Sorry man, that's rough. Best of luck finding something new.
Way OT: I got laid off today
Good luck on finding a new career.
I'm sorry to hear that. Good luck to you.
I hope you catch on somewhere else doing something you love.
Hope you find something out there soon.
It's heart breaking to be honest. This is all I really know. There are lots of freelance opportunities out there, so we'll see. Thanks for the support. I can't believe how well I behaved when they delivered this bombshell.
..It sounds like you took it with class. That is more important than most people think. Your name, your word, your effort and your dignity are what make you. Keep those things in tact and you'll be fine.
So, maybe move with the times. Start a blog. Write a book. Blog about being laid off and what your going through now. Whatever you do...keep swinging brother. God speed.
I do appreciate all the feedback. It has helped.
Thats just awful. Keep your head up and I wish the best for you.
I hear there is a shortage of decent sports writers at the Detroit Free Press if you want to get away from crime reporting ;)
You should edit your resume to be full of non-facts and extremely misleading, they respect that.
November begins the next (hopefully even better) chapter of your life.
Good luck in working through the process.
Good luck to you in the future
I really feel for you, and hope there's something o the horizon.
I am on the other end of this....I have to lay off three people this week. I was suppose to do it in April, but have been using a series of internal shell games to not do it.
Meeting with my Board of Director's tomorrow. They have called me on it. In this economy (in Michigan) laying someone off especially when they have a family can start the path to homelessness.
I have been able to find work for two of the ones I have to let go, but still feel shitty about the situation.
Interesting question for me will be if my board decides that I should join them for not following my agreement to do this earlier.
That is a terrible situation and it would tear me up to do, because I genuinely care about others. Hang in there. That's all I can do at this point.
can be a thankless endeavor. Good luck to you, too, Dred.
It's never easy. I wish you a speedy and fruitful job hunt. GOOD LUCK!
I was laid off a while back...it was a nice dose of anxiety, fear, anger for me. Keep your head up and your eyes open to all opportunities & try not to limit yourself geographically. It seems like in today’s economy you have to be willing to move...IMO. Good luck bud!
I can honestly say I never pictured myself in an unemployment line or filling out the paperwork. And I don't mean that in a smug way. I'm good at what I do, and I have a real passion for it. We'll see what happens.
It's happened to many. I was laid off in mid-2008 and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as I like what I do now much better. Keep at it.
I felt like a tool filing for unemployment in California, but those measly checks ended up making the difference between defaulting on my mortgage or not (yea! for not), especially after my wife was laid off 3 months later.
As an aside, it's not the dole - it's insurance money paid by your employer to insure you against the economic hardship of the layoff, so it's really more like extended severance payments.
In any case, keep your chin up and chase the opportunities you find and you'll be ok.
Sucks to hear. Good luck finding something new. Keep your spirits up.
Sorry to hear that. Thanks for sharing and helping those of us who may be taking the MSU loss a little hard keep things in perspective. I wish you luck in finding a bigger and better job than the one you're leaving.
Thanks. It's been a bad week for all of us. That loss still hurts, and to be honest, these football games have been my outlet this season. That, and coming to this blog daily.
To you my friend. Michigan Men must stick together - Remember, adversity breeds strength.
You will be alright man....I've been there and not only have I gotten back on my feet, but I'm running faster and harder than I ever had before.
Sorry to hear that. Good Luck, it is something that many of us worry about every day
I know that that's really tough on you, your family, and your friends. Hopefully you can take solace in idea that it's not you but instead just a symptom of industry failure.
There will always be work for people that work hard so I'm sure that you'll find something. You'll just have to be patient. I graduated in May from U of M with two engineering degrees and I'm only now getting some real job possibilities, so, don't get discouraged if it takes some time to find something new, you just have to keep pounding away at it and I'm sure you'll find something.
As everyone else has said, good luck. I'll keep you in my prayers.
I appreciate that.
I am so sorry.
I can empathize with you. My advice is to allow yourself a specific amount of time to grieve and feel sorry for yourself.
After that, put it behind you and get back up on the horse. It's tough right now for everyone, so the more effort and enthusiasm you can put into the job search, the better off you'll be.
Be creative with creating opportunities, and if you aren't using Linkedin.com or other social media sites, I would start.
I will visit that site for sure. I think I'm done with print media. There are far more opportunities online.
You might also want to check out elance.com. There's a ton of freelance opportunity. You could probably use your experience to create advertising copy, or editing, something along those lines.
for my job, and it is a very effective tool.
If you're a Michigan alum, you can join inCircle, an online networking community for Michigan students and alumni, for free. It has job postings, you can look up alumni working in a certain field or even a particular company, etc.
I hope this is helpful. Good luck and Go Blue!
Unlike most of you guys, I was never smart enough to make it to UM. It was my dream, but it never happened. When it came time to apply to schools, I tried Michigan, but I got a scholarship to CMU and they had a good journalism program. Anyway, thanks.
