One week ago today, I had a HUGE shock come my way. Around 3:30 p.m., I was called in to my boss’s office and was told that I no longer had a job! I think I’m still in shock about it.
I used to work for a mortgage company doing payroll. My first day on the job was October 23, 2012. I was told yesterday that the mortgage industry was struggling and they were having to downsize where need be, therefore I no longer had a job and this was effective immediately.
To be honest with you, I’m scared. I’m in debt up to my eye balls and now I no longer have a job. They have given me a severance package, but it’s not much by any means.
As I was being escorted out of the building yesterday (yes, escorted), I was emailing Rob and told him to call me immediately! He did so and I had to break the news that I no longer had a job. Thankfully, Rob is the level headed one in the relationship. He can talk me down and help me rationalize things.
The first thing Rob told me to do was file for unemployment. I attempted to do so on Tuesday, but that didn’t go so well, so on Wednesday, I will be making phone calls and applying for unemployment. Another thing Rob pointed out is I honestly have a lot of “connections”, I just need to utilize these connections.
The first thing I did was email the general manager at Keys on Main to see if they are in need of hiring a bar back or something. I think it would be a fun job to be a bar back. Change the kegs, wash the glasses, restock the alcohol, etc. I think that would be fun. Ideally, now would be a GREAT time for me to get a job at a gym too. Especially since I’m going to school to be a fitness trainer.
I emailed my instructor at school two nights ago and he is going to put me in contact with the head of HR over 17 Gold’s Gym’s, and then on Friday I’m going to get internet access on my laptop by going to a “hot spot” or something and apply for a job at 24 Hour Fitness.
A couple of weeks ago, my instructor at school mentioned that since I’m already assisting people in their training for half marathons, etc., and I always have friends asking me for advice on triathlons, etc, he said if I wanted, I could probably start doing some online training. Create a blog (better than this one), have a student from the graphic design dept., help with the branding of my blog, etc, and I could charge maybe $15/week if I wanted. I’ve contacted my instructor to help me get the ball rolling on this (so, look for more info coming soon).
Thursday I was finally able to file for unemployment. In a way I was shocked at how little my unemployment is going to be, but in a way I wasn’t surprised. My monthly income for unemployment is going to gross what I made every pay period at my last job! So, it’s basically half of what I was making. I shouldn’t be shocked, but I was hoping that since I’m going to school that maybe I would get a little more money from unemployment. But, I just keep reminding myself that at least it’s money and that’s what I need right now.
With all this being said, I have THE BEST boyfriend! Like I mentioned earlier, Rob was the first person I called when I found out I lost my job. One of many things that I love about him is that he can think rationally when I can’t (which is a lot). When I called him and I was having a meltdown because I just lost my job (who wouldn’t?) but he took a deep breathe and then start rattling off everything that I needed to do. He was like “Ok, first thing you need to do is go file for unemployment. I’ll go with you.” He keeps pointing out all of the resources I have and that everything is going to be ok. Another reason he’s just AWESOME, is while he’s at work, he’s constantly looking for jobs for me that he thinks I’m qualified for & sends me the link so I can apply for the job.
I’ve found that mornings are when I struggle the most now with my depression and anxiety about all of this. When I wake up in the morning and Rob goes off to work and it’s just me and the animals at home, it sucks. I used to have a job to go to. Now, I don’t. Once my day gets going and I’m busy doing stuff, it’s not too bad. But if I have idle time, that’s when the depression and anxiety and blues kick in about not having a job.
With all this being said, hopefully I’ll find a job soon and money will start flowing in.