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Got my "pink slip"...now what?

post #1 of 13
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Well, I too, finally became the victim of a depressed economy. I received word today that my position as webmaster has been eliminated due to budget cuts. At least the school was kind enough to send a letter to my permanent address so my mom was the one that had to call me with the bad news.

I think right now I'm in a state of shock more than anything. For the past two years I've barely been scraping by, let alone padding my savings account for a rainy day and yet it seems to be pouring over here. I'm so sad that I'm not going to be able to do something that I truly love every day, but even worse I'm scared about finding a new job. Since we moved to TX in June of '01 I've been submitting my resume to company after company hoping to find a full time job that actually paid me more than a slave's wage and I received absolutely no responses. Applying for those positions was basically just practice then, with the worst outcome being some wasted time. Now I've got $60,000 worth of student loans plus other monthly bills and no steady income with which to pay them. I'm beyond lost for words at this point.

I have to believe that all of this has happened for a reason but it's not always easy to be optimistic in the face of fear. I'd like to think I'll end up in a better place once all of this is over but I have the feeling it's going to be a long road until I get there.

Thanks for letting me wallow.
post #2 of 13
I am so sorry to read this. It seems to be happening everywhere. I hear monster.com is a good place to put in your resume?
post #3 of 13
I am so sorry to hear this. But also know of a site that is WONDERFUL for getting jobs. Go to America's Job Bank It's where I found my job! Best of luck!
post #4 of 13
Best of luck Heidi, hang in there, you'll pull through this.

Only piece of advice I can give you, a lot of companies never post job openings. I've actually had more success personally in the computer industry, with just going into places and applying, vs waiting for a job opening to be advertised.

post #5 of 13
Heidi dont give up whatever you do. I can imagine it must be disheartening, but something will turn up for you.

Sending ((((((((Good Luck)))))))))) vibes
post #6 of 13
I am so sorry to hear the bad news. I know how tough that can be. Hang in there, best of luck in finding a new position, my thoughts are with you
post #7 of 13
I'm so sorry to read this, Heidi. This must be such a difficult position to find yourself in. Sorry I don't have any great advice. Lots of to you from me and Sierra and your in my thoughts! Your not wallowing, that's why were all here! Please continue to share your feelings with us!
post #8 of 13
Something will come up! I was unemployed for six months when I moved here and kept getting turned down for interview nevermind for the job. I applied before Christmas where I am now and got an interview in February. I didn't get the job but was short listed, the person they gave the job to let them down so they hired me
post #9 of 13
I wish I could send some more comfort than "hang in there" Can you apply for unemployment while you look??
post #10 of 13
Heidi, I am sorry to hear the bad news. Years ago I was out of work and had a heck of a time finding a job. No matter where I went, no matter how many interviews I had, it seems that someone else always ended up getting the position, even after I had been called back for repeated interviews. But, one day it finally happened. The strange part about it was, that after I started working, all of a sudden, I started getting offers for other jobs I had applied for in the past. It was one of those, when it rains it pours scenarios, but it a good way. Just hang in there and keep trying. Even though you feel like you are hitting your head against a wall and not getting anywhere, things can and will turn around for the better. You just have to try no matter how frustrating it becomes. If you have student loans, contact the banks who you have the loans through. Let them know you are out of work. I did and they were able to lower my bill by letting me pay "interest ony" or some other amount that we both agreed would work. Once I was back in the work force, I called them and started making the regular payments. This way, you do not hurt your credit. Best of luck to you, Amber and I are sending you good vibes
post #11 of 13

I know Google is hiring for a ton of jobs, in the U.S. and out. You should check them out.

Also, there is also a homebased business..

Hope everything works out!
post #12 of 13
I agree about contacting the bank on your student loans and seeing if you can put them on hold. I know that most student loans can be put on hold if you have a problem like losing your job. At any rate it can't hurt to try.

The only other piece of advice I can give you is try to keep your spirits up. And apply to as many places as possible. My mother just went through this as well thankfully she was able to find a job pretty quickly.

Sending you lot of from Gandalf, Samwise and myself.
post #13 of 13
oh man that stinks but keep your head up you will do fine and go far
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