What's So Funny About Unemployment?

A funny little unemployment blog for your (un) enjoyment

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We’ve made a little change ….

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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.


Written by Joanne

October 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm

The good side of job loss

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While checking my social media accounts — which sounds so much more sophisticated than “I was on Twitter” — this morning, I found a link to a TweetMyJobs.com article on job loss.

It mentioned an episode of one of the funniest sitcoms of all time, “Seinfeld,” when George accidently had a busboy fired — and the busboy’s life was saved because he had been fired. The post asked if there could be reasons why your job loss could be good news for you.

My job loss has been good in some ways. It gave me time to volunteer for a good cause or two. I’ve met some great people in the Ferndale Career Center support groups and through career counseling.

And, of course, to make a long story short, I started this blog.

Written by Joanne

May 24, 2010 at 9:04 am

Surviving Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day, readers.

For those of you who are happily coupled, why are you reading this blog? Go have a happy day doing whatever happy couples do on Valentine’s Day.

For those of us who are single (like the WSFAU staff), however, Feb. 14 is more of a day to be survived than celebrated.

This year the dreaded date does fall on a Sunday, on Chinese New Year, and during the Winter Olympics. So we suggest spending the day going to church, eating Chinese food, and watching the Winter Olympics.

If all else fails, buy yourself some chocolate. Just not in one of those heart-shaped boxes.

Written by Joanne

February 14, 2010 at 11:32 am

My new favorite t-shirt

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Because I’d like to think this blog is kind of a big deal. 😉

Thanks to The 405 Club, which sells said shirt.

Have a happy Super Bowl Sunday! I’ll be watching the commercials and the half-time show — and the game — tonight at the home of a friend. A friend with a very big screen HDTV.

Written by Joanne

February 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

Watch what you post, people

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From the “this should be obvious” department, USAToday.com recently reported that people should be very careful of what they post on the Internet, because their potential employers could read it. You’ve Googled employers; of course they’re going to Google you. And read your Facebook page.

In two separate Microsoft studies, less than 15 percent of people in several countries believed their online posts and photos have no effect on potential employers. Meanwhile, 70 percent of recruiters said they didn’t hire someone based on the candidate’s Internet postings.

In one way I’m not worried about this. My personal Facebook page doesn’t have wild party pictures on it (and neither does the WSFAU Facebook Fan Page, by the way). I don’t make whiny status updates about hating Mondays or get into flame wars. And my Facebook profile is set to private. If you Google my name, you’ll mostly find links to work I did for my previous employer. That ought to impress a future employer.

But yet, I worry — and you’re looking at the reason why I worry.  (Yes, you can find this blog via Google and Yahoo,  too.) Sometimes I worry that blogging about unemployment may hurt my chances at a future career. Although I once had a potential employer compliment the blog.

Yet, as the title suggests, I write this blog to make the best of a bad situation.

Written by Joanne

January 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm

In the wee small hours of the morning …

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It’s now almost 5:30 a.m., and I’ve been up for two hours.

This sort of thing happens to me more often since I’ve been unemployed.

For one thing, I used to wake up in the middle of the night totally stressed out over my future (or my present).

For another, since I now don’t have to go to work in the morning, it’s far too easy to stay up if I wake up in the middle of the night — and start watching TV, surfing the Internet for jobs, playing on Facebook, or writing a blog post.

However, there’s a job fair starting at 11 a.m. this morning on the other side of town. I’d like to be reasonably alert for it, so I need to go back to sleep for a few hours.

I have no idea how to cure insomnia. It seems to be a vicious cycle: You can’t sleep because you’re worried, and you worry because you can’t sleep.

Good night (or good morning).

Written by Joanne

November 18, 2009 at 8:43 am

It’s my birthday …

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… and I’ll job hunt if I have to, job hunt if I have to, you would job hunt too if you were unemployed too ….

So far, I’ve spent my favorite day of the year (besides the holidays, that is) filling out an application for a job I would really like to have. Instead of the retail and administrative assistant jobs I’ve spent the past few weeks frantically applying for in order to just survive.

Of course, I’ve written this latest application in between checking my Facebook page and email for birthday wishes. 😉

Maybe it’s lucky to fill out an application and write a cover letter on your birthday. I certainly hope so.

Anyway, once I finish the application, I’m taking myself to the movies. I’d like to see Julie & Julia (which happens to be about a woman who blogs and cooks to change her life), but it doesn’t open until tomorrow. So I’ll see something else instead.

Written by Joanne

August 6, 2009 at 11:44 am