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Torchslasher
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#1 Posted on 11.3.03 0915.38
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Losing a job, now THAT sucks.

It's not like I don't think that I can find another job soon, but it's the uncertainty that kills me.

Plus having to obtain unemployment for the first time ever is something I didn't want to have to do so early on in my life (as if 27 is a young age).

Oh well, just had to get that out of my system. You can now all return to all the comics and TV threads now.
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#2 Posted on 11.3.03 0927.36
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Sorry for your loss. I went through the same thing in June 2001 and I had just turned 29 a couple days earlier. If you haven't already gone to the unemployment office for your "orientation" I'd suggest bringing something to read. You'll most likely be there for a couple hours. You get to sit around for a couple hours before taking a little class.

Good luck finding new work.
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#3 Posted on 11.3.03 1459.02
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I'm jobless too, right now, and it sucks, so I feel your pain. The economy is terrible right now, and my skills consist of combat training and bartending, so I'm not exactly a hot commodity on the job market. I'm thinking about going back to school and getting my bachelor's. Hopefully the economy will be up a little by the time I get out.
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#4 Posted on 11.3.03 1604.42
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I'm trying to find a better full-time job. The one I'm at doesn't pay enough but better than starting out fresh at a new job. Kind of a bummer. Good luck on your job-hunt.
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#5 Posted on 11.3.03 1754.00
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I lost work in January 2002... I was only 19 - but I had already graduated from college and wasn't interested in going back.

The next 7 months were NOT fun times - as I was often without money and had WAY too much time on my hands. Luckily, things DO work out. And there were times I didn't think they would.

Network. You never know who is going to have a lead to something good. As it turns out - someone I had worked with when I was doing entry level work in radio (and is a fellow Wiener) worked in a place that was hiring - and voila. I've been working at Sympatico for 7 months as a customer service rep, and it's been great.

Don't be afraid to let people know you're not working and you're looking because EVERYONE has a lead... Most of them will lead places you're not interested in being, but every once in awhile a jewel will pop up.

Good luck!
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#6 Posted on 11.3.03 1806.41
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My buddy got fired and I got suspended for a week a couple of years ago...because of indy wrestling.

That uncertainty certainly does indeed suck. Good luck to ya.
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#7 Posted on 11.3.03 2205.07
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Don't worry. I lost a position as a civil engineer (not exactly a field where demand is all over) about two months ago. And now I've relocated and found a very nice company to work with.

Fortunately, I had 5 weeks of unused vacation to collect while I looked. By the time that ran out, I (fortunately) had already accepted an offer.

My advice to you: use lotsa phone books. Call everyone who might have anything to do with your job. More calls=more resumes sent out. More resumes=more interviews. More interviews=more offers. And that means a job!

Gee, interresting how so many of us have had this problem. Heck, the economy had always looked pretty good to me 'til this happened.
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#8 Posted on 11.3.03 2330.07
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My very first job last summer, working at Quizno's.

Got laid off.

Ouch.
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#9 Posted on 12.3.03 0219.06
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You seem to know how to use a computer; did you know that AOL is ALWAYS looking for people to put in call centers.

I'm giving my 2 weeks notice this friday at the shitty day job I have now, and I've been hired by AOL starting March 31st. The best part about this new job will be NOT telling large groups of people that thier services are no longer need the day we come in to close a store.

I've been told the call center people here make about $12 an hour.
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#10 Posted on 12.3.03 0818.19
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Well, thanks to all so far that have talked about their personal experiences. I definitely know about the power of networking and I do already have a couple of leads that originated from friends and where they work. It definitely helps that a lot of my friends are in the same computer tech field that I'm in. We shall see if having a couple of certifications from Microsoft does anything for my resume worth.

And I do have a degree from college, so I'm not SO worried. The problem arises from having bought a car that I will be paying off for the next 4 years, plus the car insurance that skyrocketed up when I did buy the car. I can't get by anymore on a part time "easy" job like Blockbuster. And no, I'm not going to work for AOL, ain't no way that's happening (don't you know, they're EVVVVILLLL
But unemployment benefits are on the way hopefully and if any leads shake out I could be okay. Thanks to all again.
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#11 Posted on 12.3.03 1013.56
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I feel your pain, Torchslasher. I went through it a couple of years ago after getting laid off. I went a couple of months without work. It sucked, but you'll find something soon.
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#12 Posted on 12.3.03 1259.37
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I have a question. What is the best reason to give on job applications on why you left your last position? I try to keep it positive, but run out of ideas sometimes. I've used "Left to continue schooling", "Left to improve myself" and so on. I don't want to write down "Quit because hours conflicted with HBO Sunday line-up" if I don't have to.
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#13 Posted on 12.3.03 1323.24
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Leave that blank(reason for leaving). Half the time, we don't ask and the other half probably only care if you were fired. When I've hired people, I don't really care that they quit a job as long as they don't make a habit of it. If you've 'left/quit' more then 2 jobs in a 12 month period, THEN there might be reason to start asking the questions.

One good one I used and have seen a few times was 'personal reasons'. Not many places actually call references anymore so you don't have to worry about it. If the interviewer asks, have a stock reply ready like School or family. Back when my mom was still alive, she needed home care, so I have used that in the past for quitting jobs abruptly.
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#14 Posted on 12.3.03 1339.28
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    Originally posted by Dexley's Midnight Jogger
    I have a question. What is the best reason to give on job applications on why you left your last position? I try to keep it positive, but run out of ideas sometimes. I've used "Left to continue schooling", "Left to improve myself" and so on. I don't want to write down "Quit because hours conflicted with HBO Sunday line-up" if I don't have to.


Whatever you do don't write down 'personal reasons'. That always made me feel that either a) the person had something to hide, or b) they felt like I just wasn't worthy of being told their reason.

Either way they weren't getting hired.

I was always pretty happy as long as the person was honest. If the hours were crappy, say that. If you were treated like shit, tell me.

Of course if your reason for leaving was that you're a work shy, borderline alcoholic, couch potato then its possibly better to avoid the honesty approach.

In that case avoid anything like 'left to travel' where you might get tripped up when you find out your would-be-boss spent three years living in the place you allegedly went and wants to hear ALL about it. 'Family illness' tends to avoid such awkward questions arising, unless the guys an insensitive prick, in which case you probably wouldn't want to work for him anyway.
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#15 Posted on 12.3.03 1417.27
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Good luck with the job search, but here's a bit of unsolicited advice of a different nature that I learned from my best friend.

Unemployment compensation is taxable, but taxes will not be withheld from your unemployment checks. If you can shove some money aside to help pay the taxes next April you should do so, but if that isn't practical for you be sure to keep this in mind and save when you find a job so you aren't pelted by "tax shock" next spring.
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#16 Posted on 13.3.03 0135.47
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...great, nice job reminding me how small the job market is for people like me (looking to eventually produce TV news, too broke to move out of CT for at least a year). Any tips? Haven't checked that site you told me about yet, Teppan-Yaki, but I'll do it tomorrow.
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