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5/19/14 10:41 A

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Thanks for all the support, I'll be leaving the team today... I got a job starting Thursday!
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4/9/14 8:14 A

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Happy to report that my application for unemployment benefit has been approved and the money will be in my account in a few days! It's not much but at least I'll have something coming in :)

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Hi Team. I just located this team and joined right away.

Like some of you, I was knocked over at the cost of COBRA benefits - it costs $1,507 per month for me and my family!! This is absolutely impossible to carry if you have a mortgage, so I had to give up one for the other. The decision was very difficult - my husband has a serious disability and is basically uninsurable with self-insurance, I am a cancer survivor, and my daughter (a young college student) has had three incidents of melanoma. Do I give up the insurance???? I simply can't afford to live without it!

I did look into the government subsidy for COBRA, but it is no longer available. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided COBRA continuation provisions only for individuals who experienced a termination of employment or a reduction of hours at any time from September 1, 2008 through May 31, 2010.
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I'm working with homeowner assistance at my mortgage company to find some sort of solution. They referred me to Restoring Stability: A Save the Dream Ohio Initiative for homeowners. Hoping and praying I can get some sort of assistance.


"One of the greatest things you can do to help others is not just to share and give what you have, but to help them discover what they have within themselves to help themselves."


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My short term goal is to get a job like one that I just had (similar). My longterm goal is a fantastical pipe dream that I dare not speak too loudly at this point (but it is doable, just wild). My strategy: use this downtime to get fit, strengthen my personal relationships, take classes, and apply the power of SP to the dreadful job search.



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I am tired of being tired, but maybe the layoff was a blessing. There is no way I could work the way I'm feeling. But then, I'm very thankful to be alive, and know I will get better.
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Where is that rock I want to crawl under?
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Morning gang!
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Good going!
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I have to drive and dodge texting zombies, but can't justifiably account for that on my fitness tracker! However, I'm thinking you definitely deserve more calorie burn-off for your efforts...

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Something good finally happened at the last minute.

I'd heard that a language school I'd worked for had a five-day substitute spot (3 hours each day) open, so I called them up. When I went to the office to discuss it, they had more hours open throughout this month -- some are on weekends but they're available.
I'm pretty sure this will cover the rent, food & expenses, which is a relief because I had already exhausted the Unemployment extensions and my savings.

This should buy me some more time to find something.

BTW, Afterward, I walked from the school at West 36th Street to Chinatown (Lower East Side) in less than an hour, so I used SparkPeople's Track Your Route and found out it was 4 miles, but I only burned a little more than 200 Calories! I thought that walk at that pace would've burned more calories than that! Maybe "Track Your Route" doesn't account for dodging deadly NYC traffic, or zooming past those sidewalk-blocking TXTing Zombies writing e-mails as long as "War & Peace" on the iPhones and Blackberries! (Is there any other city that has to deal with TXTing Zombies blocking the sidewalk, or is it just here?)

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I've already had all the bad things thrown at me early in life, so now that those are out of the way, my future should be wonderful.


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I had that job, I made a difference... and now I just want to curl up and cry.
Oh well, things will get better and life will go on.
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8/10/10 12:13 P

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And the truth about finding a job that feeds your passion: your perspective!

www.careerealism.com/2-important-myt
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This is how people are made--always questing for nourishment. Expecting perfection is an attempt to ignore this basic human struggle. "Self-Esteem" (1987) Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning


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If you'd like a quick, concrete reminder on time management techniques:

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It helped inspire me today.

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This is how people are made--always questing for nourishment. Expecting perfection is an attempt to ignore this basic human struggle. "Self-Esteem" (1987) Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning


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Losing my house has actually been a Godsend! No more maintenance. Better neighborhood - friendlier. People I know and trust. I've had to tighten the belt but I went into the local thriftstore and talked to the Volunteer coordinator. I explained the jobhunting and needs as well as wanting to volunteer a little to get to know people and be seen. I have at least a part-time opportunity! I have to do the final steps on the move but he has said he is looking forward to working with me! BTN!!!!!!! It may not be the best money but it is close and a job I would really enjoy!

