Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Blessings and curses

Blessing:

After being laid off from the newspaper I no longer have to worry about losing my newspaper job. This was a near-constant source of anxiety, and I'm really glad to be rid of it.

Curse:

I'm unemployed. There are bills to pay.

Blessing:

My husband has health insurance, so I won't have to pay for the crazy-expensive COBRA premiums now that my health coverage is on the verge of expiration.

Curse:

Health coverage in the U.S. is expensive at any rate, and adding me to my husband's policy means even less money we can expect to have to pay bills.

Blessing:

With no job, my full-time occupation is looking for a job and keeping myself from getting stressed out. This means I have more time for yoga.

Curse:

I'm stressed out because I have no job.

Blessing:

I have a super-supportive family.

Curse:

I'm the kind of person that, even though I appreciate the help, feels like I'm taking advantage of their kindness, even though they've made it perfetly clear that I'm not.

6 comments:

MattJ said...

There's nothing worse than feeling like you're taking advantage, even though your not Jo. I hate to give you the old 'Chin up, stiff upper lip!' spiel but it really is about staying positive and confident. For as miserable old git, I really do have a lot of optimism bubbling around my caustic veins.

You're young, talented, skilled and experienced. You'll get a job, even in a shitty job market people still recruit the right people. Also, the culture of sacking juniors is a massively false economy and you'll find people back-filling roles pretty soon.

may play aorund with some webtech with your time, it's easy to pick up (says he with the 2 year old non-existant website) and another string to your bow.

So. Chin up. Stiff upper lip. And don't be precious about letting those who love you support you for a bit.

Jo said...

Thanks, Matt. I think I needed that. With swine flu and joblessness, things were feeling kinda bleak.

MattJ said...

I'm holding out for a Zombie Aporkalypse as a result of this swine-flu. I'm sick of health scares that aren't scarey.

Olivia said...

It is hard to rely on family. I relied on my dad for so long and felt rotten about it all the time, but he always reassured me, though I never felt better.

We must be thankful we don't have families who would see us starve rather than help us out just because we're over 18.

Olivia said...

P.S. I second Matt's comment that even in a shitty job market they still recruit the right people. Look what happened to me. Nearly every day I am in awe that I got a job in this economy, and not only that but a job that suits me.

And if it can happen to me with my 6 years of waiting for it, then it can certainly happen to you with your valuable experience under your belt.

MattJ said...

Oh yeah, more advice (if you get sick of this, just say - I am used to being told to shut it! :D).

Apply for jobs you want, not just what you think you're qualified/experienced for. When employers list 'Requirements', that's basically a lie. That's just a wish list. You'll be able to pick maybe 3 things off that list that are 'make or break'. After you've done that, it's down to CV craft and then some interview skills.