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    I'll be eligible to retire in six months but I'm too young to quit working. How far in advance should I send out my resume?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    I'm not qualified. I don't have many job skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    I'm not qualified. I don't have many job skills.
    Well, apparently pasting links correctly is not one of mine.

    go search for job number 60368 at stanfordcareers.stanford.edu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    I'll be eligible to retire in six months but I'm too young to quit working. How far in advance should I send out my resume?
    Well, that was easy. I sent my resume to three companies on 7/24, got a call from one about 10 minutes later and tentatively start on 3/1.

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    Nice! I lost my long term job on 2010, spent two years getting a degree and finally returned to work earlier this year. Not really a happy ending, considering the 30% pay cut, but could have ended worse. I'm thinking early retirement at this point, maybe in about 18 months. I'll be close to 59 then and the mortgage will be paid. Got to look at numbers a bit closer yet before I decide. Like you, I'll be looking into something part time then. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    Well, that was easy. I sent my resume to three companies on 7/24, got a call from one about 10 minutes later and tentatively start on 3/1.
    Will you be the guy who works the nets on the bait boats?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Will you be the guy who works the nets on the bait boats?
    That looks like real work. I doubt if I'd last a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    Well, that was easy. I sent my resume to three companies on 7/24, got a call from one about 10 minutes later and tentatively start on 3/1.
    What is 7/24?
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    What is 7/24?
    July 24th I presume.
    (Insert your favorite quote here)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
    July 24th I presume.
    Yeah, I just figured it out. Didn't know if it was a website I hadn't heard of or what.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Yeah, I just figured it out. Didn't know if it was a website I hadn't heard of or what.
    LoL I got time to kill.. not light yet here figured I'd try and help
    (Insert your favorite quote here)

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    Hmm...I just got told I will be laid off my job due to lack of work to do. Maybe just temporarily.
    I'm not in a panic. Have money in the bank, been keeping the budget lean for a long time.
    Gotta go see how to get unemployment benefits in this state (CO).

    Looks like I'll be riding my bike more for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eofelis View Post
    Hmm...I just got told I will be laid off my job due to lack of work to do. Maybe just temporarily.
    I'm not in a panic. Have money in the bank, been keeping the budget lean for a long time.
    Gotta go see how to get unemployment benefits in this state (CO).

    Looks like I'll be riding my bike more for a while.
    Good luck in job hunting, this is that rainy day you've been saving for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Good luck in job hunting, this is that rainy day you've been saving for.
    Yep. It's been two weeks now since I left the job. I've been tremendously enjoying my time off. My UI payments should begin soon.
    I'm not planning on working again for at least a few months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eofelis View Post
    Yep. It's been two weeks now since I left the job. I've been tremendously enjoying my time off. My UI payments should begin soon.
    I'm not planning on working again for at least a few months.
    Remember that your "sell by" date is 6 months after your last job. After that, employers tend to figure that you are damaged goods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eofelis View Post
    Hmm...I just got told I will be laid off my job due to lack of work to do. Maybe just temporarily.
    I'm not in a panic. Have money in the bank, been keeping the budget lean for a long time.
    Gotta go see how to get unemployment benefits in this state (CO).

    Looks like I'll be riding my bike more for a while.
    Yeah, head for ND.
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9 View Post
    Yeah, head for ND.
    The company I worked for has an office in Bismarck. But I have no interest in ND. Not desperate for a job right now. UI>expenses, and I have a large savings acct. I've been out hiking and biking in the nice fall weather for now.
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    A few years ago I lost my job without any warning. My employer filed for bankruptcy in the middle of the night, the day before payday. I learned about the bankruptcy as I was commuting to work. It is quite interesting to find yourself suddenly unemployed, especially when you have a mortgage, car payment, and credit card debts.

    In my case, I did not file for unemployment benefits. In all my life, I have never believed in asking for someone else to pay for my misfortunes. It was not my fault that my company went bankrupt, but it was my fault that I didn't have a plan B in place in case such a thing happened. Our financial security is our own responsibility, just like our physical health.

    I sold my car at a loss, I sold my house and broke even on my mortgage. For years I had worked very hard to keep my credit perfect. I applied for a new credit card with a balance transfer offer, and transferred all my my other credit card balances to the new card, which had a special rate of 1.9%. This lowered my minimum payments to a reasonable level. I moved into a one room apartment, and got a part-time job as a tutor.

    I decided that I didn't trust working for anyone else anymore, and that I didn't want to be a wage slave for the rest of my life. I thought it would be a great idea to go into business for myself. As I had no savings and no net worth, I quickly opened a small line of credit with a bank. I drew a little money to set up a small retail website, and I began to sell things on this site. For more than a year it earned almost no money. I added to my income by painting houses and pressure cleaning driveways. The second year the website did better, and by the third year the income matched what I had earned at my former job.

    While doing all of this, I met my future wife, who was a banker at a large financial institution. She helped give me the motivation to work harder, and come up with new ideas. My business continues to grow, though it does have difficult moments from time to time.

    I now make several times what I used to at my old job. I have the satisfaction of creating something from just a simple idea, and watching it grow. There are times when business is difficult, and I miss having a regular job with few responsibilities, but on the other hand, I can now live in a home which was once beyond my wildest dreams. I have also been able to travel to places which I once could only read about, or see on tv.

