i guess it's my turn to get laid off...

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  1. Chainblade

    Chainblade Junior Member

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    ya just great. my dream job that I got in July is now gone. My boss came to our office today and laid off me and the other IT guy here. stupid economy. he said I was one of the best hires he has ever done but he was forced to lay some people off. I just never thought this could happen to me. Luckily, I can work until January 2nd and then I have some vacation time. Hopefully between now and then, I will find another job. I don't have much hope though. I don't know what to do, I have $1500+ worth of bills a month. I guess all I can hope is that I can find another job that pays decent. And I don't expect it to be a good one either. After so many years of working shit ass jobs that stressed me out, I thought I was done with that shit forever. Now I might have to do it (or worse) again. I am just speechless here...
  2. Dustin

    Dustin Junior Member

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    Shit man, sorry to hear that. Start looking hardcore for jobs now and keep cutting down expenses where you can to stretch that budget out. If you need to, sell your truck, cancel insurance; cancel cable, downgrade cell plan, etc, etc, etc.

    I'm gonna hit up Craigslist and see what I can find you ;) Hopefully our Washington peeps have some connections here
  3. Mr. Ali

    Mr. Ali Junior Member

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    Can you collect unemployment?
  4. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Holy shit, that's a drag man. If there is a bright spot in all this it's unemployment. Be sure and don't do anything rash, like walk off before your severance date. Bush just signed an extension to unemployment benefits and I suspect Obama will do it too, so you'll have quite a safety net while you look for something new.
  5. mechi

    mechi Banned

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    i feel you, my boss told me to work 3 days a week instead of 5, and forbid overtime :(

    its hard just get your hussle up and youll be fine.
  6. Chainblade

    Chainblade Junior Member

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    ya I'm just gonna start applying like crazy. hopefully i can find something. i wonder how much unemployment is paid per hour? i've never been laid off or fired before. Like, isn't unemployment a percentage of how much I made at this job? so let's say unemployment pays me $12/hour. Can I continue to search for jobs that pay me more than that or am I forced to get any job, even if it's minimum wage? plus, how long can you be on unemployment?
  7. mechi

    mechi Banned

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    never been fired before either so i wouldn't know. so far ive been doing some crazy work things, like catering and fixing car parts. and i even hustled this dude for some new tires and breaks, charged him 900 for it :)
  8. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    You get a certain amount of time on unemployment, at least a year I think, during which time you are free to search for whatever job you like. They can't force you to get a job a 7-Eleven, or in gay porn, etc.
  9. Bear

    Bear Hoot!

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    Wow, that's horrible. Sorry about the news. I don't know what I'd do if I got laid off. Probably have to move back in with my parents and force my girlfriend to live on her own or with me. It's so hard to find a good job nowadays, especially in the IT field.

    Best of luck.
  10. Chainblade

    Chainblade Junior Member

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    that's good to know. That way, I can search for a job that pays enough and is in my field and not have to settle for shit. Hopefully unemployment will pay enough to get by at least. With all my bills, I don't know. If I get a couple of good roommates, I should be able to make it though.
  11. Dustin

    Dustin Junior Member

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    You sound like a real great guy
  12. Commissar Smersh

    Commissar Smersh 2020 Staff Member

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    Unemployment Benefits

    Go, research stuff now.
  13. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    It's amazing to me how one word can completely change the timbre of a sentence:

    Depressing
    Kick ass!
  14. integra00

    integra00 Junior Member

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    wow man that absolutely blows
  15. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    Ask your current employer to write you a letter of recomendation, that's what my old boss did for when I got laid off... even though i didn't even need it to get the current job I have now.
  16. smirnoff

    smirnoff Curmudgeon

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    qft. Letter's of reference are great!
  17. Chainblade

    Chainblade Junior Member

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    not a bad idea. i've never gotten one before. How and when is it used? Should I send it along with my resume and cover letter or wait until I get an interview and bring it then?
  18. Jamsan

    Jamsan Junior Member

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    Wait until potentional employers ask for them..

    Tough break man. I wish you the best of luck.
  19. Chainblade

    Chainblade Junior Member

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    oh really? i've never had a potential employer ask for a letter of recommendation lol.
  20. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    This shit will go further up the foodchain, so everyone take notes.
  21. ninefivezero

    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    Man, sorry to hear that. I wish I had a connection to hook you up with, but I don't :(
  22. -=Lurker=-

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    I got laid off once. My boss was cool enough to hook me up with one of his collegues at another shop. I didn't end up taking that job but it sure did keep me from being so depressed at the time.
  23. Chainblade

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    my boss said he would do anything to help me. he didn't want to make the lay offs but he was forced. he wasn't too happy about it, that's for sure.
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    If you're frinds with him outside of work or even if he's just cool, I would ask him for any contacts he may have aswell as a referral. Seeing as he's laying you off, he should have no problem with that.
  25. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    I've got a extra room, if you need a floor to sleep on. Ok, you can have a box in the room.