SparkPeople Upside of Downsized Team Messageboard A friendly place where under-employed and out-of-work Sparkers can celebrate fitness and job hunting! SparkPeople Upside of Downsized Team Messageboard Back Again Hi! <BR> Hello again! I'm back again after two years as a teacher here in Texas. I was recently non-renewed for next school year of my contract as a teacher the middle of June because of excused medical absences. Although I just received a letter in the mail stating that they released me from my contract on the day that I signed my contract stating that my contract was non-renewed for next school year. So, who knows! LOL! <BR> I have been fortunate I have had several interviews. I have anothe... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:31:15 EST In Transition Hi my name is Mary & I have been transitioned out of my position into unemployment. <BR> I've enrolled in school and work daily on assignments and reading along with career enhancement webinars and assessments. I am able to make awesome meals & snacks and my exercise program has increased and stayed on target. 3 weeks into this new life & I am energized, motivated and healthier... WooHoo I love SparkPeople <BR> <em>88</em> Thu, 6 Jun 2013 00:07:58 EST New CHALLENGES: Get and and go! I've recently decided to use SparkPeople to help me learn Ruby on Rails, a computer programming language. More on this in a separate post (either on my blog or in one of these forums). <BR> <BR> SP has been there for me in the past and I want to be there for you all as well. I created three new goals that relate to me but could be interpreted for your own needs. <BR> <BR> 1. Study industry-specific literature 15 minutes 1 time per day <BR> 2. Reach out for info interview 1 industry inside... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:35:33 EST ::knock:: ::knock:: Anyone home? Considering using SP again. Checking through my old groups. Is anyone still here? Fri, 1 Feb 2013 13:54:00 EST How's everyone doing? I've had a few calls from employment agencies and I actually made a call to a Christian bookshop for their retail position. But otherwise, nothing much is happening. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 08:54:40 EST How to get back on track during interviews? There always seems to be at least one question in my interviews that throws me for a loop. Sometimes it is a common question such as "What is your greatest weakness?" and other times it is an unexpected question like "I see you have a Theatre degree. What are you doing applying here?" I'm curious to see if others have had this experience, and how they handled the question and got their footing back. Wed, 4 Jul 2012 17:34:27 EST debbiedumpling downsize hello everyone i am looking to improve my self , my weight and my health. I also want to get back to the happy confident person i once was. with your help may be its time to make it happen. Sat, 30 Jun 2012 22:38:41 EST Taking Care of Me Hi! I am new to SparkPeople and wanted to introduce myself. I am a 33 year old mother of two (a daughter with special needs - age 9 and a son - age 5), working full-time plus, and trying to remember what sleep looks like. I need to take better care of myself, and I need help with being reminded of that. So I thought this would be a great place to start. I want to get healthy, take off a few pounds, and really start to be more supportive of me. I am also hoping I can reform my family a ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:14:06 EST OK ALREADY!! I admit it! I have some weight to lose. 50 lbs or so, if we want to get technical. Am I ready? I hope so. Have I tried and failed SO SO SO many times? yep. It is possible? completely. <BR> Wish me luck :) Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:01:20 EST Jessica here. Just trying to make a better me... I am a single mom, I have 2 very healthy, very active daughters that I cant keep up with. I am weighing in at what feels like a million pounds that are seemingly impossible to lose. I have no work out partner to motivate me so here i am HOPING that i will find motivation here. I have 115 lbs to lose ... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:00:01 EST Starting again Hi, here I am at DAY 1 of the rest of my life, healthy eating for results this time! Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:36:35 EST I am here! The expert on dieting is here. I have lost alot of weight over the years by following almost every diet out there. They all work. But then why am I still more than 50 lbs overweight? It is because diets by themselves are not the answer. I am glad to be here to get support from others who are in the same boat. We all need the support of people around us who can relate and who are also trying hard. My motto: If at first you don't succeed, try try again! Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:43:24 EST Hi my name is Ivy I am new to this forum and I am not able to reply to mail or verify my e-mail..can someone help me. Please. