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End of the Road

Matt Perkins, the former city planner for Walla Walla, Wash., was laid off after nine years on the job, and spent six months trying to find a new position. “I talked to my wife and said, ‘Let’s stop waiting for jobs to come to us and let’s go find a job’,” he says. So they hit the road for what Perkins calls “The Great American Road Trip Job Search”. Perkins, his wife, and their three young children drove from state to state looking for a job, and seeing the sights in the process. “So far we’ve been to 29 states,” Perkins said on a layover in Denver. He also blogged about the trip, but it was a failure: after a month, driving 8,000 miles to the east coast and back, he still didn’t find a job. “There are jobs out there,” Perkins said, “they’re just harder to find. I’m confident I’ll find one.” (RC/KUSA Denver) ...You’d think he could get a job as a tour bus driver.
Publication Date: 28 August 2011
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 18.

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