Just a little more bad news: Sprint slashes jobs

It’s a bit depressing I know. When I scroll through the archives of this blog, I stumble upon too many posts about companies slashing jobs.

Well, here’s another one. The USA Today reports that telecommunications giant Sprint is cutting 8,000 jobs. That’s an amazing 15 percent of its workforce.

It’s a tough employment world out there, folks. And now there are thousands of newly unemployed workers fighting for any job they can find.

I remember when the telecommunications industry was the hottest field around. People who had jobs with companies like Sprint were set for life. Two years ago, though, a friend of mine who did work for one the telecommunication giants suddenly lost his job in a round of layoffs. My wife and I, along with our children, were on vacation with him and his wife when the news came over his cell phone.

It made for a depressing end to our trip. It was also an early wake-up call: There are no “safe” industries any more. Anyone can get fired at any time from any job.

Even in the middle of your vacation.