Laid Off, Now What?

July 5, 2009

A Great First Week on the New Job for Iris

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Edward's Turtle Pie

Edward's Turtle Pie

Celebration time. Iris is now the Receptionist for our City Manager’s Office.
She’s worked over a decade in a face paced medical & education administration field, so this feels right at home. Her co-workers like her, she likes them, the office is a professional setting, so she feels right at home — jobwise.

The timing was perfect. She turned in her resignation from her Verison DSL Technical Support job, and in less than 10 days she had a resume submitted to the City of Durant, and was called in almost immediately for an interview. A second interview a couple of days later, and after meeting with the City Manager, she was hired. She’ll be a good fit there.

Now, if only yours truly can find a job. I’m lookin’, I’m lookin’.

June 26, 2009

A New Job for Iris!

Filed under: 2009 June — Les O'Riley @ 11:14 am
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Iris-June-24-2009Iris went on an interview with the City of Durant on Monday and was called back in on Tuesday to meet with the City Manager and the two interviewers from Monday in a group meeting. The City Manager said Iris was thought of highly enough for them to bring her in for a second interview, and that she was actually the first one brought in to meet with him. The last of the applicants were interviewed on Wednesday, and by that afternoon Iris was called back and offered the position, contingent on passing a criminal background check, physical, and toxicology screening, which she now has. Next week she will join the City Manager’s support staff. It’s a great place to start, after having been out of the workforce for the past 9 years.

We’re thrilled for her to have this opportunity to contribute to our community, and a solid job as well. Durant is one of the more fortunate small cities in Oklahoma in that it’s financially stable, due to its growth, even in this current recession.

Iris already feels a sense that she will be a “part of the team.” All in all, it will be a much better fit for her than the call center position, and she’s excited about working for the city. She’s also grateful that this position was available … she just got her resume “in” before they closed the job opening. Good benefits to boot.


I’m proud of my gal!


Durant, Oklahoma City Hall

Durant, Oklahoma City Hall


June 19, 2009

I’m Still At It, and Iris is Job Hunting Once Again

Filed under: 2009 June — Les O'Riley @ 5:40 pm
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We’re both job hunting, again.

Things just didn’t work out for Iris with Verison DSL Small Business Technical Support. She is fantastic with people and customer service, but just isn’t a walking/talking techie. It was very stressful, and together we decided that this position was not worth the amount of stress that it put on her. But she tried, and is welcome to return or even work part time, but it’s not a good fit. Iris is once again searching, searching, searching. Go get ’em, Iris.

Raytheon (once again) sent me a notification that I meet the criteria that they set forth for a certain position. In this case, I match on all ten points for what they are seeking for a Supply Specialist II. What they’re communicating is, “if you’re interested in this position, you’d better get your resume submitted for this one.” Raytheon is very well set up to allow you to access your documents that you have previously uploaded in order to submit them again for another opening. If only more companies were this organized! We’ll see if I can get called in for an interview on this one. The opening is for their McKinney, Texas plant, but that’s still within driving range. We’ll see how this one plays out.

May 12, 2009

Two Weeks Down for Iris

Filed under: 2009 May — Les O'Riley @ 8:03 am
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Two Down

Two Down

Iris has now finished two weeks of training. In fact, by tomorrow she’ll be 1/2 way through her third. Go, Iris, go! I’m still crankin’ out resumes, thinking, “oh yeah, this ones a great match.” Of course a half a million people from last month alone have joined me in the Land of the Living Unemployed. Hmm… almost sounds like a movie! Okay, maybe it’s the weather, 3 days of rain, that has me feeling somewhat less than chipper.

I applied for a networking position where my wife works. I am *perfectly* trained and suited for this position. One thing sad about those types of jobs, the ones you’re perfectly suited for… seems like they get away. I hope this is not the case with this one.

I’m holding off on the Pharmacy Tech training, hoping really hard that this networking job comes through, if not the supply specialist position with Raytheon, or the InDesign Professional job with JC Penney, or ….

