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Job Strategies: Gifts for job seekers  

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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:

Job Strategies: Gifts for job seekers  | ajc.com.

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.





Written by Joanne

December 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm

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Merry Christmas

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It’s Christmas morning. I’m at my brother’s house, and my brother and sister-in-law are now watching the Disney Christmas Parade from Walt Disney World on their big screen TV.

I personally think holiday parades should take place in colder climates. Like, say, in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. So I decided to slip away and use his computer to wish you all a Merry Christmas.

However you’re celebrating today, I do hope you’re having a happy day.

Written by Joanne

December 25, 2009 at 10:23 am

I’m back!

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After nearly a week of being away from WSFAU and my computer, I’m back.

I missed you. Did you miss me?

I was away for a good reason: I was taking care of a sick friend. Unfortunately, my friend had to go (back) into the hospital this afternoon and will probably be there for Christmas. So think about people like her when you complain about how much of a hassle your holiday celebration is this year — at least you’ll have a holiday celebration.

Apparently I did such a good job taking care of her, and of another ill friend earlier this year, they now think I should become a nurse’s aide or certified nurses assistant.

They aren’t WSFAU readers as far as I know, or they’d remember my April post on medical assisting.

Written by Joanne

December 18, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Some holiday Band Aid for you

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The staff and I will be away from WSFAU this week. While we go through Internet and blogging withdraw (horrors!), we leave you with one of our favorite Christmas songs and videos from the 1980s. (We find Bono’s solo especially ironic.)

Enjoy the nostalgia, enjoy the holidays, and don’t forget to let someone else in need know that it’s Christmastime.

Written by Joanne

December 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm

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Last Christmas and this Christmas

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A year ago this coming week, I was notified that I was being laid off from my job as of early January.

Thinking back, this is how I should have reacted at some point:

But, strangely enough, I didn’t get too upset, either privately or in public. I remember mostly being in shock because, even though our company had announced financial cutbacks, I didn’t think it would come to layoffs.

And I didn’t think they would cut my job. I thought my job was too essential; and when I told others the news they thought I’d been there too long for this to happen to me. Silly me, silly them.

After I got the news, I just kept on working, celebrating Christmas, and starting to look for a new job as best I could.

This is now my second Christmas since being told I was being laid off. Once again, I’m celebrating as best as I can even if I don’t always have the money or feel like it. Things like seeing Christmas lights and ice sculptures and attending parties can be done for free or very cheaply.

So far, I’m managing to have a merry little Christmas this year.

Merry Christmas (or Happy Hanukkah) to you.

Written by Joanne

December 12, 2009 at 4:49 pm

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Dear Santa

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Santa Claus

North Pole (or Christmas, Mich.; or my local mall)

Dear Santa:

First of all, how are you? It’s been a long time since I’ve written you — besides that Tweet I sent you the other night. With all the electronics and computers you and the elves have to process, I figured you’d have a Twitter account.

I’ve been good. (Yes, I know everyone who writes you says they’ve been good. But do they even bother to ask how you are? Kind of childish of them, isn’t it?)

Santa, I’ve had quite a year since last Christmas. If you know when I’ve been sleeping, and when I’ve been awake (or if you’ve been reading WSFAU), you also know I’ve been unemployed. You also know I’m far from the only one in Michigan who’s unemployed.

As the leading Christmas gift-giving specialist, Santa, I know you handle many requests at this time of year. However, please give special consideration to this one:

Jobs, Santa. We need jobs here in Michigan. We need jobs here in America.

You’re a big seasonal employer. Everyone knows you hire toy making elves (and one wannabe dentist). For all I know you keep your workforce busy year-round. Perhaps you could offer some workforce development advice to businesspeople and our government.

There are many of us who could use a shiny new job under our Christmas tree this holiday season. So if you could find some room in your big red bag for some jobs, we’d appreciate it.

Merry Christmas, Santa.



Written by Joanne

December 9, 2009 at 8:17 pm