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Have You Ever Lost Your Job

Your Two Cents: Have You Ever Lost Your Job?

The labor department has been reporting some not so positive news lately, with unemployment rates increasing and high job loss numbers each month this year. It's difficult to not let the bad news get you thinking about your own job security and the possibility of cuts in your company. Some sectors are much more secure than others and are actually in demand of more workers — I wouldn't be surprised if there's a jump in nursing school enrollment sometime soon. Can you relate to the thousands of people that lost their jobs during the past few months?


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leiths leiths 9 years
Lost a job due to the stupidity of youth (I learned my lesson). Also lived thro' 3 union strikes where strike pay was $10.00 week with 6 kids to feed. Amazingly, we all survived! It was not fun, but somehow we got thro and I think all the kids are better people for it today. They seem to understand that education is the key and that owning your own business brings you security.
Teabiscuit Teabiscuit 9 years
Thanks for the tip bellaressa. I completely agree with you that you have to "interview the interviewer," so to speak, and just read between the lines to determine if a job or company is right for you. My heart goes out to everyone who has been laid off and is looking for work!
merie33 merie33 9 years
I was laid off back in November, and I never want to be again! It was such a huge blow to my self-esteem
cubadog cubadog 9 years
Simply I know what that can be like. I made the decision to move back to Portland from NYC 5 years ago and came back when the market was crap. I have spent 3 of those years taking jobs to survive and it sucked. One company I worked for went bankrupt. The owners called and told us all they could not pay us for anytime after that phone call needless to say I logged on to the unemployment website filed for unemployment and packed up my office and was gone!
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I've never been laid off, but I'm scheduled to sometime next year.
simplycutebecka simplycutebecka 9 years
It was not just a lay-off but the bank came and closed the doors to the company one day. Talk about out of a job! Now, a few years later I am trying to get a new job. Ugh, I hate job hunting. My husband has also been laid-off from IBM Inc. before, talk about losing a good job. :( What a bummer that was.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I just got laid off a few weeks ago. :(
keiraz keiraz 9 years
It is my first job and am planning to grow in here, with the ppl who have also been for ages and u have to do something really bad like set the place on fire or steal maybe, in order to get fired :-)
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
enSue, I feel for you and understand where you are coming from. I hope that you and your husband find a new job soon; it's hard in MI -I have family that lives there. Teabiscuit, I also understand where you were coming from, my last position the boss was very abrasive and was scared someone would take her position, I saw her fire over 12 people for bogus reason, my position was eliminated after year and eight months. When I was looking a couple of months ago, I was honest with what I was looking for, I actually interviewed the company as they interviewed me, the positions I felt uneasy about- I decided to leave those alone. I also, wish you well in your search.
rickimc rickimc 9 years
I've had two bosses (at the same place) that have lost their jobs.
Teabiscuit Teabiscuit 9 years
My old company restructured last year and several jobs, including mine, were moved out of state. We had the option to move, look for another job in the company, or leave and take a severence payment. Moving wasn't a feasible option for me at the time and there were very few good jobs to choose from within the company. Also, the buzz around the office was that more restructuring and possibly lay offs were yet to come. So I left, took a severence, and found another position very soon after. My new job pays quite a bit more but unfortunately the work environment is lousy! My boss is a micromanager and his communication style is abrasive and almost even combative. As a result, people in the office are intimidated by him and everyone walks on eggshells, including the other managers. It's not a pleasant place. I'm starting to look for new positions, however, I'm afraid to end up in the same situation again, or an even worse one!
enSue enSue 9 years
I live in Michigan, which has the highest unemployment rates in the country according to a recent article I read. I've been out of work for a year, and only had a temporary job before that for 4 months, with a year of unemployment preceding that job. My husband was laid off due to company cutbacks in October and has been unable to find a job since. My sister, who lives with us, has been able to keep her job, but they've cut her hours to only 12hrs/wk (at minimum wage) due to slow business. She also is laid off annually during very slow months. We thought our debt was bad before this mess; now we're barely able to stay afloat. We've been looking all across the intercontinental US for work. Unfortunately, no one seems interested in hiring someone who isn't already located within a 40-mile radius of their location, despite the fact that we are willing to relocate.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
Thanks Bella. I am not as freaked out as I thought I would be. I totally agree it takes a long time to recoup from being unemployed I just got myself in a somewhat better position but it has been tough.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Good Luck cubadog! I hope that you get something soon. Also, carhornsinapril- looking a bigger companies and bigger non-profits is the way to go. Sorry to have to say that but I its hard to get back on your feet after you are laid off or even fired, when you finally get that job it takes you at least 6 months to a year to recoup what you lost during your time off.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I was laid off from a company that was a terrbile fit. I knew it and they knew it I just waited for them to do the deed so I could collect unemployment and find something that I really wanted to do. I have been on contract and just found last week that my contract can no longer be extended but I have an interview next week that could lead to me moving back to the East Coast so I am really excited!
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
^ this is exactly what happened to me three months ago. needless to say, i'm looking to work for a larger company with more job security!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Hooray for internet startups! My first lay-off was the result of a successful internet start-up with too much cash on hand and poor management. Another company swooped in, bought our company and laid everyone off. It was loads of fun.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I wish you a lot of luck, GeriAnne1932.
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
Some of my friends working on Wall Street have been laid off in recent months. I'm glad to be in a field with more job security.
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 9 years
I was laid off because I worked for a very small company and they lost a huge client and couldn't bring any more in. Because I was the "newest" of the salaried employees, I was let go because they claimed they couldn't afford to have a huge staff. It's frustrating and I have just been doing as much freelance as I can to pass the time until one of the gazillion jobs I am applying for works out. It is nearly a full time job looking for a full time job! I do worry about my sister who is graduating from college this spring...
gooniette gooniette 9 years
I was laid off from a real estate photography job when the contract ended. It was such a seller's market that there wasn't time to take pictures of the listed houses before they were sold! Luckily, the real estate company I was affiliated with hired me on the spot to do admin work until I found something I was happier with.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I agree with Skinny. I had the same thing occur. I have been laid off twice in the last three years, one company went under and the other had a lost of funding and had to close departments to survive. It is never easy to be laid off but you have to do what you have to do to survive. I have worked retail and worked as an admin, working pt doing marketing for a real estate agency. One time I had three jobs, it's sad but sometimes you just have to pay your bills and unemployment does not cut it.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
princess, when I went to college they were hiring interior designers before they graduated, then 9/11 happened and all that mess. So when I got out of school I couldn't find a job in my field. I just kept with my retail job I held and went into management. When I found a job in my field they actually thought it was a good thing that I worked in management. You have to do what you need to do to survive.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I worry about it all the time being in such a small company and knowing the cash flow situation, but it hasn't happened used to keep me awake at night, but I think I have just gotten over it.
princessjaslew princessjaslew 9 years
fortunately still in school. i wonder what this means for people graduating this year though.
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