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It's encouraging to know someone made a good situation out of a bad one. I will try my best to have your attitude and look for the rainbow.

God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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Patty, I think my own crisis taught me something very similar. I left my job of 11 years because of sexual harassment, management retaliation for my complaint, and a general toxic environment. I left before I was ready and yet, in a way it forced me to focus on taking care of myself. I am starting my own independent bookkeeping business and reactivated myself with SparkPeople. Like you said, it has been a lifeline for me and has definitely helped with the healing.

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My crisis is that my marraige is falling apart. But it has given me the opportunity to figure out how to do more things for myself. One of them was starting SP. It's been my lifeline the last couple weeks.

God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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Here's a "turning a crisis into an opportunity." I have someone who has been threatening and stalking - not a good thing when you are trying to find a job. I sent an email today stating what he'd said this time since the job he threatened was in a courthouse and he was supposedly going over to do illegal things and tell them I agreed. BS!!!!! He actually did show up and when they called, they offered me a temp job - higher pay. It can be worked with my current job. It's much needed money that he and his buddies have prevented me from getting for months. I've been going to job counselors and he's starting to get caught. Sooo, reporting the animosity got me a job offer!

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Part of the reason I come on this team daily is to see this thread with the "Turn Crisis Into Opportunity". At first I thought - right, how? Now, it's - my car is out. I can get a bus at 6:30 and go to the Workforce Center (they decided Unemployment Office had a negative connotation in our area) and look for jobs until it's time to go to the part-time position I have. If I get bored with that, I can walk the skyway or the mall - which may have some open positions. If I run into friends - what a great way to network. I can see what current trends look like and adapt my wardrobe to fit in. I can go to the library. Sometimes there are concerts and other free events during the day. In short, why whine? This will put me in a better mood to jobhunt as well as make me take the time.

I also did research on foreclosure steps in the area and can write on that since the general public is very uninformed - and it's scary. You don't have to walk away with nothing even after the sheriff's sale here - you can "redeem" the property or sell it within 6 months and still get something from your "investment."

It's brought me closer to my siblings who help me. I also have a friend who, hearing my car was out, said he would take me out for some fun - he thinks I need that. He offered to look at it but said I already have that set up and if dear nephew can't fix it, he will look at it.

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I still believe in networking as the best way to get a job. I've been looking at networking events in the Birmingham area. Was scheduled to go to one last Wed but then it got cancelled at the last minute.

Haven't found anymore yet so I posted a discussion on LinkedIn asking about any events or if anyone might be interested in putting one togther. Hoping either of those discussions will bring about something. The other thought that crossed my mind was remiinding everyone I know that their company might pay referrals for employees. If they refer you, some companies offer a bonus to that employee. Just a thought but why not let them make money off me, if it gets me a job.

Everything happens for a reason!


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10/29/09 8:27 P

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Beetlebuglady, I am delighted you were given an extension. I've been wondering what will happen if I get to the end of my unemployment benefits and still don't have a job.

There seem to be jobs here in IL but as my ex husband said, those jobs are either going to people whose resumes are perfectly aligned with the position or to friends/family members of people who already work there. It's tough out there.

Hang in there. Hope you find something soon.

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I can relate. The only interview I've had so far went so well that I was asked for a second interview. After thinking and praying about it and bouncing the details off of friends, I called back and canceled the 2nd interview. I felt icky about it since I'm unemployed but I really believe it was the right decision. My last job was my dream job (one of my dreams that is *wink*) and I was well loved by everyone in the company. Yet the CEO was bipolar and canned me when she was in one of her moods and stressed out about acquiring 2 new medical practices and turning 5 of ours into ACCESS sites.

I know because of my other colleagues that I was doing very well at my job. So that makes me very nervous about getting another woman boss who may be similar. The interviewer told me within the first 5 minutes that the boss was a perfectionist, that the job was VERY fast paced (likened it to an emergency room) and the job description was 2 pages long. I began to see that it would be a situation where they were wanting one person to do the work of 2 people and that the "fast pace" meant urgent deadlines for EVERYTHING and a boss who wouldn't be happy unless it was all done on what sounded like an unreasonable schedule.

