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July 20, 2009
Posted: 1800 GMT
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Bailey   July 24th, 2009 2:03 am ET

As someone who has been unemployed for 3 mos now due to job cuts by my firm, it helps to see the journey of others in a similar situation. I am happy that Jason's jobquest has ended and I hope that he and his family will have a good life as they take this new direction.

Ramy Paul El Soueidy   July 30th, 2009 7:42 pm ET

The matching point in here is the” Positive thinking “to change and move forward … I’ve noticed that people start to evaluate and discover their hidden talents and skills seriously, to believe on ourselves is a very important fact to start over and recover.
Good Luck to all …

Ayman Haddadin   July 31st, 2009 3:45 am ET

Dear Sir,

I'm a Civil Engineer by profession. I disagree with the views of your guest in your program about the On-line Job Search. I'm A Jordanian and I must say I landed my first online job search in 2002, and changed jobs twice since then through the same means. This is apart from the many offers and invitations for job interviews that I still receive as a result of my earlier online search.

I must say that I truly benefited from what we call globalization and the online communications, as I had great opportunity to compete with other western candidates and land the right job even outside my country., Jordan.

Best regards,

Ayman Haddadin .

Mike Loh   July 31st, 2009 4:01 am ET

Well I got the perfect "Road to recovery" story for ya.

I am an Expat from New York who moved to Shanghai China to pursue a job in the Advertising/ Product Design industry and having an Art Degree helped for a while. As expats working in China our salaries are usually higher than most locals therefore we cost more to businesses.

It was great for several years during the boom in China and now with the Sour Economy this trend in companies hiring expensive expats are over. China is tough on profits and business like any other country and now they've cut off a lot of foreigners working in Shanghai. Most of them left, any survivors and newlyweds like me who just married a local Chinese Citizen 2 years ago and having just bought a home its not easy to just drop everything, pack up and go home.

Luckily with my artistic background and my love for Special FX, sculpting and movie monsters I pursued a hobby in making plastic masks. I learned everything else on my own including making my own molds and with my wife helping me to source all the materials required to make these masks within China I've started my own little mask making operation. I wouldn't call it a business yet but in 1 years time (started March 2008) I have sold over 50 masks to US, UK, France, Canada, Australia and within China. I have been featured on local China Tv on a program called Shanghai Quest: and I am in discussion with someone in the USA interested in setting up an online store to market and sell my masks internationally.

The journey has started and all this seems great but by no means and I'm even close to success for I know this career path has just begun. I've been doing this as a hobby with a day job but not that I've been laid off 8 months it hasn't been easy. I do all the work on my own including concept design, sculpting, running molds, casting the item, and finally painting it. I work very hard and sweat a lot and it has also helped me to lose weight now that I am on my feet working instead of sitting comfortably in an Air conditioned office. My wife is still working luckily supporting the rest of the family: our mother, 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Good Luck to all those out there looking for jobs.

You can see my masks here:

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