Adventures in Unemployment

My adventure, an unplanned one, began in July of this year.  Unfortunately, the position that I had held for the past four years came to an end.  I was laid off due to the contracts were coming to an end and the funding for my position was eliminated.  It was a bit sooner than I had planned, so thus it was an unexpected and unwanted development. 

The first thing I did upon becoming unemployed was to have a good cry.  Then, I had to put on my big girl panties and make plans for my financial survival.  I applied for unemployment the following day.  The amount of unemployment I was approved for was ok in that it would allow me to cover my necessary expenses.  At the time, I was thinking that it would be only a short time until I was able to secure a position that would replace my lost income.   However, that position remains elusive at the time of this writing.

The next thing that I did was to create profiles on several websites, as well as the required profile on the Virginia Employment Commission website.  Then I started to apply to jobs.  Over the past several months I have tried to limit my searches to jobs that fall into the same category as my previous position.  That search has proved to be fruitless and I am forced to face the fact that I need to lower my standards and start pursuing other avenues of employment.  Broaden my horizons, if you will.

It is hard not to be disappointed and a bit put out over this situation.  Of almost 250 resumes that I’ve put out over the past several months I’ve only received around 5-6 responses, and of those responses a few interviews.   My resume has been tweaked and revised with the help of professionals, to no avail.  The revisions still haven’t helped secure more favorable outcomes.  

I know that I shouldn’t feel extraordinarily bad as the economy still isn’t doing very well. It seems that almost everyone I seem to know are either taking pay cuts or working in jobs that are below their skill level.  I honestly think that it’s possible that the hiring managers for the companies to which I’ve applied believe that I’m overqualified or due to my experience level or that I am wanting to be paid more than they are willing to pay.

This couldn’t be further from the truth… to a certain extent.  While I don’t want to work for minimum wage; I’m very willing to be reasonable in my request for compensation.  I’m realistic about how much the employer’s want to compensate those in my job class.  

Hopefully this adventure in the land of the unemployed will end shortly.  I’m of the opinion that the sooner this unfortunate adventure ends, the better.  I’m trying to keep a positive outlook in the face of adversity.  

In the immortal words of Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up.”

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