On How to Tell if You’re About to Get Laid Off

I should have realized my lay off was coming when the promotion I was promised 6 months earlier didn't happen, and then the new timeline was "uhhh let's check in another 6 months from now." Someone also said "you don't make enough to be targeted in a lay off" but what do you know I was!!! I got laid off on veteran's day in 2012 and went home and my friends had the day off and we got lunch and I thought I was gonna throw up. It sucked!

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 11:59 am 0

On Job of the Day: Science Writing Fact Checker

I was a fact checker for a 6 month contract and I really enjoyed it! The weirdest/best thing I got to do was speak with a company that let wealthy individuals RENT OUT ENTIRE ISLANDS. For $30,000/NIGHT. Unreal. I also loved fact checking food stories. You learn a lot of weird stuff!

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm 0

On Every Job I've Had: Business Intelligence, Fancy Cranberry Sauce, and JournalismJobs.com

Very cool, I ended up in a large association after spending the first few years of my career in publishing so I can really relate to this.

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 11:37 am 0

On What One Food Item Would You Eat for the Rest of Your Life?

This is my nightmare. Oh my god

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:43 pm 1

On Tips For The Suddenly Unemployed (From the Recently Suddenly Unemployed)

My one year anniversary of getting laid off is this Monday! It was terrifying. I came home on Veteran's Day and ate lunch with my friends who had the day off work and I thought I was going to throw up the entire time. I was very lucky to get 12 weeks of severance in addition to unemployment. I made it my goal to have a new job before I received my last severance check. I almost made it -- I got a month-long temporary position that helped me get through February and some of March. I went into my savings for the first time in March, and then got a contract position that started in April. It was miserable, made worse by the fact I was unemployed during the holidays and stuck inside my apt in the middle of winter. I kept my purchases to the essentials. I also kept myself on a schedule: I needed to be awake before 8am and on my computer with a cup of coffee. I knew if I let go of that schedule, I'd lose all normalcy. Getting exercise is definitely important (the outdoors thing is hard when it's 15 degrees out) and keeping regular meals is also key. I think I only wore real pants on the weekends, though. Happy to say I started a new full-time position 2 weeks ago so I now have stability after a very uneasy and stressful year.

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 11:20 am 10

On What Does It Cost to Live in the Overlooked Parts of a City?

@aetataureate You're right, I guess we all can't be as cool as you.

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm 0

On What Does It Cost to Live in the Overlooked Parts of a City?

@Jake Reinhardt Well for me it's more about safety and convenience but yea you're right it's bc it's cool and I totally love paying that much.

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm 0

On What Does It Cost to Live in the Overlooked Parts of a City?

@joyballz I pay about $750+utilities to live w/ 2 roommates in Lakeview. With a new job (hopefully soon) I'm hoping to save and hoard and get a 1 bedroom in 2014. Definitely love the lake and dislike the blue line, too!!

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm 0

On New Job Gotten

Congratulations! I feel like I could have written this article, except for the getting a new job part. My contract position goes up in 3 weeks and basically every waking moment is filled w/ dread for me right now, especially because I haven't seen anything to get excited about on the job boards.

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm 0

On Doo-Do-Doo-Do-Doo-Do-Doo-Do-Doo-Doo-Do 1 Thing

I paid a parking ticket, but now I need to find a temporary catastrophic insurance plan ASAP D: Also, figure out how to sweet talk Comcast from raising my monthly bill AGAIN.

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm 0