. Not to the person who submitted an anonymous resume to an HR person (or computer!) at some company.

Your personal network is huge. Put it to work right now.

In closing, you will find a job. It will be different than your last job. You are a survivor because you adapt and change and meet challenges. You will suceed and you will live to see another day. That is why you are here now.

Good luck, pray and persevere.


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