Last week, Nation columnist Nicholas von Hoffman asked people who had lost their jobs to tell us their stories. Response has been strong from people around the country who have lost blue-collar and white-collar jobs at major employers, as well as from the self-employed. Here’s the best of what we received in the last twenty-four hours. Send your employment-related stories and reflections to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will update this report daily as letters are received.
I was laid off from my job on December 8, just before the holidays. I hit the ground running hard! I am a 51-year-old human resources professional, and there is intense competition for jobs in Sonoma County. I tailored my résumé for each specific job I applied for, crafted a well- written cover letter, and was invited for five interviews in December and January.
I was offered a terrific job last Friday, and started yesterday. It pays a little less than what I am used to making, but I feel fortunate to have landed a job in my field and for a fair salary, with a company that is growing! My non-stop job search was a seven-day-a-week, morning to night, online and active networking. It’s not all doom and gloom.
Please share your success stories too! We all need them in these trying times.
A TEACHER’S DILEMMA
As a teacher in the state university system, this time last year I was carrying a full load of classes, which was enough to live comfortably on. This spring, because enrollment is down, some of my courses were cut at the last moment, leaving me to scramble to pick up the pieces. I’m told next fall won’t be any better. I was able to find a temporary low-wage job through friends, but even that business appears to be in serious trouble and I don’t expect it to last through June. Unless something turns around, I am going to have to move back in with my family at the age of 28, to avoid ruining my credit.
WE WANT TO WORK
My husband and I were both laid off in November from our jobs as steelworkers. He has since been called back at huge pay cut and I am still waiting, even though I make more on unemployment than he now does working. But we both want to work, it is what we have always done.
With four children, things have been rough and we can only hope to hold on and cross our fingers that President Obama can work a modern-day FDR miracle. When the first half of the bank bailout was allotted, I wondered why they didn’t just use that money to pay of the mortgages of people making less than a certain amount? That way the banks would get their money and people would have more disposable cash in which to stimulate the economy. If our house were paid off, we could afford to buy a much-needed new vehicle. The middle class spending money is the only way to effectively and quickly jump start this economy.