Day 1 Again? Starting anew.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

And I don't mean my SparkPeople blog. Of course, with the tides turning and my getting life back into place, only God could see it in his heart to deliver me yet another setback.

*insert drum roll*

LAID OFF. After almost 3 years at the company I have been with since Day 1 in Chicago, they made the "executive decision" to downsize the company and my position was not eliminated but given to someone who'd been there longer than I have. I'm not too too bitter, but you know - I worked damn hard since day 1 and I never expected this to happen.

So, along with the millions of other citizens, I've submitted my resume to Careerbuilder.com, Monster.com, and to various other recruiters in the Chicago area. Luckily, I have ONE interview today, and that is with Addison Search downtown. Hopefully something transpires of this, but of course, the inevitable happened...

POST LAY-OFF (5/15/09)
I deemed it necessary to go ahead and eat whatever junk I could find, and I just HAD to buy the 24 pack of Bud Light for 11.99 - BUDGET BUY! Ironically, I looked for these types of deals prior to being laid off, but for some reason, the word budget seems to be sticking out at me like a neon light at a 24 hour strip joint. Is someone trying to tell me something? Okay, so I haven't always had the best budget, but I've ALWAYS made sure my bills were paid, ontime and my rent covered. Can't say that I have had much in the way of leftover to save after my expense for fun, but hey - I was invincible right? W-R-O-N-G. :(

Since then, I've been looking forward to the opportunity to get in to the gym and to have some free time, but in the week following my lay-off, they had me do something called the "transition"...

This week was absolute hell. Talk about having to transition your roles to other people. Roles you have spent 60 hours per week mastering and making better. It stings! Now, the two girls I gave my roles to are perfectly nice, wonderful and a joy to work with...one of them even took me into her home when I moved here for the first couple days and my apartment wasn't ready. Guess that's how I repay her. "Here's my job". Sigh.

The other girl has been there for 1/3 of the time that I have. THAT - I'm a little less inclined to be so pleased about, especially when the market segment she received was the ONLY segment in the ENTIRE company that was profiting. /slap across the face.

Of course I got the "it has nothing to do with you as an individual, and you couldn't have done your job better" spiel...I personally don't buy into it.

At least I got a 2 months' severance provided my roles were transitioned well. Believe me - I made sure that they were to a T.

But, last week was comprised of beer, beer, pizza, junk, beer, lazy, WoW, beer, sleep. And exercise only on Friday of last week which I had off already!

Here we are, and I am bright-eyed and bushy-tailed a la 7 in the manana. I actually was up at 6 because I had to go to FedEx Kinko's (for the second time - don't ask) to pick up my resume that I had printed up there. Thankfully they had it this time, and I stopped for a (much undeserved) Mint Condition Cooler from Caribou Coffee. OK OK at least I ordered a SMALL, LIGHT with NO WHIPPED CREAM. Coulda been the works.

My plan for today is to:
A) finish this blog entry
B) take a nice shower
C) primp myself for this interview (and attempt to hide the almost 15 lbs I've put on of the 50 lbs I lost since 2006-07)
D) nail the interview
E) work out at FFC ( which I spontaneously purchased prior to being laid off grr)
F) toss all the junk in the apartment (as much as I can since I AM on a budget)
G) take a 2nd shower post work-out
H) hit Jewel for some budget friendly goods (PBJ, tuna fish galore, odds & ends)
I) peruse Careerbuilder, Monster.com, LinkedIN, BrightFuse, Facebook etc... for jobs
J) TAKE THE GARBAGE DOWN - - I should just do that now. SIGH.
K) maybe post back here.

So, it is with a heavy heart I close the blog, but at least you all know I haven't been slacking; rather, been hit with some difficulties.

BTW...I'll add the cliché - if you know of anyone that's hiring, please - send them my way or at least hand me the information. I'd be most grateful.
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  • TRICIA12585
    By your unconsciousness or unnoticeable intention--you truly inspired me today! More often then not, I read all too cheery and some-what fairytale-ish blog that get repetitive. Your blog lit a fire in me to realize that there are other people out there struggling just as I am. Not everyone else's life is perfect--but rather "real." I too sympathize with your ups and downs, but it cheered me up to see that you live by priorities, as I do. I appreciate your honesty and the bravery for letting it all out in the public forum of a blog--no shame/no regrets! Keep up the great work and I support all you do!
    3308 days ago
    I'll give you another cliche, but one that hold true: "when one door closes, another will open..."

    I loved reading your blog. I'm sympathize and EMPATHIZE on your being laid off after three years and have your job go to someone else. I was there nine years ago at a job after they downsized. But blessings do have a way of revealing themselves. Obviously, you need to be elsewhere. So I commend you for having such a great, HONEST attitude about it. That will get you through. If I may and I don't know what you do, you might want to consider contracting yourself out. I have done that from time to time (and still do). I figure while the agencies are swamped with resumes, you can cut right through the chase and approach a company directly and negotiate a three-month stint. If they like the arrangement or you, they may opt to hire you on or you can stay on as a consultant. Just one idea to switch up the employment game (submitting, waiting, interviewing, waiting, re-submitting, second-interviewing, etc.).

    Overall, continue your progress and your work on you. You need YOU right now.

    Stay encouraged and congrats on creating a list of DOBALE goals for yourself.

    God bless!

    jay emoticon
    3309 days ago
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