I empathize with Jacki King and relate to what she is and has gone through. I have fallen through the same cracks. Once I was a personnel director, then owned my own business, had to sell my business because my partner and I split up, and finally returned to a personnel position in corporate America.
However, more than half of the job interviews that I went on were insulting, demeaning and lacked compassion. I wondered where and when humanism died. I was condemned for leaving corporate America and now wanted--needed--to be back in a regular job. I was told that all the work experience and education I previously had, really had no value. I was either overqualified or underqualified. And finally, I was warned that I would find it difficult returning to a regular 9-to-5 job.
Well, it has been difficult but not because it has been a 9-to-5 job. It is more because the work ethic has changed and the underlying current is "that unless you watch out for yourself, nobody else will." To many people, it is a time of desperation, lost hope and lost dreams. If you are without a job, you are considered worthless, a failure and a "cancer."