Here I am one week into my one month notice and realizing how bad the job market really is. You hear about it all of the time but you just don’t think you will ever have to deal with that dreaded task of finding a new job.
For the last seven years I’ve been working as a customer service representative via live chat and email. Telecommuting with this position has allowed me to stay home with my two young children. After seven years it has come to this and to be honest I’m scared.
What am I supposed to do?
Well first reaction is to get my resume ready. I’ve posted my resume on every website I can think of. The problem is when a remote position for part time customer service becomes available there is a swarm of people who apply for them. My application becomes lost at sea and the chances of me getting an interview is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Second reaction is to figure out where I can help supplement my income. I’m a hair stylist on the side and have always provided services to close friends and family. Maybe this could help my family? I’ve printed out business cards and sent out emails to everyone I know.
Of course I thought about my blog as well. Things have been quiet around here because I’ve been in survival mode, the last thing I wanted to think about was writing a product review. However, I’m realizing that maybe my blog can help save my family during this time. If only I had some guided support to make changes that could help make me more successful.
So my third reaction started yesterday. Taking a look at finances to see where costs can be cut. After looking over our bills the first one that stood out to me was the cable bill. $70 dollars a month! I can’t believe we have been paying this month after month, this could cover half of a weeks worth of groceries!
I’m hoping that all of this is going to bring better things, perhaps the job of my dreams working with customers over Facebook and Twitter will land in my lap! I can wish right :)
Have you dealt with job loss during the recession?
What did you do to get your family through the loss of income until you found a new job?