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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
today I officially got laid off. after a farewell breakfast the CEO said some words, blah blah blah, needs to be done, blah blah blah, good people, blah blah. and then I said goodbye to many co-workers. after that I went to unemployment.

Illinois has the highest rate of uemployment, even higher than the entire country! Great.
post #2 of 29
omg!! I'm so sorry!! Things are soo bad right now.. what will you do? (((hugs)))
post #3 of 29
Bless your heart . I am sure it was a hard day for you . I will pray for a great new job for you
post #4 of 29
Good vibes and prayers that you find another job...

I'm so sorry!

post #5 of 29
Sorry to hear that Raquel. Good job seeking vibes coming your way!
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
oohhh guys...you are all so nice. I said goodbye to many people I grew to really like and we had a lot fun there. I have pics I will have to post.

I dont know what I am gonna do. I had a hard enough time choosing where I wanted to go after high school. I wanted to ask those of you who are going through this - are you, or did you, start looking for a job right away, or are you taking some time off? i dont want to look right away, partly because I dont know WHAT I want to do. i dont want to go back into manufacturing, thats for sure.
post #7 of 29
..... Rachel, I am sending you job vibes too
post #8 of 29
If you can afford it, take a break..
post #9 of 29
Welcome to the club! Sorry but I couldn't resist being recently unemployed myself. It's really tough out there right now. We can all cry on each others shoulders as we look for work.
post #10 of 29
Good luck with whichever path you decide to take...the job market is slowly and surely getting better out there. I read that on MSN sometime last week...hope they are right!
post #11 of 29
Sorry to hear the bad news. I'm from a suburb of Waukegan and I know things are tough in the state. I was out of work for about 7 months a while ago, partial thru my own choice. I spent most of that time looking for something new since I vowed also never to return to my old line of work. Unfortunately, I was told that my skills were too specialized in one area and ended up returning to the same company I had left, 8 years prior. I know it's rough, but you will succeed in finding something that you enjoy doing. Best wishes.
post #12 of 29
sorry to hear about this, its happening all over, i call it politics!!! they are so damn caught up in everyone elese's problems they for get about our own, btw i liked the part about the blah blah blah, thats exactly what it is B.S. hope you find a job soon, i know i have worked with many people for 21 yrs in the same place and it would be hard to have to leave
post #13 of 29
I'm so sorry If you can, take some time, reassess both your skills as well as your interests, I hope this will end up leading to an even better job for you.
post #14 of 29
I am sorry Rachel! Take the time off if you can afford it, but perhaps use that time for figuring out what you want to do. I found a good career assessment within Monster.com that quizes you on whether or not you are ready for a career change. If you haven't surfed in that site, I recommend so. You may not find a job, but you can get a general feel for what is out there, what companies are hiring, and personal assessment information.

www.monster.com
post #15 of 29
Sorry to hear about your job I know how it tho!!! I was jobless for 6 months and evicted from my Very nice Apt. But I ended up finding a decent paying job through America's Job Bank......you might wanna look into it. It's the site that my States Unemployment office uses to send jobs to people. I wish you luck on finding something new! and hope you don't go through what I did the first half of this year!!


Good luck and best wishes!



Opps forgot to say that it's a web site. I just don't know the exact www address.
post #16 of 29
I know this all to well - me and hubby were laid off a
month apart from eachother back in 2001

{{{Hugs}}}
post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 
thanks everyone! i will look into americas job bank and monster.com. plus some other ones. I have severance so I will take some time off. take it slow.

all those jobs they say are out there...its jobs like mcdonalds, and minimum wage stuff.

chelle, my hubby worked with me in the same plant (I met him there) and he will be let go on Halloween! hows that for luck?
post #18 of 29
I've been there. After I got layed off I decided that it was time to step back and decide what I wanted to do. That path for me was college, for you and your husband it may be different. It really is a cloud with a silver lining if you think about it. I had become complacent in a dead end job making little money. This kind of shocked me back into reality and said your better than this. Improve yourself, do what you've always wanted to do. Almost immediately after I got layed off my classes started. I'm happy to say at this point getting layed off was the best thing for me.

I'm sure that you will do whats right for you. Good luck!!



