It’s been a long time since I posted here at WSFAU, for a variety of reasons.
Such as: Last January, I was very sick. As in, the ER doctor told me I could have died. Thankfully, I didn’t die. But I did spend a week in the hospital. And I’ve had to see doctors and take drugs and lab tests regularly ever since then. But I feel much, much better now, thanks.
And after years of blogging about unemployment, I tired of blogging about unemployment. So I did other things. I worked part-time, I looked for other job opportunities, I kept going to Toastmasters and serving on the board of the Friends of the Ferndale Library. Last month, I started another blog.
Yesterday, I received a job offer from Kelly Services to be a call center representative for my favorite computer company. I’m also beginning to volunteer my writing services for a few local organizations. They and I hope the pro bono work will lead me to other opportunities.
So this looks like it may be my final post here. I’ll keep WSFAU up and linked to my new blog, though. (After all, I paid for the domain name.)
“The staff” and I thank you for reading WSFAU and its Facebook page.
And if you’re unemployed, you’re in my thoughts and prayers.
I was surfing the Internet this afternoon in between searching for job openings and filling out applications (yes, I’m still alive and looking) when I came across this holiday story:
This Atlanta Journal-Constitution story takes a different approach to the “here’s what to get that special someone for Christmas” story.
For one thing, it suggests that — besides a job — your favorite unemployed person could use things like some escapist entertainment (some well-chosen DVD’s, perhaps?), a gift certificate for your help with company research, or even a nice home-cooked meal.
For another, its suggestions won’t cost you a lot of money, either.
The statistic Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder uses at the start of one of his campaign commercials and on his website is shocking: Every 10 minutes, Michigan loses another job.
Jobs have been the central issue in this campaign between governor hopefuls Snyder, the Ann Arbor “Nerd” venture capitalist, economic developer, and former CEO of Gateway computer; and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, the Democrat who’s been called “America’s Angriest Mayor.”
Jobs should be the central issue in this campaign to take over the job of term-limited and unpopular Gov. Jennifer Granholm; Michigan’s unemployment rate is currently 13 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We have the second-highest unemployment rate in the country, right between #1 Nevada and #3 California.
Bernero did make news this week for attracting more General Motors jobs to Lansing’s GM factories. And Bernero’s city (which happens to be the state capital) has one of Michigan’s lowest unemployment rates.
Meanwhile, Snyder’s stance against the state’s film and TV industry tax credits — credits which are bringing a growing creative industry and positive publicity to a state which needs new industry and good publicity — troubles us. We’re also slightly concerned that the governorship would be Snyder’s first elected office.
Snyder has impressed us, however, with his focus on wanting to see and change our troubled state.
He and Bernero only debated once this fall. But ever since the primaries, Snyder has traveled to every county of Michigan, by RV, to question and be questioned by voters in town hall meetings. How many other candidates traveled to both peninsulas?
And just like the policy wonk nerd he’s always claimed to be, Snyder’s always had a simple 10-point plan for changing Michigan. It’s on his website. We haven’t seen or heard of a similar plan from Bernero — just angry campaign commercials and mud-slinging during the debate. Michigan needs a positive leader, not another angry talking head.
If Snyder’s popularity in the polls translates to votes this Tuesday, the Nerd should become Michigan’s head Nerd on Nov. 2. We at WSFAU believe that hiring Snyder as Michigan’s next governor is one of the best things to do to bring jobs — and good governance — back to this state.
And now we’re masters of our own domain.
The Internet domain “whatssofunnyaboutunemployment.com“, that is.
But never fear, WSFAU readers! You can still reach us at our old address, whatssofunnyaboutunemployment.wordpress.com. WordPress is so nice to forward our traffic for us like that. (They’re such gracious hosts.)
Either way, we’ll still report on unemployment news and views — and one woman’s continuing search for a job in this economy.
Gee, it’s a little dusty in here. Guess it has been awhile since I’ve written. Sorry about that.
I’ve been busy this fall. I have had one or two short-term temporary jobs and some substitute teaching assignments. I’d prefer a full-time permanent job, but hey, it’s work and it’s money.
Toastmasters has also kept me busy. It’s fall speech contest season. I’m not competing; however I did organize one contest and am assisting with other contests. Until the end of this month.
Lastly, I just can’t stay out of The Apple Store. Against my better judgment, I bought another new toy there a couple of weeks ago. I’m really enjoying it and its various apps.
I wasn’t in much of a celebratory mood yesterday on Labor Day. To me, Labor Day was just another Monday. And the end of summer. I’m really going to miss summer.
This morning I found an excellent essay on NPR.org asking people to think of those of us who were without labor on Labor Day. It does an excellent job of summing up what it’s like to be long-term unemployed.
Since it’s early September, I’ve been thinking about going back to school. Not that I am going back to school; I already have two degrees and I don’t quite feel like going back for a third now.
No, I’ve been thinking about the whole back to school experience: buying new clothes and books, saying goodbye to your parents, going back to class … And I’ve been thinking there should be a School of Unemployment to help the newly unemployed along the way. So I’m going to teach it, today.
Good morning, class. Welcome to the School of Unemployment. My name is Joanne, and I’ll be your teacher. Listen carefully, because you will be tested on this material — but not by me.
One of the first things I will tell you is you’re not alone. The national unemployment rate hovers around nine percent; my home state’s unemployment rate is just over 13 percent. Unfortunately, there are a lot of us out there. So join a support group. Many churches sponsor them; so do some job centers.
Follow a routine. Get out of bed early each day. Then, don’t spend your entire day sitting in your easy chair watching bad talk shows and judge shows. “Who would do that, teacher?” Never mind who. Just remember, daytime TV is not your friend. Use your time productively. Try networking and making some phone calls as well as searching the Internet.
Make calling your state’s unemployment agency part of your weekly/biweekly routine. Mark that appointment on your calendar and keep it, no matter what. If you don’t, it will cost you.
Do something besides job hunting once in a while, too. Now that you have all this time, it’s your chance to work on your hobby, read a book, clean your house, take walks, or do whatever else you want — within reason.
Libraries are your friends. Sure, your local library has books. But did you know they also have computers? And DVDs? And reference books and materials for researching that company with which you’ll be interviewing? And, if they’re like my local library, free wi-fi without having to buy a cup of coffee? And friendly librarians to help you use it all? (Disclaimer: I’m a librarian.)
Budget your money. As if you needed me to tell you that.
Finally, keep your sense of humor about it all.