Archive for the ‘Job loss’ Tag

The Right Answer Today: I Don’t Know.

We visited the topic of professional confidence a few months back.  The question is, though, what happens when that confidence all but disappears? The organization says, “I’m sorry even your coffee and cookies aren’t good enough for us so we’re going to need your keys and your cell phone. You’re no longer an employee here.”

Obviously the next step is to find someone to help you find your confidence again. Find that job description on Craigslist, Indeed.com, Idealist.org or whatever that perfect job search site is (or talk to your network about the perfect job) with skills you have and write a killer cover letter and resume. Problem is, it’s going to be a huge struggle. Right now I don’t even feel like I can write an appropriate cover letter without someone sending it back to me without corrections.  I might have made some changes personally, but professionally I feel as though I have taken several steps back. It sure feels like the rug has been ripped out from under my feet.

Other blog entries have spouted out some sort of advice, even if it’s been some cheesy “Keep your head up.” However, I don’t have anything for this. How do you deal with the loss of a job when an employer just basically ripped all your professional skills to pieces? I don’t know. Maybe that’s the answer for now, “I don’t know.”

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Why I Lost My Job and (seriously) Who I Blame

This is a ballsy post. I may regret it once I hit publish. However, it’s been on my mind for some five months now and only a select few who know exactly why I am jobless know my feeling about the subject. This may not be a pretty color on me. – so, please forgive me.  The subject is one, James O’Keefe and Biggovernment.com.

I chose, in the beginning of this blog to keep tight-lipped on the topic of ACORN and the issues at hand. As the topic has died down some, except for those few at BigGovernment.com and all far right winged websites and a handful of Fox News Channel reports every few weeks, I feel a bit more comfortable approaching the topic and how I feel about the organization and the “scandal.” I will not rant or rave about their coverage. This is neither the time nor the place. And I am not the person to do that.

For a quick background on why I joined the organization you can read the Non-Profit Passion.

In early September James O’Keefe and his friend, Hannah Giles, released some pretty damning footage of some of my former co-workers. I take full ownership of the subsequent videos, and will even admit to speaking and working on several projects with a few of them. It shocks and appalls me. I hate it. But, that’s not this blog entry is about. Soon after these videos were released several members of Congress announced their support in the backing of the Defund ACORN Act. This did not directly affect my position, or my grant. However, it did affect people I knew and we ran in crisis mode for some time.

This was in mid September. By mid October ACORN Housing was tangled in a web. Were they or were they not affiliated with ACORN? I still don’t officially know the answer, nor do I really care. For this reasons all relations were cut with ACORN.  Shared spaces were not shared anymore – copiers were moved, coffeemakers weren’t shared, and even hellos were a bit strained. It was a sad time, as my location was particularly friendly. Others have strained relations and do not share spaces, so no sharing spaces was not an issue.

Now, this sharing of spaces is where my position comes in. My position was a shared position. I was the contact person for ACORN but I worked for ACORN Housing. If we didn’t communicate with ACORN why was I around? Yeah. Great. Awesome. Fabulous. Stellar. What the hell am I going to do now? I did busy work for a few weeks while I started to apply for other positions. However, at some point, there wasn’t anymore busy work. I guess I rock at busy work. Is that a transferable skill?

At this point, I would like to take some time to thank James O’Keefe and all the other contributors of my misery, my heartbreak, my sleepless nights, and my new found ability to call people on their bs for this opportunity. It’s quite an honor. You have no idea how much this means to me.  Some people lose their great temporary grant funded position due to the end of their grant terms, loss of donations, or even downsizing. But, I, on the other hand can point to one 25 year old man who I have never met in my life, but has actually had the audacity to call me soulless. So, Mr. O’Keefe, or Ms. Giles if you happen upon this entry I’d greatly appreciate your help in finding a new job. Thanks 5317.44 times because that’s how much money you’ve cost me.