Wednesday, April 13, 2011

And Back Again

Looks like I have more writing time again. Why?
I got laid off this morning. “Corporate restructuring”
Nothing like a good kick in the pants to start the day, eh? 
So, uh, yeah. Looks like I have a job search on my hands.
I don’t think the fact that I’m unemployed has actually hit me just yet. I just feel kind of airy and numb at the moment, but I’m also focussed on what I’ll need to do to track down another job. This couldn’t come at a worse time of the year, because all of the university graduates are finishing up school, and I’m going to be competing with them for jobs.
So, between the job searching and studying for my exams (they still exist even if the place that paid for them isn’t employing me anymore) I’ll be on here typing away. I’ll be looking for advice, and doling out tidbits of it as I pick them up along the way. I’ll also be writing because it’s cathartic for me, and for the next little while I’m going to need it.
Anyway, I’m off to my lab. Last one of the semester. I’d like to celebrate with a beer afterwards, but I don’t think that’s a good idea right now.


Morgaine said...

Oh no Cassie, so sad to hear this!

I know you'll find something good :) One positive, you'll have more time to study!

I found myself without a job last October (mat leave contract ended and they couldn't keep me on) so I went to see EVERY job agency in Toronto (there are a LOT) and put my resume in. At first I only wanted to look at permenant jobs, but when I hadn't found anything within a month, I told my agents to look at temping roles as well.

I ended up with a 2 month temping job through one of the agencies that has lead to the job I have now (ok, its a 1 year contract, but I've got my foot in the door here). So, I guess I'm saying is don't look at temping as a bad idea, its not ideal, but it might just land you back on your feet.

Good luck!

WriteACheck said...

Good luck with the job search! Hopefully you'll find something more in line with your old salary, but with reasonable hours!

krystalatwork said...

I am so sorry to hear about your job loss. I can totally relate because I went through the exact same thing about this time last year.

The one piece of advice that I can give you is that everything happens for a reason. There will be something better out there for you, and I know you will get it.

I also write a post about how to survive unemployment. Maybe it might help you?

I will be thinking of you!

Louise said...

oh Cassie... what a shock! all the best in your job search, it's good that you've been studying and saving.

Advice? well my husband has lost his job twice and my best advice is to to pay minimum on everything and stash the cash. Cut costs wherever you can which I think you've already done a lot of and be really proactive about approaching employers for work.

all the best ((hugs))

judy said...

Oh Cassie! I am so sorry, what a way to start the day. But look at the good side your classes are paid for, you have experience and God willing you will find something quickly.

I know my husband was frantic when he was laid off from the hospital for three months. But we just did our best. I did only pay the minimums on everything(I know this was already suggested)

You are in my thoughts and prayers

Andrea said...

Ouch that totally sucks :( I am sure however that with your schooling you will find something again, in the meantime... tighten that money-belt!

Out My window said...

I am so sorry, what a blow. I know you are feeling very sad right now. That is okay because it is a crappy thing to happen. But I can tell from your post that you will rise above this. I always try to tell myself things happen for a reason. Can't think of a reason for this, but we will hope you come out better in the end. I know many times in my life when a disaster struck and by disaster I mean the financial kind, I could usually look back and find a blessing in the pain. But again I am so sorry.

centsofacountrygirl said...

So sorry to hear about your layoff. :( That really sucks.

My advice is take your time with your resume and then get out there. Best of luck with the exams and the job search!

fabulouslyfrugirl said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your lay off!

I think that's happened to many of us lately, and even though I haven't had to go through it yet, a lot of bloggers have some good tips for resumes, to interviewing. Well-Heeled blog, Give Me My Five Bucks Back, A Gai Shan's Life are all great places to start (and great blogs!).

Good luck on your exam and job hunt!

Rubee said...

Oh Cassie, I'm so sorry to hear the news. That's terrible! I was let go from one of my jobs once and I remembered just bawling my eyes out when I got home. Stay positive and always remember that things happen for a reason. Best of luck!

Cassie said...

Thank you everyone for your support. I appreciate it more than you can imagine.

The Asian Pear said...

I'm so sorry I didn't see this sooner and to hear about the job loss. :( Did they give you a timeline? Do you have an EFund to rely on in the meantime?

Good luck with school. Concentrate on that NOW. Try not to let the other stuff faze you. Once the semester's over, you can think about the other things.

Moonwaves said...

Wow, that's a shock. Hope you're doing okay.

Cassie said...

@TheAsianPear - The timeline was effective that day. I was in the process of putting together an EFund when it happened. Even without the EFund, I'll be okay for a couple months, just fewer than I'd like.

@Moonwaves - I'm doing alright all things considered. Thank you for the concern.