It’s a funny thing, when I was younger I noticed older people but it didn’t seem like they left much of an impression on me. I was too busy reveling in the flower of my youth and deluding myself into thinking I would buck the trend and stay young forever. Of course I was wrong and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Now that the worm has turned, I find myself obsessing over people who are younger than I am. A friend once told me that I need to get used to the fact that there will be more people younger than I am. At the time I didn’t give it much thought, but now I...more
How does one be political without getting into personal politics? Easy, let's talk something simple - that everyone should agree on. Tax cuts. Sure, not everyone "needs" them to survive but most economists think that while the tax cuts won't necessarily be an "efffective stimulus", passing them will prevent a worsening of the economy. Possibly, according to Moody's, the economy could see modest gains from the cuts being extended.
One of the biggest arguments on extending some of the cuts is "deficit"....more
Note: This was originally posted on my personal blog, This Is Jasmine, on Friday, December 3.I lost my job on Tuesday.I filed for unemployment on Wednesday. It's not going to be as much as I had hoped. I'm not sure if I'll be able to live on it. At the very least, I will have to redefine what it means for me to live. Of course, I have little in the way of savings. I do not want to drain my 401(k).I want to thank everyone who's reached to me, via Twitter, Facebook, text message, phone call, and e-mail to offer their support and their advice. I am now actively monitoring my Linked In profile, for once....more
2010 began with the usual cautious optimism. Suffering from a case of terminal unemployment I was already feeling used up and obsolete, but the real panic set in as my birthday approached. Lets face it, birthdays are no longer the “best day of the year next to Christmas.” Once you can legally drink and sign for an apartment its all down hill from there. But this birthday was like no other I had experienced because this was THAT birthday. Yes several months ago I turned the big five oh…oh no!...more
I need to vent. The US is in a crisis. You can’t pick up a newspaper or turn on the news without hearing about the national unemployment rate. Just last month, the unemployment rate was once again at 9.6 percent, translating to 14.8 million people without jobs. This is a mind blowing statistic, a devastating reality for so many people, and the reason why I am so confused.
A few weeks ago, I had to replace someone at my office....more
In today’s economy everyone is either holding on to the job they have praying to avoid the chopping block or being forced out to join the 9.6 millions that are currently unemployed. With so many people out of work it has created almost a silent hysteria that breaks the moral of many down little by little, day by day, minute by minute.
Here are some tips that I have found seem to be relevant and work:
Review your resume: We all hate the resume re-vamp but this economy it has to be done. The competition is more than fierce out here, this is SPARTA!...more
Starting today through November 14, 2010, job seekers can visit the Monster.com Facebook page and post questions to the Obama Administration regarding America's employment climate. The intention is that questions that garner a lot of comments or rack up the "Likes" will be answered by the White House via video responses posted online. Mashable announced this news recently and the comments are already flowing. As with any high-profile partnership between the White House and say, anybody, questions abound. Most important among them, will this sort of forum truly benefit most out of work Americans
Last night, we sat around our family room wrapped in our blankets and layered up socks to watch 60 minutes. It's a routine we have on Sunday nights. Only, it's a little colder here because we have the heat turned way down to save on the heating bill. In one week, we will become a 99er - 99 weeks of unemployment benefits come to an end, having exhausted our savings, retirement, and beginning to sell off things to survive. And so it goes ... this D E P R E S S I O N we are in. I am not going to be politically correct here, as this is NOT a recession. Far from it. And you know how I know? Well, let's see ... I'm depressed. My hubby is depressed. Our children are depressed. About 30+ % of our neighbors have lost their jobs and they, too, are depressed. Businesses are failing and the economy is depressed. Crime is on the rise and that's because there are a lot of depressed people with guns and knives out there in desperate situations. Desperate. Is that what we've become as a nation? Desperate?
After one year of being overworked and under-employed, my husband is feeling the strain of his high demand, low paying job. It likely pays what unemployment does, but he has his pride. And the hope he'll meet someone who will recruit him. While it may be the worst possible industry for a family man, retail was the only place to go in this economy. And apparently, the scarlet letter for his job search. I wish my husband could post a personal ad for a job....more
I lost my job last week. I worked there two months, and in that time I learned an absolute ton, discovered I enjoy office managing, and made less than I would have made on unemployment (due to taking some time off for BlogHer and getting sick during what turned out to be my last week of work). So often these days, I feel like everything I say and do is wrong, leads down strange paths and into unexpected pitfalls, but I keep plugging along. All this twisting, turning, and learning, learning, learning has to lead somewhere.