'New Reality' Leads to Unusual Jobs for BigLaw Recruiting Manager and Ex-Prosecutor

Laid off in 2009 from her job as a recruiting manager for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Janet Raiffa initially found what Fox News calls the “new reality” of the unemployment market depressing.

But even though she now works six jobs to earn a fraction of what she did at Orrick, she’s adjusted to her new situation and is happy. A longed-for baby has helped, as has volunteering at a soup kitchen, which has put her relative good fortune in perspective.

Steven Carse of Atlanta wound up creating his own job after losing a position as an insurance executive. Selling handmade gourmet ice pops from a push cart proved so profitable that his brother, a former Gwinnett County prosecutor, quit his day job to join the venture, which now has a fleet of 12 push carts. Carse says he’s back to earning around what he did before, and likes his new gig better.

Adjusting to the new economy is a matter of mindset, realizing that money isn’t everything and finding a new purpose, or purposes, in life, concerning both big issues and small ones, those interviewed for the article say.

After losing her job at Orrick, “I started using coupons for the first time in my life, and now I’m sort of addicted to it,” notes Raiffa.

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