I am about to boldly go where no Ginger has gone before… the world of unemployment.
I had the official sit-down with my bosses yesterday and I’ll be unemployed as of March 31st. I’m actually looking forward to it a little bit.
Many years I have toiled fruitlessly in the media industry and I’m glad to bid it adieu. The decision to part ways with my employer was mutual. I have a background in the greater concepts of communications planning and marketing, but they needed someone with a more granular background in media planning and buying.
We gave it a good shot, but it just wasn’t meant to be. They really liked me though, so are making my termination as nice as they can.
- I finish work on the 31st, but will be paid through to April 15th
- My benefits will also be extended to that date
- I am allowed to leave work for interviews at any time
- The bosses are going to call around and see if anyone is looking for someone with my talents
- I can use them as a reference for the right kind of job
All in all it’s not a bad way to leave work. Few bitter feelings. But it’s still a little awkward. No one really wants to lose their job or be told that they’re not right for the position. Why hire me in the first place?
Anyway, I’ve got to switch into recovery mode now. I’ve started the job hunt, but no bites yet. Currently I’m looking at social media-esque positions, and also admin stuff that pays well.
(Not that you can always tell on this blog, but) I’m incredibly good at writing and editing. I can spot typos from a mile away. I would love to do more communications or writing jobs, but so many of them require a comms, English or journalism degree that I don’t have. And really, I don’t feel like going back to school would give me much more of an edge. Sure there are a few things I could brush up on (proper proof-reading notes, etc.) but with practice I would meet the level of my peers in simpler journalism.
How does one convince a person to give them a chance? It’s tough.
I’m looking for just about any job right now. My goal for the next year or so is to get a stable job with stable and sufficient income. I need to make around $22 hourly or $40,000 a year in order to pay for my apartment, lifestyle, etc. I don’t think that’s unreasonable.
While I work my nice, stable job I can work on my personal self. I need to get my eating habits in check (currently not eating enough nor correctly) organize and follow an exercise regimen and also increase my social life. I also want to do things that I’ve been meaning to do, such as take up pottery and sewing again.
Basically I want to feel satisfaction and fulfillment in my life.
I think this is going to be the year of change. If anyone has any advice or job suggestions I am all ears.