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So I thought I’d try and share an update on where we’re at with certain topics I’ve discussed here…

The Mortgage – the State and the Non-Profit came through for us – we were awarded a 5-Month Period of Payments on the Mortgage, we’ll pick back up in January 2017.  That being said I am seriously scared to death on what’s going to happen come January.  The non-profit contact did tell us that we can apply for some sort of “gap” funds…whatever that is should our situation not change.

My Job – I was hired on Part-Time with a Southern Retail Department Store – initially I was in the Fine Jewelry Department, but the Part-Time hours just weren’t enough.  So after discussing it with the counter manager we put my name into the pot to move into the Ready-to-Wear Women’s Clothing Department, FULL-TIME! I actually got my benefits packet in the mail today,  WooHoo!

With that being said – Insurance – We applied for Insurance through DSS sometime early last month for my husband and I – and we found out today that we were approved, WooHoo!! So I might hold off on enrolling in benefits through work (medical at least for now) to conserve some funds.

We also started the process for my husband’s Disability – the paperwork has been sent back in and he’s had his physical – they called today to clarify some things and then stated more paperwork is headed our way for him to complete – we really NEED this Miracle.  So hoping they approve him so we can get some stability – though 9 times out of 10 the applicants are denied the first go-round…we have until January…ugh

The other item we need to decide on is Silver…she’s really more than we can afford each month with her $540.00 payment – $273.00/mos insurance – and Gas…so we’re trying to determine what we’re going to do with her.  As much as it would break my heart to part with her, I can’t seem to see us being able to continue to pay for her…

The other upswing in our household is that about two weeks ago we adopted a new baby girl for my Son – I took him to PetsMart and we found him a new baby, we welcomed Josina (now named Sakura) into our house – she’s a four month old little lady whose just made herself to home!

And yes I am still cruising through my Cook/Bake from Scratch journey!  More of that to come!

Ugh, the New Year – Everyone looks forward to a fresh new start but alas I look this year with disdain – we’re staring down the barrel of this foreclosure hearing in 20 days…and from everything I am reading online that gives us roughly a month (20-days until the hearing + the 10 days until the sale) before we’ll have to vacate.  Was hoping for more time – but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen…I could just cry and puke all at the same time…we worked hard to buy our home – spent 6 stressful months trying to find the home – get the offer in – and then finally close – only to have one piece of bad luck after another thrown our direction..and now its culminating in this.

We’ve outlined how much we can swing each month for rent, $750 – $775 no more, and that leaves us looking at a 2 Bedroom place with my husband and I sharing the living room as our bedroom…how much does that suck?!?!  We really want to stay in the kids’ school districts at least through the end of the school year – BUT the hearing isn’t before a Judge – nope it’s before a Clerk who is just checking paperwork to ensure everything is as it should be…great…

We’re looking for places to live – I found a handful – the problems are going to be:

a) coming up with a deposit – we outlined last night how much we need to set aside each week for the deposit until we have to sign a lease and move but if its getting pushed up I’m now going to have to squalor away every cent I can and

b) the animals – I’m NOT willing to re-home any of them – I can’t be convinced otherwise – and with two large breed dogs its not going to be easy…

So right now we’re a jumble of unknowns and anyone who knows me knows this is DRIVING ME INSANE!!!!

So then over Christmas we’re with our families and BOTH sets of parents are asking us the same questions about where are we going to live? If we couldn’t pay our mortgage how are we going to pay rent? And asking my husband how his job search is going – alright let me talk about this one for a moment – he’s looking, he even got asked to join a company and be a tax preparer for tax season – BUT the caveat would be he’d have to be in training ALL day starting tomorrow for 6-Days, then he’d probably be working full-time…wonderful, right? WRONG! We have no means for daycare – meaning I leave for work before any place opens so there’s no where for our daughter to go next week while she’s still on her intercession – our son returns to school Monday – AND there’d be no way for my hubby to pick them up in the afternoon – he still doesn’t drive and he doesn’t have a vehicle…so he had to turn it down.  As well meaning as some of the questions are we’ve looked at this from all angles and with my weird long days right now we just can’t do daycare/after school care etc.  It’s not the money – it’s the getting the kids to-and-from – so now my husband feels even more guilty because to him the messages came across that he was lazy and not willing to work – ugh – told him that I need him at home right now – his job is to take care of house/kids/animals – which he’s done with grace this week – even going so far as to learn how to cook some of our favorite meals!

Right now I have no answers – we’re trying to find a place to live – we don’t have a real timeline of anything at the moment – and until after that hearing we’re not going to know exactly what’s going to happen.

We do know that we aren’t going back to MD – I am not walking away from my new job – as it could lead me to other positions similar and allow me to provide for the family – as scary as a thought that is – this type of contract/field work doesn’t fall out of the sky and its something I have to jump on now vs. later.  I don’t know what my Contract Company is going to have me do once this project is up – I’ll start asking for a new position as close to the end of the project as I can – but again that unknown.

So I hope Everyone was Safe in their Celebrations Last Night – I am Still Feeling Very Overwhelmed and Wish I could Give the answers so many are looking for…but alas I don’t have them.

