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igo 04-02-2009 03:34 PM

I am out of a job
Yeah, I was laid off today. They said my position was no longer needed. I sent out metal samples to architects and salespeople for the company. It has slowed down quite a bit in the past 6 months. I am dissapointed but, i wasn't really enjoying it that much for the past 3 months (since my co-worker was fired).

I just hope I can find a semi-decent job with the economy like it is.

cfg83 04-02-2009 03:38 PM

igo -

I am truly sorry to hear that. I have always had a "batten down the hatches" feeling where I work, but now it's twice as bad with all that is happening in the economy.


SVOboy 04-02-2009 03:51 PM

Man, that sucks! I'm sure you'll find something though, hopefully things start to pick up and such. :)

rmay635703 04-02-2009 03:58 PM


Originally Posted by igo (Post 95416)
Yeah, I was laid off today. They said my position was no longer needed.

I just hope I can find a semi-decent job with the economy like it is.

Join the club, my unemployment thus far has exceeded the wages I could earn at the jobs I can get around here, I really don't want to move but there just isn't much in my field available around here.

Bicycle Bob 04-02-2009 04:21 PM

It may be time to free-lance at whatever you do well that can be part of a sustainable economy. Can you help other job-seekers save gas? Grow their own food? Adapt a space to living in? Stay sane?

Ryland 04-02-2009 04:43 PM

I've had my work slow down a bit, down to about 10 hours per week the last 3 months, I wouldn't mind if it picked up a little but the extra time has made it possible for me to spend more time working on my house and my electric car, having lunch with friends are are also only partly employed, I don't mind it very much, I'm all for a 20 hour work week and living below your means.
I've noticed alot of people who live around me work part time at best, most of my friends, neighbors on both sides, some by choice, some not.

igo 04-02-2009 06:13 PM

My former employer cut about 5-10 jobs in 2009. I guess business is down.

I think I might do a 3 day bike tour now that I have some free time. It might clear up my mind a bit too :) This is what I am thinking.

Bicycle Path - ohio erie out and back tour at

tasdrouille 04-02-2009 09:06 PM

That really sucks, I hope you make it out well. Unfortunately, you are not alone in this situation, and I hope that your economy, and to a lesser extend ours, will get better asap.

I am happy not to fear for my job as my company appointed a vp for our business unit, whereas we only had a director before. They are nonetheless reducing headcount by 10%, so generally it's not looking so bright for the following year.

MetroMPG 04-02-2009 09:24 PM

igo: sorry to hear that. A long, liesurely bike ride sounds like just the thing to press the "reset" button.

Matt Herring 04-02-2009 09:43 PM


Sorry to hear the news...that stinks!

Like Bicycle Bob said "Can you help other job-seekers save gas?". Last year I started my own "eco-driving school" for $20 (the cost of the magnetic signs I put on my car) and I brought in an average of $120 a week over a few months just for doing something that others could not on their own. The word spread quickly (word of mouth advertising from current client to new client) and I had more customers than I could actually handle (I only had a few extra hours a week to dedicate to it). Not that I'm rooting for gas prices to go up but I'll have the signs back on my car and ready to take on new customers when "panic at the pump" sets in again...might be an easy way for you to make a few bucks right now.

With the summer coming up it's a great opportunity to watch gas prices go up and people frantically look for ways to save money on gas...nice niche business to supplement income (and all under the table too)!

The thread I posted about it is below...

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