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Well tomorrow I start work for a new job.

This time as a contract employee for a Contractor at a Paper Processing Plant. Did you get all of that?

Doing timekeeping, being the face of the the Contractor with the client, and doing whatever administrative tasks as requested.

The company I am contracting with found me, how I don’t know, but they found me, everything happened real quick last week and tomorrow I start work.

They are paying me $16.00/hr with overtime each week, I literally have to be at work at 7am every morning and work a 10 – 11 hour day each day. So yeah we’re looking at what I was making + hubby’s salary each month just on myself alone – NOW this will only go through the end of May 2016 BUT it might be extended into the summer, just depends on the work requirements.

I am nervous for sure, I’ve never worked this kind of schedule, nor have I worked in this sort of environment before…so I am hopeful.

So that’s all!

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I swear the universe doesn’t want us to be stable…why?

Well as you can probably figure out its the middle of the day and I am writing this post because I was let go on Friday from the State Temp Assignment…they couldn’t get me access to the necessary items because I was a Temp and as a result couldn’t keep me busy – yeah staffing agency called me at like 6:30 Friday evening…I can’t even begin to wrap my head around this – why oh why didn’t the client think of this BEFORE bringing me on board?!?! I did put my application in for the permanent spot, but at this junction I doubt highly it’ll happen – though I also don’t think I want it to, if that makes sense…I was feeling lethargic while there and really dreading being a desk-jockey again…

I’ve also decided I’m not going to the COPAT test on Thursday – the very idea of working in a prison scares the ever living you know what out of me, while I am sure I can do the job, I am not 100% sure I want to. If that makes sense?

So here I am once again unemployed – no real prospects – didn’t see one single position that looked appealing today…gonna be a very LONG holiday season for sure.  Thankfully I am capable of making Christmas gifts for the family, so I don’t have to worry about buying them gifts.

THEN I checked my hubby’s unemployment account and he’s said he’s been filing his weekly certs YET he hasn’t been paid…makes me wonder…WHY?!?!?  There should be several hundred bucks just sitting there, I haven’t touched his account since the beginning of October – 6 weeks ago – so there should be 6-weeks worth of monies there…I wonder if he’s actually filing….

Anyhew, that’s where we’re at – the mortgage thing is up in the air – I’ve asked him to look into the Unemployment Office’s assistance program and natch…we need to have a chat for sure.

Good Evening/Morning what have you readers!

I know things have been absolutely up and down lately but I have had a bit of luck, I applied for this position last week, got called by the staffing agency trying to fill it, and they brought me in, sent me to the customer and yeah well I managed to secure a temp spot!  It’s at least through the end of the year working for a State Government Agency literally 5 mins from my house! Oh yeah loving that part of it! It’s doing payroll work – timecard entry, tracking of deductions, etc.  It’s way more than I’ve done in the past, but I am confident I can handle it.  They are hiring for the position permanently – and they’d posted it last week – so I went ahead and applied Friday evening when I got home – will be shooting a message to the HR manager on Monday morning when I get into work.  I know I can handle the position, I know I can do it, there’s a LOT to learn but you know I already know how to do 1/2 of it…so we’ll see!

On the flip side though, last Wednesday morning before I started working we went to this Herbalife place we love and had some breakfast smoothies.  On the way out I grabbed a hat & scarf set I’d made to give to the owner, well not only did we get our smoothies for free she offered me a small spot in her store to sell some items! WHAT?!?! I am soo very excited! So I’ve spent the last three days crocheting up a STORM, I’ve made three more of the same sets, some rope scarves, one with a matching ear warmer, a Dobby the House Elf doll, a Christmas basket, and some cup cozy’s…I don’t have much in my thoughts, but I don’t want to make too much and have it not sell, so it’s a balancing act for sure.  So I am very hopeful that this will turn things around ever so slightly for us.

Still no decisions on how we’re going to proceed with the mortgage…but right now we’re in a holding pattern…

And I am still VERY bitter…evidently.

Thought I’d put it all behind me then my previous employers’ outplacement company called this morning and I just about bit the poor woman’s head off…ugh…

She was trying to get me to do a one hour online Orientation Webinar and I literally just couldn’t wrap my head around sitting in front of the computer for an hour doing this webinar.  I did cruise through the website before I left the company and I was less than impressed – seems these days to find a job one has to become a Marketing Guru/Narcissist. Ugh.  For those of us who are more humble and unwilling to turn into a 20-Something Millennial, this is going to prove to be very difficult.  I am 37 yrs old, I have 18 years working experience under my belt doing all realms of administrative/clerical and some sales work, I have both a BA and an MBA, I truly don’t think I need to “brand” myself and become that which is driving the world to a higher rate of narcissism. That’s just not me.  I don’t need to become to web celebrity to secure a job. This is truly ridiculous.

She offered to review my resume and help with interview tips, which I’ll take.  BUT these days it’s not about finding a company that matches ones ideals and in turn finding that dream career, nope these days the job market is about matching your “brand” to a company.  It’s truly been reversed and its ridiculous.

Oh and don’t even get me started on that crap website LinkedIn…has anyone truly ever had any success navigating that website?  Or is it just me?  I can’t seem to make it work for me…they want you to put ALL of your skills, talents, certifications, licensure, etc. etc. etc. etc. out there and then invite your entire address book to “network” with you, it really is just FACEBOOK for your damn resume.

