Sunday, January 12, 2020

Unemployment 101


Its hard to imagine, but its been about 2-1/2 months since I was fired (is dismissed better? Or terminated?) People have referred to it by both words, dismissed and terminated, but I kind of like fired myself.  What word do you prefer?

I have to say that the month of November I was mourning a bit the fact I didn’t have a job.  I was glad to get away from that job; you guys all know the stress I had with it, but it was not my intent to not be working at this stage of my life.  Also, I didn’t have a sense of closure with it either.  When hubby was ready to retire, he gave his 6 week notice and during that time he had a chance to wrap up things, have going away parties and lunches in his honor, got to say goodbye to people he worked with, etc.  For me, one day I’m working, the next morning I’m fired.  Kind of felt lost the first few weeks.

I did get unemployment, like I mentioned, 3 weeks after my last day of work.  I was glad to have gotten it without having to appeal.  As part of getting unemployment, I have to diligently be looking for a job at least 4 days a week and have to report what jobs I have applied for and which companies the jobs were at.  I have to have 4 job searches per week and all can’t be on the same day. I apply for more than 4 a week and keep track of them in a notebook as well as make copies of the job notices so I can refer to them if I do get an interview.

I had no interviews or calls in November.

December hubby retired and I still looked for work like I was supposed to, but the first few weeks of his retirement it felt like a weekend so we went out and did things like we would on a weekend, including going out to eat.  I felt disjointed, out of sorts, and knew that I needed to keep/have a routine.  Christmas was also in that month and while we didn’t do a lot for it, there were some presents to buy and wrap, etc., so that took some time.

I made the wise decision to set the alarm and get up at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and to make sure I got on the treadmill those 5 days a week.  I didn’t want to find myself sleeping in a lot, staying up late, but wanted to have a similar routine to when I was working and hubby was working in case I got another job.  I would sleep in on the weekends if I wanted to.

I realized in December several things. My resume needed to be updated and I didn’t have the computer skills a lot of the jobs were calling for. I had worked on a computer with my previous job but it was their software program.  Most jobs I saw advertised wanted Microsoft Word and Excel; training I did not have.  So I looked into where I could get training.

I resolved after Christmas I would get serious about really looking for work, updating my resume, taking computer classes. 

I had 2 interviews in December. One in person; one phone interview.  Might have gotten the first job, but they weren’t providing benefits and I wanted/needed health insurance, etc., and let them know that so I think I was taken out of the running. The second one, the phone interview, they wanted more of a receptionist than a transcriptionist and wanted someone with more current skills in that regard.  I had worked as a receptionist, but that was over 30 years ago. 

I researched and found that Goodwill has a Career Center where they provide training for those who need computer skills for Word and Excel so I signed up for the classes, which I did last week. Also, there is a company here, Arizona at Work, tied in with unemployment to provide training and help in getting people back to work. I’ve gone to interview classes there on what to answer for interview questions and this week will be going for a resume class to spruce mine up.  I did look online and found some samples of resumes and redid mine, but want to take the classes to see what they recommend.

I’m thinking on some jobs my age (62 years old) might be playing a role. Though they can’t ask age, they can pretty much find out how old I am if the job application asks for when you graduated from high school.  Also, I’ve worked 30 years at home as a transcriptionist.  There are no transcription jobs out there (there are a few but not ones I want to do).  People want more current skills than I have for answering phones, scheduling appointments, etc. 

I did have an interview last week for a small eye doctor practice.  It did sound promising and I think I did good with the interview.  I should know this week if I will be offered the job or not.

I’m not panicking about finding work.  I would like to work and be productive.  I will get early retirement Social Security starting next month in February.  We’re doing okay money wise. 

I’ve worked pretty much all my life and had planned to work until I was 67.  I’d still like to do that.  Hubby says to be patient and it will happen.  So that’s what I will try to do.  Be patient.

And wait upon God.  This didn’t catch Him by surprise and I know that there is something he has planned for me.  I just need to wait. 

Waiting is hard, isn't it?

33 comments:

DUTA said...

If you're doing OK financially , don't bother about a job, routine, etc...
You'll love it in retirement. It will give you a chance to finally have a dialogue with yourself - your soul and body - listen to their needs. You deserve it after all those long years of stressful work. Give yourself top priority.
Anyway, whatever you decide, I wish you Good Luck with it.

nashvillecats2 said...

I hope you find a real good job soon Betty, not nice to be told "To Go" even if you didn't really like the job. There is always something better around the corner.
Have a good week.