    My advice is to think of ways you can work for yourself. If it is landscaping, housepainting, dog training, or whatever. If you work smart, and hard (in that order), there are few limits to what you can do. It is daunting to be fully in charge of your own life, but it can also be very satisfying and rewarding. You simply need to go out and do it.

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    Very inspirational Sangetsu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sangetsu View Post
    A few years ago I lost my job without any warning. My employer filed for bankruptcy in the middle of the night, the day before payday. I learned about the bankruptcy as I was commuting to work. It is quite interesting to find yourself suddenly unemployed, especially when you have a mortgage, car payment, and credit card debts.

    In my case, I did not file for unemployment benefits. In all my life, I have never believed in asking for someone else to pay for my misfortunes. It was not my fault that my company went bankrupt, but it was my fault that I didn't have a plan B in place in case such a thing happened. Our financial security is our own responsibility, just like our physical health.

    I sold my car at a loss, I sold my house and broke even on my mortgage. For years I had worked very hard to keep my credit perfect. I applied for a new credit card with a balance transfer offer, and transferred all my my other credit card balances to the new card, which had a special rate of 1.9%. This lowered my minimum payments to a reasonable level. I moved into a one room apartment, and got a part-time job as a tutor.

    I decided that I didn't trust working for anyone else anymore, and that I didn't want to be a wage slave for the rest of my life. I thought it would be a great idea to go into business for myself. As I had no savings and no net worth, I quickly opened a small line of credit with a bank. I drew a little money to set up a small retail website, and I began to sell things on this site. For more than a year it earned almost no money. I added to my income by painting houses and pressure cleaning driveways. The second year the website did better, and by the third year the income matched what I had earned at my former job.

    While doing all of this, I met my future wife, who was a banker at a large financial institution. She helped give me the motivation to work harder, and come up with new ideas. My business continues to grow, though it does have difficult moments from time to time.

    I now make several times what I used to at my old job. I have the satisfaction of creating something from just a simple idea, and watching it grow. There are times when business is difficult, and I miss having a regular job with few responsibilities, but on the other hand, I can now live in a home which was once beyond my wildest dreams. I have also been able to travel to places which I once could only read about, or see on tv.

    My advice is to think of ways you can work for yourself. If it is landscaping, housepainting, dog training, or whatever. If you work smart, and hard (in that order), there are few limits to what you can do. It is daunting to be fully in charge of your own life, but it can also be very satisfying and rewarding. You simply need to go out and do it.
    I thought unemployment checks are your own money that has been taken out of your previous paychecks?
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    After 4 years I've risen from unemployed to underemployed.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Markets View Post
    If you are getting laid off, there are a few things you MUST do:
    1) file for unemployment immediately

    2) recognize it is NOT you personally (unless deep in your heart you know you are a rectal hat)

    3) begin job hunting IMMEDIATELY

    4) accept that NO job is truly beneath you when it comes to survival money so file pride away immediately

    5) do NOT depend on unemployment and think you will 'get a job' when it runs out, as it may run out
    before you get a job

    6) going off unemployment to work a temp job or interim job 'banks' your UI into the future, even
    if the process can be a hassle. temp & interim jobs lead to more contacts, and more contacts
    are what you need as they lead to greater chances for a permanent job.

    7) tell ALL your friends you are looking -- most people get jobs thru referrals, NOT thru want ads or web sites

    8) Human Resources is NOT your friend -- they are your obstacle. If you have a company in mind to work
    for, get to the manager of the department directly. After all, the manager knows what is happening well
    before HR ever will...

    9) if you have an office-type job, try to keep your phone and voicemail active, and use that number
    for messages when job hunting. looking 'employed' gives you more 'cred' than looking unemployed

    10) modify your spending habits NOW. no lattes, no new clothes, no nothing. Food and shelter basics.
    scale down spending as if you will not work for a year or more -- just in case...

    11) stay active both physically & mentally. ride your bike, read books. enhance your skills where possible.

    12) consider joining any groups that may have connections in your field like professional organizations

    13) if you have excess 'stuff', now is the time to sell it on ebay or craigslist for extra cash

    14) lean on your family & friends for support. don't go it alone -- you don't have to...


    Over the years, I have been thru some heady recessions and watched the unemployed routinely violate
    one or more of the above, only to find themselves out of cash with nowhere to turn. Rock bottom is not
    where you want to be if you can avoid it.



    BTW, Goldman Sachs is now forecast unemployment next year of 9%, a number I believe i had grouped
    into posts here forecasting 8.5-10% unemployment next year. the Fed is claiming unemployment will be
    less and growth will return in the min-next year time frame. i would not hold that up high, I believe we
    will maybe get thru this by years end. government numbers are phoney anyway...
    Thank for some great tips

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    Thank for some great tips
    De nada!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Markets View Post
    De nada!

    I see what you did there.
    You can further the brotherhood of man by eliminating class.
    You can lift the wage earner up by equalizing earnings.
    You can bring about prosperity by overturning the holders of power.
    You can strengthen the weak by eating the the strong.
    You can help the poor by destroying the rich.

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