Round 2! Previous job: position eliminated, after 15 months. With a little severance, PTO, and reapplying to unemployment insurance, hoping to turn this around sooner than later. Still managing health challenges, financial challenges, and self-confidence challenges. I like spending time on SP, so at least this team will help me keep focused on what I "should" be doing on a regular basis rather than just procrastinating and avoiding. At least the economy seems to be improving a little this Spring!
This is a new opportunity to find a place and direction that is even better for me in the long run. I am grateful for what I learned, received and did in this past position, despite the high stress level.
Thanks Don for your encouraging words and continued leadership on this team, as well as all the other team members.
First week of new job was challenging with variable schedule all week! My new boss was "MIA" most of first day so I had to fend for myself with a little help from other coworkers. They handed me a heavy ring of 15 keys to be responsible for, no way to tell which key is for what door without trying it! Second day was training at another office, with TB test, finger prints (working around children), lots of HR and general company stuff, different time schedule. Third day - more training- computer stuff, passwords, e mail signature, meetings with accounting people. Fourth and Fifth days were at my new office, with a little more guidance, but mostly figuring out what to work on by myself. I think I will need to be very proactive in this job, and will keep learning as time passes, from just being there. I have been very tired each night, probably from normal stress, and working with some health issues while trying to make a good impression on all the new people I meet.
I am now realizing I need to get all the paperwork from the unemployment process, the COBRA, past health care, interim health care, etc., sorted and filed away so I can deal with all the new stuff for the new job! I'm going to give myself to the end of the year to get this handled. I'm still feeling less well, tired and low energy and want to get past that, and back to regular exercise. I also want to write thank you letters to all of my job reference friends, and update those friends and family who know of my unemployment status. I hope to get my "linked in" account going, now that I have more info to post, and maybe explore Tweeter and facebook. Those may have to wait until after New Year. Networking is not a strength for me, so I really need to work at it as time goes on. All of the employment workshops I attended stressed how important networking is for career development, and this new job I got is partly due to the recommendation I got from another employee at the company to the supervisor.
Good Luck to all who are still or newly searching for new employment!
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A little background: I'm a 50 y.o. female, office worker, B.Sc. in business & humanities, suburban, last employment lasted four years. I was laid off just before Christmas '09, 4 wks severance pay, unemployment insurance & COBRA. (Thanks Obama admin for making the COBRA affordable for me) I've never had much trouble getting a job until this lay off. I don't have much savings and am the main provider for my family of 2 (partner disabled). I thought, well, considering the economy, it might take 3-4 months! Wrong! I did lots of workshops at the local workforce center in the first two months. I could not talk myself into going to the networking groups they had, but tried to keep in touch with past associates who were willing to be references, and keep up other activities that I enjoy. I also started with Spark People to work on improving health and fitness and not be too isolated. I don't know anyone who is focused on healthy eating and exercise and all, so SP really helps me do my own thing and share motivation with like minded people. I focused on learning about my health issues, exercising by walking in a nearby park, and tracking food. I haven't gained weight but I haven't lost yet either. I worked one month for the US Census and was signed up with a temp agency the whole time, with ---no---temp jobs for 6 months! I had 2-3 interviews in the first 6 months, applying to 5+ positions per week, mostly by internet. I targeted companies I was interested in, as well as scanning sights like Indeed.com. I spent a lot of time on the computer, checked out a lot of books from the library, and tried to stay active. I took care of all the health care maintenance I could, including my first colonoscopy (1 precancerous polyp removed) and spent extra time with my 80 y/o mom. By June/July, I was starting to get a little worried, even though I would qualify for unemployment extensions, I did not like the prospect, my savings was dwindling, and I was getting very tired of the filing process. I decided to try talking to the employment agency again, which got me a few one or two day jobs at $10 or less per hour, which caused me to receive less income than sticking with only unemployment, but it got me on their "radar". After a few weeks of that, I was offered a longer term temp job - 3-4 months, $11/hour-40 hrs/wk. I took this position with the hope it might extend through the winter. This also caused me to lose the COBRA as I was now qualified for the very lame temp agency insurance. As I am dealing with a few chronic conditions, this was stressful, but I figured out a short term plan I could live with. A couple of months into the assignment, the supervisor quit, so the duration of the position was in question. I made friends with people working around me, and checked the company's listed job openings weekly. I found one I thought I was qualified for, and asked one of the ladies I worked near what she new about it. She offered to contact the supervisor of the position and recommend me. I sent in my resume, got an interview (kept working the temp job), switched tasks a few times as things got reorganized, and tried to be patient. After about a month, I was offered the position, which pays a little more than my previous employer, with full benefits. Only problem is that it is 32 hours/wk instead of 40. This will make things very tight, unless I can get more hours, but I am very grateful to have the opportunity. I continued to believe that I would find another "good" job, but was starting to worry if it would happen before my resources ran out. It is a little close on that, but I managed to keep all my bills paid on time and my credit rating high! I tried to use my credit only minimally, and had a little help from my mom. I did not touch my small 401(k) or IRA, so I think I am fortunate. Anyone who thinks being on unemployment is like a vacation is naive! It can be very stressful in ways you don't usually deal with while employed, and not knowing what the future holds (homelessness vs steady employment and everything in between) requires endurance and skill to manage and navigate. I hope I will be able to make a great success of my new position, as part of my careeer. I believe, as I have all year that things will gradually get better for most people and places. In the mean time, I think that finding ways to network and have people refer you is the likeliest way to get a foot in the door. I start my new job tomorrow, but won't forget about all of those who are still looking for employment. Don't give up, and keep trying all the avenues you know and other new things too. Something will work if you keep at it. If others can do it, so can you. I keep this in mind for myself, and it finally worked.
I plan to hang around this group for awhile, incase I can offer any encouragement. Otherwise, I will be trying to figure a way to get regular exercise into my new routine, along with healthy eating. I found that whenever I have significant schedule variations, my exercise plans disappear. I need a routine to keep me going.
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