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Just a little over two weeks since I was laid off now, and I am spending six to ten hours a day job searching, every day. I am working just as hard as if I had a full-time job; just no pay at the end of it all.

A fellow coworker from my last job has pointed me to some leads, with some real people attached to said leads. He is putting in a good word for me as well, and thus far these are the best leads I have had. I guess that is what you call "networking;" it has always been such a foreign concept to me.

Speaking of which, I have been able to bulk up my LinkedIn account; I have gotten several contacts to link to me, and have gotten some recommendations (which are really references and/or testimonials). I am hoping something might come of that, as well.

I also got an email out of the blue, from a recruiter looking for a technical writer. I have never in my life had such a thing happen, so even if this particular prospect doesn't pan out, it makes me feel good knowing that someone is out there looking at me favorably.

I got a call from the unemployment bureau; there has been some confusion about my severance pay (two weeks' worth, and I haven't received it yet). I asked if this would delay any unemployment I may earn, and they said they didn't know. These are time-wasting frustrations I don't need right now.

Finally, I need to stop reading all the articles out there about professional people who are out of work, and haven't been able to find anything for up to two years. I know it is a brutal economy, and that the job market is as soft as it has been in decades. But I can't let myself believe it is going to happen to me...or I will surely just lose my damn mind.

One final note about my last job: I was talking to a former coworker (a different one from the one mentioned above), and he said this about the culture of constant layoffs there: "In this case, the revolving door was a feature, not a bug." I had to laugh at that. :)

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I also got an email out of the blue, from a recruiter looking for a technical writer. I have never in my life had such a thing happen, so even if this particular prospect doesn't pan out, it makes me feel good knowing that someone is out there looking at me favorably.


Yeah, be careful with that. There are headhunters out there, and especially if you have no background in a particular field or are not qualified (I got an email from a Google recruiter a few years ago when I had no college degree. He had apparently culled my email address from open source mailing lists.). These guys can be aggressive and they'll waste a lot of your time and energy (and possibly money) on something you have no chance at in the first place, but if they send their client a body they get their commission.

Honestly, I've learned through my own experience and the experiences of others that those out of the blue e-mails are very rarely what they seem to be—which is kind of what those guys count on.

Sometimes you can Google these guys and turn up their track record. :X

In my reply, I asked several questions about the job itself, what would be expected of me, was it contract or direct hire, etc. I checked this guy out, and his company, and what I do know is they are a technical firm with offices here locally. I will keep a close eye on how this develops, and if it starts to smell like a lemon, I will say, "no, thanks."

But as you said--and it's valid and good advice--if I feel a runaround or a bait-and-switch taking place, I will shut this guy down without blinking an eye.

Well I'm still wishing you good luck on finding another job. Hopefully the ones your friend is refeering ya to, will hire ya. ^^

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