View Full Version : I just lost my job
04-23-2004, 11:02 AM
Nothing bad beyond that, department hired a full time person (which they desperately needed to do) and they can no longer afford a student worker. Its good for the department. They are willing to write me glowing letters of reccomendation and want to see me in a good place, they just can't pay me.
Bad for me. I'm stuck in Pittsburgh with two weeks warning before I don't have a job anymore.
I'll start searching now, hopefully something will appear soon. Its not too hard, I'm reasonably skilled (Chemical Engineering and Philsophy major, set to graduate in Dec. plus I can type, file and make coffee.) I just have never been fired before. I worked at my high school job until I left for college. I worked at my summer interships from the day I was scheduled to show up until I had to go back to school. I gave notice at my retail shit job, after I was refused time off for finals. Its just new, and unpleasant.
Tell me stories, give me advice, convince me that this isn't something horrible just thought up to torture me.
The Mad Hermit
04-23-2004, 11:13 AM
Hang in there.
This region sucks for job availability and variety. But, since you are a student, there is an end to being stuck in Pittsburgh for you when you graduate.
You weren't fired, btw. Laid off is the correct term, it fits your situation. Can you get by on the unemployment from the job? You should be eligible, but don't take my word for it.
If you really need to work, my wife may be able to help. Check with me if your prospects dry up.
You will be just fine.
04-23-2004, 11:15 AM
I wouldn't exactly say you've been fired. If they couldn't afford you anymore then I guess you've been "downsized."
There's absolutely no reason for you to feel bad about that.
04-23-2004, 11:19 AM
I'm with Steelerphan. It doesn't sound like you were "fired," which suggests that your work was unsatisfactory. You were "laid off" or "let go." It's still rough, but it's not something you are responsible for.
04-23-2004, 11:26 AM
You can get unemployment for part time work? Never knew it was an option, but I'm all for the safety net if it exists. I have a tiny bit of savings but I use those to buy things like schoolbooks and food.
Steelerphan, if you know of something local, please tell me. Even if its just for the summer, that at leats gives me some time before I need to find another job that will flex around classes. I have a car and I'm available. (I had just worked out a T-F schedule that woudl let me and my guy do road trips all summer, but I'm willing to give that up in order to pay rent.)
Crap! This summer was going to be so perfect! I was going to work a few more hours a week that absolutely needed to pay rent and jaunt around the country with my boy, or just enjoy three day weekends for four months. Gah.*sigh* Oh well. It wouldn't be life if it didn't suck big nuggets at points.
04-23-2004, 11:34 AM
1. File for unemployment, if you qualify.
2. Sign up with a temp agency or two. Some of the best jobs of my life came from temp agencies (including the one I've been at for th past two years!).
04-23-2004, 11:53 AM
You might see if the school you attend is hiring. Some positions may not be full time - at least that's true where I work.
Another thing - if someone where you work now says "I wish I could do something to help" ask them if they know of any open positions elsewhere. People can be willing to help but unwilling to force help on someone.
from FAQs (http://www.dli.state.pa.us/landi/cwp/view.asp?a=152&Q=170110) for Pennsylvania Unemployment benefits.Question: Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?
The Pennsylvania UC Law establishes various requirements for eligibility for UC benefits. Among them are the following:
You must have sufficient qualifying wages and a minimum of 16 credit weeks in your base year. For an Application for Benefits effective October 2001, the corresponding base year would be the period from July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001.
You must have a qualifying separation, verifying that you are out of work through no fault of your own. And, you must be able and available to accept suitable work and not refuse work when offered.
. . .
Question: May I collect UC benefits while attending school?
The PA UC Law does not specifically or expressly disqualify you for benefits simply because you are a full or part-time student. Additionally, you will not be ineligible for any week that you are in training approved by the Secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry and are otherwise eligible. However, UC eligibility cannot be predetermined. You must file your Application for Benefits.
There is no requirement that you must be available for full-time or permanent work. Your work history can be full-time, part-time, or seasonal.emphasis added However, you must not refuse suitable work when offered. You may also be ineligible if you refuse a referral to a job opportunity. See Weekly Eligibility.
The test for students and non-students alike is whether a claimant's limitation on availability effectively removes the claimant from the local labor market. For you to be ruled ineligible, it must be because the particular limitation on your availability is such that a search for employment in the local labor market would have an unreasonable low possibility of success. For example, a claimant must be able and available for the majority of the workweek. The local labor market either does, or does not, have work schedules that can support the time and transportation limitations of students.
You may also be ineligible for benefits if you fail to participate in reemployment services to which you have been referred through the claimant profiling system. You may also be ineligible for benefits if you fail to be available to be contacted by the UC Service Center when instructed to do so. It is your responsibility to inform the UC Service Center when you are unavailable for scheduled services. When you know that you will be unavailable to be contacted at the scheduled time, call the UC Service Center immediately. See Maintaining Eligibility.
Voluntarily quitting without cause of a necessitous and compelling nature or being discharged due to willful misconduct could also prevent students from collecting benefits. (necessitous?? Wha??)
04-23-2004, 11:55 AM
I'll second Kalhoun on signing on with a temp agency -- if you've got a car, they'll be able to find plenty of jobs for you. I spent a couple of summers temping, and as long as you're not planning to get rich, it's perfectly doable, and leave you time for having fun as well.
04-23-2004, 03:00 PM
Okay, I have a current resume lsted on my school's job search thingmy anyway, I'll just have to mark it active again. I'll look into temp agencies on Monday, as well as a few leads I picked up from one of my bosses. (I have three. Had three. Whatever.)
Thanks for the info.
I need to stop feeling so unhappy about this, as much as I'd like to curl up in a corner and cry.
04-23-2004, 03:29 PM
Is there perhaps an opening in another department of the business?
04-23-2004, 10:16 PM
Sorry to hear of you news. Sending warm thoughts your way.
04-24-2004, 08:13 AM
Hey, curl up in a corner and cry if you need to, then follow all the good advice in this thread. Sometimes we need a little time to mourn when something bad happens.
Hope you find something soon and that it works out even better than this job.
04-26-2004, 03:24 AM
some jobs last longer than others, but ultimately all jobs are temporary. knowing that you will have great references from people who like you and want you to do well should count for a lot. you don't say exactly where you've been working, but you say your "department" let you go (NOT fired you, as others have pointed out). if it's a business, could you do similar work either for another department of the company or maybe another branch across town? if it's a department of your school, is there another department that could use your skills? also, the temp agency suggestion is a good idea. with summer coming businesses will need temps to fill in for workers on vacation. the benefit of temping isn't just the income, but also a chance to take a look at a lot of different workplaces and the different ways that different people do things. when you get into the job market for real you'll have a better feel for what you might really like and what you really want to avoid. the other thing is to tell as many people as possible that you're looking for work--not in a desperate way, but in an "i'm welcoming new opportunities" tone. for all you know, the clerk at the dry cleaners might be married to a chemical engineer who needs office help.
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