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You're going to be hearing a lot more from me very soon...

December 23rd, 2010 at 04:48 pm

Cus I learned this week my temporary job won't extend past next Thursday, Dec. 30. Which means....back to being jobless.

I spent 2 days feeling depressed about it all over again, just becus now I know for sure the temp job won't last.

Weirdly, the head of the dept., the one who could hire me if she chose, came over to wish me happy holidays and feigned ignorance about when my last day was and then even hugged me and said let us know if there's anything we can do. Meanwhile, I'm thinking, hire me, dammit!

So next week will be my last week. Since the person who gives me my assignments is out all next week on vacation, he loaded me up with work today to keep me busy all next week. Kind of a funny situation, I'll be more or less unsupervised, and next week i expect staffing will be light, but I just want to get in as close to 40 hours as possible in my remaining 4 days (New Yr's eve is a company holiday of course, and I can't work it.)

So he agreed to act as a reference for me, also agreed to write a little recommendation on my Linked In profile page, even tho the company tells employees not to do that and promised to follow up with the gal looking to fill another spot at the company that I applied for. perhaps something will develop there, but it will likely take a few weeks at least, so of course I'll be looking elsewhere too.

With so many job-related things on my mind, my focus really hasn't been on Christmas. I've been having a bit of a pity party because at the office, everyone on the staff has been in high spirits, what with extra time off and no doubt, big bonuses handed out. me, on the other hand, can look forward to no more work and scrounging for freelance stuff again. What a contrast.

I've already been making lists of things to do in the very near future. Among them:

1. File to restart unemployment benefits Jan 3
2. Call my contact to see if there are any focus groups I qualify for
3. FINISH WALLPAPERING THE BATHROOM
4. EXERCISE and start getting back in shape!
5. File for 2 financial writer jobs in a city over an hour from home, but maybe i could work out a partial telecommute deal.
6. Write up 2 different flyers promoting my freelance work and availability for perm work to area financial services company. Yeah, we're talking a blind mass resume send. The pros never recommend doing that, but I did in fact get a job that way once, just hitting a company at the right time after they decided they needed a communications mgr but before they advertised, and the director of this trade organization decided he liked me enough to hire me without looking all over. Very unusual.
7. Contact my oldest client and see if I can start working on the January blog post.
8. Cancel the Netflix once I return the movie i currently have.
9. Possibly cancel cable if my unemployment benefits are less than what i got before.
10. Don't renew my prepaid cell phone package ($100 a year) and go back to using calling cards for the occasional long-distance calls.
11. Don't renew my AAA membership since i won't be driving much anyway.
12. Email the employment agency and tell them they need to mail me proof of termination, which i'll need to get my unemployment claim going.
13. Look around for a few more agencies to register with, preferably those that specialize in creative talent.

Anyway, that's plenty to keep me busy for the first half of January.

Tomorrow, Xmas eve, i'm going to my neighbor's for dinner. She made a beef stew so it'll actually be leftovers, but i really don't care. I'm bringing over some broccoli au gratin.

6 Responses to “You're going to be hearing a lot more from me very soon...”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    Geesh. I'm sorry. I know how lame it feels to be the temp who didn't get hired. I've been there, and it was around Christmas too. It was bad, but a few months later I got a really fun job that opened a lot of doors for me.

  2. PNW Mom Says:

    So sorry Frown hugs to you!

  3. Homebody Says:

    I'm really sorry. I am glad you have an action plan in place.

  4. baselle Says:

    I am so sorry to hear about what happened. You're-the-last-one-to-go-because-you're-great-but-no-permanent-job has been the story of my temping experience too. My one suggestion, wicked it may be, is to ABL (always be looking) even if you are on a temp assignment. (No doubt you've been doing that with this one as time permitted.) While its time consuming, ABL is the only solution to keep you in control - you have money coming in, you look active on interviews, the business you are temping at cannot prevent you from looking elsewhere, and if you get that job offer from the permanent gig, the temp gig has to put up or shut up.

  5. Ima saver Says:

    I am so sorry to hear that!

  6. Dido Says:

    Sorry to hear that it worked out this way, and glad you are taking action to prevent the "pity party" from getting the best of you.

    (Dec 30 was my last day at my 4th quarter temp job, too.)

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