Yvonne.

Sandi said...

It all sounds good to me, to be honest. You get to be with hubby and have weekday weekends. You two are doing ok moneywise. No worries. And you could soon be working at a small (no stress?) eye doctor's office or maybe doing something else. Not too shabby. 😊

Bijoux said...

I've noticed that a lot of the 'intake' people at dr offices are on the older side. I'm thinking that they realize that since the patients are usually seniors, they relate better and make the patients more comfortable. I bet you'd be great at a job like that because you are a warm and caring person. God has the right job for you and I look forward to hearing when it happens.

jack69 said...

YES, YES waiting is hard. We can talk about patience all we want, but it has to be a mind set and for me t is hard to GET THERE. I am not at all surprised that you have been diligent to apply for jobs. You are a rule follower. You really have the military mind set and I smile at it. I think that is good, but then I would. LOL Most of us don't think of you as having limited use of the computer BUT we don't think of using particular entities and not the wide span. Good for you kicking out of the traces and taking some classes on Word and Excel. Good stuff.
Love you lady, and you are correct HE was not caught off guard, NEVER IS!

joeh said...

I suspect that the age makes it harder to find the job you want, but I think you will find a position where people appreciate the positive things that life experience brings.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I like your positive attitude and the fact that you are taking advantage of those back to work programs that are out there. People ar looking for hard workers and reliable people so I'd think you'd have no trouble getting a new job. Some like older people to hire for just that reason.Like you I lelievwe that something better s supposed to be coming your way. When one door closes another always opens. If it's meant to be it will.

Veronica Lee said...

I agree - waiting is hard!

I pray that you find a job soon but meanwhile, enjoy this stress-free time!

The Awkward Widow said...

You are certainly doing everything right! Quite a few companies offer work from home and I bet Amazon provides their own software. Check out Clark Howard's web page for the BEST work from home companies. I think you can even do receptionist work from home try Ruby.com) Air BnB also has remote customer service. It all depends on if you REALLY want/need to be working. Enjoy whatever your choice is!!

Liz A. said...

Since it happened to you, I think you can call it what you want. There is something immediate about "fired".

Good luck on the job hunt. It sounds like you're diligently looking. It's harder to find jobs than it used to be, so just relax, and I'm sure the perfect opportunity will appear just when you least expect it. (And with the blogging experience, you do have computer skills that might be relevant.)

Mevely317 said...

What an informative - yet uplifting - post! I'd no idea about Goodwill and other resources available to job seekers. For the record, I firmly believe those of us of 'a certain age' should be more attractive to a hiring manager. Unfortunately, it's getting past the mindset that young people tend to catch up with new and changing technology more quickly. (Fake news - lol.)

Fired/Dismissed? Regardless how awful the conditions, imagine it still smacks of rejection. Thank goodness your Faith and supportive hubby are there to buoy your spirits.

Mellie said...

Good luck, Betty! I hope something comes your way soon. It sounds like you are on the right track and doing all you can. I can relate to so much of what you said!! With Clint almost losing his job and now working 500 miles away, we are still in a similar boat. He is soon to be 52 and while he has a TON of technical skills and oilfield experience, it's just not relevant for many of the jobs that are out there.

Mary Kirkland said...

Waiting is hard, I agree. I wish you good luck in finding a job you enjoy.

Pat Hatt said...

I don't mind either, terminated sounds rather final, so I like that one. Hurry up and wait is all one can do a lot of the time. Hopefully something comes along soon.

Joanne Noragon said...

Yes, waiting is the hardest job of all. Be patient, it will happen.

Wendy said...

Not dismissed. Not fired. LIBERATED! Free to chart a new course. Look at you creating a new Betty with new skills and new ideas for her future. Take your time.

Ann Bennett said...

I'm proud of you. I would be totally overwhelmed with a job search. I have worked since I was 16. I stopped working at 54. My family needed more attention. I had retired at 30 years from teaching school at 51. It was a "huge" adjustment. Then I put in a short stint running a non-profit.

Care giving is my second career. It doesn't pay anything but I do think it is worth while. You may consider volunteering. If I ever have extra time, I thought I might start visiting folks in a nursing home.

I get the getting up at 6 am. I do the same thing. I am a natural nightowl. But when you sleep late, it seems like you have lost a great deal of the day.

peppylady (Dora) said...

So sorry about loosing a job. It doesn't matter how you lost or what you call it.
I would be scared if I had to go out and find one, being close to 60.
Coffee is on

Birgit said...