I was laid off a while back too (and have had the misfortune of having to lay off staff at one point as well). It really stinks no matter what side of the table you're on, for sure. Taking the time to vent and be angry is necessary, but turning it into some positive action as soon as you're able to helps keep you sane. Personally, I've taken some of the time to think a little differently about what it is that I want to do, and I've done some volunteer work in a field of interest. It looks good on your resume to have something filling whatever gap there is... (hopefully as short as possible!)
Best of luck to you, and keep your chin up. We'll all get through it somehow!
even when we are good at what we do. I was laid off three years ago, and I can still remember the feelings. It sucks. Just keep moving and trying and pushing forward.
You're fortunate to have found something you love. If you are good at it, keep your contacts and find a way to keep doing it somewhere else. Stay positive. Stay busy. Best of luck to you.
I am a recruiter in GR/Detroit and may be able to help you out. Shoot me an e-mail to [email protected] with your resume and I can follow up.
I work in Florida, but I will send you something in a few days. I need time to clear my head.
Check this out... similar field, but different:
Everyone will say it, but unless you've been through it yourself, you truly don't understand how much it sucks. But trust me...you'll be ok (and even stronger for it).
Take some time away and when you're ready, get back in the fight. These things always work out for the better. Good luck!
We can form an MGoUnemployed Club in Florida. I'm right there with you.
Really, genuinely sorry. I know how hard it is to be out of work right now.
Edit: Most of the community colleges down here are always looking for professors to teach a couple of classes part-time, and if you have journalism experience, they might be really interested. It doesn't pay a ton, but it can tide you over in the short-term.
I've been laid off since last december and at the time I was the only one with a full-time job. My wife is a teacher and was just subbing at the time. I'm an electrician. And the construction industry in Michigan blows. Now my wife has a full time teaching job and its took a lot of the strain off but we didn't find out about that until july. Side jobs have helped a lot.
We were suppose to be back working by summer but thats come and gone and I really haven't heard anything promising. Been looking for a new job and theres nothing really out there. All I can say is keep your head up and hopefully you'll find something. It really does suck.
I'm very sorry to hear this. I hope for all the best.
This is one of the reasons I love U of M fans. They are so supportive. Anyways, I hope you find a job that best suits you.
I know that you do not post here very often, but I do remember that what you have posted was very well written and informative. You clearly have talent, and with that I am sure that you will find something sooner rather than later.
I have been a member of this blog longer than the date suggests. I have read comments on here for a very long time, and I only post when I can really add to the discussion. But thank you.
My Dad recently got laid off as well, it happens to the best of us.
Lucky for me I married the PERFECT woman.
She said "you'll never have this time with your daughter again, why don't you try and stay home for a couple years".
She took a better paying (but more stressful) position, I do freelance from home to help pay bills, and we TIGHTENED THE BELT more than I ever imagined we could.
I spend as much time working on projects as I can in this rotten economy, then it's time for a break and I take my daughter to the zoo, science museum, or just a walk in the park.
We won't be able to live like this for too much longer, but my daughter is excelling in everything she does, and our family has actually never been happier.
The bright side may not always be blinding, but it's always there.
I was able to do a similar thing for my wife, as she was laid off 4 years ago. As a result, she was able to care for her ailing parents (mother passed away 2 years ago, father just a week ago). Like you with your young daughter, this was time she would be unable to have later.
And like you, she has been able to do some free-lance stuff to "keep her hand in" put a little money in her pocket. I am glad she did what she could to help them.
I don't know how old your daughter is, but when she grows up, she will look back on the time you two got to spend together and she will really appreciate it. My dad's work permitted him to spend a lot of time with us growing up, and I know both he and I have treasured it.
I'm in a similar position myself. We had our daughter in february so its been me and her while my wife's been at work. So in a way it was a blessing in disguise. Not sure how much more time i have left before i go back to work. but i've been enjoying the time that i get to spend with her
and you've been able to accumulate over 1,000 pts on mgoblog with all your free time ;)
Great story good for you.
Sorry to hear man, we all need to stick together right now.
I graduated in May, moved to California, and am still looking for work. Going on six months now. :(
I am just curious, since you say the newspaper industry is going the way of the dinosaurs, are you going to look for a more modern journalistic kind of job, or slowly get ready to change professions? Just curious how you see this, because printed media sure looks on the way to extintion.
I was going to ask this same question. I hope you can continue doing what you love somewhere down the line. Maybe you can find a niche like Brian Cook did.
Being unemployed was the most depressing time of my life. Luckily with determination and my parents support I was able to pull through.
