Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pressure Is On...UPDATED

June 9th will be my One Year Anniversary--no, I won't be celebrating (although maybe I will have chocolate).

On that date, one year ago--I was reluctantly laid off.  I am on my 2nd extension of Unemployment Benefits.  I have had many many interviews (some with staffing agencies, some with actual employers).  I still don't have a job.  And time is running out.

Frankly, I am not sure what more I can do.  I am on all the job sites.  I have honed my interview technique--I even get comments like "you are great" "you are setting the bar high" "I'm thrilled with you"---all of which end up with me getting my hopes up--but being told I was a second or third choice candidate (or they never call back at all).  I have started to make concessions on what I can and cannot do as per location and salary (unfortunately, there is not a lot of wiggle room there).

When the benefits go away--I have no idea what we will do.  I have never been unemployed this long.  The budget is already tight--I can only make it so much tighter. The end of July will be the end of my 2nd extension.  I may qualify for a 3rd.  The pressure is on.

UPDATED: Well, it is official.  I got the letter today in the mail. I will not be getting a third extension.  I believe I will be cut off at the end of July.  If anyone has some ideas about how to cut costs, please let me know...I am running out of ideas.



Life Happens said...

oh no. i'm so sorry you it's so hard for you to find a job. If you are getting good feedback like that, then I would assume it must be the salary that is putting the other candidates ahead of you. (I use to work in Recruiting so I kinda know).

I hope you are able to get another extension.

Somewhat Ordinary said...

Ugh, a year already! I'm so sorry. I've been in your shoes and I know how draining the whole process can be. It is tough right now because there are jobs out there, but so difficult when they don't pay what you need to make ends meet. I will be thinking of you an hoping something comes up soon.

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