Letters: Unemployment And Beating The Heat NPR's Neal Conan reads listener comments from the previous week, including the lengths many unemployed people go to land a new job and the methods listeners are using to stay out of the heat. And one shared his space shuttle memory.

Letters: Unemployment And Beating The Heat

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NEAL CONAN, host: It's Tuesday, and time to read from your comments. Last week, we talked about the long-term unemployed who found jobs. We asked how did you do it. John Brower from Denver wrote: I was out of work for just over a year and looked for a job every day. For the first nine months, I tried to use websites and the workforce in my state with no luck whatsoever. I would apply to about 50 jobs a week minimum, and I would probably get a callback once a week, typically for a job I was overqualified for.

Then I decided to reach out to people in my network; just friends, family and friends of friends. I found an opportunity within a month. And it was a long interview process, but I was employed within three months of my decision to stop using huge websites. I have a great job now in my field, sales. And it's all thanks to not using Monster or the others. Use your network.

When we talked about the heat wave that affected much of the country, Mary Grimm(ph) from California sent this comment: During a 100-plus degree hot spell, a crew from the gas utility was replacing gas pipe at my house. For safety reasons, the workers must wear heavy, long-sleeved shirts covered by a bright orange canvas vests and, of course, hard hats and work boots and gloves. The sweat was streaming off these workers. Although they had plenty of water, I worried someone might get heat stroke. They seemed to survive OK, but all of us who work indoors should appreciate the comforts we've got.

The final mission of the space shuttle ended last week. And many of you sent us your space shuttle memories. Thomas Jeremiah from Richmond: I can remember being huddled in Mrs. Richardson's first-grade class with neighboring classrooms to watch the first manned launch. The school's librarian wield in a television set just to watch. What a modern marvel: a TV in the classroom. Mrs. Richardson fiddled with the rabbit ears to get as good reception as possible. She impressed on us the importance of this momentous day.

In fifth grade, my class was counseled by our teacher, Mrs. Sykes, after the Challenger disaster. This morning, my clock radio woke me at 5:30. And as I was making coffee, I heard Mr. Inskeep's commentary on the final shuttle mission. From six to 36, all over breakfast.

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