One of the books or LinkedIn articles I read said that we have to be careful to screen the employer too so we don't end up back in transition because it wasn't a good match. When you are unemployed, that seems like a luxury we can't afford, but I believe it is still important. Taking a beating in your self esteem because of repeated mismatches in the job market is something most of us can't afford.

So I'm still out there too Shannon. I'm sorry you didn't get the job for the reason you didn't -- but I am believing there is something out there that is truly commensurate with our skills not beneath them. My mom said a week ago, "You could work at Starbucks you know! They have benefits" and I welled up with tears. I worked at Starbucks before and it was fun while I waited for my "real" job but I felt she was saying that is all I am worth. I explained to her that I left Starbucks and got a job that tripled my salary and told her that I hoped I wouldn't be reduced to that for the rest of my life. As a single woman I need benefits, retirement, and enough salary to have savings and to truly LIVE not just barely eek by every month. * sigh * I was really down because I had just been turned down by Tyndale House and Wheaton College, two places I've longed to work at for YEARS. Her words were like a knife. Sometimes when others stop believing in us, we are all we have left. So I am believing in myself and refusing to accept that I'll never have a career.

So hang in there and keep believing in yourself. You are a very talented and gracious woman and the company that hires you will be blessed!!!


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So, I just posted on a "3 things you are happy about" thread for another team. The first one I listed was, I didn't get the job. Many of you might questions my sanity if you knew how long I've been unemployed.

I was offered a job at quite a large place, the largest in the state, however, it was with turmoil that I accepted the offer. Long story short, I didn't get the job because I didn't pass the physical. They don't see the 20 lbs that I've lost or the lower blood pressure that I now have. They just expect a certain number to be hit and that's it.

Aside from all the legal issues this brings up, I'm happy that it didn't work out. Not because I enjoy staying home on unemployment and sparking but because I would have been miserable, totally overqualified and very underpaid AND bored out of my mind. Even the manager that interviewed me, asked why was I interviewing for this. It's because it was a step in the right direction. A foot in the door, so to speak.

Everything happens for a reason and I am continuing to look elsewhere. I know, something will turn up. Does this qualify for crisis into opportunity? I think so.

My self esteem is so much better since I joined SP. I enjoy supporting and encouraging people on here and get just as much pleasure from that as I seem to give.

Will keep looking for a new opportunity!

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Ohio is doing a great deal to support those of us who are unemployed. I was put on another extension for unemployment and it was seamless. I have heard that the federal government is working on another bill for additional weeks to take it to 79, but have not yet heard if it has gone through yet. I am among those who have signed up for early Social Security and in Ohio, I can also receive Unemployment Compensation. There are just NO jobs to be had.

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Wonderful news. Keep your eyes open for other things in the meantime! It would be great to have to choose between a couple jobs!

Thanks for the update!

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Interview went great! From what I understand, they're interviewing 3-5 people and would get back to me. I'm hopeful...

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Thanks for the info!!

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I was laid off on Friday the 4th and finally got my first interview today. Yea me!!


I wanted to let everyone know who is getting COBRA that there is a government subsidy available. Check out this info from the Dept of Labor's website:

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/joblossposte
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"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides for premium reductions and additional election opportunities for health benefits under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, commonly called COBRA. Eligible individuals pay only 35 percent of their COBRA premiums and the remaining 65 percent is reimbursed to the coverage provider through a tax credit. The premium reduction applies to periods of health coverage beginning on or after February 17, 2009 and lasts for up to nine months for those eligible for COBRA during the period beginning September 1, 2008 and ending December 31, 2009 due to an involuntary termination of employment that occurred during that period. The TAA Health Coverage Improvement Act of 2009, enacted as part of ARRA, also made changes with regard to COBRA continuation coverage."

I hope this helps! Good luck and be strong!

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I am on my second extension and my next one is kicking in shortly. Check with your local unemployment office as they will be able to answer you in regards to your specific case.

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I live in Northwest Ohio where the unemployment is the highest in Ohio - right around 15%, so the possibility of employment is extremely low and my federal stimulus unemployment assistance here will be running out. Like many in this country, I am wondering what can be done to get assistance after my unemployment runs out. Will the federal government provide us with additional time?

