Normally I take this time each week to talk about the fandom, or other fun stuff. But today I’m going to tell you about my day.
At 3:00p today, I was laid off from my Purchasing position at the second largest large-format printing company in the country.
My position was to purchase the paper for all of our locations in the DFW Metroplex. Like most companies, my (now former) employer was struggling financially. The bread and butter of my former company is the reproduction of blueprints and large-format printing for architects and construction. With the economy as bad as it is, no one is building anything. Sales were down over 20% in Q1 of Fiscal Year 2009 compared to FY08, and the layoffs were trickling through the company slowly but surely. Three sales people were laid off earlier this week, a few delivery drivers before Christmas. And those are the ones I had heard about.
One of the cost-saving measures they were working on was moving the warehouse inventory where I worked to a smaller location, saving the company $7,000 a month in overhead. I didn’t officially find out about the move until Wednesday of last week. As soon as I heard about it, I just knew in my gut that my position was going to be eliminated. The stress last week wondering if I was going to be laid off was immense – it even took its toll on the blog. If you noticed, I really didn’t blog much last week. I was just sick with worry. As the time of the move got closer, it looked like my job was secure, and I began to relax a little. But today, my boss took me in and told me that she had to cut my position. Since I’ve only been there six months, that also means no severance pay whatsoever. Because she told me so late in the day, the unemployment phone lines were so tied up that I couldn’t even make my claim. No one would answer the phone “due to unusually high call volume”. I’ll try again on Monday morning.
My boss, or former boss, said she’d be more than happy to give me a reference, so that’s a good thing, and I’ve still got my references from my past position and a very strong personal reference that I met in my duties with this blog. It’s a great company, and my husband still works there. My boss is also indirectly my husband’s boss, and she said that his job is one of the most secure in the company due to the location where he works and the nature of his job. It’s just that the economy is in the toilet, and my former company is struggling like so many others.
While I’m immensely sad, I am also resigned to the fact that it’s happened and I have to move forward with finding a new job as soon as possible.
If anyone knows of any positions in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that require experience with programs such as MS Word, Excel, Access, and a strong administrative skills set, please let me know. I have a Bachelor’s in History, and have extensive reporting, analysis and researching skills. I’m also fluent in blogging, HTML, WordPress, and online social media and would love to be able to turn these well-developed blogging skills into a new career. I’d very much be willing to relocate, work from home, or travel if necessary.
I’d be more than happy to forward my resume and personal information, as well as a very strong set of references. Please feel free to e-mail me (contact information in “Contact” button above).
So, in summary, it’s been a very stressful day. Luckily for me, and for my staff and for my readers, the only costs associated with this blog are my Internet access. So this blog will be around for a long while. I’ll do my best to keep my personal life off of here, although I definitely can’t say the same about my Twitter feed. I just needed to share a little bit.
Thanks for listening to me. You know what might cheer me up a bit? A puppy. Because hey, it worked for Jon Stewart.