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Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Sun Dec 19, 2004 1:30 pm

and hopefully give some of you youngsters a piece of advice.

Hi yall.

I hope that everybody here has been having a better last couple of weeks then I have had.

As some of you noticed, a while ago I almost hit a particular posting milestone and then stopped posting until now. Well let me explain what happened.

As some of you guessed in a different thread, I stopped intentionally at that point for dramaics and impact. I was intending at that time to come up in a couple of days with a great thesis to try and get some of you people to step back and consider the other persons point of view in some of the more politized subjects that were comming up, and look like they still are.

So after a week of non-starts on that great thread, I started to notice significat increases in my workload at school. Which wasn't unexpected since finals where comming up rather quickly. Ok, went ahead a decided to keep myself off the forums so I could concentrate on my studies. It might have actually worked since it appears that I have managed at least 1 A so far. Well finals ended this week. However it was not without some serious stress from outside issues, and that is where the piece of advice that I want to give comes from.

So fast forward to last Tuesday during the last week of regular instruction of school, I come home after class and there is a message on my machine asking me to call work. So I wasn't able to do much about it since it was nearly 11PM. The next day I get to talk to the station manager at work who asks me to come in. Well make a long story short, Apparently I was one of about 8 or 9 people who where let go, out of a company of about 30. So spent most of the rest of that morning running around and filing for unemployment.

Actually the end seemed pretty anti-climatic since the signs that the company has been in real trouble have been around for the better part of two years. I guess they are still trying to run it but truth is, unless owner decides that some of the mangement she has in place can't rub two sticks together, Let alone run an air charter company it isn't going to happen. I will have to admit that they have been pretty good about keeping my schedual constant while I was attending school. It is too bad that I will no longer be around when I finally get it. From what I have seen, the upper managment could use some of the education that this BAA Global Logistics Management major has gotten so far. Well the good news is that my Thursday night opened up so now a class that I need next semester isn't in conflict with work. This means that out of the 5 I have left for graduation, I will be able to get all but one of them done.

Well that is about where I am now, haven't really gotten hard core into the job search yet since I wanted to finish up those finals first. No point pissing away 12 credits I took this fall because instead of studying I was spending my time looking for work. The former seemed to take priority. Going to go spread my resume around next week before X-mas

Well at the start of this tortured tale I said I was going to the youngsters a piece of advice. The short version is that you want to do everything you can to leave below your means.

Now what do I mean about that, at this moment I am not in a financial crisis. Despite the fact that I got all more my Christmas shopping done before I got laid-off (Or sacked as the british would say) I am not going to have to worrying about paying for all of it in a month or so. The reason? I lived below my means and didn't max out the credit cards. In fact, I don't think I used them at all this year. Likewise I have been living below my means ever since the companies largest single client left last fall, which triggered last years mass lay-off at my company. This enabled me to put some cash away for an emergency, such as this. The only really big bill I have to worry about is my truck, food and utilities. Not a bad place to be when found in this situation. There is a guy on the radio, I won't plug his show or books, that gives finanical advice, and putting away that emergency fund is one of his big pushes.

So with any luck I should be ok, until I find new work and I hope that some of you kids realize that rather then buying the newest stereo, you might be well set a goal of getting either a fixed about of money in your bank account, a fixed amount that you never spend below, or having a fixed amount or percentage of money that you pull out of your check and then sit on it, and pretend it doesn't exist.

You never know when you might need it.
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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Sun Dec 19, 2004 1:34 pm

Great words from a real genious what a great 20,000 post...sorry to hear of your unfortunate happenings
 
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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Sun Dec 19, 2004 1:37 pm

Hey-

I am sorry to hear that. You seem to be in good shape considering your situation and that is good. My parents also stress the saving money thing, but my problem is I work JUST enought to pay car payments and insurance and thats all I have to pay, and i hardly have enough to "save" and i forgot gas too. So in my case i cant think about that stuff but it IS a great advice. I wish you best luck and thanks for the advice!