[edit] Heres the link for Americas Job Bank mentioned above.

http://www.ajb.dni.us/
post #19 of 29
Well if you have your driver's licence why not consider being a cabbie? That's what I did after the zillionth time being laid off in 95. Been a taxi driver since 98..... thing is if your intelligent and can read a map, you'll never be let go an experienced taxi driver is hard to find! I make far more money being a cabbie than I ever did in my previous jobs
post #20 of 29
They say the economy is supposed to pick up towards the end of the year/beginning of next year. I don't know how true it is. If I were you, I'd start sending out resume's. It can't hurt to be ahead of the game, when a job comes up. Are you willing to relocate? I know there are good jobs out there, but the good jobs have thousands applicants for one job. It's rough out there. I have a pretty steady job, although it's not what anyone by any stretch of the word, would consider a good job. I want to look into a decent job, but with the economy the way it is, I know I'd better not take any chances.
post #21 of 29
A couple of years ago I lost my job through re location etc. I had that job for nearly 17 years and I was dead scared about going back into the job market etc. I started to lokk on it as a new opportunity and a god send really as I would never have left even though it was stale despite the really nice people I worked with. I dont know what it i like where you are but we have retraining stuff that you can only do if you are unemployed and I began to actually look forwrd to that and all - then when I least ecpected it I got a job, better than the last one with more money etc. So things do turn up when you least expect them - good luck and try to hold out for what your worth, not only in money but personal value!
all the best........
post #22 of 29


Oh Raquel, I'm so sorry to hear that! Sending you immediate job vibes!
post #23 of 29
I deal with unemployed people everyday. I would suggest file for benefits as soon as possible. They may require that you be actively seeking employment in order to collect. If you recieved some sort of settlemnt that could be a time for you to rest. Large gaps in employment history may make an employer leary to hire you. If you have any questions you can pm me.

sorry you have to face this and good luck!
post #24 of 29
I'm so sorry. Hugs, luck and love coming your way!
post #25 of 29
I know what its like to be in your shoes. I just got laid off on the 24th of September. For me I'm used to it. I work for the government and if you don't kiss a$$ you don't anywhere in that building. I've been working there 3 years and this is my 3rd lay off. I should be getting called back to work soon. I'm sure you'll find something out there for you. I'm looking for something part time that I can do between contract. Gotta keep that kitten fed. He's growing a nice little belly now
post #26 of 29
Oh I'm so sorry!
post #27 of 29
But IL unemployment is easier to work with than some of the others. I was on it for 6 months when I first moved to CA (you have to go on unemployment from the state you last worked in).
post #28 of 29
Quote:
Originally posted by rfox
oohhh guys...you are all so nice. I said goodbye to many people I grew to really like and we had a lot fun there. I have pics I will have to post.

I dont know what I am gonna do. I had a hard enough time choosing where I wanted to go after high school. I wanted to ask those of you who are going through this - are you, or did you, start looking for a job right away, or are you taking some time off? i dont want to look right away, partly because I dont know WHAT I want to do. i dont want to go back into manufacturing, thats for sure.

I'm so sorry about this!!!! I will be there too the end of the month...my factory is closing down and I have been there 14 years. I'm not sure what I will do. I may go to school....or may just take some time off and spend with my baby for a few months and then look for a job. I'm like you...don't want another manufacuring job. I'm sick of it..but not really qualified for much else. It scares the crap out of me because there are no jobs around here either. My prayers are with you. If you need to talk....since we are in the same boat...just PM me...I won't be on for a day or two...but will check back later. Maybe we can decide what the heck to do with the rest of our lives together!
post #29 of 29
Quote:
Originally posted by meezermobile
I've been there. After I got layed off I decided that it was time to step back and decide what I wanted to do. That path for me was college, for you and your husband it may be different. It really is a cloud with a silver lining if you think about it. I had become complacent in a dead end job making little money. This kind of shocked me back into reality and said your better than this. Improve yourself, do what you've always wanted to do. Almost immediately after I got layed off my classes started. I'm happy to say at this point getting layed off was the best thing for me.
Just wanted to add to my last post...this was a very positive post for me! Thank you!!! I know this isn't my thread, but since this is what I too am going through, it did help me! THANKS! I need to try to look at it this way as well!!!! Maybe this isn't the end, but the beginning! (I hope) I always said this isn't what I wanted to do for the rest of my life...but yet here I am 14 years later...still there...maybe getting booted out the door due to the plant closing is a good thing somehow.
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