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 17:08:39 EST Newcomer Hello, I am Amelia a currentl Junior in college! I never had to worry about diet as a gymnast throughout my childhood and high school. When I got to college my dietary habits went a bit awry. My portions got larger and the mindless snacking increased. This progressed for 2 years and I acrued a hefty 15-20 pounds. This past year I have tried many yo-yo diets and different plans with no success. I finally decided to join a community of determined people to help me on my quest to regain my confi... Mon, 28 May 2012 23:37:08 EST How has this Spark team helped you? I'm new and curious. Wed, 4 Apr 2012 01:16:41 EST Hi!! My name is Alisha. I have just recently been laid off. I was working seasonally for a plant nursery. I was kind of surprised. They were sorry to let me go (or so they said.) and the store has just been too slow. This does free up time for self education and plenty of time to exercise. So, in that way its been a good thing. Sat, 31 Mar 2012 00:16:09 EST Good News I finally got a job after being laid off back in June from my School District. I am no longer teaching, but working in housekeeping at a local hospital. My only problem is I am making way less than I had been, and it definitly will have a tough time making the bills, but at least I have a job. I am told I will be working 32 hours a week, but seem weeks may work 40 hours a week. So, I decided I'll have to see about getting a part time job to help pay the bills. I do have some perks.I qualify f... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 20:50:44 EST Kim Making changes and looking forward to the journey!! Sun, 26 Feb 2012 09:56:48 EST New on Sparkpeople Hi, I am Jackie. I joined this site to lose weight and open my mind to a new way of living. My main goals are to stay positive, eat healthier, and exercise more. Hopefully, with these combined and with some of your help, I can finally know myself as being healthy inside and out. :) Wed, 15 Feb 2012 18:41:46 EST Downsides of Downsized? Well, I thought it might help to get real about the difficulties of being unemployed, given my cheerier post in the "Fun and Encouragement" post about the upsides. I write this in the spirit of a support group - to acknowledge our challenges, however different they may be for each and every one of us. What are your challenges? Here are/were some of mine. <BR> <BR> 1. Uncertainty of future employment - when, where, how <BR> 2. A vague, structureless sense of inertia. Even if there is a vast a... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:26:24 EST Hello Im 27 from Garland. I am new to this and excited about starting this new adventure. I hope to meet new people and ultimately meet my goal....of getting down to 130-133. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:40:57 EST The Upside of Downsized! Now that I foresee myself working full time, I am trying to enjoy the best of these last moments of being out of work. I'll add to this from time to time. But what are your upsides of being under- or out-of-work? <BR> <BR> 1. Spending time with family -- hiking, playing games, sports, eating well, grocery shopping. Everything. <BR> <BR> 2. Taking advantage of EVERYTHING in the middle of the day -- no crowds or parking to fight over. Businesses are available and open. <BR> <BR> 3. Not havi... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:43:50 EST question I am still looking for a job since being laid off in June. I have recently been informed at an interview that my former employer gave her a bad picture of who I am. Previously I was told at another interview that she had given me a great recommendation. When I was told this time about having been given a bad recommendation I tried to explain without giving a negative picture of my principal how she is. I was left wondering afterwards if I should just not say that possible employers just not c... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 16:27:13 EST What's your birthday? I'd love to know everyone's birthday to be able to recognizes your birthday with warm wishes and SparkGoodies. <BR> <BR> Post it here or send me a message! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Clair Elyse Wed, 8 Feb 2012 10:42:12 EST Who Gets Promoted, Doesn't, Why- Introduction This is the first book I'd like to use for our book club: <BR> <BR> Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn't and Why by Donald Asher <BR> <BR><BR>Doesnt-Why/dp/1580088201/ref=sr_1_1?s=<BR>books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328635294&sr=1-1 <BR> <BR> This is an excellent book with practical advice that I have not heard anywhere else. It is clear cut, to the point, and honest. One of the most enlightening points I realized from this book (so far) is that promotions are not g... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 12:34:18 EST Opportunity: Co-leader of Upside of Downsized VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY <BR> <BR> Upside of Downsized is seeking a co-leader to serve a 2-3 month term. Upside of Downsized is a friendly place where under-employed and out-of-work Sparkers can celebrate fitness and job hunting! <BR> <BR> Responsibilities. <BR> 1. Welcome new members by reading their personal SparkPages and relaying friendly comments to encourage their participation on Upside of Downsized's message board. <BR> 2. Keep in touch with new members and cultivate relationships wit... