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  •  My resolve is being tested - I just lost my job (4+ / 0-)

    Good-paying salaried work-at-home position as a technical writer at a stable tech firm - poof! Position eliminated!

    My last smoke was on June 28, 2009. I've never been as tempted to smoke as I am now.

    Spousal Unit is still recovering from PTSD that was caused by a heart attack and compounded by a job loss a few months later.

    Now, we're both unemployed.

    And the job market for technical writers isn't great.

    And the car won't pass smog check, so I can't register it. Fortunately, the severance pay and vacation payout mean that I can get the car fixed. It's a 1997; will it survive if I have to do a long commute every day?

    How long can we continue to make our mortgage payments on time?


    Being laid off has been a severe shock to someone who's used to being considered an integral and valuable team member. Being told that my services are no longer needed has me all verklempt (sp?).

    The sun is shining, the cats are snoozing, there's food in the fridge - hell, there's a fridge! I know that many people endure hardships that are much, much worse than mine.

    Besides, I can't afford to smoke any more. So, I guess I won't :-D

    •  Oh, god, (3+ / 0-)
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      1BQ, Vacationland, StateOfGrace

      I am so sorry, 1BQ.  What horrible stress on both of you.  I pray you find something soon.  Perhaps you can write a diary with your technical writing skills -- a DKos resume.  You might find someone with a lead or a job.


      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 02:44:17 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks, gc2, that's a good idea. Tech writing (4+ / 0-)

        is often done from home so location isn't a barrier to working for anyone anywhere.

        My new "job" - finding a new job - starts tomorrow, when I start putting the resume together. Maybe I will post the highlights here - you never know!

        Thanks for the great idea and, more importantly to me right now, thanks for the encouragement and support. This group helped me quit smoking almost 4 smoke-free years ago, and you're still here for me. That means a lot!

        •  Many congratulations (4+ / 0-)

          for the long quit time!!!!

          And yes! use GUS for your resume or precis of your skills and then do a full blown diary.  I think more folks should do that.  

          I'm rooting for you.  Always the hardest thing for me is the resume -- tailoring it for multiple possible jobs.  Oddly enough, the massive amount of work I have now is because I inherited a buttload of cases from another attorney.  

          Looking forward to your posting here soon.

          " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

          by gchaucer2 on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 03:38:38 PM PDT

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    •  So sorry to hear that 1BQ (4+ / 0-)
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      1BQ, StateOfGrace, gchaucer2, flumptytail

      This kind of stress is certainly a trigger...glad you have resisted so far; you've done so well for so long, adding an expensive, health-compromising addiction back into the mix is probably not the way you wanna go right now, no matter how much your brain is whispering "'ll fix the stress." :-)

      {{{{ you }}}}

      It's a tough thing you're up against, and being laid off is never a good thing, but you do have a secret weapon: as a writer, you know better than most how to present yourself, and your line of work has a high proportion of telecommuting positions, so physical location or car reliability is not always a deal-breaker. Cast a wide net, be confident, look at unexpected places (nonprofits, grant-writing, contract work, social media) and definitely hang out here if you need a place to vent or just some moral support or distraction. We'll always keep your seat warm.

      The Flying Spaghetti Monster is my Co-Pilot

      by Vacationland on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 04:38:35 PM PDT

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