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My New Use for the Phone Book

July 26, 2012 by Lady Unemployed

No, I know what you’re thinking. I won’t be using it for this purpose:

White Toilet Bowl in Malaysia

Phone book as toilet paper anyone? Anyone?

I’ve considered it, though, when money is tight, but the whole newsprint thing stops me.


This week I’ve gotten into the panic mode thing that causes me to feel like this:


This isn’t me. But this is how I’m feeling.

And when I’m in that mood, I need to do something productive very quick. So, I grabbed the first thing in site.

Yes, the phone book.

People, we under estimate the phone book. It serves great many purposes besides being a door stop or bird cage liner.

I started with the letter “A,” flipped to “C” for “Computer – Software,” and then to “E” for “Education.” I plan on going back to the letter “B” this weekend. What I do is Google each company listed and find out if they have a website. If they have website, I look for a “jobs”, or “careers” tab and I find out if they have any openings. The next stage in this process is sending them an email with an employment inquiry. I may actually call these places if I get really desperate.

So, you see? There we have it. I am being very resourceful, aren’t I?

The fascinating lives of the broke and unemployed continues next week…tune in!


  1. Joslin says:

    That’s a really good idea. I’ll have to remember that when I move back Stateside and need to find a job.

  2. Susan Cooper says:

    I hear you and have been in that space. It’s funny where our mind will lead us when there is time, unwanted or otherwise. When you get to “B” I will be curious to see what you find… LOL.

  3. Monica says:

    Great idea! I like to organize my searches by industry. I think I need to change my approach.

  4. Lady J says:

    Look at you, Creative Cathy! Hey, you’re thinking outside the box. Good luck to you 🙂 And if your phone book experiment works, use that as an opener to the talk shows you have been calling. You’ll be an interesting segment!

    Good luck. I hope you get a good job soon 🙂

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