Monday, June 07, 2010

Unemployment Sucks Ass But I Have A Plan

I am one of many who are STILL unemployed and it sucks. Regardless of what anyone has to say about the recession not really existing or that people who claim it exists just aren't working hard enough, take my word for it, IT'S HAPPENING.

I'm listed with staffing agencies and I am actively searching online EVERY day AND night. I also throw in prayer here and there because talking to God is helpful...still nothing. I do my part but it seems like nothing is happening.

I was aware that my former employer was going to lay off half the company a couple of months before it happened so I began looking for work then. When they noticed that I was looking for a job, they inquired why, since my position was not at risk of being dissolved. I politely let them know that with so many people being laid off, I didn't want to take a chance and not be prepared should the climate at the company change. They assured me I had nothing to worry about...and guess who got laid off when they were 8 months pregnant? Me.

So it's more than disheartening that I've been looking for employment for a year and a half and haven't found anything sustainable for my household. I've been led on wild goose chases that turn out to be companies trying to get me to sell life insurance. My parents were working for life insurance companies when they got laid off; my mom happened to be at Ameriprise and my father at some local insurance company in Shreveport, La. My father had a great sales record at his job but the minute his numbers dropped, they gave him the boot. Never mind that he had busted his ass for them the entire time he was there; they were interested in results, regardless of the economy, so my father and others were let go.

Because this unemployment journey has been so taxing, I have been looking for signs as to what I am doing wrong. It hit me the other day that maybe I need to switch fields. I have kept up with my writing by doing little side projects here and there but I haven't put 100% into what I really want and that's to write full-time...for the rest of my life.

I feel like I might be ignoring the signs if I don't take advantage of the time now so I'm going to put more energy into looking for PAYING writing gigs. Of course I will still submit my resume to Accounting positions that are suitable to my skill set but my focus is getting this written word published for mucho dinero.

So wish me luck...or blessings, if you don't believe in luck :)

10 points of view:

ChiChi said...

I feel for you. I had a safety net and still felt a hot hopeless mess.

*Prayers for you*

A.Smith said...

Blessings and luck to you.

I just told a friend today that maybe I was supposed to be a writer. I was joking -- I have no desire to attempt to write for pay...not seriously/full-time anyway. But I'm in awe of folks who do, and go after it.

Miss.Stefanie said...

Prayers my love...

Kenya Mack said...

Blessings to you! You definitely have the gift, Syn. You can make the big bucks! Go! :)

JenDay said...

Hey! Followed you here from 3thw.

I'm in the same boat. Something I've done recently that has given me hope and energized my search for employment a little bit is going to networking meetings. Not sure what it's like around your area- but here in Cincinnati, there are a couple of groups you can go to and learn from the people around you and also make contacts and learn to network with people who might be able to help you! I'm planning on posting about it soon at my blog- http://neversaynormal.blogspot.com

Hope that helps a li'l bit! :D

always4evamoi said...

prayers sent....

i had to do the same after being let go last april...it was to reevaluate my skills and whether i should i change fields, which i am...and so will be starting new in the fall.....

so i say, write your heart out and get paid for it :)

Max-e said...

Hi, I can sympathise with you on being laid off. My first time was 3 months but the second time round I went into business on my own and have not looked back.
The corporate world just sucks you dry and then spits you our.
Maybe you should follow your dream and see what that leads.
all the best for the future and thanks for stopping by.

*stacie-ann said...

go for it! you have God given TALENT, i'm 100% certain that you will be a successful writer. get it girl.

Naturally Alise said...

Girl, I am in the same boat, I have been searching for over a year and everything has been either scams or interviews where I get told I am grossly overqualified (grrrr, why interview me?)... so wish me some blessing luck too....

CraigJC said...

Keep your head up. It may be time for you to do your own thing. Above all, prayer changes things, believe that.

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