What's So Funny About Unemployment?

A funny little unemployment blog for your (un) enjoyment

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The End?

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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.

Written by Joanne

August 11, 2011 at 5:32 am

Signs I may be working once again

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I woke up this morning thinking about a couple of things:

  1. The freelance and census work I have to do today, and:
  2. The fact that I haven’t made a blog post in a week/this month.

So the fact that I woke up thinking about going to work — instead of thinking about lacking work or finding work — is a sign that I may be employed once again.

Here’s some other signs that I may be working once again:

  • When I wake up, look out my window, and see a beautiful day, I think: “Great! It’s a good day to go out and take the Census!”
  • I’m only checking Facebook one or two times during the day instead of … way too many times.
  • I have early morning meetings with census supervisors, and emails from freelance clients.
  • I haven’t watched the Martha Stewart show in two weeks — and I couldn’t be happier about that.

It may be too early to change the name of this blog to “What’s So Funny About (Un) Employment?” But we’ll see. 😉

Written by Joanne

May 7, 2010 at 7:14 am

Good old Facebook

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As some of you may know, I actually have two Facebook pages: One for myself, and one for my blog. This morning I was adjusting the feed of my blog’s posts to its Facebook page when Facebook instead fed the blog to my personal page.

Got that?

So now I have several “What’s So Funny About Unemployment” blog posts in my Notes section. And the blog’s page is still missing about two weeks worth of posts.

Oh, well.

Written by Joanne

April 24, 2010 at 8:40 am

Shameless plug time: Visit the EXPworker45+ blog!

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Today I wrote my first guest post on another group’s employment-related blog. As one of my friends would say, it’s now shameless plug time for me to promote their blog.

Correction: I should say “our blog,” because I’m one of the members. Anyway, on with the plug.

The EXPworker45+ networking group is a group of Baby Boomer/mature/older job seekers meeting Wednesday mornings in Ferndale, Mich., for mutual advice and support. Most members are in their 50s or early 60s. (I’m in my late 40s and I believe I’m the baby of the bunch.) We’re sponsored by the Ferndale Career Center.

Since we’ve started meeting in March, we’ve been quite active. We’ve discussed unemployment extensions, practiced our answers to “Tell me about yourself,” carpooled to a job fair, and discussed how to use Twitter and LinkedIn in a job search. Our group even has Facebook and Twitter accounts along with our blog.

Since the leaders knew I blogged, they asked me to contribute to the EXPworker45+ blog. For days and weeks I wondered what to say. Should I be inspiring? Be funny? Give resume and cover letter tips? I just wasn’t sure.

Finally, I had an idea. It’s here.

This Wednesday, April 21 at 10 a.m., the EXPworker45+ group plans to meet at The Coffee Beanery, at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Wiltshire (south of 12 Mile, west side of Woodward) in Berkley, Mich. If you’d like to join us, bring your laptop or netbook computer — we’ll be using the wi-fi to collaborate on our LinkedIn accounts, other social media accounts, and resumes. I’ll be the one with the new shiny happy MacBook. 🙂 And an old HP laptop PC to share. 😉

Jobless aid measure passes U.S. Senate

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Now that I’m back home, I’m back to work on the unemployment front.

While driving back home (it was while I was listening for traffic reports), I heard the Senate passed a bill to extend unemployment benefits and COBRA subsidies through the end of 2010. Here’s the link, especially since one of you asked WSFAU about this on Facebook:

Jobless aid measure passes U.S. Senate | freep.com | Detroit Free Press.

Here’s hoping some Congressperson doesn’t open his (it’s usually his) mouth again and screw things up.

Written by Joanne

March 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm

On the road again

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I’m writing to you using the free wireless Internet connection at the Lake Forest, Illinois Oasis along the eastbound Tri-State Tollway (otherwise known as I-94). My GPS says I can make it back home tonight — but I’m tired and I don’t think I’m up to driving five more hours. Even with breaks for gas, food and other rests (if you know what I mean by “other rests,” and I think you do).

Some observations on my trip:

  • The test went well. They didn’t ask a single question about the categories of the Dewey Decimal System, despite my worries and cramming. But they did ask about Dewey Decimal numbers. There’s a difference. Thanks, everyone, for all your good wishes on Facebook and all your thoughts and prayers. 😉
  • If I don’t get this job, I should become a travel agent for librarians. I have a talent for finding and booking hotels located very near major libraries.
  • Speaking of hotels, sometimes it’s nice to splurge (or use Hotwire.com) and stay in a pretty good one. Especially the night before you do something pretty important. But tonight, if I don’t go all the way home, I’ll just look for some motel to lay my head.
  • To my local public library: I appreciated using your Librarian Civil Service Test manual. It helped give me an idea of what to expect today. However, the manual was from 1988. It needs weeding.

Well, I ought to get going. It’s nearly 5 p.m. here. I’m hungry, and I’m probably heading straight into rush hour traffic in Chicago.

See you back home.

Some news on the job front

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Over the last few days, I’ve had some interesting news on the job front. And on the personal front as well.

First, on Tuesday I received an email asking me to come to another Midwestern city six and a half hours away and three weeks from now for a civil service exam. It’s  for a Librarian I opening I’d applied for weeks earlier. Score high on the test, then get a chance at an interview. Simple, right?

I have my masters in library science, and there aren’t a lot of openings for librarians here in Michigan at the moment. So I’m going to go take the test. My car and I can manage the road trip (although one friend and fellow librarian suggested taking the train).

Second, on Ash Wednesday, AKA Pazcki Day here in Detroit, I ate a doughnut. And my TV decided to quit receiving over-the-air digital signals. (No, I do not have cable TV. Don’t want to watch much of it. Can’t afford the bill for it. )

So to the shock of several of my Facebook friends, I am apparently giving up broadcast television for Lent. This will give me more time and incentive to concentrate on job hunting. And I still have books. And my DVD player. 😉  But I miss seeing the Winter Olympics.  😦

Back to the job front.

Yesterday afternoon, after a polite follow-up voice mail to my latest interviewer, I received my latest job rejection letter email.  😦

Last night, after a referral from a former colleague and exchanges of emails, I received my first contract for freelance work.  🙂