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6/23/13 7:58 A

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Hi, I'm Mary & fairly new to this team.
Doing better then I expected after being fired from my front desk position, 5/10/2013 i was there 6 1/2 years.
I'm staying active in between job search & going back to school.
I wish I had been more financially prepared for my first job loss... I am still shocked & get depressed. I realize that is part of the mourning of the loss of employment so I turn that thought process around because I'm not around the negativity & pressure!
COBRA is expensive!
Good news is I have part-time temporary position as office manager starting Tuesday.
Best wishes to all...
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GINGERRUE1824's Photo GINGERRUE1824 Posts: 149
5/9/13 10:53 A

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Great new. I went to visit my mom and since I don't have a scale at home I weighed myslf and saw I am almost out of the 190's. it was such a great feeling

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5/2/13 10:12 A

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hey everyone. Sorry I have been MIA for a while. I was in the process of moving and we just got the internet up. I have some great news. I decided to try on a pair of size 12 shorts on that haven't fit for the longest time. Well this time it did fit. I haven't weighed myself in the longest time so I am sure what I really weigh. It was just the greatest feeling to know that I am on the right track.

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RUNCHOOSE's Photo RUNCHOOSE Posts: 621
3/16/13 8:42 P

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Hi everyone. Sorry I've been MIA. I think I need to step down as leader but I am so happy that people have continued to post and hope someone can step up to lead the group. In the last year I've gained and then lost weight, and I'm now about 5 pounds heavier than before but amazingly lost 5 pounds in just the last two weeks. So I might start checking back in because it was fun to compare my weight as it fluctuated throughout the last year in the SP weight graph report. Good luck, Nicole and everyone. Let's keep doing!



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2/22/13 7:44 P

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Hey everyone, my name is Nicole. I currently do work but its a very part time job and I mean like maybe if I'm lucky 12 hrs a week. I am looking for a full time job something in healthcare. For me this us the first time in my life I truly am not really working and taking care of my bills. It's gotten to the point where I now rely on my parents. Well that's my story.
Good luck on everyone's job hunt

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KRISTIROLB Posts: 2
6/27/12 10:49 P

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Congrats on working out every day!! I'm impressed with your commitment :)

Good luck with the job. Fingers crossed for you!!

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6/27/12 2:07 P

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Hi! I'm new here - but can total relate. I have 6 weeks left of unemployment, and have started cat/dog sitting to supplement my "income"...

Attended a job fair yesterday - made a good connection, and am hoping to capitalize on that - even if it means taking a risk or two and stepping outside of my comfort zone...

Hitting the gym EVER day... just added a couple of new songs to the player today - so that really helped... 2.5 miles on the treadmill is 'baby steps' for some of you - but for me - this is good progress! (Celebrate everything, right??)

I wish you all peace, and renewed focus and ENERGY to get up and do something good for yourself today!

Easy once you realize this is nothing but a math problem!!


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6/25/12 12:20 P

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So sick of applying for jobs that don't really fit my expectations or experience. The market is TOUGH in my city right now. It's getting a little harder to get out of bed every day. . .*sigh*
I hate this feeling!

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5/14/12 1:20 P

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I am afraid to do another application ........ I want a job where I fit and am welcomed. I am afraid I* know do what you fear the most emoticon

If you deal with High Blood Pressure try the DASH diet
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2/24/12 5:08 P

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Welcome, JudyBigBooty! It will take awhile to grieve, I bet, if my experience has shown me anything. It's hard when the decision to leave wasn't placed in my hands, and I agree with you that often times there are a lot of cowardly /insensitive managers who make things worse. The nice thing is that you are no longer tied to those folks, and are now free to develop as a more humane being than was afforded you in your previous job.



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I have to say, I'm actually very excited to find a group like this. Definitely makes things easier.

I got canned just this past Valentine's Day, & it's been the first job that I've ever been fired from. It was a spat, my word vs. the customer, and of course the customer is always right no matter how stupid it is. I was just surprised that I didn't get a write-up or warning first, especially with NO previous write-ups, warnings, anything like that - they went straight to a separation.

I'm still trying to come to terms with this. Anyways, thank god for having savings right now. Otherwise I'd have to give up my lease and move in with my mother... heaven forbid. But I'm trying the best I can for the present. (I figure I can save money and lose weight at the same time but limiting what I buy lol) I think the worst thing for me right now is just waiting. I've applied to jobs, updated my resume, but like other people have said - they, just as I am, are completing with people with more experience. I know about half the jobs I won't get is because of that (I'm only 25.) But there's nothing else I can do... and it sucks. So I'm going to try and enjoy Mardi Gras as best as humanly possible and work from there.

