Jobless but keeping hope alive

Yesterday I received a very nice email that I’m going to share…

I’m sure you are getting a bunch of clutter in your e-mail inbox due to your blog and you probably don’t need another piece of worthless e-mail that doesn’t help in your job search. That said, I wanted to say,”Thank You,” for your blog.
 
Your blog speaks to a whole set of highly-educated professionals in their 30s/40s that are going through the same thing that you are where multiple layoffs in a short number of years has become the norm, rather than the exception. Personally, your blog brings some levity to my situation which is similar to yours (3 different jobs in 3 years in small companies).
 
Keep up the great writing!

I aim to please. But it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to know that people appreciate and benefit from Jobless and Less. Writing and making jokes has helped me keep what’s left of my sanity.

Like many people, I wish the cycle of jobs, layoffs and unemployment wasn’t my reality. Full-time jobs are starting to feel like glorified temp assignments. Layoffs are degrading. And unemployment is just plain lonely. My tendency is to take all the blame on myself. Four layoffs in eight years is not the career trajectory dreamed about in college classrooms. I must be doing something horribly wrong. (Maybe you know this feeling…) 

But when I hear from others going through the same thing, I remember that this is just the way things are. It’s rough out there, and the sinking economy just makes it worse. 

So consider this email a reminder, for all of us. We’re not alone, it’s not our fault and we will get through this.

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6 Comments

  1. Rachel wrote:

    I came across your blog via Pink Slips Are the New Black and wanted to send my wishes to you as well. I’ve been blogging at http://www.recentlylaidoff.com since my layoff in January. Stay positive and good luck. 🙂

    Friday, February 27, 2009 at 7:35 pm | Permalink
  2. Job Hunter wrote:

    I just picked-up a clue here. Stay away from small companies. I was laid off from a small company as well. Next job big company too many moving targets.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Permalink
  3. Norm wrote:

    That’s a good point. 2 of my layoffs were from small companies. But 2 were from bigger companies, 1 of which I knew was having problems, but still. It could also be the industries I choose too. Who knows?

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Permalink
  4. Les Riles wrote:

    Please know that your unemployment blog that rings true for the 30s/40s crowd feels just right with us 50+ laid-off-job-seekers too. Having moved from NYC to Oklahoma 24 years ago, I love to read about others from my home town, even if it is writing about trying to hold onto our sanity. I loved your “paper shredder meet paper” entry. If your shredder needs new friends, I believe I have a few silos of paper that would like to meet him. Hang in there, we’re not done seekin’ ’til we can’t seek no mo! ~ Les

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Permalink
  5. Karol wrote:

    My story is on fired for now forums. It
    has left me feeling like I was bit in the butt by corpate sharks, left me to wobble on unemployment crushes that doesn’t even amount to paying one bill, let alone two, and left me feeling distructive enough to bite them back in blogs.
    But I have also learned some valuable lessons. While I am healing my wounds, I am coping and I am renewing my sense of values, and appreciating things I took for granted. I have become sympathetic to those in the big sea of lay-offs and swimming with the rest of the fishes trying to find work.
    Life lesson for me is being prepared for the next phase of my life and career. And it has taught me that my reality is also someone else’s, too, that many are in the same or simular situations.
    I am not to balme for this recession- although, if you ask me, it is more like a depression. The only difference between the Great Depression and this recession; banks, and companies were not bailed out by the Government back then, like now.
    I have learned to accept my situation but am determined that it not be my fate. I look forward to moving forward, only looking back to remind myself of the person I use to be and someone I didn’t like much. I can move forward knowing who I am and what I want to be. I have changed for the better. I can live a simple life, not try and keep up with the Jone’s (not that I did before) but I don’t have to envy what my neighbors have, and I can reinvent a newer, more confident me. I can look forward to time with family, blog to people who I now have things in common and learn that my next job is just right around the corner…If I can get my foot in the door. I can smile through good times and bad and wave to my neighbor who is also looking through classified ads. I can breathe easier since the shock has left my system.
    Unemployment, while having it’s downside, can also be a good thing. It can make you adjust, make you think about what you really need, compared to what you want. It can make you cope with distasters and crisis. It can help you keep your money in perspective, budget your grocery bills, etc. But most of all, it makes you appreciate what you really have to what you took for granted.
    Life is still good, even without the money, the bill collectors, the crying yourself to sleep….Think I will get myself a cup of Joe and just dream of a brighter tomorrow….

    Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 9:22 am | Permalink
  6. Norm wrote:

    Karol–I’ve come to some of the same realizations. Some days I’m better at remembering the good things than others. It can be hard keeping spirits up, no doubt about.

    Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 11:01 am | Permalink

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  1. JoblessandLess (Norm Elrod) on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    New blog post: Jobless but keeping hope alive http://tinyurl.com/btdukl

  2. sayworditssara (Sara Swiernik) on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Pretty funny blogging from someone unemployed, like me: http://tinyurl.com/btdukl