Interview: Tanya Duncanson
Friday, September 16th, 2011
Below is an edited transcript of a recent interview with Tanya Duncanson conducted by Naima Ramos-Chapman. Duncanson has been looking for a job for almost six years.
How long have you been looking?
Since 2006 ... I am competing with recent college grads, and I don't have a degree ... That makes my prospects, like I said, very grim.
So how have you been making ends meet?
I am being supported by my husband.
He is employed. If I didn't have my husband, I don't know what I would do.
I was laid off. The company for which I worked found an automated company to do the radio frequency coordination that I performed by hand.
If you could guesstimate how many resumes you've sent out...
I would say I sent out about 1,000 resumes.
How many interviews?
How many interviews? oh, maybe five.
And job fairs?
Job fairs are just a general waste of time ... They weren't really taking applications or resumes even though we were told to bring resumes. Nobody wanted a resume. I have probably already done everything they suggested. There were a few new companies here, and I could check those out.
Do you have any children?
One grown child, 27.
Has she been able to find work?
She just finished nursing school, and after a search of about a year ... she found a job through a job fair.
So there is some hope...