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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Sun Dec 19, 2004 1:47 pm

L-188,

I was hoping to see the numerous "here's the room of people who care" pictures. I'm sorry to hear about your job. However you seem the type that will rebound quickly and find another job soon. I wish you all the luck in finding new work. Big grin
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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Sun Dec 19, 2004 2:34 pm

Being laid off is never fun, especially around christmas.. I hope that things work out well for you. That is good advice as well. Glad to see ya back on the forums  Smile

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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Sun Dec 19, 2004 2:36 pm

L-188 ,

If you have 60 credits and are looking for some cash to help get you through try substitute teaching, get $80-95 Dollars to watch some kids for a few hours.

Welcome back, and good luck.
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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Sun Dec 19, 2004 2:39 pm

Well I already have an AA. General Studies, but it is an AA.

Not quite sure I have the temperment to teach through.

We are talking about a guy who the night after I got laid off, spent the night with a pity beer watching a double header of "Officespace" and "Mr. Roberts"

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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Sun Dec 19, 2004 4:34 pm

Hey, Sorry to hear about the job situation. If you think you might be good at sales let me know and I will direct you to a guy who can setyou up with some work.

Congrats on 20k posts.

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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Sun Dec 19, 2004 4:37 pm

Tough times.
Glad you hear you'r back.
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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Sun Dec 19, 2004 5:12 pm

Thanks for the offer DL021.

Unless it is in Anchorage I can't take it.

Can't justify putting off my college work.

Which is sad becasue I allready have found about a 1/2 dozen jobs that I really would like to apply for, particularly if I had my BBA allready, but can't because I wouldn't be able to finish my school.

Damm those 5 classes  Pissed
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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Sun Dec 19, 2004 5:14 pm

You could probably do it there if there are car dealerships and finance companies.

Contact me on my email and I will give you details.

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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Sun Dec 19, 2004 5:24 pm

Thanks.

I put up another thread about on-line resume systems like Fed-ex uses.

That would be my first choice of a job to get at this point, doing customs clearence work for them. Considering my major, it looks like a good place for upward mobility, something that was noticiably lacking where I was working before. Northern Air Cargo just opened up a warehouse job, will go ahead and apply with them too. My big deal is that anything I take, is that I need to take classes between 7-10 at night this spring and 1 class during the same hours next December to finish up my degree.

Sort of puts a bit of a hed
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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Sun Dec 19, 2004 5:39 pm

Speaking of jobs that I can't apply to at this time DL021.

I noticed that Home Depot's headquarters appears to be in your neck of the woods. They also have a lot of logistics and werehousing anaylist jobs, that will fit in well with what my degree will be.

Besides it might be a way to get some money back that I have spent there over the years  Laugh out loud
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Sun Dec 19, 2004 6:08 pm

I have a friend who is a supervisor in corporate security for them (he's a bodyguard type who works PSD's). Maybe an LP job will come open where you are. They make room for college hours on their schedules. Maybe it could work for you.

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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Mon Dec 20, 2004 12:54 am

Dl021 ,

Are you in VIS work?..
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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Mon Dec 20, 2004 1:41 am

Whats that?

I'm in sales.
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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Mon Dec 20, 2004 1:47 am

Could you consider working via a Temporay help agency doing office work? Sometimes those temp jobs can give you ideas and contacts for future full time opportunities, you have hours/days flexibilty, and some agencies offer medical benefits at group rates. The other idea is to get part-time work for a company that does contract work at the airport, since you want to be close to the airline industry? (unless that is just what you were doing !)
 
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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Tue Dec 21, 2004 3:51 am

That is a possiblity.

I might try that in the spring, if my situation hasn't rectified itself by that point.
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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Tue Dec 21, 2004 3:56 am

Could you consider working via a Temporay help agency doing office work? Sometimes those temp jobs can give you ideas and contacts for future full time opportunities.

Not only that, but a temp job can become a permanent job. I had a cousin that worked at Fidelity through a temp agency. They liked her work enough to hire her as a permanent employee, which is where she works now. This is something definitely worth trying out.

L-188, I'm not too familiar with this but isn't hiring traditionally a a bit slow during Christmas time?
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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Tue Dec 21, 2004 9:18 am

Usually, unless you want to be a traditional temp/seasonal worker in a story.

Jan-Feb-Mar is pretty slow up here. No tourists and no construction work.

Will have to cross my fingers.

At least I had one company give me a call back today, ask me to come in and fill out a paper application with them.
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RE: Well, Let Me Explain Where I Have Been

Tue Dec 21, 2004 9:34 am

Past disagreements aside, good luck finding something.

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