A “friend” just told me yesterday that he will be laid off from his job within the next two months, which can be very discouraging for everyone who has been in his shoes. One starts feeling depressed and many questions come to their mind (e.g. what did I do wrong? Was it because of this situation?). Also, one starts believing false lies about themselves (e.g I’m not good enough. I’m a loser. I seem to not be able to do anything right, etc…). How do I know? I had the exact feelings 7+ years ago. I was laid off from my job that I have right now. I even looked back what I wrote at that time…
All of last week (October 6th-10th), it was in the news 24/7 about our “shrinking downfalling economy”. Weeks ago there was a natural disaster in Texas-Hurricane Ike, which “America” (media) has seem to have forgotten our fellow friends down there. It kind of shows where our priorities we put in our life-money! Anyways, I fell I’ll be adding more to this site for awhile during this so called “heading towards a depression”.
I want to encourage you all that God has a purpose for each individuals through this “difficult season”. I learned this towards the end of last year when I was first layed-off from my job (for a week only as I was called back-in to fill-in a staff leaving for “maternity leave”, which my “full-time”: benefits too was taken away) right before Thanksgiving of 2007. I was then off from work for 3-4 weeks in May, which during this whole time since November-I was seeking God on “what’s next” => pursue a “teaching licensure” in ESL (see GoodnewsEverybody: Liberal Arts-English). …
Here are some resources I found online to equip you at this particular “season”. I mean “season” because your just in a time period that won’t last long. We all go through phases/seasons in life, just keep persevering and don’t give-up!
Laid Off — Now What? career-advice.monster.com
Losing your job can be disorienting and difficult, but you have the power to take action. Yes, the layoff is the end of one chapter in your working life, meaning you need to build yourself back up and find that new beginning. These articles will help you make the most of your situation and come out in the best position possible:….
Target says 1,700 to be laid off
The corporation put a plan in action in hopes of saving $2 billion in costs.
The Associated Press Mar 10th 2015 1:51PM jobs.aol.com
Halliburton list shows layoffs hitting all levels of oil patch
Author: Robert Arnold, Investigative Reporter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Published On: Feb 23 2015 10:02:54 PM CST click2houston.com
Dysart Unified School District to lay off more than 100 teachers
9:51 PM, Jan 15, 2015 abc15.com
Stories of Professionals
Posted: 06/15/2012 3:17 pm EDT Updated: 06/15/2012 3:17 pm EDT huffingtonpost.com
How to Manage Finances?
Another “positive” outcome from being laid-off was that it forced me to budget and buy only “necessary” goods and live more of a healthier life. I realized I wasted money on a lot of “junk” food, so I would cut down or eliminate on this section of my grocery list.
“…Savings come in several forms, including retirement, smaller goal-oriented savings, large purchase savings, and emergency funds. Your emergency savings help you navigate around potential disaster if you’re suddenly laid off.
Determine How Much You’ll Need
At one time, 3 to 6 months set aside was the standard advice. That’s no longer the case. Many financial experts now suggest 6 or even 9 months worth of living expenses are needed to offset the loss of income. That might seem like an enormous goal, but with longer average periods of unemployment, less than 6 months of savings might not be enough….
Dave Ramsey “Budgeting” Money Makeover – 1/10
Don’t let emotions overrun your financial security. By Daniel Bortz
Oct. 17, 2012 | 9:45 a.m. EDT
“…To get your finances in order, the first step is filing for unemployment. Most states facilitate the process by enabling people to apply online. The average unemployment benefit in 2011 was $300 per week, which may seem paltry compared to what you were previously making, but it at least helps lessen the load of your expenses. In most states, workers can receive unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks. Due to the high unemployment period—as of September, the average length of unemployment was 39.8 weeks—some states have extended the benefits past 26 weeks.
To qualify, you had to have been let go from your job due to no negligent action of your own. If you were fired, you can contest the termination with your state’s Department of Labor, says Joe Heider, a certified financial planner at Rehmann Financial in Cleveland, Ohio. Those who qualify for unemployment can expect to receive the first check within two to three weeks.
However, Christopher P. Parr, a certified financial planner and president of Parr Financial Solutions in Columbia, Md., warns people not to get too comfortable while collecting unemployment to the point where they don’t push themselves to find a new job….
(see Jeremiah 29:11)
Sometimes being laid off can be “positive” 🙂 When I got laid off in 2008, it forced me to look for other career possibilities. I was volunteering at the local school teaching English as a Second Language & G.E.D (high school diploma) in my 4th year or so, which I decided to pursue teaching. I ended up taking classes via online for a year or so and got a teaching certificate, which paved the way to my current part-time job teaching the same evening a week.
September 24, 2013/ Jamerrill Stewart thebettermom.com
“..Recycling metal. My husband is a car guy and has always had extra metal, or even an extra car or two, lying around. He was able to take loads of scrap metal to recycle and make $200-$300 per load. He wasn’t able to do this every week, but when he did get enough metal together it was a huge blessing.
Yard sales. I pulled together a yard sale and made $250 in one weekend. It was amazing how people bought up items that I considered junk. Anything in our house that wasn’t nailed down was purged in a good yard sale.
Money in the mail. One day my husband came back from the mailbox with an envelope full of money. His co-workers were so upset over the fact that my husband was fired, and right before the holidays, they took up a collection. It was over $500 cash, plus one man sent an $89 check from his church.
I got a job. It wasn’t what I wanted to do. I wasn’t being a whiner. I just had so clearly felt the Lord led me to lay down my nursing job, and here I was a year later looking for work again. It was a faith-struggle for me at the time. Nonetheless, the unemployment we were counting on fell through and I knew that eating was important. Even though nurses were having trouble finding jobs at that time in our area, I was able to make one phone call and have a nursing position again. It wasn’t full-time, but it was enough to help us through….
His big comeback came to a horrifying end when this San Francisco Giant pitcher broke his arm during a game, from cbn.com
Being laid off also encourage me to explore my other gifts, talents, skills, etc… I recommend reading this book called “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. How do you know what is your calling or purpose in life? The analogy in the beginning of the book that encourage me is the line that said, “if you want to know what an invention is, you have to ask the inventor/creator” (paraphrase-> see Rick Warren – Purpose Driven Life Audiobook Ch. 1 from youtube.com).
This season in my life back in 2008 also built my faith and gave me more compassion for people who have been unemployed.
Promises for Those Struggling with Unemployment, livingbyfaithblog.com
What Does the Bible Say About Job Loss? – OpenBible.info from openbible.info
9 Prayers to get that breakthrough Job (Profitable employment) prayersfire.com
Have a prayer request?…
Got any personal stories somewhat similar to the ones above to encourage others out there?