Roadside Job Hunt

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

One woman says her desperation for a job has put her out on the street so to speak. If you were driving along Thomasville Road around 8:30 Friday morning, you may have noticed Tina Mauldin. She had a sign advertising 25 years experience as a legal legislative assistant because she is jobless like many, but she doesn't mind going the extra mile to find work.

"I figured people are either going to think I'm crazy or they'll think I'm just resourceful." said Mauldin. Mauldin says since 1981 she's always had a job in Tallahassee, up until she was laid off from a local law firm due to cut backs. Now, she spends her free time on Thomasville Road and other places--trying to take advantage of any opportunity that comes her way.

"I started thinking you know, people don't know I'm out there, you know, cause everybody is so closed down and paranoid about the economy right now that I just decided I need to get out there." said Mauldin.

Those who have heard about Mauldin's efforts say it's a sign of the times. Local resident, Yvonne Hays said, "It's scary, that's the bottom line. It's sad, you feel bad for her, but uh, I'm sure she's not alone either."

BJ Allen, another resident said, "I wouldn't expect that, but I mean, she has to do what she has to do." Mauldin says no matter how bleak the job market is, she'll never give up hope. Even it it means going out on the street.

Tina says she plans on standing on a corner almost everyday until she finds a job. And to make matters worse, Tina is also helping out her husband who is battling throat cancer.

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