Advice for the newly unemployed?

  • LuckyPierre

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    Jan 14, 2010 1:07 PM GMT
    So my position was 'eliminated' yesterday. After 10 years. No severance pay. Just a 'Thanks for everything and good luck.'

    So-any advice? I've already applied for unemployment. I work in a very specialized and small industry and I have 25+ years experience. I've put the word out but it will take time to get out there-and all the other companies in my industry are hurting right now.

    I've got money saved-but I'm going to have to try to sell my house because I just can't swing the mortgage. Truth be told I've wanted to downsize for a long time-so now I can.

    I'm still going on the Atlantis cruise this weekend-because it's already paid for and I can't cxl it... so when I get back-the world is my oyster!

    What experiences can you share in this situation? This is the first time I've been unemployed since 1983...
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    Jan 14, 2010 2:00 PM GMT
    I've been out of work for 10 months, so I know what you're going through.

    Here's my 2 cents of advise.

    Monster.com: http://career-advice.monster.com/job-search/careers.aspx

    They are one of the major sites for job hunters and seekers. They also have job hunting advise for the newly-between-opportunities.

    CareerBuilder: http://www.careerbuilder.com another big site with job postings.

    I hope that your benefits will not kick in until after you return from your cruise. Calling the state because you're out of town and "not available for work" can be a hassle.

    Network, network, network. Your friends' companies may not be hiring, but they may know colleagues who are hiring.
    Get a profile on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/ to build an online network of colleagues and friends.

    Read the blog "Guerrilla Job Hunting" http://guerrillajobhunting.typepad.com/

    Good luck with your search.
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    Jan 14, 2010 3:27 PM GMT
    Yep.. It's a new time about WHO you know, rather than WHAT you know.

    I was affected by a 'reduction in force' last May.

    Send an email to the people in your contact list saying. I am no longer at 'XYZ corp'. You can now reach me at (insert personal email address here).

    thank you.

    name
    mobile/phone

    They will usually respond.. WHAT? It happened to you too... I know so and so who knows so and so....

    It took 2.5 months and someone replied. with.. hi.. this is something you might be interested in...

    good luck! You can add me on Linked in if you like... Send me an IM.
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    Jan 14, 2010 3:50 PM GMT
    I know it seems like the crunch is on to find a new job, find a new job, find a new job RIGHT NOW!, BUT, if you have the savings/resources to support this, here's what I did (even though I didn't REALLY have the resources to do it, I did it anyways): Took a month off and volunteered. It's so relaxing and peaceful to know that you're doing something beneficial with your time, and not stressing about finding a new job. I looked for a new job for a month before I took a month off and just focussed on volunteering and other things like that, and it really cleared my head. It's just a great chance to unwind, but be out there "working", just without any of the stress or commitment.
  • RSportsguy

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    Jan 14, 2010 3:55 PM GMT
    I am sorry to hear that you lost your job JSnow. My job had been hanging by a thread lately too so I know how stressful it is! Have fun on your cruise. Make sure you pack enough speedos!! icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 14, 2010 5:51 PM GMT
    Been there, done that.

    I found "monster" and its ilk to be a complete waste of time. They're just engines for generating spam from MLS schemes and other scam artists.

    Personally, I found that putting energy into starting my own business was much more productive than putting it into job hunting. If you have any interest in that path, it's never too early to start, because you'll probably be losing money consistently for a few months. Don't wait until you're broke.

    But really, it's a great time to start a shoestring operation. Rents are cheap. Google and the like allow you to directly reach your target customers and experiment (relatively) cheaply with your message. If you need help, there are plenty of people looking. There are plenty of turn-key eCommerce packages that you can (for better or worse) set up almost over night and get going at very little expense.

    And if nothing comes of it, a little entrepreneurship experience looks pretty good on your resume.
  • LuckyPierre

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    Jan 14, 2010 6:30 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone. I've got the network humming and when I get back I'm hoping there may some good leads. I'm able to relocate pretty easily and that seems to be the first thing I've been asked. Now if I'd only stuck to my guns and learned Spanish....

