Every day reveals new surprises in our household. One day, stalking. Another day, job loss.
Dean was one of a dozen people laid off from his company yesterday. I didn’t take it well at all. I started sobbing, wringing my hands in agony. I’d left work starving, but my hearty appetite disappeared as soon as he said, “I was let go.” Luckily, he’d had half a day to digest the news. He was positive and confident. He promised he’d have a job within a month.
I was far from confident and even farther from being soothed. Between fits of tears, I suggested, “Let’s just postpone the wedding. Why spend our savings when we have no idea what the future holds. Who knows if you’ll have a job soon. I know many people who’ve been looking for a very long time.”
I begged him to file for unemployment right away. I wrote down: get unemployment, cancel cable, reduce cell phone bill, sell desk, submit expense report. I did what I could. I got on Craigslist and posted an ad for a desk we’ve been meaning to sell. Within half an hour, there was a buyer. “She can do noon tomorrow. That works, right?” My mind was going a mile a minute. I couldn’t sleep.
I wish I could have been someone who was more supportive, but I was overwhelmed by feelings of despair.
We are now up to the challenge. I have been doling out job search advice intermittently on this blog for over a year. This is where I can be supportive. This is a call out to my readers and my network. Dean is a seasoned sales executive / account manager, specializing in software sales. I’ve seen him in action when he’s worked from home. He is really good at what he does. Come on, karma, let’s go.