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1/16/12 11:55 A

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Congrats A_Wanderer!



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1/4/12 11:37 P

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I've started a part time job. Hopefully it will provide enough for us to get back on track with the IRS and other creditors.

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11/29/11 11:37 A

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I have a second interview in the works and I'm also building my skills to help me transition into a new career. How are things going with everyone else?



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9/29/11 1:13 P

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Good luck!

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3/28/10 7:31 A

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I've got an interview Monday!!

Life is what you make of it.


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1/26/10 11:39 A

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Your right about that SARIGAR1 - I volunteered a lot over the last two years. I've always been active with the Boy/Girl Scouts, but I also volunteered at the kids schools taking an active role with their band boosters, and in church. Through scouts, we do a lot of Community Service projects which keep us very physcally active, like Habitat.

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SARIGAR1 Posts: 22
1/25/10 7:40 P

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Congratulations on finding a job, even if it doesn't bring in what you used to make.

As far as motivation goes, it's hard. I haven't had a "permanent" job since 2003 (I've had several temp jobs in that time.) I've also watched my wages steadily drop. Right now it's an employer's market, with few jobs and many job seekers.

It's too easy to get discouraged. Some things that you can do to keep from getting discouraged is to make a list of things that are out of your control, then flip it around and find things with each that you can control. Find a support group to talk to about being unemployed. My Community College did a support group during last semester where people from the college's job placement and women's support center led a group and discussed the job market, what we can do to keep motivated and help our job search.

We realized that we're not alone in this. It's easy to take that viewpoint, especially when you spend a lot of time in front of the computer. Kind of like losing weight. You know that there are other people out there in the same boat, but somehow you picture yourself alone in the struggle, experiencing what you're experiencing. Getting into a community of shared "problems" can help fight this.

One thing that was suggested in the group is to get out and volunteer. It gets you out of the house, shows you take an interest in improving your community and gets some networking for you. If you take an active job (like with Habitat for Humanity) you can even get more exercise in. emoticon

Getting in shape and exercising will also fight depression and improves your self esteem.

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I didn't find this team until recently, and after two years, four months and 20 days of unemployment, I finally found a job. I worked nearly 21 years in the hotel industry, and I went back to school to study medical coding. I'm not quite finished, but I got an entry level job, at reception for an eye clinic. I went from $30/hr to $9/hr, and a 35 hr work week, but it's better than nothing.

My motivation has been the same, if I'm healthy, then maybe they will hire me. That and worrying about a job, I think the pounds have worried off. I'm glad that I will be wearing scrubs, because the suits I wore to work before all swim on me now.

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1/20/10 10:52 P

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Good luck on the phone call.

I got a rejection e-mail today which seems to be a rarity these days (usually I hear nothing). They had 120 applications for an entry-level position. I've got about 9 years of experience and people with 20+ years are applying for these jobs. It's difficult to think I will be able to stand out when compared to these people. Especially when I see the job that seems to be the perfect fit on paper. So I'm going to work on revamping the resume.

Exercise and eating seems to be going okay though. It would be nice to actually fit in my suits instead of almost being cut in half. I usually don't want to exercise and look at the clock the entire time, but I just try to do a little bit more and a little bit more and the minutes do add up.

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1/20/10 7:13 P

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Hang in there for the phone call. That happened to me before too, where they called a week later than they said they were going to. I actually had an interview with them, but it didn't work out. But don't lose hope.

In terms of motivation I have convinced myself that being more fit and in shape with help me get a job. I think that they will think I take care of myself and they will consider hiring me or something. I know it sounds a little crazy but it seems to be keeping me motivated. I have been a on here for almost 6 months and haven't really seen results until I got that idea in my head.

I have been using this website called indeed.com to search for jobs lately. It searches all those sites like monster and stuff for you. I also recently joined linkedin.com which seems like a great place for networking. Anyways good luck all!

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1/20/10 12:21 P

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Hi there! It is a pretty quiet group, I agree.

Job hunting is going okay. I had what I thought was a great phone screen/interview last Thursday and fully expected them to be in touch about bringing me in for an in-person interview early this week. I'm still waiting for the call, but am trying not to give up hope just yet. And there do seem to be mroe jobs being posted online, which makes me a bit more hopeful as well.

How is your job search going? What are you looking for?

Motivation (to work out) I'm having a hard time with. I could use any advice anyone's got on that subject. I'm thinking about getting a friend of mine to check up on me and ask me if I've worked out, to guilt me into doing it. But that just seems so lame.


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1/20/10 12:12 A

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This is a quiet group.

How is everyone doing? Has anyone had any luck finding a job?

How about motivation? Are people finding ways to keep their spirits up?

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