    And the first thing I thought of was 'I can go to Haiti and help out'. Sadly though they rarely take people unexperienced in disaster aid. And I don't speak French... but at least I checked into it!
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    Jan 14, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
    crap ! that's gotta suck the big one icon_confused.gif.. but rather then dwelling on the negative, it seems like you've picked up already & are pretty focused on things to come. It can't be an easy time right now, but things always DO change and happen for those who want them to ...until then you have your Atlantis cruise to enjoy icon_smile.gif....I praise your positive attitude & courage.

    ~ Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. ~
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca


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    Jan 14, 2010 9:18 PM GMT
    Just never give up! you know , keeping your hopes alive is what gives your faith the power to keep going.
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    Jan 14, 2010 9:21 PM GMT
    Just saw the movie Up in the air.. It was about people going in and telling them their position was no longer available. It was entertaining.

    It's a good laugh if you have been affected.
  • LuckyPierre

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    Jan 14, 2010 10:05 PM GMT
    I'm very easy going and take life as it comes. I've been saving as much money as I possibly could since 11/2008 and now I've got a bit of a cushion. And it seems that there might be opportunities abroad. So who knows... maybe I'll end up someplace with hot men like Australia!!! icon_smile.gif

    And seeing the devastation in Haiti this weeks puts my problems into perspective...
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    Jan 14, 2010 10:19 PM GMT
    When going though hell, just don't stop!

    If you were in Oz and having cash in the bank, you would not get unemployment, and if you have a boyfriend you live with,and he has a job, you now would not get unemployment either, your boyfriend would be expected to support you too!

    When going though hell don't stop....
  • LuckyPierre

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    Jan 14, 2010 11:19 PM GMT
    I wouldn't be in Oz unless I had a job... icon_smile.gif More likely the 'jobs abroad' refer to Asia or India...
  • DCEric

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    Jan 14, 2010 11:23 PM GMT
    100 resumes sent out = 10 interviews = 1 job.

    That arithmetic was taught to me by a job counselor once.
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    Jan 15, 2010 5:03 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidIf you are in the USA, apply for a job with the government. They are the biggest growth industry at the moment.


    Actually, the department of Commerce needs temporary workers for the 2010 Census...

    http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/
  • Webster666

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    Jan 15, 2010 7:49 PM GMT
    I gave up.
    I'm living off my savings and my retirement fund (which should make the IRS very happy).
    When I run out of money, I'll sell my condo.
    Then, I'll be standing out on the sidewalk with a check in my hand.
    Thanks, George W. Bush and all your Republican cronies who bankrupted the good old U.S. of A.
  • WILDCARD73

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    Jan 16, 2010 7:34 AM GMT
    JSnow789 saidSo my position was 'eliminated' yesterday. After 10 years. No severance pay. Just a 'Thanks for everything and good luck.'

    So-any advice? I've already applied for unemployment. I work in a very specialized and small industry and I have 25+ years experience. I've put the word out but it will take time to get out there-and all the other companies in my industry are hurting right now.

    I've got money saved-but I'm going to have to try to sell my house because I just can't swing the mortgage. Truth be told I've wanted to downsize for a long time-so now I can.

    I'm still going on the Atlantis cruise this weekend-because it's already paid for and I can't cxl it... so when I get back-the world is my oyster!

    What experiences can you share in this situation? This is the first time I've been unemployed since 1983...





    get unemployment and a bridge card
    cancell cable or dish and get dvd from library
    cook at home
    shop when its on sale and stock up
    if its not necessary dont buy it
    remember its a passing phase
    smoke pot, chill, simmer down ............use it as a time to relax as when u get the next job, u wont have this free time, that u possibly needed
    buy tons of ramen noodles and oatmeal






  • WILDCARD73

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    Jan 16, 2010 7:41 AM GMT
    oh and do spring cleaning, and all those projects u always wanted to do....
  • Webster666

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    Jan 16, 2010 11:29 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Webster666 saidI gave up.
    I'm living off my savings and my retirement fund (which should make the IRS very happy).
    When I run out of money, I'll sell my condo.
    Then, I'll be standing out on the sidewalk with a check in my hand.

