Into the job wilderness

Thursday, February 03, 2011

I guess everyone thinks I've fallen off the health wagon. Not so. Even though I've had some tough times, I have maintained my weight loss within 4-5 pounds. I gain and I lose and I am okay with that for now. The last weight I did was 166 and I am usually feeling pretty satisfied. I'd like to get rid of another 10 or 15 pounds but it will happen when it happens. I am not really worried about it.
Unfortunately, I do have some situations that I wish were different. On two days before Christmas, I got downsized. I knew it might happen and I was not very happy with where I was, but being unemployed is very scary. I have been working harder than I ever could have in a job. I have sent literally hundreds of resumes, I have gone to job fairs and career ministries and I am working almost every day except Sunday. I have had resume coaches helped me redo my resume and I have gone through all the stuff I can think of. The only thing I don't seem to understand is networking. I don't really have friends that can make connections for me and I am not the kind of person to ask for favors. I could probably have found a part time job or some kind of entry level but that is just NOT for me. I file for Unemployment Compensation but because of a lot of confusion with the Virginia Commission, I still am waiting to get something. I am told NOW that I should get my first check in 2 more weeks. A whole $350.00 not quite half of my last take home pay.
I have gone on 3 interviews but nothing there. I am really getting concerned. My nephew has been out of work since August and I have heard many folks a lot longer. Can anyone give me some suggestions?
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  • JIBBIE49
    Taking a part time job can work into a full time one, so I'd think about that. I know you wrote this back in February so I hope all is well.
    I tell my children that they HAVE to have a job skill that not just anyone off the street can do. My DD is in college now and I told her to plan to go right on and get her Master's degree and not think about stopping with a BS degree. She wants to work in environment, so I told her she need to get a job with Certification.

    Be a volunteer like at the hospital or school and that is one way to get a job. Talk to ministers at churches as they know a lot of people and that is networking.
    2469 days ago
    You've done the hardest thing in loosing that weight. Maintain your confidence. Share what you've learned. Maybe there is a door open for you in an area you just haven't looked at. You have a lot to share and a lot of knowledge.
    Best wishes for something to turn up soon.
    2521 days ago
  • THOMS1
    Mary you looking wonderful. I am so sorry to hear about your job loss. The economy certainly dosen't seem like its getting any better no matter what they say. I wish I had some suggestions for you. I will keep you in my prayers and I hope you are able to get something soon. emoticon
    2521 days ago
    I'm so sorry that I don't have any good suggestions for you MaryLou. I would suggest talking to your local YMCA or gym about perhaps some work there while you wait. It's not much but it's something and you've worked hard to get where you are. I never thought I'd be teaching water aerobic classes and here I am doing 17 hours a week. You would still probably qualify for unemployment because the pay is so low but you'd feel like you were doing something & be getting in your exercise. Love you, Dawn emoticon emoticon
    2576 days ago
  • LLTS01
    I am so sorry about your job loss. Are there any organizations you can join that can help you with the networking aspect of your job?
    I know you must be very concerned and rightfully so. It is very scary and unpredictable these days. Did your previous employer offer you any outplacement service?
    2576 days ago
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