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Got the Job, but Not the Dream. Now What?

November 6, 2012

After two years of unemployment, my friend Mark finally landed a sales job. It’s not exactly what he had in mind as a seasoned management professional at age 52, but after dozens of leads and rejections, this appeared to be the only game in town.

I usually run into Mark when I hit the local Starbucks before work. We often chat about the ups and downs of his job search. In spite of the looming insecurity, he has a fantastic attitude. Even in his lowest moments, he sounds upbeat.

“I know God’s already worked it out for me,” he’ll say, as we sip our toasty beverages.

I sometimes offer to pray for him, in hopes that my meager pleas to the Lord on High will help move the dial in some small way.

“How’d it go?” I asked the other day, after his latest job interview.

“Fine.

Interesting.

Weird.”

He paused, then elaborated. “The guy who interviewed me said the perfect candidate was someone over 50 years old who had been kicked to the curb a few times.”

We looked at each other and laughed.

“Well, that pretty much describes both of us,” I said.

Actually, I know plenty of people who would qualify, with flying colors.

“So I took it,” he said. “The job, I mean.”

“Great!” I exclaimed, imagining the relief, and gave a secret high-five to God. Except that Mark didn’t seem to be celebrating so much. I probed. “Uh, so, what kind of company is it?”

Mark winced a little, and then dropped the bomb. “I’m selling industrial brooms.”

Okay, well, brooms – that’s not so bad, is it? People use industrial brooms all the time! Yes, in factory floors and construction sites, right? How else would they keep the place clean? Working creates such a mess! Praise God for industrial strength brooms!

I was trying hard to put a spiritually positive spin on the situation.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2012 7:50 am

    I’ll have to think on it. I’d have the same problem your friend did but perhaps there is relief in having such a concrete item and in building a routine?

  2. November 6, 2012 8:04 am

    It is a privilege to know Mark, my friend and mentor who I meet up with at Starbucks about 3 times per week. We are the oddest of “couples,” — differing on most things political. Yet, we find common ground in our faith, the things that define our humanity, our Christian purpose. As the article states correctly, one must marvel at Mark’s resilience during the often long haul to reenter the draconian labor market at 52, where want ads often specify “Unemployed need not apply.” And, we all know that those over 40 especially can be viewed as employment pariahs where age discrimination is rampant ! Yet, when one puts one’s life in the bosom of Him, “by His stripes we are healed.”

  3. November 6, 2012 4:31 pm

    My favorite people are the people who labor in obscurity. They are real.

  4. November 7, 2012 3:57 pm

    my second comment is waiting for approval at the high calling.
    i know i’m already approved here. And i approve of that.

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