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August 6th, 2010

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07:25 am - low energy
This has been a low energy week. Lots of sleeping, lots of meditation, lots of reading and listening to books. Made it to workouts and for walks every day at least, but it was an effort.

I'm sure the mild-to-medium depression about money matters is part of it. Inside industry information from a friend who works at a staffing company confirms there is a general reluctance to hire people out of unemployment vs. in/across the 'workforce' - one more reason to hate the cultural legacy we are saddled with, that insists in spite of hard economic and social evidence to the contrary that anyone unemployed is a loser slacker who deserves their penniless lot.

And don't get me started on the people who tell me "it must be nice" to be out of work due to disability. Oh, totally, except for the health problems that I really can't afford treatment for now that landed me here, in spite of insurance - yeah, it's just parties and woo-hoo all the way. Most of them have the grace to be chagrined when I point that out. Most of them.

Edited to add: yeah, I'm not so much a nice person as a quiet one, usually. And the people who would shy away from hiring me after googling or finding out I have mental health issues are already well furnished with reasons not to work with me, like my being female, or introverted, or fat. (How I know? They've told me so, when I've asked.)

I am sorry I've nothing to share but crabbiness at the moment.
Current Mood: ::schwa::

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Date:August 7th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Any employer who's not hiring unemployed people is missing out on a huge tax credit this year. I know that doesn't really address your post, (sorry for the sidestep), but the HIRE Act allows employers to not pay the employer portion of social security or medicare taxes for wages for all employees who were unemployed in the last 90 days (pretty sure) before they were hired. Also, if the newly hired employee stays over a year, there's another $1000 tax credit the company can claim.

That's free money companies are turning down by being idiots. Just for the record.

Sorry you're not feeling well. Today has been a crazy wacky energy day for every single person I've spoken to. Maybe it's best to sit this one out!
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Date:August 7th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Actually, it does make me feel better to know this. The more evidence I can see of people trying to be sensible and encouraging others to be the same, the better I feel.
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Date:August 8th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
I don't know if this applies to you at all, but it really helped me to think of myself as "freelancing" instead of "unemployed." It gives you something to put on a resume and it gives you a more positive narrative spin.

Even if "freelancing" doesn't apply, you can, for example, emphasize your writing pursuits. That sort of thing.

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