Seriously people, when did this turn of events and manner of job seeking happen?  What happened to putting your resume in for a job, the hiring manager reviewing it, and then the interview – seems the pre-interview happens BEFORE your resume even hits the hiring manager’s desk…

Can we tell I am so done with the Corporate world and its Shenanigans?  The company I dedicated 5 working years to just discarded me like a piece of trash because I didn’t agree with the path they were wanting to take for my position (no I don’t know this for sure, BUT I do know the BRAND NEW finance person for our division and I didn’t get along AT ALL).  So here I am 37 yrs old, competing for jobs I could do in my sleep with these narcissistic 20-something year old millennials who’ll do the job for 1/2 the cost I am willing to take.

If I could drop many F*Bombs here I would…

Well here we are Day 4 of unemployment…

Not overly happy with my current situation, but this week I’ve just tried my best to relax and just unwind some before jumping headfirst into the job search next week…

I’ve registered with NC Works, filed for unemployment, and have gone on one interview at a staffing agency, the rest of the week I’ve spent creating fun and awesome crochet stuff, hitting the gym and sleeping! Hee Hee guess that’s a good way to spend a vacation week, no?

Oh I have also scheduled my COPAT (Corr. Officer Physical Agility Test) with the Dept of Corrections, that’s scheduled for 11/19, giving me ample time to prepare for it.  There’s a lot of physical work I need to put in to get 100% ready for it, my trainer has offered to help me in any way she can, so I am just doing what I can on my own and will incorporate into my workouts what she suggests.

Next week, I jump in full force, taking my turn looking for work in the afternoon, going to the gym, and planning Girl Scout meetings for my Brownies’ badge work, all the while also working on fun crochet stuff – see a theme here?! LOL!!!

Anyhew, tomorrow my severance, bonus, and vacation time payout hit my bank account, so we’ll be living on that money for awhile, next week we also have to go to DSS to submit more paperwork for the kids’ Health Choice and see about bumping up our food stamp monthly allotment from $258/month, to more now we’re down to just two Unemployment Incomes per month instead of one + a salary.

Figured I’d drop in an update…nothing really earth shattering has happened since I walked out of my office for the last time last week…can’t turn my work brain off though…really hoping the replacement is doing what she’s supposed to, and that my poor co-worker they had me cross train isn’t dealing with her too much…will send her an email tonight to say hey and check-in…can’t just shut-off five years…

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I put this on Facebook just a few minutes ago

“Severance Letter coming today…this is really happening…ugh I don’t know why but I was kind of hoping my company would realize the error of their ways and ditch this chick who is totally UNFIT for the job and keep me…but alas, not happening…it’s all for the better right?
Let’s just hope we don’t end up homeless and living on the streets with 5-furbabies…that scares me more than anything.”

The amount of fear building up inside of me is insurmountable…I am so worried about what’s going to happen with us, our kids, our furbabies, and everything in between.  With Friday being my last day – and my replacement being completely inept I am just hopeful that there’s a bigger reason behind all of this.

My husband hasn’t had an interview or a bite on his resume in a couple of weeks.

I am going to a staffing agency next week…but the likelihood of something coming out of that is nll…my pay scale is a lot higher than what they’d be able to offer me, right now my minimum is $17.00/hr.  And anyone who is hiring for an Admin in my area is going to be offering a minimum of $8.00/hr capping out at $12.00/hr, which with the amount of experience I have is an absolute INSULT! Ugh…

So with that being said…let’s let the anxiety attack happen!

We’re behind on EVERYTHING except Banfield for Sadie, Gold’s Gym, and State Farm which are all on Auto-Draft from our bank account – we’re on shut-off from the electric company, we paid 1/2 of our past due balance for AT&T yesterday, sure CFPUA will be sending us a shut-off notice at some junction too…we have to eat as well…ugh ugh ugh…

ANXIETY

ANXIETY

ANXIETY

So tomorrow morning around 10am my replacement will be badged and on campus ready for training…

So tomorrow morning I have to begin showing this stranger how to do my job…

So tomorrow morning reality will truly truly settle in…

So tomorrow morning I am going to be doing this UN-MEDICATED…

So tomorrow morning I may puke…

Will someone be there to help pick up the pieces…I highly doubt it…my only saving grace is that I’m leaving work around 2:30 tomorrow to take our daughter to her ADHD Dr appt before her talk therapy appointment…and then after dinner tomorrow night I am hitting the gym to work-out the frustrations and anxiety of the day while “clanging and banging” on the irons (Thanks Rock for that cute phrase) in hopes of sweating away the anxiety…

On Friday I worked at home so I could go to a job fair at our local technical college – spoke with several recruiters and picked up 4-5 business cards and was told to go to this or that website to fill out an application…spent Saturday evening doing just that.  I think the one that might scare me the most was when I went to the State’s Website and filled out an application to be…hold on…I’m gonna tell…a Corrections Officer…THAT scares the ever living you know what out of me…the COPAT (or physical exam) doesn’t intimidate me as much as the fact that IF hired I’d be working in a prison…never having actually set food inside one – yeah that frightens me.  Otherwise, I found the job fair itself pretty useless..it was more about networking and putting faces with companies than anything else.  I had ZERO clue how to even initiate conversation let alone get information.  So we’ll see.

Other than that I am high anxiety right now…

Can I just ditch the laptop, badge and parking pass? And go right to my severance and stay home?

No! DAMN!

Being an Adult SUCKS!