Thursday, March 12, 2009

Be calm. Be brave. It'll be OK

The misery-inducing economic times we live in have hit Darren and me in a way we didn't expect. Last week, Darren found out he was being laid off from his job, which provides the vast majority of our household income. The company had been announcing waves of layoffs for months now, but he seemed pretty confident his department would survive. Unfortunately, he was wrong, as several other people in similar jobs as his were also let go. Our spirits have been affected greatly by this loss, but as Darren's job search gets under way, we retool and refine his resume and he prepares for interviews and schmoozing with potential employers, we get more wrapped up in the potential the future holds for a new job and new opportunities.

The strange thing is that as this company is laying off people right and left -- both at the main office and branch locations -- it is also hiring in areas very similar to Darren's former department. He's networked his way to the hiring manager for those positions, and a group of hirers (including this person) are meeting today to decide on who they want to interview. What once was a rosy outlook, though, has turned gray. Other opportunities have presented themselves as well, so I'm hoping he'll find another job before his 13-week severance runs out. There's a good chance that could happen. We're hoping for the best with fingers crossed.

And sunshine has come to New England! The temperatures have improved only slightly, but it feels nice now that my cabin fever has broken and I'm ready for spring. Last weekend was warm and sunny enough that Darren and I went for a bike ride in the forest near our townhouse. The paved trails were still covered in slush in spots, but it was still enjoyable. Darren tried out the Trek bike we found on the side of the road and fixed up at Adi's Bike World, and it ran wonderfully. The day after that, we walked to Dedham Square and back, about two miles total. Any day now, the temperatures should rise and spring will be in full swing. It's a refreshing, invigorating feeling.

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At 4:32 PM , Anonymous Elyse said...

Hey Liz, I'm so sorry to hear about Darren's job loss--that sucks! But at least he knows that it's not him, it's the economy. Good luck in the job search!

At 9:57 AM , Blogger Don M.F.H. said...

Hey, Liz, I don't know what kind of work Darren does, but I could recommend some temp agencies if nothing full-time pans out ...


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