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This is what it feels like to be unemployed for years

The term among economists for losing your job market value when you’re unemployed is “skill erosion.” Here’s what that feels like.


Craig Cardimon brought this article to my attention, and boy, it struck a STRONG chord with me.


Having been unemployed twice in the last 5 years, both times for about a year or so, everything in this article happened to me both times. It’s part of the fear that I face if I should find myself either unemployed or underemployed again in the future–I don’t want to have to go through this yet again. It almost feels like PTSD having experienced it not once, but twice in recent years.  You truly lose your self-confidence. It’s taken two years to get mine back. 


This is one reason that I recommend to anyone who is job searching to stay active on social media, in order to continue being part of the conversation of topics going on in one’s field and learning the trends. I also recommend trying to find part-time jobs related to your field, not finding outside work outside of one’s field, so that way you can stay in the loop, and perhaps learn a new skill. Taking a course to brush up on a skill helps too. 


This is an interesting article that I hope employers read, so they can better understand the impact of the economy. There are plenty of good workers out there that just haven’t been given a break, by no fault of their own, so it’s worth investing a little extra time to let them get back up to speed again. 



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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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