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I have found that God's timeline isn't always the same as mine but he will take care of the situation no matter how much worrying I do on a subject.

Everything happens for a reason!


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My biggest challenge is having patience especially after being layed off. My biggest worry is wondering if I am going to be able to get as good a job as I had. Sometimes I am so impatient and worried I find it harder to even breath. But I guess I just have to remember that God is still there working a miracle for me beyond my expectations. He did that with my last job and he can do it again. We just all need to have faith and know that there is more for us out their and that God is just waiting for the perfect time to give it to us.

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I'm in Elkhart County, IN...the one that's always in the news due to high unemployment from teh RV industry. I've been laid off twice. The first time in Nov 07, the company downsized. I pretty much saw it coming though and was looking for something else. I took a temp job but then that contract ended. My unemployment just ran out this week and I am wokring on getting the emergency fund started but haven't heard anything yet.

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I was layed off 3years ago, and still have not found a job. It's vey depressing. Even during the holdays, I applied for temp. work and nothing! All I can do is keep trying!

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Unemployment for my county in Ohio and five others around here is hovering at 15% so landing a position for those of us over 60 who find ourselves unemployed for the first time in our lives, is pretty daunting. emoticon

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It is a daily struggle to keep looking for a job. It seems a bit rougher than I thought. The one bright spot is that there are others like me who are struggling. And like they say, we all need someone to lean on. It does take an exercise in mental thinking and it can make us stronger for the next plateau we rise to. It will be ok:) emoticon

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There could be a settlement that's nice. I hope the bump position is ever so much better. I'm glad you will be okay in either case.

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Hi, Emma. No, I was given severance in lieu of notice, which is highly unusual, and one of the reasons the situation raised a red flag for the union. The union's concern was that I would be expected to reimburse the company for the severance package but we were assured that would not be required.

It is comforting to know I at least have the bump opportunity but it frustrating to know how the outfit is playing with my life. As a friend said, it's a game to them--about nothing more than winning or losing. The fact they are playing with my livelihood makes not a darn bit of difference to them. I could see that myself during the grievance hearing as the union rep and HR official circled each other with legalities. The impact on my life is inconsequential. The real drama here is which side will win.

That's why I have to be extremely careful what move I make. I've been sucked into some hideous game and each action has to be considered like a move on a chess board. Win or lose, I'll keep the bump position but win and I'll also receive some sort of settlement.

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Warbler this is terrible but it is so much better than most folks are going through now. I heard unemployment is up to 8%, the highest in years. I am so glad for you, I hope you can pick something that is stable and not as stressful, so less money will be worth it. Do they have to reimburse back pay as well?

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Attended the grievance hearing about my layoff yesterday. The organization didn't follow stipulations in the union contract. I have no idea what the ultimate outcome will be but I was finally provided with the bump list and have until next Friday to decide which lower-paid position I will accept. I'm not counting any chickens when I'm not even sure I have an egg but if this comes to pass, I will at least get my medical coverage back and be reimbursed the $3300 I've had to pay out of pocket to maintain health coverage for the last three months. That alone is worth taking whatever job is offered.

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was laid off from my job nov. 08. i worked in the auto industry. plant shut down. because they sent some of our jobs out of the country, we were approved for the W.I.A. program. if u meet all the requirement u can get up to an extra year on ur unemployment plus they will pay for u to go to school. i live in kentucky but i would think that this program would be statewide. hope this might help.

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Being laid off and away from a toxic work situation (lots of bullying from the people in charge), has given me a chance to focus on myself again. The loss I most regret is my medical coverage. I have a chronic eye condition so must be extremely careful how I handle things.

I've thought about going to temp route, as well, but I am also concerned about losing unemployment benefits -- if I ever actually receive any! Because I was given severance in lieu of notice, unemployment has not kicked in and my job loss was 8 weeks ago. In that time, I've had to pay $1100/month in premiums to maintain my health insurance. Our savings are shot.

So, I no longer have the stress of a toxic boss, but I have the stress of covering bills with no income. I have a job interview scheduled on Monday, 30th, so I'm going to spend the weekend trying very hard to be upbeat and positive so I go in to the interview looking good and smiling brightly.

