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7/4/12 2:06 P

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Heya everyone, I just joined the site, nice to be part of such a complete platform :)

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6/6/12 5:31 A

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Hello everyone Im Helen, Im new to sparkpeople and so far it seems like such a great site. Thanks for lettin me join your team.

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Moving towards a slimmer healthier life :-)


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2/14/12 12:42 P

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Welcome, Almyearthlybest. Thanks for sharing and bringing your creative energy to our group. The term downsized probably is too constrictive - but yes, the idea is that this team can be a place where people who are out-of-work and under-employed can get support for reversing their situations. Please keep us updated on your efforts!



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2/13/12 9:25 P

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Hi Y'all emoticon

So far I've only read a few posts here but I joined because I like the attitude! :) The upside of anything is generally where I want to be!

As for downsized... well I get the basic concept... people losing jobs. Companies let people go to save costs somehow. Maybe the hope is replacement workers won't cost them so much. What gets me is how so few employers really care about those they employ. :(

It's been a long time since I've been employed... but I wasn't exactly downsized... I had to stop working due to injuries back in March of 1998. Since then I've been getting by, sort of, on disability... and I did have child support too until June 2010... anyway...

Now, I'm wanting to find ways to make changes... I still don't think I can really go to work in the traditional sense... neither do my docs. So I'm working on building a home-based business. :) I need something that's not so physically demanding, something that can be flexible enough to deal with urgent issues that come up unexpectedly, and something that will be able to grow to a point that it pays all my expenses - fast, since the disability check will be dropping as the business grows, plus it must be something that fits my belief system... must be a business, a real business, not something that the last guy in never gets anywhere with (does that make sense?).

Also, in line with making changes, I'm learning something called T-Tapping to see if that will help me regain some mobility and overall body strength & endurance and maybe get me healthy enough again to really not be disabled anymore. Along with this is also an eating plan to eat clean 2 days, then use 1 day to eat other foods if you want. I've been trying to eat clean all the time but finding it really too challenging for a number of reasons, but going 2 days at a time has been doable this last week.

I'm always trying to find the upside of everything that seems to go wrong in my life so I'm really looking forward to meeting a lot of people here who are doing that too! :)

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9/28/11 8:51 P

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Welcome, Brooke and Norman! It's great to have company so we can help each other get through this challenging time.



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9/27/11 4:28 P

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Hello, I'm Norman. (Feel like I'm introducing myself at a 12 step program!) Any way, after 17 years serving United Methodist churches I was told in May that there were no openings for non-UM clergy in the conference I was serving. As a clergy I am not eligible for unemployment so my wife, two kids and I are trying to survive on her salary.

There are not many jobs for which "clergy" is considered acceptable previous experience. So I'm feeling more than a little lost.

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9/25/11 8:01 P

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Hey There! My name is Brooke and I am a newbie to SP! I am currently unemployed and it stresses me out!! After graduating with my teaching degree in Dec 2007 at the ripe age of 33, I have found it very difficult to get back in the ranks of the employed. I was fortunate enough to be able to not have to work during my schooling, which took seven years!

I was so excited to begin my new life as a teacher! However, we moved to Florida in June 2008 and I have struggled to find something permanent. The first year I subbed, the next I was able to pick up some short term teaching assignments, and last year I had a position but the principal and I had our differences and she did not renew my contract. Now I am back to looking and have had no luck thus far.

The rigors of constantly submitting resumes, enduring interviews only to not hear back, and jumping for the phone every time it rings has me feeling all sorts of emotions and stresses me out. It is nice to have a place to go where I don't have to feel alone or embarrassed because I can't find work. It's nice to be part of a team, even if it is virtual!!

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9/13/11 7:01 P

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Welcome, Tina!



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Hi, my name is Tina, and I had been long-term unemployed twice within the past more than 10 years, the first time lasting for years and dating from before 9-11 in New York City. I'd had to abandon an entire household and move in with relatives 3 times in a four-year period (in middle age!) Right now, I have had a job at a very small business concern, but it has a lengthy commute, is not secure, has practically no benefits, and does not pay well.

My skills are underutilized at this job.

I even will have to finally give up my catastrophic health insurance despite my chronic health problems, due to being in financial debt.

Not 100% sure I belong on the Upside of Downsized team, but I do have to say this: the closest I ever came to working for "Corporate America" was at a much larger, 75-person firm that extended company-subsidized group health benefits, and a pipeline to group rates at Aflac. They'd laid me off a few years ago.


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6/13/11 8:46 P

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Hi, I'm Nancy and live in Baltimore, MD. I've been unemployed since August and it really does make me feel worthless. I read back to the first post in this string and I hope you've all found jobs! I have a possibili'ty on the horizon so I'm very hopeful about it, as I've been acquainted with my contact for about 7 years. I've been trying to remain positive about life, but it's a daily struggle. My husband isn't in the best of health and losing my income has hurt us a lot. I'm just glad that my children are young adults and don't really count on us for much.
I don't want to sound completely gloomy, though. I love our house and I'm grateful for it. Our kids are healthy and good people, we have a crazy family who love us, and things could be a lot worse.
I would really like to meet some new friends on this forum - Hello everyone :)



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10/27/10 2:00 P

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Hi I'm Stacey and I live in Connecticut. I have my degree in Accounting and had a great career for more than 10 years.

Then I got married, bought a house, had kids and I've been a stay at home mom / homeschool teacher / occasional part time accountant for the past 16 years. (and I don't regret any of it emoticon )

I worked part-time for the first four years and then for a few months when my husband was laid off during that time.