Back to the hunt. ~ Les


April 25, 2009

One Down (not me) One to Go

Filed under: 2009 April — Les O'Riley @ 12:24 am
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Iris got a job.

Verizon Tech Support

Verizon Tech Support

I would have joined this tech support team as well if it weren’t for the little matter of insurance. If Iris and I both took a tech support position starting Monday, (which is when Iris will start her 5 week training period,) neither one of us would have insurance. In fact, if we both took the job, neither one of us would have insurance for 3 months, the mandatory waiting period before you’re allowed to have insurance. That’s pretty common, but creates quite a sticky situation.

Who can live without health insurance? The last time I was unemployed, I had only lost my job (and insurance) a few weeks earlier, when BAMMM!, Iris developed excruciatingly painful kidney stones. So, what’s one to do… off to the emergency room we went. A small treatment or two and a couple of thousand dollars and she was all better. So much for savings. Count with me: ONE…TWO…THREE! Gone.

Since I still have COBRA insurance available to me from my most recent job (who I wish would call me back,) I will maintain my insurance for the next 3 months until Iris’ insurance kicks in, and then she can tack me onto her insurance as well. Of course if I find a wonderful and high paying job in the meantime in this thriving economy, I’ll just drop the COBRA and pay for our insurance until Iris’ kicks in and covers us both. This should happen any day now, eh?

New idea: in addition to continuing to look for a job, I am going to take a certification course to become a Pharmacy Technician. (A glorified prescription filler.) Before you say “why?” consider this: The average starting pay for a Pharmacy Technician is $18.33 an hour, and it only takes a 6 month course to prepare for the national exam.  Then I’ll have a bachelor’s degree in Management, an associate’s degree in Network Administration, and a Pharmacy Technician certification. Heck, after that maybe I’ll add a Master’s degree in Health Science, and then a Doctorate of Pharmacy! Who knows. One step at a time.

Anyway, that’s the plan. Next week I get to start doing all of the things that Iris has so wonderfully done while I was working full time over the last 9 years we’ve shared our lives together… cleaning, cooking, laundry, mowing, (darn it!,) changing the cat box, (eww!,) grocery shopping, and who knows what else. Oh yeah, paying the bills… with her income, however.

So, this is a switch, but really it’s just another way for us to work out the every day demands of life together. We make our decisions together which gives us great confidence that everything is going to work out fine.

March 31, 2009

Still Alive, Still Looking

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les O'Riley @ 9:09 pm
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Well, this afternoon I finished 3 more cover letters to accompany 3 more sets of resumes & letters of reference. Other than that, life goes on as always.

Tomorrow it’s off to the doc with my wife for her 5-week checkup following her vertical laparotomy and cyst/fallopian tube removal. After that it’s off to her chiropractor for a bit of electrode treatment, and then we’re going to drop down to IKEA at the Frisco Mall to see if we can find a cherry blossom on rice paper print.

Signing out… ~ Les

February 26, 2009

Iris’ Surgery Staples

Filed under: 2009 February — Les O'Riley @ 12:54 am
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Iris’ surgery staples are out. Yay! I dare say she doesn’t miss them either. There’s just something about little metal spikes through your skin that the body just doesn’t like. Since she had 20 staples, that’s 40 little spike holes. Each one was really red, her body telling them to get out.

Tomorrow I’ll get back to job hunting. No really, I promise.

But let’s face it, helping my wife while she’s recovering comes first. ~ Les

More to come

More to come

February 17, 2009

Tuesday; Surgery day for Iris

Filed under: 2009 February — Les O'Riley @ 12:16 am
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Tuesday; surgery day for Iris. That about says it. Yo know where I’ll be. I’ll keep you informed of how it goes, those that know Iris. The WNJ is wired for wireless, so I can send out email updates.

For now, it’s time for us to jump into bed and get rest for tomorrow. Stay tuned. ~ Les

Surgery on Tuesday

Surgery on Tuesday

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