In terms of my personal health and weigh loss goals, I finally used some time to establish a time line for myself with short term and mid-range goals. I used the worksheet provided here at Spark and have it posted on my refrigerator door, so I see it and read it several times daily. I also outlined my plan on my Spark page, so can always check myself there if I feel like I'm starting to slip.

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Hello all. I'm still unemployed but have taken in a room mate to help offset the bills. Three things to look at that have helped me a) see the humor in things, b) get some really good advice and c) remind me I'm not alone are:

Vist www.firedfornow.com and joblessandless.com These blogs are well written, uplifting and thought provoking. Also, if you're a Twitter user, search the terms "Laid off" and you will see tweets posting in real time about being laid off and also some good advice and links.

Anyway, good luck to all. It's been a crazy few weeks here.

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For those of you who, like me, have been trying to uncover what has happened to the unemployment benefits promised in the Economic Stimulus plan, here is an article that offers some insight: http://bulletin.aarp.org/yourmoney/work/ar
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Don,

While I agree with the "green", those jobs are in construction and only about 3% of the jobs are held by women. I could not handle such a job, unless there was something in the office.

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Suellen, You described the situation exactly as it exists here in Ohio as well regarding messing up your unemployment.

My position with a company was eliminated and I had been with this agency for nearly 40 years. It is not so easy for someone my age and experience to be hired in this current economy.

I encourage everyone to write their Senator and ask when the unemployment benefits will be extended and the additional $25 per week begins. Hopefully, one of them will have an answer and it can be posted here.

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I've been working full time at getting another job. I have applied for 35 jobs and I've had 3 interviews. I had one interview that could lead to something, but if that doesn't work out, I may have an opportunity for one of the other jobs that I've applied for. I have been rejected 4 times so far and haven't heard from a lot of my applications. Of my three interviews, one was for a job that I found that I didn't want at all. I was happy when they hired someone else! One of my other interviews was for a job that they probably won't even hire. It's up and down searching for another job, but it makes me feel better to work hard at it. If I don't find a job, it won't be because I didn't put my all into it.

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I was laid off two weeks ago on a sunny friday at noon. It really sucked and i cried the whole way home (litterally while I was walking to the bus and people were staring at me). I was so ashamed I didn't know how to tell my boyfriend I had just lost my job. When he came home from work I told him and he comforted me and made me realize that my job doesn't define my life. a job is just a job. Now I work from home for myself and do contract programing and web design and I've been really lucky with the jobs I have gotten so far. It made me realize that there are still lots of jobs out there in my industry and people don't want to pay a big design company $150.00 an hour to do work. I made more in a week than I did in two weeks, and I charge less than half of what big companies charge per hour.

Just because one door closes doesn't mean another one won't open. Having a lot of faith also helps :)

Every morning even if I feel stressed about what tomorrow will bring and if I will find antoher contract or what about this or what about that I lace up my running shoes and hit the pavement outside. It really helps clear my head and it makes me feel strong like I can get through this.

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You need to be careful of accepting temp jobs if you're currently on unemployment. I worked for a year for the Indiana unemployment office (Dept of Workforce Development) and I saw a LOT of people mess up their benefits by working temp jobs. Basically, the decision on whether you are eligible for benefits is always made on your last employer and why you are no longer employed. I have seen people downsized from major employers and either get their benefits put on hold for weeks while a decision on eligibility was being made or benefits were sometimes denied altogether. I had one man in his 50's that took a temp job that involved a lot of lifting and he just couldn't do it physically and quit. His benefits were denied because he was considered to have quit a job not that he had been laid off from his job of 20 something years and had been drawing unemployment. At least, that's how it is in Indiana. You might want to check with your state.

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Temping and volunteering are both good ideas. I signed up for volunteering at the local Historical society but haven't heard anything from them and it has been several weeks. I think I will call tomorrow.
I started class on Computer Graphics on Monday and I think I will like it. It is at night and goes really late, so I have to get used to the schedule. I have to be available for work during the day. Its a little daunting to change careers and I still have to find work on my current field.
The days still drag on and I wish I had something to keep me focused. I think after I get going with the two classes, it will help. I have another one on Thursday.

