A Job is Not Just a Paycheck (And Other Observations of Employment)

I still don't have a day job. It's been just over six months since my boss decided he couldn't afford to keep me. And since I don't publicly vent, that's all you get on that subject.I've been unemployed before. I'm a legal secretary. A licensed insurance agent. I've worked for large corporations and sole practitioners. I'm excellent at sales, customer service, administrative duties and, no surprise, communications.But I can't seem to find a job. So I'm praying for income. Which is not the same thing....more

The Not So Great Depression

Lisa H. Golden...more

Spread Your Wings and ... Fly?

On a sunny day last May, the newly-minted graduates tossed their tasselled caps in the air with whoops and hollers. With that, my daughter Laurie and the other members of the Class of 2011 closed one door and turned expectantly toward another. What was on the other side? For some, the promise of a job or graduate school....more

Re-careering blues

I resigned from my job after my move to New York and have only been looking for a job for a couple of months. And, I am lucky to have a supportive husband who has far less issue sharing “his” money than I do (quotation marks are mine not his). So, necessary PC-caveats aside, why do I feel so low?...more

It’s Monday, Everybody Works On Monday, Wouldn’t That Be Nice

Good News! The unemployment figure dropped to 8.6% in November, that’s the lowest since March of 2009.  However, nationwide, 6.7 million Americans have been out of work for at least half a year, that is the highest number recorded since the U.S. Labor Department began tracking the data in 1948....more

Unemployed and Looking for Work

Diannebug  Here I am. A recent college graduate trying to find a job. Any job. I'm not picky and honeslty, i'm not too proud to take something I'm "underqualified" for. As of today, I have applied for hundreds of positions, some close by and even some far away. Just hoping to hear back from someone. Each time I go for an interview, my hopes rise and I convince myself that THIS is the job for me. This is the one that is going to change it all around.But so far, it hasn't been. I've had no luck....more

Eddie the Thug Is Looking for a Job

Eddie the Thug, my unemployed and unemployable big, useless cat, would like to be considered for a position on the county road crew....more

Oh Thank the Damn Universe!!

I am now a conspiracy theorist.  The Universe, I swear to pete, is conspiring on my behalf that every teeny tiny little event and every big f***ing deal works together with all the other stuff that I don't even notice, to land me square in the lap of luxury.  Yeah, I said it--luxury.  Silk pajamas and caviar sandwiches?  Better.  See, I am almost totally unemployed right now, in a paycheck way, I mean.  And as such, i tend to feel a bit on the worthless  side. I'mdependent.  The word &nb...more


My circumstance yesterday sums up the foundation of all that causes me distress, depression and heart ache. Yesterday I had to choose between nursing my sick son and going to work. What kind of choice is this? Wouldn't any mother choose her child over her job? But I really didn't have a choice. Without a solid job that pays for sick days and being as economically depressed as we are right now, I have to work EVERY day I can find work because if I don't, rent doesn't get paid. It's sounds so doom and gloom but unfortunately that's what things are right now.  ...more

Back to the Beginning

     Today marks the beginning of the last week in September and that means that next month's rent is due. I don't mind saying this month I am depending on the arrearage check that is supposed to come in on September 30th. I have not worked enough to pay the rent without it. Though my job search has been encouraging I haven't been offered any permanent positions yet and until then I continue to substitute teach in Stamford, CT as often as I can. It is stressful, each day waking up at 5 a.m....more