When Unemployed, Sell YourselfFor several years I have...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 28, 1993

When Unemployed, Sell Yourself

For several years I have gone through problems like those of many unemployed people. My mistake was to go from top management positions in the office equipment industry to an entrepreneurial world of attempting to manufacture and market pay phones during a crashing economy.

Needless to say, we didn't truly get off the ground.

For two years after that, I did the resume-headhunter-networking routine and was unable to get anywhere near a management position. I've been told that I'm overqualified, too independent, too old by a Baltimore placement agency -- all of which resulted in my losing my home, filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy and generally derailing what was once a great life.

If you'll review the employment ads in your own paper, you will find a great many (although they don't specify) multi-level marketing jobs disguised to look otherwise and a great many direct in-home sales positions. I lost $5,000 in water filters.

I feel from experience that when you are out of work you have to accept the fact that you are no longer a vice president of marketing or whatever. What you are is older (58 in my case), experienced in a business you can't get back into and unemployed. You are actually part of that group you snubbed your nose at not too long ago.

To get back on track, you need to get rid of your old persona. Adopt a positive attitude about yourself regardless of what is happening in your life and go out and find a job. In my case, my initial talents were in two areas -- getting along with people and sales.

As a result, I started answering sales ads, not by mail but by direct response. I would go in and make a sales call on the people doing the hiring. I would sell myself . . . a product that I believe that I know. Over the past year, I've landed several positions, doing educational career sales and home improvement sales. At this point, I've found a company with a good reputation, a good product and I'm really making money.

The point of this letter is there are jobs out there. Perhaps a more positive article for those without employment, would be worthwhile. . . . Why don't you tell them how to get jobs? That's what I would do.

Bill Lord

Mount Airy

Chance Or Design?

The pluralism of today's society summons educators, parents and students to be more aware of our faith commitments and their bearing on learning, discovery and conclusions. It is therefore most interesting that the cutting edge of scientific investigation is raising new questions and calling for new assessments that make what people believe play an increasingly important role in our investigations.

Due to the work of historians in science, it is now being clearly demonstrated that there is no such thing as "raw facts." The work of modern science, like religion, rests on faith commitments. The foundation of faith rests on the "fact that we live in a rational universe." But science cannot prove that we live in such a universe. To say we live in a rational universe is to assume it as the starting point of scientific effort, and therefore the assumption is a faith commitment. Do we view the world through lenses of chance or lenses of design?

Often a world on a foundation of chance relies almost entirely on what we as human beings can experience through touch, taste, smell and sight. But can we trust what we experience to give us an accurate picture of ultimate reality?

Often in our search for the real facts, we do not include those variables outside the realm of our experience. We do not include them because the variables do not fit in the mold we have desired to create for them. But science, in order for it to be good science, must strive to investigate all the data, including present-day experiences that are not shared experiences and the testimonies of man's experiences from ages past.

When we begin to view the larger picture, then it once again becomes appropriate to ask the following kinds of questions: Do we live in a universe that owes its structure to blind, impersonal forces or is it a product of design? Can science investigate questions of this sort? What kind of evidence exists in nature that bears on such matters?

These are very important questions because the hungry minds of our children call for the very best of today's discoveries for tomorrow's America.

Robert B. Foster

Gettysburg, Pa.

The writer is a public school teacher in Carroll County.

Drunk Driving Is Not An Accident

As the mother of another much loved child, 11-year-old Jimmy Cianos, and the sister-in-law of Jerry Barrett, age 39, loving father and husband, murdered by another drunk driver this summer, I was appalled by the sentence imposed by Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert E. Cahill Sr. in the drunk driving crash (not accident) of Ronald L. Adams. Drunk driving is not an accident.

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