Has the recession effected you?

Spiking Glue Spiking Glue
My boss is talking about laying me off, now, because she can't afford to keep me. We just don't have any business. :/

Has the recession effected any of you guys? It really took the fire outta me. I'm not broken up about it, but I'm kinda bummed out. Even without a recession, this would be a horrible time of year to get laid off. Pretty much, the only people hiring are box stores, and then only for holiday workers.
12/04/2008
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Sleeping Dreamer Sleeping Dreamer
Quote:
Originally posted by Spiking Glue
My boss is talking about laying me off, now, because she can't afford to keep me. We just don't have any business. :/

Has the recession effected any of you guys? It really took the fire outta me. I'm not broken up about it, but ... More
We had solidified in our decision for my husband to get out of the military next year but due to the economy we just don't know if that's a feasible option anymore. He doesn't want to stay in because if he did he'd be placed on sea duty and be sent overseas for 12-18 months at a time, however, if he gets out we'll be on completely shaky ground. It's heart breaking for us because we were dead set on moving "home" and now we don't know if we should.

I also can't shop like I could! And I'm verrry addicted to spending money, I haven't splurged in over a year. Not being able to swipe a credit card is almost debilitating for me.
12/04/2008
Dame Demi Dame Demi
Not heavily, and not yet, thank God. But my husband works in the tech/banking industry, so I never take anything for granted. He's been laid off before and it's been hell, so I'm just grateful he has a job. There have been smaller repercussions, though, like canceling the company holiday party, a raise freeze for 2009, cutback on bonuses, etc.

I hope beyond hope you're able to keep your job--my thoughts are with you.

Sleeping Dreamer - My husband was in the military for 7 years, and I heavily sympathize with the two of you. Hubby re-upped once because it just wasn't economically feasible to get out, even when he didn't want to stay in. Best of luck to you with your decision, too.
12/05/2008
Beautiful Dreamer Beautiful Dreamer
Quote:
Originally posted by Spiking Glue
My boss is talking about laying me off, now, because she can't afford to keep me. We just don't have any business. :/

Has the recession effected any of you guys? It really took the fire outta me. I'm not broken up about it, but ... More
I'm graduating next Friday as a RN. The only noticeable difference (in my area), there are no more sign on bonuses. 4 years ago I could have gotten one for 5,000 easily. Now, nothing. I'm just grateful that I'll be able to find a job.
12/05/2008
Sleeping Dreamer Sleeping Dreamer
Quote:
Originally posted by Dame Demi
Not heavily, and not yet, thank God. But my husband works in the tech/banking industry, so I never take anything for granted. He's been laid off before and it's been hell, so I'm just grateful he has a job. There have been smaller ... More
Thanks DD. Yea, he's been in 10 years and he's at the point where he's just tired of it all. Every day he rolls out of bed and just says "I hate my job, I don't want to go to work." lol. Up at 4:30 am and home at 5:30 pm. I just hope things improve with the economy.

Also Dreamer, congrats on your graduation! And yea, about 2 years ago in Boston several of the big hospitals were over $10k sign on bonuses. Now, nothing. But the good thing is that health care professionals are always in high demand.
12/05/2008
Spiking Glue Spiking Glue
Quote:
Originally posted by Dame Demi
Not heavily, and not yet, thank God. But my husband works in the tech/banking industry, so I never take anything for granted. He's been laid off before and it's been hell, so I'm just grateful he has a job. There have been smaller ... More
Thank you, Dame Demi. It was quite a shock to the system, and I think it threw me into a momentary daze. I've been a proverbial screen door on a submarine since I found out.

I kind of feel 'over it' today, though. What happens, happens. I'd been seriously considering quitting in due time, anyways, to pursue other careers that don't mess about with my allergies... so. Right.

It's good to feel like my head's back to normal.
12/05/2008
Bulma Bulma
Has anyone not been effected by the recession? So many business are closing here, little local shops and big franchise stores alike. My husband has gotten and lost two jobs within the past 3 months because of lack of business. Food prices are through the roof, and Christmas product stock being carried by stores here is much smaller than previous years.
12/05/2008
Ariane Ariane
The not-for-profit I work for is making budget cuts and taking steps to avoid laying anyone off; we're not in too much trouble right now, but we will be if the recession continues past the spring of next year.

It's certainly made me realize how lucky I am to have a job at all, though - I just graduated from college, and so I was hired right before it all really hit the fan. This area doesn't seem to be as hard-hit right now as some, but we'll likely see a lot of store closings before long.
12/07/2008
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
As of right now: yes. Technically I'm not losing any money, since I work for the college on the federal work study program, but it's apparently really tough to get a job. Sometimes my friends grumble about not having a job, and I'm not going to lie, I feel a bit guilty.

However, it DOES effect my education. The school is cutting back it's spending by about 4.5%, and while that hasn't effected my TUITION, it HAS affected the quality of my education due to a hiring freeze. They have no money to hire new professors, even though class sizes are effin' HUGE now, so they just keep hiring "temporary" professors, most of whom perform poorly because they KNOW they're only temporary.

I'm also terrified about paying for grad school and, if I get through it, getting a job afterwards. I want to be a literature professor more than anything in the world, but I'm pretty sure it's one of those frou-frou jobs people find "unnecessary." (My one friend joked that I could just become a sex writer, but I don't think they pay very well for that.)

I've been spending money left and right, thankful to have a job, but after Christmas, I'm going to slow way down again. I'm going to stop buying new toys every other week and get better acquainted with what I already have. I'm not going to take my jobless friends out to dinner every Friday, because at the risk of sounding like a big meanie, I'm sick of feeling guilty because I was the best person for my job. My one friend and I were aggressive; we came to campus a month before the fall semester started and applied for jobs left and right, and I actually got one because of that. No more feeling guilty for me!

I had fully intended to put my entire tax return to my grad school, thinking I'd get everything back because of how "small" my job is, but now I think that might be a no-go. Chances are I may not even GET a refund.

(Actually, that might be a good idea to ease the debt up a bit: take a small percentage of the money you'd give BACK to people and pay off part of what we owe. America's debt is absolutely ridiculous right now.)
12/07/2008
Sera Sera
Yeah, my husband has been finding a hell of a time finding a job, and he just got one yesterday-Thank goodness, because he needs one. We're having problems taking care of our newborn daughter.
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