Recessed, not Depressed

Lattes with Logan: DIY Lattes for the Recessed Latte Liberal April 28, 2009

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Ever since I got put on half-time for half-pay because of the Recession, I’ve been saving money wherever possible. One way I save a ton of money is by making my own lattes in the morning. I didn’t spend hundreds of dollars on a latte machine either. Instead, I use some very simple tools and ingredients to make a yummy latte for less than $1 per day. Check it out:

Bonjour Primo latte frother | Stove top espresso maker

(Please excuse the poor title slides and credit slides. I’m still learning how to use iMovie!)


Slate’s Interactive Job Loss Map April 23, 2009

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Slate’s Interactive Job Loss map is so freaking cool and informative. It shows the job gains and losses over the last two and a half years. Notice how the Bay Area kept posting job gains until about August 2008? The losses really pile up in tech-heavy SF around November/December 2008. That about sums up my experience with incoming projects too. We were pretty busy through about August/September of 2008 and then things slowed waaay down. And, they’ve stayed slow. No wonder! Now I have the big red circle on the map to validate that I’m not alone.

Make sure to click over to Slate and interact with the map yourself!

interactive-job-loss-map-slate’s Visual Guide to the Real Unemployment Rate April 21, 2009

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This is absolutely awesome. I love’s blog!


Also posted on Loganotron.


The Real Unemployment Rate? Try 15.6% April 20, 2009

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Via Catherine Holahan on MSN Money:

An 8.5% unemployment rate is unmistakably bad. It’s the highest rate since 1983 — a year that saw double-digit unemployment, nearly 30 commercial bank failures and more than 15% of Americans living below the poverty line.

But the real national unemployment rate is far worse than the U.S. Department of Labor’s March figure, announced today, shows. That’s because the official rate doesn’t include the 3.7 million-plus people who are reluctantly working only part time because of the poor labor market. And it doesn’t include the workers who have given up scouring want ads for seemingly nonexistent jobs.

When those folks are added to the numbers, the unemployment rate rises to 15.6%. In March 2008, that number was 9.3%. more…

Also posted on Loganotron.


Logan’s CA WorkShare (i.e. Partial Unemployment) Saga April 17, 2009

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Two months ago my company reduced my hours to half-time and started paying me half-pay. They did this to try to avoid laying me off during this not-so-great economic time. Not long after, my good friend Apollo informed me about California’s WorkShare program. WorkShare is a division of the EDD (Unemployment dept.) and it allows employers who reduce their employees’ hours (instead of laying them off) to apply for partial unemployment benefits.

In my case, because I was reduced by 50% I am eligible for 50% of what I’d normally earn on unemployment. Normally I would receive $450 per week if I were completely unemployed. Under WorkShare I am eligible to receive $225 per week. That’s about $1000 per month which will definitely help me survive this downturn and reduction in pay.

Enter the bureaucratic nightmare that is the EDD. My company enrolled in the program in mid-February. I got my initial paperwork from the EDD around that time informing me that I’d been enrolled (which is apparently different than processed). Every two weeks my employer and I submit a form listing the details of my continued part-time employment. I have dutifully submitted these forms since mid-February.


Rules for the Road March 20, 2009

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Taking a little vacation time has given me an opportunity to reflect and recharge. It’s made me even more thankful for everything I have (an amazing family, a wonderful boyfriend and fantastic friends) and excited for the adventure ahead. It’s also given me time to develop a list rules for the road ahead, which I plan to follow as I work on finding a job:

  1. Always accept any networking connection offered. Finding a new job is surely a networking proposition and a numbers game. Already people have offered to introduce me to their friends/acquaintances/colleagues/etc. Some of these seem like great leads, some don’t seem like they’ll get me anywhere. No matter what my preconceptions are, I plan to follow-up with these people. Who knows where it might lead.
  2. Listen to advice. Part of networking is explaining your situation. Invariably people will offer you advice. They’ll critique your resume, offer job suggestions, tell you how to network, etc. It’s easy to let one’s ego get in the way and feel like the advice being given is superfluous to what one already knows. I’m practicing on listening to all the advice being given and doing my best to really consider it and apply it when I can.
  3. Never turn down free food.
  4. Use my powers for good, not evil. The adventure ahead is certain to be trying at times. My goal is to always apply my nervous energy, my anger or other negative emotions to good use by being productive (apply to job, volunteering, networking).
  5. Stay positive. This is a bit like #4, but more specifically focused on my outlook. Staying positive will be very important for creating positive energy. Positive energy is important, because, well, no one wants to hire someone who’s negative and desperate. There’s strength in positivity whereas negativity demonstrates a lack of self confidence.

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.