You’ll see six new greeting cards in your local Hallmark stores designated strictly to job less and the recession. That’s right, recession cards! I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Recession Day “holiday” pop up in their books soon.
With the unemployment rate in this country at a staggering 9.1 percent (14 million people) it’s likely you know someone who has lost their job due to the country’s recession. But would you send them a card about it?
Apparently Hallmark has stated that customers called in requesting these sort of cards and so far the cards are selling well.
One of the more serious cards reads, “Sorry you lost your job, but please remember your job is not who you are. You have many great qualities, and that’s what really matters. Until someone realizes your unique abilities, I hope you’ll take pride in all you’ve accomplished and realize how much you have yet to give.”
Another more humorous card reads, “Don’t think of it as losing your job. Think of it as a time out between stupid bosses.”
While this may seem silly and uncalled for career expert, Nicole Williams, says, “By virtue of bringing it out into the open and discussing it, there’s less shame attached to it. And the more shame that is attached to it, the less likely you are to go out there and actually find a job quickly.” Psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Hartstein, added “the more you talk about something, the better off it can be.” – Source.
Hartstein said, “You want to know your audience, right? Someone might look at that and think that you’re making fun of their predicament, so you really need to know who your friends and who your loved ones are and who you’re giving it to. Yes, it would make you laugh, but if you’re really feeling sensitively about it, you don’t want to poke fun at it in a way that might make them feel badly.” – Source.
What would you do if someone handed you a greeting card regarding your job loss? Have you received or sent one of these cards yet? Let us know in the comments below!
To watch the CBS’ The Early Show’s segment on these cards click here.Is Your Job Loss A Hallmark Moment? by Amanda Miller