Even Spiderman Is Not Immune to Job Loss

spidermanIn the most recent issue of Marvel Comics', The Amazing Spiderman, Spiderman's alter ego, Peter Parker loses his job as a newspaper photographer. He doesn't just struggle to keep a roof over his head and pay his bills; he also has to manage Spiderman's expenses including "web fluid" and the costs of maintaining his superhero wardrobe to keep his identity under wraps. Sure, he's just a comic book character, but what Spiderman is facing is not that different than what millions of Americans are facing today: dealing with a job loss, but still feeling like they have to continue to be a superhero.

Many people who lose their jobs are too proud to ask for help. They know that others are depending on them and they don't want to let them down. Often they have a stoic attitude - "I've got this covered" and "I don't like asking for favors" are phrases I hear often from proud job seekers. But job search should not be an isolating process. Reaching out to others who can share information and connect you with potential decision makers is key to a successful search. Take down the superhero facade and let people in. Here are some suggestions for getting started.

Join a job search group. This is a great way to share job leads, stay motivated, feel connected, and learn what search strategies are working for others. There are numerous job search groups based on job function, professional level, and geography.

Accept help from family and friends. If a friend or family member wants to take you out to dinner, offer you some money, or buy you a week's worth of groceries, don't immediately turn down their offer because of pride. Chances are, you would probably do the same thing for a friend or family member in need. Being gracious and accepting helps solidify relationships and keeps you top of mind with the people who want to help you.

Ask for informational interviews. Informational interviews are not about asking people for a favor or a job. You are reaching out to that person to learn more about them, the type of work they do, or their company. Asking for information and suggesting they are the expert in their field is flattering; most people are more than willing to share information as long as there is no expectation that they will find you a job. And many will be willing to share valuable contacts with you who can get you one step closer to actually landing your next position.

Work with a job search coach. Working with a job search coach can give you a new perspective on your search and a coach can bring a certain objectivity to the process that can't be achieved when you are working alone. If money is tight, many coaches offer alternatives to one-on-one coaching including job clubs and workshops. Also, check out the resources at your local library. Many have free resume writing help and free job coaching services.

Take advantage of your unemployment resources. The Department of Labor sponsors career education and training programs through their Career One Stop portal. You can also learn about government grants to help finance a job retraining program or a return to school.

No one should buy into the superhero mentality when they are in a job search. We are all superheros in our own right to someone in our lives. It's ok to let others do some of the saving now and then.

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Though I have my MARVEL complaints too (DC HOWEVER IS DOING A WHOLE UNIVEZRSE WIDE ZOMBIE STORY LINE --which cant be any dumber any idea) the person who thinks that OBAMA would want the heroes to be outed clearly has no concept of the rights we lost under BUSH. and yes, Obama isnt restoring enough of them -- but it was BUSH who took them. Get your facst right.

March 07 2010 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it is ridiculous that we should have to endure a "superhero" losing his job and struggling to survive.
Whateve happened to Bruce Wayne living in his mansion with his young ward, Dick Grayson and his manservant Alfred.
No money worries there.
It's called ESCAPISM people.
We don't need to read about joblessness and homelessness.

March 07 2010 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

So Spider-Man as Peter Parker got fired from his job as photographer. What's the big deal there? He's been getting fired as far back as I can remember and I was with this character from the begining. He usually ends up temporarily working for someone until he gets rehired. Seems talent usually keeps him employed somewhere as a photographer. Very unlike many people in today's unemployment crisis.

March 07 2010 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i remember racks in every convenence store or 5 and dime . i thought they quit making comic books cause i havent seen any any where being sold . where would one go to find all the comics ???

March 07 2010 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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A comic book store would be a good start. Waldens, Books-A-Million, Hastings, Barns & Noble, etc. any chain book store. My local library even keeps a current stock of the most recent ones and collectors can by the previous weeks issue.

March 07 2010 at 5:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David S.

I had no idea they still printed new editions of "Spiderman." Guess I am out of the loop.....

March 07 2010 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
r w

Marvel Comics were the Gold Standard back in the 70's and 80's, but their comics are terrible now. The story lines and the art suck - there is no imagination or logic in their stories. The scum that runs Marvel has no right to destroy the characters and concepts that many good, imaginative people spent decades creating. Some of their stupid concepts include killing off Captain America, having the heroes reveal their secret identities because of an oppresive government(not realistic, but more likely under Obama - not that a real hero would comply with oppressive laws and rules) killing off Iron Man, bringing back Norman Osbourn, a long dead character, and putting him in charge of "everything", making the Avengers evil, and all types of just plain stupid concepts. Their readership is down because they cannot create imaginative, dramatic stories. They have replaced drama with drastic measures - and they are not the same. They cannot create interesting, dramatic stories so they do drastic things like kill off characters, bring back dead characters, and have ridiculous story lines like the ones outlines above. They just don't know how to make good comics anymore - they should be forced to read the great comics of the 70's and 80's and if they can't create comics like that, they should be fired and people that can make good comics should be brought in. They are trying to add realism and they make the comics less realistic, and less entertaining. They are not worth the paper they are printed on anymore Quite frankly MARVEL COMICS SUCK! D.C. comics is getting good and coming back, although the killing off of Batman and the bringing back of his father is a cheap, drastic gimic that seems like it came from one of the idiots at Marvel Comics.

March 07 2010 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to r w's comment

Your an idiot, who has way too much time on his hands. Marvel is and always will be the best, all D.C. has is Batman, Green Lantern, and a Few other solid characters. STFU.

March 07 2010 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Brian Michael Bendie is a great writer and Marvel has some goodd artists but I generally agree with your ideas. I miss the days of Ditko, Romita, Byrne, Miller and some of the other greats who worked there. It also sucks that comics are 4 dollars and up nowadays. My son started to read a few years back and had to stop because he could not afford to buy titles he liked.

March 07 2010 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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