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 00:33:18 EST Just getting started I've been off and on deiting and I truly belive this time will be the last. I am truly ready to change my life. I found this site and I'm so ready to try it. I'm setting small goals for the fist stage and I'm going to knock them down every day:) I'm so excited to meet new ppl that are going through the same things I am. I can't wait to make new friends Sat, 4 Feb 2012 17:15:24 EST Hello Everyone I am Deepali Prabhu Desai from India. I am a Software Engineer. I have just joined SparkPeople Community with the aim of losing a lot of weight and being healthy and fit. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:14:00 EST The Job Search Challenge - 1/23/12 Share 5 things you did to make the job search easier this past week, big or small. Here's mine: <BR> <BR> 1. Had a call with a peer coach to check in on goals. <BR> 2. Went made crazy on SP, to expend my requisite procrastination energy in time for a deadline. <BR> 3. Identified 3 jobs I want to apply for. <BR> 4. Did some pro bono work <BR> 5. Volunteered to build my experience. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 20:56:58 EST Peer coach: What are your goals this week? Post your career-related goals here. You can obfuscate a word or two to stay discrete. <BR> <BR> Here are mine: <BR> 1. Apply to 3 jobs. <BR> 2. Interview one person <BR> 3. Procrastinate on SP and the SP app. This is because I want to "lose" time on SP instead of random other places online and see if it helps my diet and fitness. I've fallen back and want to regain. <BR> 4. Fulfill my goals as I told my peer coach. <BR> <BR> Do you want be and get a free peer coach? See my blog post for... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:30:48 EST Random Gift Bag time - Jan 2012 The end of the month is going to be hectic for me so I'm going to dole out the free SparkPoints our team gets today, based on whoever is leading us in points or fitness minutes recorded. Woo hoo. Feel free to let me know if you have a suggestion on how else to use the points. <BR> <BR> P.S. As I wrote in the SparkMail, I awarded the leftover points to A_WANDERER for being the latest message board poster to date. Congrats again to all! <BR> <BR> P.P.S. If you do not have a public SparkPage, ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 15:40:44 EST December Gift Bag Time! We have 250 points left :) Will definitely spend some time at the end of 2011 to annoint some team leaders. Hope all is well with everyone! Wed, 21 Dec 2011 19:38:50 EST God! I Hate my belly roll!!!! I just want to get rid of it but I just keep getting fatter! <BR> <BR> ARRRRHHHHGGGGHHHHH! Thu, 1 Dec 2011 04:35:46 EST November Gift Bag Time! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Our team has 250 SparkPoints to spend on goodies by tomorrow evening! As team leader, I will have the honor of bestowing upon one lucky member: <BR> <BR> 1) a jogging stroller and dark chocolate <BR> 2) a turkey, a new haircut, and a manicure <BR> 3) a massage and a garden gnome <BR> 4) a guitar and a piggy bank <BR> <BR> Or some other mismatch of goodies. All you have to do is post to the boards! I will randomly select a winner based on who posted on 11/30 (until 11... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 21:48:33 EST What did you do for fitness today? It's 9 am on a Saturday morning, and I hope to squeeze in a sweaty yoga session on my studio floor (my home!). Sat, 10 Sep 2011 09:06:24 EST newbie Hi, I live in Athens, Tx. I am a certified special education teacher and found out in April that I would not be coming back due to cuts in the school district. My last day of work was June 1. I have sent out probably close to 150 applications and resumes in all different areas, not just education. I haven't gotten anything. I have signed up to be a sub at the local school districts, but can't rely upon that for an income. I went for training the other day and found out there are nearly 200 pe... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 11:35:33 EST How is the job search like (insert fave hobby)? I recently blogged about how it would be great if I had a yoga instructor soothing me into the work of looking for a job. I also think that the search phase can be like a writing career - full of rejection :) Thu, 8 Sep 2011 12:18:42 EST After 10 months of unemploym ent...... I was FINALLY offered a job today! I'm so thankful I want to cry. I have been trying to stay strong for myself and my family and have only broken down when I was alone (and maybe a few times to my FI). I had an interview last week and I wasn't getting my hopes up because every time I feel the interview went well I never got the job. So a week goes by and I didn't hear anything. I had another interview yesterday (same company just different clinic so my interview was with a different