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

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

Thought for the Day

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From the novel “Fight Club”:  “Getting fired is the best thing that could happen to any of us.  That way, we’d quit treading water and do something with our lives.”

Now, I technically wasn’t fired; my old job was eliminated. Same difference. Losing your job, however it happens, forces you to start doing something different with your life since you’re not ‘treading water’ working at that same old job anymore. Whatever you choose to do next — network, sit in your La-z-boy, volunteer — is up to you.


Written by Joanne

November 23, 2009 at 1:10 am

I’m back ….

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Sorry I was away from the blog for a while.

Awhile being, oh, the month of September.

I was somewhat busy and not thinking about unemployment for a while.  Sure, I was job hunting (and once again not getting the jobs that I’d most recently applied for).

I’m still doing volunteer work, still active in Toastmasters. And, at the suggestion of a few teacher friends of mine,  I’ve started substitute teaching for extra money and the work experience (three assignments so far).

What else can I tell you? Oh, on Wednesday, I discovered the company which made my car will no longer exist by next year.  😦  This is not only sad news for we loyal Saturn owners, but worse news for Saturn dealers and their employees. Our cars may be orphaned, but they lose their businesses and/or their jobs.

And I had jury duty in my local district court Thursday morning. Which consisted mainly of sitting around the courtroom(s) with 70 other people waiting for hours for the jury selection to start, and then seeing if I would be one of the few people selected for the one case for the day. I wasn’t selected, so I was excused after — and will be paid for — a half-day’s  jury service.

Written by Joanne

October 2, 2009 at 12:42 am

Things I’ve done today

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I’ve been busy accomplishing things today.

First, I went to my first Chamber of Commerce networking event to tell members about my new business venture — and got two offers of help from the chamber director and from a Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) business counselor.

Then I went to the local library and did my weekly volunteer work — and I actually worked with some patrons today instead of just books.

And after that, I took a trip to Borders to spend a Christmas gift card on a book on small business management (yes, Christmas in June).  I came home and finally got my new wireless mouse to work! Transforming it from being the useless $19 paperweight it had been for a week and a half.

It gets better: After I celebrated having a working mouse, my phone rang. It was a college library I’d applied at last week, wanting to know if I was available for a phone interview. Of course I was.

It’s been a good day. 🙂

Written by Joanne

June 16, 2009 at 6:56 pm


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During that awkward time when I was first telling people about my job loss, someone misspoke the word “unemployment” as “unenjoyment” to me. I don’t remember exactly who it was. I do believe it happened at the bar, so alcohol was no doubt involved.

Since then, it’s stuck with me: Unemployment, unenjoyment.

No, unemployment is not meant to be an enjoyable time in anyone’s life. You’re broke, and you have to go out and look for a job.

The funny thing is — and we here at WSFAU always look for the funny thing — unemployment can be enjoyable.

Enjoyable? Are you nuts, you say? I’m broke and I have to look for a job!

Ah, but here’s the thing: You still need to find ways to enjoy life. You’ve got time on your hands now, and you can only job hunt for so much time during the week.

Here’s some ways you can enjoy your unemployment:

  • Spend a little time on your hobbies. Not too much, though: You still need to find that job.
  • Don’t forget your friends and family. Spend your free time with them.
  • Volunteer. WSFAU does. Find a worthy nonprofit which needs you .
  • Join Toastmasters and improve your public speaking skills. Again, WSFAU recommends this.
  • Start your own blog.

Written by Joanne

March 28, 2009 at 12:03 pm