So the Sheriff’s office came by today with a court summons/notice informing us that the court date for the Foreclosure hearing has been set for 01/21/2016 at 11am…

So it begins – my hubby is going to go to the hearing to find out what the move-out date is…

In the meantime I am looking for housing for us…we’ve settled on the fact that we’ll need a 2-bedroom house with us using a fouton/daybed of sorts to sleep in the living room…I don’t know if I want to puke/cry/or scream bloody murder right now.

I am MAD – there I said it MAD – this is our own doing I know – we couldn’t keep up with the payments before my hubby lost his job – and then I lost mine too – thankfully I was able find a new job relatively quickly but STILL…we can’t keep up, the mortgage payment + utilities + groceries + the car payment + insurance plus plus plus…ugh.  I am sure some of it was a stagnant pay rate for YEARS.

I don’t know what else to say truthfully…I’ve put inquiries into several places for houses for rent – BUT I’m sure we’re going to run into the problem of our pets – 2 dogs + 3 cats with one dog being a Rottweiler Mix who weighs 85lbs and one being a Pitbull we’re going to run into brick walls left and right…and NO I am NOT willing to give any of them up…

Nor is moving back to MD an option – for several reasons

a) my new job – it’s a great opportunity and I don’t think it would be smart to walk away

b) we were miserable in MD – angry all the time, stressed to the max ALL the time

c) living with my parents would cause undo stress to all parties involved…

Ugh. I am talking in circles.

Gonna go sulk in a corner now…

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!

Over the last almost four years I’ve held the same job…day in and day out the same thing…my daily breakdown looks a bit like this:

  • Come into work
  • Boot up Computer
  • While computer ‘wakes up’ – make breakfast
  • Return to desk with breakfast, log into work systems, peruse through emails that arrived over night, flag items requiring my attention for follow-up
  • Eat Breakfast – while eating check personal email, check in with MyFitnessPal and Facebook
  • Open up report I manage – filter for Submitted Items
  • Open up System email box, using emails check against report for anything that’s been approved – marking the Submitted to Approved when checked
  • Remaining Submitted Items are then checked against client system for PM Approval
  • Go through daily tasks completing steps for unfinished items from previous day
  • Go through daily calendar reminders for unfinished items for previous day
  • Noon = Lunch
  • Mon-Tues I key in items from Report to Client system
  • Wed I check for Approved Items off of Another Report, I then check for status in our system, and then I compare this report against our system for items not completed the previous week that would now be completed; if items have not been completed yet I send emails to the field team requesting completion, if one has been done for a personal item I ask the employee for payment status; if it’s on an expense report and not completed I flag it for follow-up the following week.
  • Thurs I run a submitted-unpaid report – what this is is a report that shows all timecards/expenses added to our system but not completed by the field team; if items from the previous week still are not completed I’ll send an email to the employee requesting status of completion.
  • Friday is completion of anything not done Mon – Thurs

Every day – Every week is the same.

Throw in there sometimes I answer the same friggin 10 questions over and over again

  • I send email requesting status of an expense report/timecard that is showing in our system as pending – employee comes back with “I sent it in, I don’t understand why it hasn’t been approved” or “I sent it in and it was approved by my Service Manager” – when I tell them I was looking at the item at the SAME time I was composing the message they have no response
  • Or the employee’s expense report is missing something and our payroll team short pays the expense report creating an addendum; I’ll send the employee an email requesting they follow the steps (CLEARLY OUTLINED IN AN INSTRUCTION KIT ALSO SENT OVER AT THE SAME TIME) to reopen the expense report and send it back in – the employee will come back to me with “I resent the missing receipts in, I don’t understand why this addendum was generated” I’ll ask them if they FIRST followed my instructions and I’ll get one of two answers “No” meaning he’s admitting he failed to read my email; or “What instructions?” meaning he’s admitting he perused my email but failed to open the attachment
  • Or they won’t allow the CC Transactions to filter to our system and expense them preemptively – thus creating MORE work because they were impatient…when asked about this they act like confused monkey’s – it’s frustrating…

I could go on, but I won’t…in the meantime of dealing with all of the above stupidity I STILL do not receive paid time off and benefits – and over the last almost four years that has equated to 289.25 hours or $4,338.75 of loss pay! (pre-tax pay)…I swear to GAWD this money could have meant so much to us and kept us in line financially…

All of the above + a total lack of respect by my manager I have loss all desire to be here…

So where does that leave me?

Time to find a new job…

Which in my market is damn near impossible for someone of my experience level – God forbid I demand to make more than minimum wage for work that some employer’s see as necessary but don’t see fit to pay well…I don’t know how companies get by without their administrative staff, I really don’t.  But I digress.  So therefore, trying to find a job right now is proving difficult, but I am looking and there’s several criteria that needs to be met:

  • Minimum $16 – $20.00/hr pay
  • Next level management/supervisory level job
  • Benefits/Paid Time Off

Something I would like is Flexibility – having two children with ADHD and one with Oppositional Defiance means my need to be out of the office for Dr’s and therapy appointment’s is higher than normal…and I need to be able to go without justifying them.  So I’m not applying for every job I remotely qualify for…it’s only been a handful thus far, but it’s time for more income.

Ok rant over!  Back to our regularly scheduled programming.