H-SANTA MARIA

Jan 20, 2012 8:44 PM by Ariel Wesler

Hallmark offers sympathy cards for the unemployed

A popular greeting card company is putting a different spin on unemployment with one of its latest line of cards. Hallmark recently released job loss cards, targeting people who are looking for work.

Some feel Hallmark is just cashing in on the recession, but others are finding inspiration and encouragement to keep up their job search.

"Don't think of it as losing your job, think of it as a timeout between stupid bosses," said one of the cards.

It's a modern-day sympathy card.

"Unfortunately, there is a demand," said Mary Harms, Assistant Manager of the Hallmark store in Santa Maria.

If you've lost a job or you're looking for one, Hallmark hopes its new line of job loss cards will help ease your pain.

"It's a very complex time and if you can encourage someone that's out there pounding the pavement, I think it's a good thing," Harms said.

Whether you decide to go the light-hearted route or take a more serious approach, they say it's the thought that counts, so we asked job seekers what they thought.

"This is kind of like salt in the wound," said Shannon Combs of Lompoc. "You lost your job, sucks to be you. Here's a card. Hope you feel better."

Sure, the card won't get you a job, but for many, it serves as a reminder, they're not alone.

"It feels good to get encouragement," said Jessica Guess of Santa Maria.

"I'd be like all right, hey thanks," said Marni Robinson of Santa Maria.

Robinson looked down and read the card.

"I hope someone will soon recognize what you have to offer," he read.

And hopefully the right offer won't be far behind.

The Hallmark store in Santa Maria says even though the economy appears to be improving, they plan to continue selling the cards.

As far as whether to send a funny or serious card, the folks we spoke with say it all depends on who's sending it.

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