mana... Wed, 25 May 2011 15:48:51 EST New to the Team I've been a Spark People member since 2007. I lost my job August of 2010 and have not been able to find a new job yet. It's very depressing. I was a nurse and spent a lot of my working day on my feet. I had switched jobs and wasn't as active as my previous job so I had gained a little bit of weight but nothing too major. After losing my job I definitely became depressed and spent all my time in bed or sitting on my butt watching TV. <BR> <BR> Well it's spring again and soon will be summ... Thu, 12 May 2011 12:53:24 EST Hi! Hi everyone! I just joined this team and just wanted to make an introduction. I have been without a job for almost 4 months now and I was really glad to see that there is a team for people without work. I have been applying like crazy, and had lots of interviews, but no one ever calls me after the interview! Everytime the phone rings I jump up and literally run through the house only to be disappointed when I pick up the phone. I am glad to have a team of people to interact with who are ... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 13:58:29 EST Hello Hello out there! <BR> <BR> I have been encouraged by family members to join spark for a few years now, but didn't mostly because I have been living in areas without an internet connection. Now I am unemployed and am spending incredible amounts of time on the computer looking and applying for jobs. All that sitting can weigh on your waistline (and apparently your cholesterol levels)... So while I'm chained to my computer I thought it might be helpful to draw from this incredible resource an... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 19:01:09 EST Was I too hasty? Hi, after being without a job for months, I finally got a job thru a friend way back in Dec 2009. <BR> <BR> It was ok at first, then towards the end of 2010, my boss started calling the office every 10 minutes to complain about just everything. Everything just wasn't right in her eyes. And she did this to my colleagues as well. She didn't even bother to put it tactfully or diplomatically, she was just plain obnoxious and insulting. <BR> <BR> However after several months of her insults and p... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:46:42 EST Prayers answered, I have a job!! I joined this team just a week ago and yesterday I had my first interview in months. Today they called and asked me to start tomorrow at 8 am. <BR> <BR> It's only a temp job but my last job was 10 years ago so just having current work experience and a more current reference will help. <BR> <BR> Sometimes things change in the blink of an eye. I hope everyone elses prayers are also answered soon. <BR> <BR> Stacey Thu, 4 Nov 2010 22:08:28 EST Rewards?? When I was originally trying to lose weight I would give myself goals to meet and reward myself. Now that I am unemployed and back on the wagon - does anybody have any good ideas for rewards that doesn't cost anything? Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:26:11 EST Let's Network This forum is for sharing networking information like what jobs you're looking for, where you're located, what skills you have and such. <BR> <BR> Then, if another member sees a position that might help someone out, they can post it here and maybe get some of us back in the workforce! <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:20:37 EST How is everyone doing? This is a quiet group. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? Has anyone had any luck finding a job? <BR> <BR> How about motivation? Are people finding ways to keep their spirits up? Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:12:09 EST Where are You? What do you Do? I'm curious where everyone on the team is located, so I know if the job market is bad everywhere, or just in Florida where I am. So please indicate where you are and what your profession is: <BR> <BR> In in Lakeland, Florida and I worked in Hotels/Vacation Ownership Thu, 7 Jan 2010 15:58:51 EST Let's Get This Team Going! Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I see that this is a very quiet team. <BR> <BR> Last fall I took part in a discussion group at my local community college that was composed of out of work and frustrated people. <BR> <BR> One of the biggest things we took out of that group was that we weren't alone in this. I live in Michigan, which currently is the "Land of Unemployment." There's a lot of people looking for a job, and it feels like every one of them is going for my job. <BR> <BR> It's common now fo... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 00:45:38 EST Your Funniest or Craziest Interview Question The hiring manager of a very small company said, "So, I see you're not wearing a ring, but you look like the kind of person who would probably want to get married and have kids and I really want to know just how much health insurance you're going to need, so are you dating anyone right now? Any plans to get married or have kids in the next year?" <BR> <BR> Aaaaahahahahahaha!!! So tacky and sooooooo illegal!! 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