The Dog Ate My Wallet

The Dog Ate My Wallet

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Author Archive: Erin Shanendoah

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9 Months Unemployment on 6 Months Severance and Doing Just Fine

Since May 2013, I have spent six months working, and almost nine unemployed. Two of those months were last summer, but I have had almost seven straight months of not working as of right now. Was this intentional? Not by any means. It never occurred to me when my boss and I made the mutual decision for me to leave my last position that I would spend this long not working. I have been struggling withread more…

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Affordable Healthcare

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One of the issues with being out of work again is health insurance. We have been lucky in that part of my severance package from the lay off last year included one year, employer paid COBRA coverage. Guess what, that one year is up at the end of this month. We got the paperwork for continuing COBRA coverage and learned the premium would be almost $1,200/month, just for C and I. (Pop Tart does not needread more…

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A Tale of Two Mistakes (part 2)

This is what my life has felt like in the last two weeks, but in a good way

The next story comes only a couple of years after the first one. I had left Nevada and was now in Washington working for a small manufacturing company. I had answered a job ad for an admin “who’s not afraid of computers” and was spending most of my time doing tech support and database administration. One of the things I did was create part numbers for new products as well as new materials. One day, Iread more…

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A Tale of Two Mistakes (part 1)

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We all make mistakes. We make them in our personal lives and in our professional lives. One of the ways I judge people (because we all judge people) is based on how they handle those mistakes. Do they deflect? Offer excuses? Or take responsibility and try to make it right? In our work lives, it can be scary to take responsibility for a mistake. It could cost you your job; it has me. (Well, not necessarilyread more…

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Taking Control

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I have now been unemployed for longer than I have ever been since I was an undergraduate. I am doing my best to learn from the experience the same way I would learn from other experiences. One of the first things I am learning is that I need to set a schedule for myself. My life works better if I have a schedule. Getting into a routine makes me more productive overall. As part of havingread more…

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Silly Pet Peeve

This is absolutely a silly pet peeve of mine, but it came up again today, and I feel the need to mention it. If you are someone who wants to interview me, and you have my resume in front of you, why do you think it is necessary to tell me that I should dress professionally? As you can clearly see from my resume, I am a professional. If I don’t know how to dress forread more…

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Do You Want to Play a Game?

Our mortgage agent sends us these little newsletters occasionally. The most recent one has sections on both talking to your parents about money and teaching your kids about money. One of the tools for teaching kids about money is VirtualStockExchange.com, where you can participate in games, or even create private games where you can “compete” against other players. Here’s the thing- we all know I know almost nothing about the stock market, so I actually thinkread more…

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Still on the Dole

No, I am not yet working. You perhaps figured that out by the fact that I am not blogging. For some reason, I am much better about blogging when I have a job, and a daily schedule, and I plan my blogging into that. When I have no job, and no schedule, I have no plan, and therefore, do not blog. The job I really wanted that I mentioned at the end of the last post?read more…

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Life on the Dole

I know you all must be wondering, what has Erin been up to for the last 6 ½ weeks? How is the job hunt going? Maybe she’s already working again? And since she’s obviously not blogging, what is she doing with her time? Well, to be honest, I’m playing a lot of Marvel Puzzle Quest. It’s free on Steam, and it’s a match 3 game, the type of game I am really quite addicted to, with aread more…

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The Financial Side of Losing My Job

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Way back in April of 2013 (you know, when I was posting regularly here), I wrote about the Financial Side of My Layoff. Sadly, only 8 months later, I am writing about the financial side of losing my job, again.  While being in a job for 6 months and then being told you are not the right fit is a huge blow to the ego (or at least it is for me), financially, I am actuallyread more…