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Laid Off

The Recession's Permanent Wounds On My Generation

Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.13.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I went through the first 35 years of my working life having to look up how to spell 'laid off.' For real. It was just one of those brain twerks; to this day, I never type the words 'meditate' or 'environment' right the first time either. But I sure learned how to spell 'laid off.'

How Getting Laid Off Led Me to Follow My Dream

Michelle Shemilt | Posted 03.07.2014 | Women
Michelle Shemilt

I was interested in my job but not inspired by it. I made a good paycheck but was not passionate. I filled a position but not a purpose.

50 Google Searches to Avoid a Layoff or Bad Employer

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

Use these Google searches to dig up information that can help you avoid a bad employer or to show you the signs that your current employer is struggli...

I Love Poop

Sarah Prager | Posted 04.02.2014 | Good News
Sarah Prager

There is nothing like caring for others to take you out of your own head. I cannot bring myself to worry about making rent when I am Spiderman's sidekick (who knew he had one and that she looks just like me?).

I Just Got Laid Off -- Now What?

Literally, Darling | Posted 03.23.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

To say I was in a state of shock is an understatement. It took a case of hard cider, a Bridget Jones marathon and a good cry before I finally felt like I could face this new reality.

Job Search Tips for SpongeBob SquarePants & Land Lovers

Matthew Silverstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Matthew Silverstein

Not even SpongeBob SquarePants is safe from the bad economy and the tough job market! In an upcoming episode titled "SpongeBob, You're Fired," which airs on November 11, SpongeBob SquarePants will be fired from his job of 14 years.

Surviving the Fall: How Getting Laid Off Taught Me About Adjustment Disorder

Lauren Taylor Shute | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lauren Taylor Shute

The most I can say is if you're going through an adjustment, don't let it get the best of you. Keep pushing for your identity, don't let the fact that you don't feel like yourself keep you from living your life. You may not want to smile all the time, but as long as you try, you're winning.

An Awkward Rite Of Passage For Laid-Off Post 50s

Jeb Harrison | Posted 09.17.2013 | Fifty
Jeb Harrison

"You remind me so much of my... of my... my father!" she blurted. I'm thinking is this what the corporate workforce has come to? Thirty-year-old MBA managers on the executive fast track thinking of their grey-haired staffers as an army of dear old dads?

Laid Off? Here Are 2 Things To Not Worry About

Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.10.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

A 50-something editor friend reached out last week to say that he had just gotten 'the call.'

Is Moving Back Home The Best Decision -- Or The Worst?

Jennifer Close | Posted 06.14.2013 | Women
Jennifer Close

There are three words I've gotten used to hearing in the past few years. They are simple and terrifying and weighted, but I've heard many friends utter them again and again--I'm moving home.

The Five Stages of Getting Over Being Fired While Living in an Expensive City

Lisa Bernier | Posted 05.29.2013 | New York
Lisa Bernier

In solidarity with my fellow disenchanted, disillusioned compatriots who, in this terrible and depressing economy were so cruelly released into the wilds of urban unemployment, here are the five stages of being fired.

Wine Emergency

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 05.15.2013 | Women
Sheila Blanchette

My friends and I have what we call wine emergencies. Anytime someone is feeling overwhelmed by raising children, a husband who doesn't always quite "get it," a bad day at work or all of the above, we can call a wine emergency.

Back To Where I Once Belonged

Mike Kravinsky | Posted 05.11.2013 | Fifty
Mike Kravinsky

I've found that people who "start over" are often just returning to an old professional passion. Something that, for whatever reason, had to be put on hold.

5 Ways I Found Happiness After Getting Fired

LearnVest | Posted 04.07.2013 | Women
LearnVest

In order to capture the depth of nausea that I felt on the day that I got fired, you need to picture me sitting across from my boss in his glaringly sunny office. Then you need to envision giant tufts of wiry white hair sprouting out from the neck of his company polo shirt.

When Dream Jobs Don't Come True

The Levo League | Posted 04.01.2013 | Women
The Levo League

At 28 years of age, I have worked at over 11 magazines and websites and I have never left a job. Not once. I've never been salaried, had health insurance or opened a savings account.

What I Learned From Being Laid Off

The Levo League | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
The Levo League

Living in fear of a lay off is not beneficial, but being aware that it could happen to you at any time will likely encourage you to take the following precautions, which will leave you prepared in the event of you do get laid off.

What to Know Before You Get Fired or Laid Off

Next Avenue | Posted 11.03.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Donna Ballman So you hate your job and are ready to quit. Or you think you’re about to lose your position because ...

Why Halloween Is The Worst Time of The Year

Greg Clarkin | Posted 01.02.2013 | Fifty
Greg Clarkin

I used to like Halloween when I was a kid. Now Halloween means one thing. Layoffs. It's become National Layoff Day.

WATCH: I Have To Ask: Have You Ever Been Fired? What Happened?

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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Why I'm Celebrating The Anniversary Of Losing My Job At 59

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Three years ago today, an email popped into my inbox asking me to please step into my manager's office. There, a hired gun was waiting to tell me that my job as a nationally syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times was unceremoniously ending.

In Ireland, Some Ex-Construction Workers Are Now Baking Cookies

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 03.02.2012 | Business

Construction workers and bakers may not seem so similar, but at one shop, those once operating heavy machinery are now making a small fortune off baki...

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Joanne Tombrakos | Posted 04.22.2012 | Women
Joanne Tombrakos

Leaving a job, or in the case of people like me, a career, is sort of like breaking up with your guy: On some level you know when it's time to leave but that doesn't mean you do it.

The Nextnik Episode 2: Letting Loose On The Second Act Path

Posted 01.28.2012 | Fifty

In the second episode of Mike Kravinsky's new web series 'The Nextnik,' Larry Zimmerman -- a recently-laid-off Post 50 -- visits his friend Mark, who ...

Losing My Job Improved My Life

James Kunen | Posted 03.28.2012 | Books
James Kunen

I'd been downsized. Thrown under the bus. I had thought I didn't like spending my precious days on Earth sealed into a box at Time Warner headquarters, where I toiled in corporate communications, but I had no idea how alienated I was. Now, anything was possible.

Good Service: City Raises Nearly $17,000 For Laid-off Diner Workers

AP | Posted 12.22.2011 | Weird News

ABERDEEN, Wash. -- A regular customer at a Washington state diner that closed, leaving a dozen employees out of work, has led a fundraiser that collec...