Sunday, January 31, 2010


I signed up for unemployment insurance last week or so. There is a week for nothing to wait, so if you have friends who are being laid off, let them know to apply for unemployment sooner rather than later because of the waiting week. I was on hold for over an hour, but when I got to the guy, he was helpful and friendly - I would hire him to answer my phones. If I had phones.

I am supposed to hop on line and fill out a brief bit of info each week on Sunday to claim my weeks worth of unemployment. So, last week I did that, and did it again this week. Tonight.

I have never filed before. It was an experience. I never thought much of the folks on unemployment. I think I thought of them as lazy or uninspired or worse. Hate to say it.

What a lousy stereotype to have in place - especially now that I am the uninspired one. Here's the thing for this week. I put down on the on-line form that I had an hour of training at the Mormon Church job service where I sat in on a lecture for improving your, and making your resume outstanding. Somehow my attending a training of some sort seems to have put a block on my getting paid for last week. Apparently it flagged something that suggested that I was not available to work for the week, which is not true.

Additional training means that I cant get paid? Really?

All due to me trying to better a resume? Hope this turns out better than I think it will.

Would You Like Fries With That?

I am looking for a job.

I was fired/quit a decent job a year ago due to a conflict with my employer. I took on a job with much lesser pay at a retail outlet and worked there for 8 months. It wasn't my favorite work environment, it wasn't my favorite type of work, but I apparently sucked enough at it that they laid me off just after the new year. This new year as a matter of fact.

It wasn't really a surprise. I had invited myself into the managers office when it became apparent that there were employees leaving the store without a job or a name badge. No one talks about laying people off until it's there in your face. So, I came right out and asked. My boss was good enough to let me know that my being layed off had moved past the possibility stage into the realm of probability. I had two weeks to get it together - and even if I did, I would probably not make it past that.

And I didn't. I took to heart what feedback they had to offer me. Be more on time, do better work, don't offend people. Apparently my personal hygiene was satisfactory.

So, Here I am blogging. I am a writer by trade, so blogging is the natural thing for me to resort too, two, to. That and caffeine. I have a blog of funny-ness elsewhere that I would love to have picked up and turn into something that pays. Money.

This blog I am going to keep for all those who are searching how to improve their lives and lifestyle. I won't be as subtle or shy as I may be in my other, funnier life. There is nothing to loose here but a bit of pride, which I would gladly trade for a good job anyway. I'll change a few facts and leave my families name out of it because I have kids and a wife and I would like them to have normal existence, or the closest reasonable facsimile of that they can have.

So, were off. Lets get a job. Lets get a life!