I spent all day trolling the internet for job listings. I even called a few places, only to be either 'accidentally' disconnected, indefinitely put on hold, or flat-out hung up on.
Needless to say, it's not been pleasant.
But it made me wonder about job hunting in the days before the internet. Yes, of course there were classified ads in papers, but I've heard tales of people literally 'hitting the pavement," going door-to-door in anticipation of finding an opening. That seems like the craziest idea in the world to me, but apparently it worked. Some of the time. But - my goodness - how truly terrible that must have been.
My old office (oh, it feels nice to say that) used to have people coming to the door all the time to sell things. At first, I was really surprised. I had no idea that door-to-door salesmen were even still around. I figured they'd gone the way of milkmen and human beings at the end of customer services lines, existing only in the memories of those old souls longing for the days of yesteryear. Perhaps you could find them in a few Pleasantville-like relics of the past, towns standing far enough from the shadows of urbanism to make such a life possible. But in New York? I could hardly believe it.
Can you imagine someone showing up at your apartment door hawking a vacuum cleaner? Those dead bolts and chain locks would slide into place faster than you can say "Avon lady calling."
Still, I was greatly reassured by the knowledge that the door-to-door salesman was still alive and well. Granted, I never bought anything they were selling (be it shipping services or a payroll), but it was nice that someone was still bothering to give a personal touch to what is essentially the human version of spam.
And -- look, everyone -- GothamGirl is on a roll!
Bought one lottery ticket.