Every day Hubby goes off to work and leaves me all alone!
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Today I remembered that trash pickup is early, and that gardeners start mowing lawns early in the morning. Oh well. I had to get up eventually anyway.
So I updated my resume and started looking for work. It’s a good idea to keep a list of all the sites you should go through to look for a job so you don’t forget any. And keep a list of all the jobs you have applied for. Sometimes I get an email about a job and I have no idea what they’re talking about so I have to look up what it is.
Friday I shall but in a claim for unemployment insurance. They have a chart on the website so you can calculate when the best time to apply is, based on how much you were making 6 months ago. So that’s why I’m waiting until October 1st.
I have been cooking a lot more since I have the time to do it, and then Hubby puts the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, which is nice. I would be taking the time to clean the apartment and donate stuff to Goodwill but it is still way to hot to move, so I have to wait a bit. Here are some pictures of Squeaky to make this post more interesting.
On day two it is time to prepare yourself to seek new employment.
First, designate a location in your home to be your work area. I chose my desk. So then I had to clean it. I took all the crap that had piled up on top of it and put it in a heap on our workout bench, since we haven’t used that in a while. And ta-daa! You now have a home office.
Whew, that’s enough for today. You don’t want to over do it. Especially since it’s A MILLION FREAKING DEGREES OUTSIDE and only slightly cooler in my apartment.
I’ve learned it’s harder to post stuff when you don’t have cable TV to watch and you don’t want to go on your computer cuz the internet connection sucks ass so you have no way to stay abreast of current events. Maybe I should try going to the library down the street. That would be interesting. I wonder if you’re able to connect wirelessly there. Or I could go to Coffee Bean. I hate Starbucks. Bars should have wireless access like coffee places do. Now I’m just rambling because I’m tired and have nothing exciting to talk about. So I’ll go now.
It’s Day 1 of being unemployed. If you happen to have your last day of work on a Friday, don’t include the weekend. Your first day of unemployment starts on the first day you would have worked if you still had a job. So what should you do?
First, sleep in at least 2 hours longer than you would have if you had to get up for work. I usually wake up at 6am for work. Today I slept in until 9am, not counting when I got up to feed the cats to stop them from screaming at me for breakfast. If your spouse or significant other is still employed, make sure to rub it in that you get to sleep more.
Second, eat breakfast. It’s best if you cook it yourself. Make some coffee, scramble some eggs, toast some bread. Take your time eating it. Use a real plate and silverware, sit down and enjoy yourself. Read the paper. You should do this every morning when you’re unemployed, because for so many there is no time in the morning for a real breakfast.
Shower so you feel clean and refreshed. Take your time in there too. Enjoy the water, the smell of the soap. Put on some comfortable, clean clothes. Don’t wear sweats though. You’re unemployed, not a slob.
Now do absolutely nothing for the rest of the day. Just watch TV or read. Enjoy your day of nothingness. Don’t stress about being unemployed. Save that for Day 2.
So on the radio earlier this week I heard the news people say repeatedly that the current recession ended LAST JUNE. Stupid employed politicians and economists thinking that everything’s better now. I was ready to punch my radio, but then I remembered I was going to be out of work soon so couldn’t pay for medical.
I guess they forgot to tell the millions of unemployed people that they should get back to work. I was unemployed for 7 months since the recession ended, and since today’s my last day at my current job I’m going to be unemployed again! People keep saying it’s a “jobless recovery.” Well if there are no jobs, and everybody is still collecting unemployment insurance or they’ve been unemployed for so long their insurance has run out, it’s not really a recovery, is it?
So tomorrow is my last day of work. I have about 16 working hours left at my current position. It is the end of the fiscal year and there is no budget for me for next year. So now everybody gets to hear about my days filled with doing nothing and maybe some advice for how to fill them.
I will start with tips for what to do when you know ahead of time that you will lose your job.
- Take toilet paper. That stuff is expensive. At my work the cleaning woman will put rolls that have 1/3 to 1/4 of the roll left on top of the TP dispenser so she can put a full roll into the dispenser. Put those in your purse or briefcase. If you can’t do that, then bring ziplocs and fold the TP into them.
- Take paper towels from the bathroom. Those are also expensive.
- Have liquid soap dispensers at work? Bring an empty water bottle and fill up! Get to work super early in the morning to do this one.
- Is there a cafeteria at your job? That’s a great place to get napkins, plastic cutlery, packets of condiments, sugar, sweeteners, etc.
- Go raid the supply closet for printer paper, envelopes, pens, pencils, highlighters, staplers (I got a nice black Swingline stapler at my last job), paperclips, binder clips, binders, folders, pads of paper, post-its, blank CDs/DVDs, and anything else you might need. It’s a good place to find school supplies for your kids, too.
- Don’t forget to use your time at work to look for a new job. Nothing is better than high speed internet when looking for work.
- Burn copies of anything on your computer that might be used for reference at your next job or in your portfolio.
- Plan revenge on coworkers you didn’t like. Back when George W. Bush took office, all of the staff that was leaving with the Clinton administration took the “W” key off of their keyboards. On Living Dilbert’s site, somebody mentioned putting cheese in the computer vents. Wait, that may have been me who suggested that.
- Do some final sucking up to your bosses and coworkers (unless they fall under #8). Make sure you give them your contact info in case they have leads for you in the future. Never underestimate networking for getting a job.
- Stay classy. Don’t make them escort you from the premises by security.
Next time on The Young and the Jobless, what to do on your first day off.