Well, that sucks and sorry that they let you go with nary a how do you do. They should have least let you know but, it sounds like it was a blessing in disguise because it didn’t sound like a healthy place to work in. I bet you will find something that will work for you and with your qualifications...patience is needed and be thankful you don’t need the money so you have time on your side.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I like what you said about Goodwill Career Center and the AZ at Work programs. Maybe Amber should look into something like that. Interview classes sound very interesting. Taking S.S. early is a good plan. We started mine at 62. If you see the difference in taking it early or waiting I think you are better off collecting for those years. None of us know the future so it is a "bird in the hand." Wishing you all the best and yes, waiting is hard.
Debby

Victoria Zigler said...

You'll find something. In the meantime, at least the delay in getting another job is giving you time to get the more up to date skills you need.

Blue Grumpster said...

Yes, waiting is hard, betty.I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. Reading your past line by line I couldn't help but feel annoyed again by how this world is treating anyone who is not a spring chicken. I mean we're talking experience and knowledge. That's so much more important than how young a person is. Well, in my book it is.

Anyway, thanks for sharing that with us, betty. You're a good person. You'll find another job.

Blue

yaya said...

When the decision to leave a job is your idea, it's not as upsetting as being dismissed without a chance to let it set in have a plan. My Mom retired from the hospital at 62 and found a job with Prudential insurance and they were happy with her age. Her experience and the fact she was stable with no kids or other things that would make her have to take off work was a plus. She had a few extra jobs, including some catering to local business offices for lunches. She worked until she was about 80 doing lots of thing for her church. You'll find that spot that God has instore for you. You sound like a great asset for any company! I like the term Fired..as in FIRED UP for some new adventures!

Juli said...

I love that you're not financially bond right now, and that you're striving to keep routine. Honestly, when I was out of work for 6 weeks (twice both for surgeries) I about lost my mind until I got back into the routine. even if I wasn't going to work, I still needed to accomplish things for the day and not just put it off until tomorrow.

Jeanette said...

I plan on retiring at the end of may and would love to find a part time job to supplement my social security. I haven't started looking yet. I would love a job at a medical or dental practice. I hope I can find one! Social security isn't squat these days!

DMS said...

Glad you are doing okay financially. Hopefully you find something that you enjoy. It sounds like you have a good routine while you are looking for a new job. I am impressed you still get up so early each day!

Hope you have a wonderful week!
~Jess

netablogs said...

Yes, waiting is hard! I hope you get the job you really want, and if not, you might be surprised at the opportunities that arise when you are retired, and how much joy you get out of them!

Big Mark 243 said...

...in your case, "fired" is entirely appropriate. You were a diligent worker, you did your job, that is, until the supervisor started to say that you weren't... no sugarcoating, they fired you... a good employee who was at standards and doing a productive function within a company...

...take it easy on the search but still focus on what you are looking for and what skills you have/don't have... it is great that there are free classes for you to gain some of those skills... I understand how it may feel for you... not only because of the financial part of it but the "feeling"... I rather enjoy feeling productive and having somewhere to "be"... it imposes a structure, which is cool... I like to think of Red's line from "The Shawshank Redemption"... "either get busy livin' or get busy dyin'", and there is a lot of life that is left to be lived..!

Paula said...

Just take a deep breath and enjoy your time. If God wants you to work you will get a job. Maybe he wants you to retire.

Linette said...

After being unemployed for six years due to health issues I landed a job at Save On Foods who later fired me after four months due to the fact I couldn't memorize the codes to the whole produce section.

I was really upset since I needed the money, one income wasn't cutting it for us needless to say, so in a way I get how you feel.

I didn't apply for unemployment but, I did keep on looking and landed another job I dreaded throughout the whole summer.

I ended up quitting that one and landed a much better job at Bulk Barn as a clerk again. I LOVE my job there, I've been there for well over a year now and at the age of 48 knowing there's not much out there where I live for people my age and older I'm going to stay rooted here.

I wish you all the luck and hope you find something you will at least feel comfortable in.
There's something out there for you somewhere you just have to keep looking and trying like I did. 😊

Secret Agent Woman said...

"Let go" is a little gentler, but I like the frankness of "fired." "terminated sound like you've been killed.

Ageism is very real and it's much harder to get a job after 50. It's unfair and short-sided because older employees have experience and often a solid work ethic. Crossing my fingers for you that you land in a good job soon!

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Kelly Steel said...

All the best with the job and the skill update.