Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Illinois Workforce Development System

During my period of unemployment, I was required to register with my state's job bank in order to receive benefit payments. The entire system is basically a giant, online database of job seekers and employers. But for month after month, no job matches ever came around for me. I constantly added more skills to my profile and broadened my job requirement criteria, but still no jobs "fit" my skills set.

Until now.

I just received an email from a gentleman named Scott Kim who found my information through the Illinois Workforce Development System. He wanted to tell me that he has a great opportunity for me to teach English in South Korea, which is one of the most up-and-coming places in the world for English teachers.

I can't decide if this is the ultimate example of how lethargic the American unemployment system is right now, or just the funniest damn thing that's happened to me in a long time. Or maybe it's a resounding victory for the unemployment system, since they found me the very job I'm already doing, thereby proving that their job seeker-employer matching system is PERFECT, if a little slow.

In any case, I emailed the guy back, thanked him for his interest in me and told him the humor in the whole scenario. I hope he finds it as funny as I did.


  1. And my daughter is a wonderful girl. I think you would like her. May I introduce you? Thanks for the great post! Hope you are feeling better! Tim

  2. Wow!! That's funny. I guess that just goes to show you that you're in the right place!