I just tried to figure it out by looking at a 2002 calendar. I came here from Korea in 2002, and in the few days before I left Korea, I e-mailed resumes and so on to try and get the ball rolling. I was 48 years old then (and looked every bit of it). I'm a white North American (although with a somewhat dark complexion, and facial features that sometimes cause confusion as to my ethnicity/country of origin), but I was (and am) not very attractive, upbeat, or energetic-looking at all. Also, I'm not much of a "people person," I'm not much of a salesman/self-marketer, and I don't usually come across as Mr. Confident. In other words, I think by the criteria usually applied here, I didn't look or act like anything to write home about. From the day I landed here, I think it took a few interviews, maybe three demos, and ten or eleven days for me to get hired.
A little side anecdote: Some years ago, when I was being interviewed by a university department head while applying to enter a certain graduate program, I asked the department head whether he could give me an idea of the odds of my being admitted. He answered, "Got a pulse?"
I think that department head's answer could be applied pretty well to the cram school employment outlook when I came here in 2002. I don't know what things are like now, though.
--Old Louisiana Civil Code Article 2451, "Sale of a Hope"
It also happens sometimes that an uncertain hope is sold; as the fisher sells a haul of his net before he throws it. . . .
--John Heywood (1497–1580)
Let the world slide, let the world go;
A fig for care, and a fig for woe!
If I can't pay, why, I can owe,
And death makes equal the high and low.