I began looking for full time work April 2010 because my husband was laid off in Sept 2009 and severance ran out in April 2010.

So, I have been spending the past seven months trying to find a job. And it has become soooooo depressing. Mostly I get no reply. Occasionally I get a letter or email telling me how impressive my resume is.
Today I was feeling really depressed about the whole job issue and the weight issue but mostly the job issue so, I searched for a team for unemployed on spark.

I know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. (and I keep telling myself that it's not a train about to run me over)

But, some days like today are just very "heavy", making me feel pushed down or depressed. Maybe it's the rain? emoticon

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Hi All, I was laid off from my job of 6.5 years in October 2009. I had spent nearly two years getting the company I worked for ISO/AS9100 certified. I got them through their second audit with a perfect score and my position was eliminated 10 days later. They thought the receptionist could do ISO administration in addition to her job (and I made more money). The receptionist quit 6 weeks later. ISO is a pretty high stress job. So, I've been keeping busy with my animals and my nutrition and workout goals. SparkPeople has really been a great place to get the support I need to stay positive.
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Hi, I am new to this team, but not newly unemployed. I have been unemployed for almost two years now, the first year and a half, I was caring for my terminally ill mother, who passed away a few months ago. I had lost weight through stress and worrying, not the right way, and I found that ever since she passed away, the weight is slowly creeping up. For the past few weeks, I have been exercising everyday, eating within my calorie range and looking for employment. I am so glad I found a team like this one, where we can help each other and support and motivate each other.

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Hi Everyone! I've been unemployed for 6 months now and I've gained about 7 lbs. This is because of sitting around too much and eating because I'm bored. This week I decided to get back on track with Spark. I'm wearing my pedometer and tracking my meals. I've also ramped up my job hunting. Now I just have to keep it up and the success should come! Right?

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5/7/10 4:14 P

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Hello to everyone. I was laid off from my job last Friday, although it seems like a long time a go and yesterday all at the same time. I am looking at this as a positive thing as I have decided to go to school and become a nurse. I know it is going to be hard on my husband and I due to the limited income that we are going to have for a while, but I think that it will be worth it in the end! I am excited to join this team and continue on my weightloss journey with all of you!

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3/18/10 8:11 P

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Hi,
I was just laid off yesterday. I think I'll need support now that I have more time on my hands.
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Welcome KISSEDBYAROSE77!

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1/12/10 1:43 P

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Hello! I am also an HR professional that was laid off as part of a reduction in force with the company I had worked for almost 9 years. I've been unemployed since August and while I interviewed with 5 companies since then, some of which called me back for second interviews, I've yet to find full time employment. If anyone in the Atlanta area has any leads, please let me know. I look at CareerBuilder, ATLjobs.com, and the SHRM website daily, but there are few jobs posted that I haven't already applied for.

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1/7/10 3:53 P

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Welcome to the team!

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Hello! I am a certified HR Generalist who was reduced to part time last March and finally let go in October when the company downsized to a point that HR simply wasn't necessary. I have short term goals for weight loss because my son is getting married on May 8th, but ultimately want to use this time to concentrate on getting healthy and be more attractive to potential employers.

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Glad I found you. I was laid off in August of 2007 after 21 1/2 years with Marriott, and to date have still not found employment. No one wants to hire someone, even part time, when they see my previous salary. And in Florida, there just aren't many jobs. I've gone back to school to study medical coding and should finish soon, but now that I'm close to graduating, I don't see any jobs posted for coders like I did when I enrolled.

I could really use some tips on how to keep my spirits high, and how to manage the job search.

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Hi I lost my job in October and it seems like an eternity to me. I have had some three interviews but, no job. I really struggle with this issue. I think they should have a therapy group for people with money issues. I am appealling unemployment and trying to keep myself up. Maybe I needed a new perspective I got so much self gratification from work. It is of necessity for me to work. I have never had so much trouble or felt so helpless in the job search as I do now at 46. emoticon

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Sorry to hear about your work situation. I do some CAD drafting at my work too. A good resource for finding work in indeed.com. I dont know where you are located but I have seen a few drafting jobs in northern california on there lately.



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Long time unemployed/underemployed person here. I was laid off when Worldcom went belly up, and have only found temporary/part time employment since then.

Went back to school to learn computer aided drafting after getting laid off 2 weeks before Christmas, and I just graduated with an associates degree in May. Still haven't found full time employment, though, and my part time job is very part time, with some weeks not even being able to work a full day.



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Hi, I fall in that under-employed category. I recently graduated and still can't seem to find a real job. It's hard to keep spirits high in this economy.

I do the window shopping too, and sometimes internet window shopping, lol. Also we buy a lot of things in bulk. And now for entertainment I play frisbee and walk my dog, so I get some exercise that way too.

Good Luck on your job hunting.

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Welcome to everyone who, like myself, is out-of-work and trying not to spend my days on the couch eating Oreos. I'm in a new career and am having quite a time trying to find a job in an entry level position. However, I'm volunteering, window shopping, hitting cheap movie matinees and keeping in touch with all my other out-of-work friends.

My spirits range from high and optimistic to utterly self-doubting but I'm finding that the more I exercise, the better I'm able to keep the mean-spirited chattering monkeys out of my head. Now, if I can just keep up the pace and stay away from the baked goods, I'll be fine :)

Please feel free to add your hello and as much or as little about yourself as you like!

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