Friday, March 15, 2013
Where's the Beef?
Today I signed up for a Work Force Development orientation. It's a program provided by our County. I'm also scheduled for my orientation for the NY State Department of Labor (required for my UI benefits). I've spent the past week assembling a spreadsheet of companies to send resumes to. I spoke with a former colleague who is in the field to line him up as a reference and to get feedback on what type of money I should request in his sector of the business. I also sent my resume to my realtor and she passed it on to all the appraisers she knows for feedback -- we have a breakfast date set up for the week after next. My LinkedIn profile is up and I've got my resume on Monster. Today I responded to two job postings. I've also spent some time addressing envelopes for companies and towns I want to send my resume to and will be printing cover letters and mailing them out next week. I still have a bunch of cover letters to compose.
As far as how successful I am going to be, I have no clue. With all of the budget issues going on in Washington, I also have no clue as to how long I will be eligible for the various UI benefits. For that reason, I'm trying to get some momentum going. My weekly payments amount to about half of my former take-home, but I still believe we'll do just fine. However, I will need to have something when that stops.
My goal over the next few months is to get our food and other spending down another couple of hundred dollars per month. I am ambivalent about the summer -- camp is paid off so we want to get the most out of it, but that means spending more on gas and other related things. My plan is to be as clever as possible in other areas of our life to offset that. Not sure what is in store, but I'm working on it!