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Well, it finally happened

August 11th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

After several layoff scares over a period of three years, my full-time job at the library finally ended, in July. I was able to stay on part-time, but of course I'm losing my health benefits. DH left an awful job in 2007 and hasn't had a job since then; we've been able to afford his being a househusband until now. Luckily, here in NJ you are eligible for partial unemployment when your hours are reduced, so that's a help. I've gotten one payment so far.

Well, that's all I'll say for now. Anyone who's been looking for a job lately knows how frustrated I'm feeling right now. I think I'll look back in my blog to see how we managed during previous lean times, and then go downstairs to make dinner. We are having cheesesteaks, Smile but home-made ones using Old Neighborhood shaved beef and a loaf of Italian bread. I hope they turn out well, because it should cost about 1/2 the price we used to pay for take-out ones.

6 Responses to “Well, it finally happened”

  1. snafu Says:

    I'm sorry your job has gone, this is so frustrating since we're told the economy is recovering. It must be regional! I wonder if there are opportunities in the school system. Perhaps technology systems with the larger employers who have technical libraries.

    Are you and DH listed on Linked In? I'm convinced that jobs are available if you are recommended by an existing employee. It seems to be Who you know, more than What you know. .t's so difficult to do but visiting Human Resource offices and asking what qualifications they need in their employees gives you something to focus on. Does NJ have any information sessions for job seekers? The point is to expand your network. Everyone you know needs to know your many qualifications and that you're seeking employment. What work are you and DH willing to do?

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I want to be the Good Fairy of Good Jobs for Good People so that I can wave my magic wand and *poof* a glittering, new, satisfying, decently paid job into existence for you....Would you like a new wardrobe to go with it? Wink .... But seriously, I'm sorry about your job cutback.

  3. NJDebbie Says:

    I'm in New Jersey and with an unemployed hubby. I hope things turn around for you. We are so heavily taxed in this state that I don't see how we would be able to stay here for retirement. I'm curious, are you still debt-free?

  4. StressLess Says:

    NJDebbie: Hope things turn around for you, too. I consider us free of credit card debt; I use a rewards card and pay it off each month. However, our mortgage is still going and I still have a loan against my civil service pension. So the pension loan repayments are still coming out of my now-reduced paycheck. I could get a payoff figure and pay it off early, but I figure it's more important to keep as much cash on hand as possible right now.

    GoodFairyJoanOftheArch: Thanks, I'll take the wardrobe, but only after your magic wand has also given me a new, svelte figure!

    Snafu - The questions you raise could be fodder for an entire year's worth of blog posts! As far as the schools, I've looked into that and it's not an easy road. Here in NJ to be a school librarian you need to have a special certification as a school library media specialist. Doesn't matter how much experience you've had as a public librarian. You can be hired under an emergency certification and then take three required classes after you start the job, but only if you have a Certificate of Eligibility (CE). You can only get that CE after the Dept of Ed has evaluated your library school transcript and determines you've taken all the right courses. They aren't doing those evaluations again until after October 1. So that's on the back burner right now.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    In my neck of the woods it is the same with school librarianship -- it is a totally different track than public, or academic. And my understanding is that the jobs have dramatically decreased because beleaguered school administrators tend to cut the "frills" first.

    I recommend that you look into prospect research. I used to be a librarian, but segued into prospect research in 1993. It is a growing field and draws upon the skills of librarians. Look around on aprahome.org for an overview of the field.

  6. Miz Pat Says:

    I'm so sorry you got laid off.

    They are going to have layoffs where i work at the end of this month, and I'm scared spitless.

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