Recessed

Recessed, not Depressed

Mint.com’s Great Map of Stimulus Job Creation April 23, 2009

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Check out the map (below) that Mint.com featured on where the stimulus jobs will be created. What’s more, over at their site they show a table with unemployment numbers and number of jobs created. Definitely worth taking a look at.

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Also posted on Loganotron.

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Living, Blogging History March 16, 2009

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Alaina

Alaina

As I mentioned previously, I know six people who lost their job this past week. One of them is an old colleague of mine from the Center For Teaching Excellence at American University, Alaina. Alaina was one of 47 people out of 200 at her location who were laid off. Alaina has reported feeling unmotivated to leave her house, and a little depressed about the whole thing. You can track her journey through the process on her blog and compare it to my mine. She’s smarter than I am, she’s making money off her ads!

Here’s my advice, Alaina, for what it’s worth: put it in context. We’re just statistics in a much larger economic picture, so we have to do the best we can and still enjoy life. It is not a personal failure and nobody sees it that way. It’s a bit like living through the Great Depression, we’re victims of history. The bright side is at least we’re taking part in history. Someday we can tell our families about the Great Recession of the 2000’s and how we dealt with it. We blogged.

 

New Résumé! March 15, 2009

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As I mentioned before, it seems like when it comes to resumes, everyone is a critic. I found this awesome website, however, VisualCV, that helps you create really great resumes that live online and export to PDF. Check it out!

VisualCV also allows you to add multimedia, like video and an entire portfolio to your resume. This could be really helpful for people in certain professions with digital work they’d like to showcase.

 

Spring Broke

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sw_chiefMy company provided me with 15 vacation – or “personal time off” (PTO) days annually. In the past year, I only used about three of those days. As our company’s work slowed down, I  felt uncomfortable taking time off, feeling a little uneasy about returning to find my job had been cut. A vacation is long over due.

As is the natural balance and irony of life, now that I’ve got the time, I no longer have the money. My boyfriend John and I are taking advantage of the time anyway and taking a low-cost vacation. We drove down to LA last night ($25 in gas shared between the two of us) and we’re taking Amtrak from here to Santa Fe, New Mexico ($60 each way, per person). Santa Fe is my hometown and my parents will be very happy to let us eat and play on their dime for a week.

15 days a year, including sick days, just isn’t enough. It doesn’t really compare to the average of six weeks most European professionals are allotted. It hasn’t usually left me refreshed or recharged, so there is a freedom to not having to worry about returning to work right after this break. Of course I’d rather have a job and income to return to, but I’m going to enjoy the freedom anyway, why not?

A note about PTO. For those of you worried about losing your jobs. Remember, your PTO can be redeemed as cash when you’re let go. I certainly needed a break, but I’m very happy to have that cash now. The downside to cashing in your PTO is that you get taxed on that income, where you wouldn’t if you took the time off.

 

I feel like a number March 12, 2009

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Recessed

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Welcome to Recessed, the blog tracking my journey through unemployment.

My good friend and manager, Alicia, took me to coffee this morning to break the bad news. It was nice of her to pay, knowing that I’d be on a tight budget starting today.

I was assured that it wasn’t personal and doesn’t reflect my work, it’s simply a matter of numbers. The recession slowed business down considerably and therefore cuts were necessary; I feel like a number, as Bob Segar would say.

I’ve got a few pennies saved up and the company was nice enough to provide me with a severance, so I’ll be able to hold up for a little while. Still, I’m privileged to live in one of the greatest – and most expensive – cities in America, so rent isn’t cheap. I’ll need a job before too long or some major adjustments will need to be made.

Today I’m very optimistic. Despite the general economic trends, I have a lot of confidence in myself. I have some great work experience, awesome references and a solid education backing me up. I’m also a people person and I don’t mind networking, schmoozing and making deals happen.

I’m looking for a job in public affairs, government relations, politics or government. I’m also open about other things I may not have even considered. Please feel free to email me with your jobs, ideas and suggestions.