April 2, 2012: 1,095 days. Three years. I don’t know that I’ve every specifically mentioned how long it’s been since I was laid off from my last full-time PR job, primarily because I was embarrassed! Extremely embarrassed to tell the truth. I’ll have to do some checking, but I’m pretty sure that it was precisely three years ago today that I got my walking papers in Wisconsin. I’ve written many times about the stress and many negative emotions and all the other unpleasant things that go along with long-term unemployment. It’s not a pretty picture.
That being said – I am extremely ecstatic to report that those days are behind me! I just today was offered a job at my home town newspaper in Devils Lake, North Dakota http://www.devilslakejournal.com/ ! I don’t know my precise title yet, but it will be something like Reporter/Ad Sales/Social Media Assistant. Following my meeting at the newspaper office where the publisher offered me the job, I began my walk back home and was flooded with so many emotions – elation, extreme happiness, gratitude and probably the strongest emotion of all: overwhelming relief! I was actually positively, absolutely giddy as I hurried home to share the fantastic news with my parents that I felt like doing cartwheels or skipping all the way home!
Now particularly for my new readers, lest you think I’ve been resting on my laurels for these last few years, I have been a busy girl. When I was first laid off in Wisconsin, I took a little sabbatical to enjoy spending time with my brother and his family. Upon returning to Denver, I had odd jobs here and there, including “ham hawking” https://jobhuntingwordnerd.wordpress.com/2011/12/ and dip schlepping https://jobhuntingwordnerd.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/just-do-it/. I also did an occasional freelance writing project. And anyone whose been involved long-term job hunting knows that spending time looking for a job, when done properly, IS a full-time job. I also coordinated and hosted a weekly job networking job through my church and educated myself to become a social media expert and, of course, started writing this blog!
However, now that I have found gainful employment I will have to find something new to blog about. I’m thinking something along the lines of You Can Come Home Again: Word Nerd Returns to Her Roots.
Lisa – Talented, Professional and At Last Employed Human Being!