I became a statistic yesterday. Supposedly the unemployment numbers had been improving — pushed down to 9.4% instead of 9.5% according to NPR a few mornings ago. There will be a few new unemployment claims this week, since a few of my coworkers and I lost our positions.
None of this was a reflection on my performance. It was a financial decision to reduce costs. With two tech writers, one can be let go. I had less seniority, so there you go.
For me, it wasn’t unexpected. Dreaded, but a shock to the system? No. I’ve been looking for a new job since early July because some of the undercurrents at my position were very similar to other layoffs I’d been through. Nothing was said, nothing was mentioned, but subtle things happened that pointed towards getting my resume polished and out there.
The job search is one of the reasons my posts on here have been few and far between.
This is a learning opportunity, right? Character building in the face of a down economy and job market! At least that’s what I’m telling myself.
Actually, what I’m telling myself is that this is the perfect opportunity to visualize obtaining a new position (with a salary the same or better than I was making) before my funds run out.
Need a freelance writer? I’m available full time, starting yesterday.