I have thought of temping but was worried about a hassle getting back on unemployment after the temp job was over. I am not sure how it works. Right now, there doesn't seem to be any temp work in my field either, and usually there is. I will look into it again tomorrow.
About Cobra, mine was very expensive so I decided to go with the option of Temporary insurance. It doesn't cover much, it is mostly for emergencies, but it was about 1/3 the price. We just couldn't afford the Cobra. My husband has his own insurance and it would cost too much for me to get on his too. I am relatively healthy and I don't have a lot of perscriptions.



To the person who was considered self employed, I am surprised that you could not get benefits- I know several people who were self employed who are now receiving them. I wonder if it varies by State.




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I agree. I'm going to be volunteering a few hours a week just to get me out of the house and focus my energy on something other then myself. The upside to all this is that years down the road I hope my kids will look back and say, "Mom did whatever she had to and we survived". There was food on the table, clothes on our back, and somehow, the mortgage was paid.

Before I started working full time for my previous company I was consulting. Fixing computers, teaching software classes. I'm going to be looking at that again instead of just looking for a FT position.


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We keep hearing from our President that things are going to get worse before they get better...and this sure seems to be the case...unfortunately!

Each day there are more and more announcements of lay-offs. This country is so ill-prepared to deal with such a crisis in a humane way...!

We need something like the revival of the Civilian Conservation Corps with a focus on infrastructure and green technology!

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UGH. Just got word that they laid off 27 more people from my company last Friday. I originally heard 9. My heart breaks for these folks. In this case, misery does not love company. I don't wish unemployment for anyone.

I really need to update my linked-in account and connect. I haven't touched it in at least a year.

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Temp labor! Great idea Deb! While hardly ideal, it DOES bring money into the household and keeps one active!

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I have been working full time in the temp circuits when available here in Kansas had to sign on with 3 different temp agencies so if one didn't have an opening another would they also make great references and help with learning new things it pays more than unemployment and makes my unemployment stretch, it has taken me 11 months but finally got a full time permanent job with benefits, been without benefits since September for couldn't afford cobra so got a medical discount card which helped with prescriptions and would be better than nothing if had to see a doctor (so far so good) hopefully the company doesn't cut back with all the downsizing I hold my breath just have to get through the 90 days and then see where it leads.
Thanks for being such a great support group believe it has helped especially with the budgeting and trying to keep positive that is half the battle

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Emma, I hope things turn around SOON for you and your husband!

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My husband is out of work also. Laid off. Like everyone. I hope one of us is working soon or we will have to move in with family.

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Something needs to be done. It's about as much as my mortgage payment. I saw the numbers and felt like I got laid off all over again. Whacky.

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It is OUTRAGEOUS the hoops necessary to jump through and the prices that must be paid for COBRA! That is an area I'm hoping our new administration is going to deal with quickly...! The time is long past for national health care!

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No sooner did I finish writing the post about the insurance (COBRA) then I received a call from the school nurse...my 10 year old is sick. Timing is everything!

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I just got my COBRA paperwork yesterday for the kids and I...CRAZY $$$$. Just crazy.

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Did folks catch Coach Dean's latest?

Turning Money Problems Into Rewarding Solutions:
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I especially like the point he made in "Spending Mistake #2: Confusing Wants and Needs"...

I know folks who pine away for snazzy top-dollar sports cars and feel deprived because they have to drive a Chevy or Ford...!

I try to help them to do a "reality check" and ask themselves what would significantly change in their lives if they were to have the car of their dreams...? Other than living up to the hype that they've been sold by media advertising blitzes...lol!

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It's hard right now. I am a part of a big group of people with no job. I was hoping there would be more in January and there is, but not what I do.

People who are nasty will continue to be nasty. Minimize contact and see what they are saying as showing what is inside of them and not inside of you. Could your husband stand up for you a bit? That might make it less painful.

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With some folks who have a toxic effect on us we just need to minimize our contacts with them and / or when we MUST have contact, steel ourselves to be as bland and non-reactive as possible.

GL in persevering....!

