In a sobering first-person piece in the Atlantic, John Douglas Marshall, an unemployed journalist who last worked for the now-closed Seattle Post -Intelligencer, pinpoints the most depressing aspect of this business. After detailing how unemployment benefits required him to apply for up to four jobs a week, Marshall writes this:

With such dreary results, applying for jobs turned Wednesday or Thursday into the downer day of the week, guaranteed. Just finding three or four possible jobs consumed hours of numbing Internet searches. But I still did it conscientiously because unemployment required it and also because it might result in work, although I soon knew that my experience and maturity were not assets that employers were seeking any longer, quite the opposite. Younger and cheaper are today’s mandate.