Post # 1
So I just got laid off last week and it really sucks. My last day of work is in 1 week and I am so sad that I have to leave. I was a receptionist for this company for 3 1/2 years and I really liked my job. The company wasn’t doing so well so they had to have some cut backs. I went on a couple of interviews already but they were for retail jobs and I realized that I don’t want to do retail. Its just hard you know? The economy is not doing well and EVERYBODY is looking for a job. And the thing is our wedding is in 4 months and its a really stressing me out.
Its been tough this week and had some insane crying moments. One minute I’ll be cleaning up our room and the next I’ll be down on my knees crying like a baby. I guess I need some words of encouragement.
Post # 3
Keep your chin up! My fiance and I both got laid off this year – it is a tough thing. Keep yourself busy with the things that you are passionate about and keep going on those interviews. I love my new job WAY more than my old job. Everything happens for a reson!
Wishing you all the best!!
Post # 4
i cant imagine how sad and stressed you are by this so sending you lots of hugs and postive thoughts!
your wedding, the economy, the unknown is pretty scary so remind yourself that you have skills and there is a company out there they will benefit from your experience!
i hope you start feeling better and this will mean better things for you in the future
Post # 5
Hugs to you MsJoe!!!! I know how you feel, I got laid off a few months ago after 10 years with my company. It took a while for it to really hit me….and once it did I was really depressed for a while. BUT, I am fortunate in that I got a good severance package, I have a lot of money in savings to live on, and my guy has a great job & is in no danger of getting laid off.
If you can afford it, take some time off before you jump into another job (especially one you don’t want to do). If you do need to have a paycheck coming in, then maybe take a job in retail or whatever, or a temp job, and then you can always look for something else that would be a better fit for you.
In the meantime, keep in touch with your friends, (my close girlfriends have been an amazing strength to me), do something you’ve always wanted to do but never had time for due to work, for me it’s been weekly yoga, spending much more time with my parents, and gardening…something I always wanted to do but didn’t have the time or energy for when I was working.
Don’t lose hope, you will find another job, there ARE jobs out there, put together your resume, get some great references from friends & your last job, it will happen!!!!
Post # 6
I am so sorry to hear this. Hang in there–everytime a door closes, a window opens. Even though it’s scary right now, this could open up some great opportunities for you in the future. I am sending good thoughts and hugs your way!
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
I’m so sorry to hear this!! It’s so tough these days – sending ((hugs)) your way. Hope you find a new opportunity that you love soon.
Post # 8
I’m sorry about the lay offs. I hope you get back to work real soon. Good luck!
Post # 9
Hang in there! I got laid off and literally the next week, Fiance got offered a job across the country. Definitely when one door closes another opens. I will say its been increasingly frustrating job hunting right now because, you are right, EVERYONE is looking. In the meantime, I am looking for a PT Retail or Serving job to pay the bills, seriously pinching pennies (no more trips to the bookstores,library here i come!) and networking a LOT (send interest letters to companies you are interested in and tap into alum networks). We will ALL Get through this TOGETHER.
Post # 10
@GaBGal – I LOVE to read and am a Book-a-holic…a few weeks ago I thought, Dang I don’t need to be spending all this money at Borders…I went to my local library…and it’s fantastic!
Post # 11
MsJoe I am so sorry to hear about you getting laid off. I see that you are in Northern CA, are you near SF? If you are, stay focus, there are a ton of people hiring in SF. I just recetnly found a job in there. I relocated out here 6 months ago from MA. I took some time off to adjust to living out here and then jumped into the job market. Right before I took this job I was on interviews almost every day for 2 weeks (which included first and 2nd interviews).
Amy13 is right, when a door door closes another one opens. I was luckily enough to find a job when I did and it was paying $7k MORE than what I was making back in MA! So don’t be discourage. The company that I am going to be working for said to me that if they didn’t hire me, then the president was going to refer me to other companies that hey knows was hiring. So even if you go on interviews, the people you are interviewing with can lead you to different jobs as well.
For me I stuck with Monster and Craigslist (I got a lot of leads through craigslist). I tried a placement agency, but the lady there pretty much told me Good Luck and that she would email me some stuff… I have yet to hear from her.
My motto is, I don’t go looking for the job, the job comes looking for me:)
Post # 12
Thanks for the words of encouragement! I really appreciate it 🙂
Hawaiiloverchic – yes i worked in SF the past few years. I went to college here but i live in the peninsula. I go on craigslist every day and check and there are a lot of postings and I do send out my resume to them. I received only one email back so far but the times were awful. It just takes time.
I’m trying to stay positive and I pray that there is a job out there for me. So I’m still planning my wedding so I will be doing that during the day along with looking for a job.
Post # 13
I was laid off last year. It is really hard not to take it personally, I’m still bitter like it was a bad break up. But, looking back, I would never have found the job that I have now and love if it wasn’t for being laid off. It was definitely a blessing in disguise.
Here are my laid off words of wisdom (not in any particular order):
1) get out of the house. I go to know a lot of coffee houses during this time. I went to a new one this week with my laptop and ordered tea bc its cheap.
2) Look for friends who are also unemployed. It is good to commiserate, share tips, and just have company during the day
3) You can’t look for a job 24 hours a day, there are only so many resumes you can send out before you make yourself crazy. Pick three days a week to job hunt/send out resumes and two days to do "fun activities" I went to a lot of museums and explored new places in the city.
4) It will most likely be at least a couple months before you find steady work – it sucks. Look for volunteer opportunities if you find that nothing is popping up – it will help you spend your time plus it may turn into a job
5) Reach out to friends, family, etc. They will have a lot of advice and maybe even a job connection for you.
I could go on forever. Just remember this is an opportunity not a set-back.
Good luck and I wish you the best. You will get through this.
Post # 14
MissBK and the others are right about this being an opportunity, hard though it may be to go through it.
I have been laid off a few times in my life and EVERY time I came out better for it.
Keep your chin up! Also, don’t forget to let everyone you know that you’re looking for a job. Someone might have just lost their receptionist and need another one and viola – you’re set!
Good luck and keep us posted!!
Post # 15
So sorry to hear that you lost your job. Sending you good thoughts and big hugs. When I was out of work I would do a lot of the things that MissBK listed. Try to focus on the positive and not dwell on the negative. You have the skills that someone needs, when the right opportunity comes you will be ready! Best of luck!
Post # 16
Lots of hugs for you and I hope you find a better job than your last one.