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I am being hassled by my dad's new wife (she's in CT, I am in CA) about my job/finance situation. Why is she so concerned. I have no impact on her or my dad. I am doing all I can--numerous resumes/applications daily (though I slowed down a bit from sheer exhaustion--so mentally taxing!) and I am in a sort of stand still with the unemployment income and food stamps. There is nothing else I can do. Gah!

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You should buy one set of fitting interview clothes. This is important. Get back in there!

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I have a problem - my suit doesn't fit. lol. It's falling off - so are most of my size 22 trousers - I am going to look a bit baggy at my next interview - oh well.

I think I will have to start keeping an eye out in charity shops for second hand bargains.

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You can eat healthy and cheep too. Try dried beans and rice. Very cheap.. make your own soap, Eat more vegetables (frozen is cheap) and less meat. I think eating healthy (at home) is way cheaper than eating crappy.


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I have been made redundant for the second time this year - it get's really disheartening - I have had to drop the expensive gym membership and food shopping is on a budget - strange thing is it seems more expensive to eat healthily than it is to eat junk food - go figure??

However as I am out of work I have decided to concentrate on improving my health and losing the weight.

Motivating myself is difficult - I get down quite easily - eg: if I think I do well in an interview and don't get the job or a call back!!

Then it is hard not to binge - I am trying though.


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Short term, I want to find a job. I want to do well in school. I want to continue my healthier lifestyle. I only have 27 pounds until I reach my goal, so I would also like to reach my goal in the short term.

Long term, I want to stay healthy. I want to have a career (not just a job). I want to be a motivation to others. I want to finish school.

One strategy I have found is that I am on a very tight grocery budget now so I am forced to make healthier choices. When I have to decide between bananas or potato chips, I pick the bananas. Milk wins out over soda. Since I have been laid off, I have not had any unhealthy snacks in my home because they are too expensive. Another strategy is I give myself a goal each day so I feel like I have a purpose. Today I am bringing my boyfriend's shepherd/husky to get her nails trimmed (and she hates it). I have gotten my homework due the first day of class next semester and I have started to work on that also. I make it a point to not turn on the TV during the day. When I am working, I don't watch Maury or Tyra, so I don't watch them now that I am laid off.

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I have taken this opportunity to sit back and really dig deep into my life to see what was missing.

I had strayed from God about two years ago and now I am back on the course to regain my religious faith. I also feel that all of the things that happened in my life, and my husbands, happened for a reason. I feel that my heart strings are being pulled to go back to school to work towards a MA in public administration with a non-profit focus. I HOPE that I will be able to meet with an advisor before classes start this January! I am also helping my husband study for his nursing test - which we hope he can take (and pass!) at the end of January or beginning February!

A few other goals I have - start swimming iwth my coach once again and possibly competing by the Summer season.

Other than that - Help my husband all ways possible, staying healthy and positive. God doesnt put us through things we can not handle!!!

Take Care!
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Well in this case it is my husband that is laid off and I sent him the link to this team. He is a C & C Machinist and works supporting the auto industry and we live in MI.

So we are taking this opportunity to start our own personal training business. We feel like we have direction and although struggling financially we have a plan.

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I've had to start eating out of the kitchen because we really can afford the eat out lifestyle. I hope this is a permanent change. My goal, #1 is to get back into the work force. Pay off all those credit cards and put my savings back where they were. While I am hoping and working on that, I am working on my health and keeping myself in order so when work comes I am physically ready. I have got rid of a few pounds. I am walking more (which is not saying much yet) I want to do even more.

I am working on myself so that I can heal the problems that got me into this mess. I may have had my cheese moved. I may have to take on another career.

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Getting laid off, especially when it's unexpected or on short notice, can send shockwaves through every aspect of your life. The added stress of worrying about your finances and your future can make dealing with all your other responsibilities, goals, and projects (including weight loss and healthy living) quite a bit harder as well.

But this can also be a great opportunity to take stock of where you've been, where you are now, and where you want to go from here. It's an opportunity to establish clear priorities, set short and long term goals for youself, and work out strategies for accomplishing those goals. The more you keep yourself looking ahead towards what you want, the more energy and creativity you'll have for making that happen.

What are your short and long term goals? Have you come up any good strategies for keeping yourself moving towards them?

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