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No worker left....
I was at a party awhile back, and we discovered that there were three of us who were unemployed, or about to be. We started taking bets on who would get a job first. Then one of our political friends said to me, "Oh we have a program for you now, the No worker left behind."

A few minutes later I started to fill another friend in on the conversation, and I said, "She was just telling me about this state program, No worker left employed." A slip of the tongue, but a telling one, is it not?

Today was my first sorta-real day of unemployment, because it's the first day when I didn't have other things to prepare for - java self-study, the programming conference, etc. Even today didn't really count, because I had a few things to do. Had to enroll in some Michigan Talent Bank thingie, and had to call MARVIN and ask him to give me unemployment money. Also I had to go to the dentist for a cleaning. (No cavities, woohoo!)

I contacted everyone at last week's conference who wanted my resume, and I also filled out a few online apps. There are a lot of hiring freezes right now. A few places that sounded good, asked for my resume, and then suddenly found themselves frozen. Somebody mentioned that it might be due to election uncertainty, which is hopeful - if so, then when the election is over people will start hiring.

Anyway I'm not too concerned still. There is a lot of stuff out there, and my skills are in demand, even with some freezing going on. I'll find something -- just gotta make sure it's the RIGHT something!

I took a look at the No worker left behind thing, because I noticed it said something about free tuition. Wouldn't that be handy, if I could use this time to finish up my Master's degree? But graduate work does not seem to be quite its purpose... darn. Guess I'll get a job first, then convince them to pay for it.

In the meantime, I might tackle this "Novel-Writing November" thing that everybody's talking about! All the cool kids are doing it...

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From: bloggingchick Date: October 27th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
You may still want to sign up for the No Worker Left Behind thing soon. There are a lot of hoops to jump through. In no particular order you have to apply for federal aid at the college/university of your choice; there is a 30 day job search in which you apply for 25 jobs in your specialty skill making sure you have copies (either paper or email transferred to a flashdrive) of either the application you hand over/mail in or thanking you for applying for the job; signatures of the "leaders" of at least 2 workshops at a Michigan!Works; you will need a copy of your social security card, birth certificate and driver license. That is all I can remember offhand. You have to call to attend an orientation in order to get all the paperwork and they tend to fill up pretty quickly. Then you will also have to schedule to take a math/reading proficiency test.
tammylc From: tammylc Date: October 27th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, you're not really the target audience for NWLB.

Good luck finding the right job in a timely manner.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: October 28th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
one of my staffers took major advantage of the NWLB program during our layoffs in 2007 and they're still paying for training even now that she has been called back to work. i know from talking with various folks that the Michigan Works offices in each county are vastly different, but i have firsthand experience with Lapeer's/ThumbWorks (from the employer and employee perspectives) and they are EXCELLENT.

ps: http://www.nanowrimo.org/

Edited at 2008-10-28 01:28 am (UTC)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 28th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
are you doing it? i think i will!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: October 28th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
i've semi-done NaNo for the last few years. i made a couple of serious pushes back in 2003-2004, but it's been very half-assed since. i'll definitely sign up and probably start out rocking the house, but after that? who knows!

you should do it!
From: writerwench Date: October 28th, 2008 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah - NaNoWriMo is a great way to focus one's creative impulses and structure them. You don't have to write about fantasy dragons or do an amazing work, just get 50,000 words down... nobody reads your 'novel' unless you want them to, they just wordcount on the site. I really enjoy doing it!
mbumby From: mbumby Date: October 31st, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
and had to call MARVIN and ask him to give me unemployment money
Money... don't TALK to me about money...

renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 31st, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
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