    That sounds like a smart plan. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Webster666 saidThanks, George W. Bush and all your Republican cronies who bankrupted the good old U.S. of A.

    Perhaps you should blame yourself for not having a job.

    And by what measure are you saying that the USA is bankrupt? If you are using the current national debt, then you need to realize that under the first year of the Obama / Pelosi / Reid regime, they have grown the national debt by 25%.

    Oh wait, it's RJ... any criticism of Republicans is automatically accepted.. and welcomed.

    Only an incredible asshole would kick a guy when he's down.
    And, you more than qualify.
    Pull your head out of your ass and accept the fact that your Republican heroes destroyed our economy.



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    Jan 16, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    Definitely check out the advice on Careerbuilder.com

    I was told in one interview that I was called because I was the only applicant who knew how to write a resume.

    Go over to the Advice and Resources tab and select Career Resources...

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    Scroll down to the center bottom of the page...

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    Jan 16, 2010 3:58 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidWell, ok. I'll give you the same "sympathy" that was given to me ...

    That's cuz you are the Gollum of RJ...


    YES I TOOK MY HAPPY PILLS!

  • Jan 16, 2010 4:11 PM GMT
    Webster666 said
    Only an incredible asshole would kick a guy when he's down.
    And, you more than qualify.
    Pull your head out of your ass and accept the fact that your Republican heroes destroyed our economy.

    Well, ok. I'll give you the same "sympathy" that was given to me by one of your liberal / leftist / Democrat brothers on here:
    What's the matter poor baby, looking for some sympathy? You will find it in the dictionary between shithead and syphillis.
    Get off your ass and get a job at Burger King, Target or at the biggest growth industry of all right now, the Federal government and stop whining



    Thank You SouthBeach1500 for standing up to Webster666's "unsubstantiated" and inappropriately used this forum as a way to dig the Republicans. Although this is RJ, you do have rational members who will support common sense. Thanks
    To get back to the origin of this topic, a good site to use is www.TheLadders.com or www.linkedin.com

    A Libertarian Member.

    ps. "Well, ok. I'll give you the same "sympathy" that was given to me by one of your liberal / leftist / Democrat brothers on here:
    What's the matter poor baby, looking for some sympathy? You will find it in the dictionary between shithead and syphillis.
    Get off your ass and get a job at Burger King, Target or at the biggest growth industry of all right now, the Federal government and stop whining"


    That is too funny! I will use that in the future.


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    Jan 16, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidI gave up.
    I'm living off my savings and my retirement fund (which should make the IRS very happy).
    When I run out of money, I'll sell my condo.
    Then, I'll be standing out on the sidewalk with a check in my hand.
    Thanks, George W. Bush and all your Republican cronies who bankrupted the good old U.S. of A.


    You can live with me. I will always make room.
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    Jan 16, 2010 4:54 PM GMT
    Eventually a job will be found. Until then, do you have any talents in something like carpentry, landscaping, accounting, party planning or something? Maybe you could make some money under the table in between the job searching and while still collecting unemployment.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 16, 2010 4:59 PM GMT
    Regardless of your personal financial health, getting laid off from a fulltime job sucks big time. I am fortunate to be fulltime employed although I am looking for another job because the private little company that I work for is becoming a shitty, miserable place to work. It is much easier to look for another job while you are employed than it is when you are unemployed for the obvious reasons of paying required living expenses. I feel very sorry for the people who are unemployed because it is a nightmare to be job searching in these recessionary times. I am thankful for still having a fulltime job even though it is dead end and low wage. But a low wage is far better than no wage.