“It’s easier to find a job when you already have one.” That is an exceedingly simple concept that my entire family has been trying to drill into my stubbornly thick skull for many years now. I am not too proud of the fact that it took me until recently to truly understand what they meant by that little phrase.
First things first: I finally got myself a job. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s a job. To maintain anonymity, I will not say what or where the job is, because the point of this post goes beyond how happy I am to simply have employment. The purpose for this post is to express my opinion on the importance of employment in general, especially in a rough economy like that of the state of Illinois, and even more so like the city of Chicago. It’s no secret that things are tough all over, for everybody, and they are considerably tougher for the unemployed. The taxes are brutal; transportation costs are high; rent prices all over the city are ridiculous – it seems like it costs a fortune a day to live in The Windy City. So, in this sense, employment is essential to survival in this, or in any, city.