Fact or Perception
As an update and a gentle lead-in to the title of this post, I recently put in a job application at the Sam Ash Music Store in Cincinnati. I worked for years at a local instrument music chain a while ago (not records or CD type of music store…) and I also worked at an electronics music store called ICB Audio. I thought that and my decades of management, sales and customer service experience would make me a good candidate. I started working at Sam Ash about two weeks ago. For me, it is like being a kid in a toy store……. because I AM!
So, do I feel like the employment situation is getting better because I now have a job? In reality, unemployment rate is very low, and has been for a while now. There are people still looking for work, but there are also companies that are looking but cannot find qualified workers in their field and/or location.
Do we feel that food insecurity is a myth because we do not see it in our neighborhood or town?
Everyone we know is well fed and has no difficulty getting their next meal.
Do we refuse to believe specific facts or national statistics because they do not apply to us?
I am glad to be working again doing something I love. I will probably spend more money than I make as I have done in music stores in the past, but I will hopefully meet a lot of new talented people driven by their passion to make music for all to enjoy.
It is tough when you are unemployed. For those of you still looking I wish you well in 2017!