I've seen the writing on the wall for a long time concerning the future of newspapers. Here in Southwest Florida, we're somewhat padded to a degree because of the older population that resides here. Generally, most of these people still love newspapers, and our circulation numbers haven't gone down during this recession. It's been the opposite. The problem is ad revenue. Newspapers, and I have no idea who came up with this formula, depend on advertising to survive. Subscription revenue is meaningless in the grand scheme of things. The whole product depends on ads. Until they fix this model, there is no hope for papers.
In terms of changing professions, the only other thing I would like to do - besides journalism - is teach.
I'll be praying for you and your family.
Keep your head up best of luck!
That is awful news, and I agree with TomVH's thoughts on how to handle the situation. Best of luck.
That said...there is a real "meta" issue here about the changing of media and whether there will be a loss of investigative journalism (and other valuable media elements/reporting such as what you provide) under the new media paradigm. I tend to consider any "the world is going to hell in a handbasket aaargh things were better in my day" arguments with a massive grain of salt, but I have some degree of concern about what reporting will look like in the media of the future.
Your personal story here is perfectly illustrative of the change taking place, and after you've had some time to collect your thoughts I'd be interested to hear your take on the matter and whether you feel there will be a reduction in the quality of media content.
Again - best of luck.
Investigative journalism SHOULD continue to thrive with such easy access to info on the internet and a variety of ways to find and contact sources.
The real issue is the quality of information. People who don't have backgrounds in journalism are now able to write and publish stories with ease. Anyone can pretend to be a journalist nowdays and that is scary for those who cherish news that is well written, factually based, and accurate.
This is spot on. And it is part of the problem the medium is dying. But people like Brian do an excellent job at what they do. I dare say he would make a fine reporter.
I have been through this myself and it is not pleasant, so I hope the Lord uses His Grace to pull you through.
The Lord and I are going to have a chat tonight. It's been a while since we talked, and I think it will do me some good.
wish you the best in what ever endeavor you decide to set your sights on.
Sorry to hear that.
Graduating from U of M this past year, I knew jobs were going to be tough to find so I went the grad school route. I don't know how old you are, not that that really matters, but getting another degree can never hurt, especially as the economy limps back.
I thought it said "I got laid today" -
sorry to hear that it is actually laid off - best of luck.
you're not the only one who thought you read that.
I got laid off, and it forced me to get out of Michigan. It's been one of the best things that could have happened to me. In the long run, hopefully you have a similar result from this misfortune.
I'd buy you a beer if I lived in Florida.
It sounds way better if you take the word "off" out of the subject line.
(first though, sorry about losing your job)
Did you see this coming or was it a complete shock? I've got a friend who works for Rueters and he's known for a year that he's losing his job of 10 years next March. At least that has given him some time to try and find something else. I'm not sure which would be worse - knowing, or finding out the day of.
I work for a local government in Southeast Michigan, and with the proposed state revenue sharing cuts, there are a whole bunch of us worried about losing our jobs. Problem is, when you have a job like mine (and yours from the sounds of it) you can't just go find another job that easily.
Anyways - best of luck.
I didn't know this was coming. In hindsight, maybe I should have known.
This sucks for you and I'm sorry to hear it. I have nightmares every now and then where this happens to me. I imagine that if it does for real, it would be the worst day of my life. The problem with getting laid off is that even if you are really good at what you do, chances are, everyone else in the profession is laying off too. Which means you might have to start way back at square one doing something else.
OK, I'm sorry that I'm going to get a bit preachy now. This is why people should always live well below their means and save money for a rainy day. Ultimately, there is no excuse for not doing this. Getting laid off can happen to anyone and you don't want to be in a position where you will lose your house in two months if you lose your job. (directed at everyone not just OP).
so I disagree with you 100%. It's called having three school aged kids. The 7 & 5 year olds are constantly growing. They need new shoes, new clothes. There is lunch money, this week it was school pictures and girlscout uniform money. Last week it was money so my son could play flag football. There's book fairs, halloween costumes, birthday gifts and Christmas gifts. There's after school daycare (and in the summers, there's full daycare for the two youngest ones. My wife and I both work full time and make decent money, but still I drive a 1995 POS Ford F150 and she drives a 2000 Ford Taurus.
We don't go out to eat much or have all kinds of brand new nice things. That's because with the cost of living, school loans, gas, food & housing and trying to raise 3 children, we pretty much live paycheck to paycheck.
So not everyone is able to save money for a rainy day as much as we would like to. So yes, there is an excuse!
I'm sixty three. I have been laid off three times. The last was two and one half years ago. I could have given up, but ultimately got an excellent job, but in a different part of the country which I now call home.
Here is some advice that I will pass along, which has gotten me through the bad days. First, go to work every day. That is, set up a home office. Dress like you are at work. Put in 8 solid hours of looking for work. Secondly, comfort yourself with the fact that hunting for work is a series of "Nos" followed by a "Yes." Lastly prepare for the inevitable interviews and be yourself. Emphasize your accomplishments, and don't reveal negative information unless forced to.
The job will come. Hang in there!!!