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4/27/09 10:29 A

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Hi MaggiesMom,

I am so sorry you are going through this. Will you be eligible for unemployment benefits? Is there any health insurance assistance available through unemployment? It varies from state to state, but in my state (MA) both are available.

Also, have you looked into any options to try and keep your home? With the new goverment programs such as Homeowner Afforability and Stability Act (HAS) you might be able to renegotiate the terms of your mortgage. If your mortgage broker is not cooperative, I would suggest contacting either your congress-person or senator. I've been in touch with my representative's office on several issues, and they have been *wonderful* about offering suggestions and guidance, even offering to step in if necessary.

Hang in there and keep us posted!


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4/24/09 11:24 A

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4/24/09 7:01 A

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Welcome to this team. No doubt about it, losing a job is deflating and scary. My position as head of an agency was eliminated last October and being 64 is doubly hard.

Since you know the place is closing, I would start looking NOW. Being single has its benefits as you can move around to another part of the country perhaps. Look at those states where the unemployment rate is on the long range.

The book What Color is Your Parachute is a good start. You might also contact your local college and see about taking the Myers Briggs test which helps provide some insight on your strengths.


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4/23/09 10:01 P

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This is a good place to get ready...


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4/23/09 9:35 P

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Hey Kathy, super to have you joining our Team...!

Wish it was under *better* circumstances, tho...!

How viable is your career...what are the odds of finding alternative employment within your area of work?

If the odds are slim to none, then it may be time to re-think your field and start brainstorming alternatives. A great book for re-inventing ourselves is What Color Is Your Parachute? By Richard Bolles.

Granted this may not bring about QUICK results, but it can often lead to lasting and satisfying results.

Have you ever thought about doing something else, maybe even totally different from anything you've done before...?

Keep coming back and wonder out loud with the rest of us...we'll do our best to kick things around and offer feedback.

The other piece is to stay focused on taking good care of yourself. Sometimes when the world is falling apart around us it can be SO helpful to have laser-like focus on our workouts and healthy food choices!



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Hello, I'm new to the team. I am not laid off yet, but the business I work for is closing this summer. I not only will lose my job, but also my health insurance and my home. I am REALLY having a hard time dealing with this - it really hasn't totally sunk in yet, we were just told this week - so I am not "staying strong" just yet. I am divorced, have three dogs and a cat. I have no idea where I am going to go when I lose my home - who is going to rent an apartment to me with no job and four pets? Please do not suggest giving up the pets - that is one thing that I refuse to do. We will sleep in my jeep first. I have decided to sit back and relax for a couple of weeks and weigh my options very carefully before I make any drastic decisions. Other than that I am at a loss as to what to do, what I should do first, other than preparing my resume of course. Thanks for letting me vent. Hope to get to know some of you soon! Kathy

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