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Thursday, December 17, 2009

A little ray of hope....?

Today has been a better-than-usual day. First, our department (or, should I say, my soon-to-be-former-department at my soon-to-be-former-employer?) sprang for three of those Subway party subs for a Christmas treat. But only one sub got eaten, there are still two subs (and they are FIVE FEET LONG) and there is no fridge, so I get to take them home tonite.....they'll be a little soggy, but still very edible and yummy!!!! We haven't had Subway in so long, what a treat! (and how pathetic, huh?)

Anyhow, then I had a meeting with the dislocated workers people, and I guess, if I understand things right, if there is a large layoff (more than 50 people) and ours was 240 people, the state provides extra job-search services, including, but not limited to, career counseling, and paid training to change careers, up to a 2 year degree!!!! Their goal is to get a person back to work at roughly THE SAME PAY and THE SAME BENEFITS as before the layoff(s)! I don't know if that's possible in my case, since the county where I live is so far from the county where I work(ed), and the county where I live has very high unemployment, but we'll see, won't we???? It sounds like there is a lot of funding for people affected by a "large" layoff. It gave me a lot of hope. Plus, they clarified that I will be able to get unemployment, even with the second job, it's just a little trickier. No doubt things will be even tighter, but I won't have the huge gas expense, and hopefully DH's truck will be paid off as soon as the tax refund comes (assuming there is one)....anyhow, I think that it can be done. They said it would take about 2 weeks (or a little more because of the holidays) to get all the counseling sessions set up. So that's something good. I'm more hopeful than I've been since the layoff was announced.

And then.....(drum roll please)......

DH.

Guess what he did today?

He went and really tried to find a job. He applied at three places, and went to two others (they weren't accepting applications)!!! That's more job-hunting than he's done in the last three years combined--I'm so proud of him.....and that gives me hope, too, because if he can find ANYTHING, it won't be so imperative that I find something that pays really good....

I actually am kind of excited right now about my new job, whatever it may be.....

Oh--but I think i will follow Grace's thinking (in her comment yesterday), and take anything that pays, then worry about "THE job" from there.....LOL, I don't know why I'm so hopeful, though, I've probably applied at 20 different places since the layoff announcement and I've gotten exactly ZERO phone calls....well, maybe the unemployment people can help me with that.

4 comments:

Stacy said...

NO to disappoint, and maybe your state is better but....my hubs has been laid off since June applied to no less than 20 jobs a week and has gotten ZERO calls...

perphila said...

There is only one place to apply to on the island and the one job is taken. Everything else is self-employment here.

Will says you should become a breeder of pure bred dogs. Then you can be home, be surrounded by animals and sell the dogs for $500 a pop. I told him you would never be able to part with the puppies though....:)

Anonymous said...

perphila, my BIL tried the purebred dog breeding thing(Airedale Terriers), and his business completely dried up in 2007. He now has more than 30 dogs to take care of, and he hasn't had a paying job in more than 2 years. He has had to turn to his adult daughter to pay for dog food and medical care for the animals. Maybe not such a good idea in this economic climate.

Miss Kitty said...

Hugs to you, your husband, and all the critters, Carol. Y'all are in my thoughts & prayers.