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Happy New Year! Miss Pink Slip is Refreshing Her Perspective for 2010

Yes, I’m aware that it’s January 25. I’m also aware that I’ve already slacked on one of my biggest New Year’s Resolutions: Blog more.

So here I am. Did you miss me? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way.  🙂

Over the holiday, I began wavering over whether I would continue Miss Pink Slip. I’ve been gainfully employed since March 2009 (by the grace of God!), and I just wasn’t sure how relevant my voice was to the unemployed/ recessionally challenged population.

But recently, after a bottle of Pinot Noir and a conversation with my UPiC (Unemployed Partner in Crime), I realized that we are all still feeling the stings of joblessness, fear and anxiety. Even a year after the hoopla surrounding unemployment seemed to die down a bit. My friend is still looking for full-time employment as are the many women she’s encountering every day. They’re still out there in droves, and they still need our support. So that’s the angle I’m taking with Miss Pink Slip in 2010: Support. I’m not collecting unemployment, but I know how it feels and I’m among many incredible women who are sure to land on their feet this year. And I want to be there when they do!

MPS Newsstand: US News & World Report May 2009

Get thee to a newsstand before this issue exits the racks! I picked it up at the airport — wish I’d seen it sooner!

The May 2009 issue is themed “Jobs for the Future” and is chock full of information for all of yousnewscover_CV_20090421210341u, whether you’re jobless, strugging, questioning and/or seeking a new path.

Brian Kelly’s editor’s note focuses on “career audit[s]”, pointing out the hidden value of a recession — that is, this is a great time to reevaluate your work life and where it’s going.

Articles include:

  • How to Win the New Job Game
  • Choosing the Career Path Less Traveled
  • This Year’s Best Careers
  • Smart Way to Give Your Career a Boost
  • Obama’s Green Light for Green Jobs
  • Win at Work
  • Making a Living as a Professional Blogger
  • Relocating
  • Landing a Job After 50
  • Social Networking
  • Online Education and Grad Programs
  • Strategies for Saving Money
  • Status of B-Schools, Law Schools and Med Schools

There is really something in here for everyone. Some of the content may be things you’ve heard before, but I still think it’s the best $4.99 you’ll spend this week!

Why the Weekend Matters

I’m ready for 5 o’ clock. In fact, I’m counting exactly 15 min. until that golden hour. It’s not like I’ve had a stressful week or anything (even though I did turn 35 yesterday); I’m just ready to leap into that magic wardrobe that’s called the weekend.

Even when I was unemployed, I treated the weekend like it was an actual working person’s weekend. Granted, I did do some job searching, research, etc. on Saturdays and Sundays, but mostly, I behaved like I did when I was gainfully employed. That means having cheap wine with the girls, watching Lifetime for hours and taking walks with my canine BFF. These actions may sound superficial, but for my psyche and spirit, they were necessary. I actually felt alive rather than a depressed human database of job listings.

So, if you’re unemployed and on the job hunt, please try to take some time to decompress and join the living out there this weekend. Hopefully, there’s some sunshine to soak in and a $2 beer to drink.

Get Thee a UPiC: A Salute to My Unemployed Partner-in-Crime

I’ve only mentioned my UPiC once on the blog, but I have to give her a proper shout-out. Don’t know if I would have survived the last two months of joblessness without her.

Some days, we’re the only people each of us sees. We drink cheap red wine and Coors Light at home together while watching “The Office” reruns on TBS, we take lunch breaks to the cheap Mexican joint when we have a little extra cash and we brainstorm all sorts of  ridiculous ideas for earning money. We keep tabs on each other throughout the day via email and cell in order to squash any insecure or nervy feelings you get from having no job and no money.

All this may sound a little needy, but it’s needy in the best possible way. You’d be shocked how much you need to vent when you’re out of work.

If you don’t have a UPiC, I suggest you find one. Now. Go on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn; attend a MeetUp group for job seekers, randomly poll people at Starbucks, whatever. I met a couple of fellow unemployed girls for coffee on Wednesday morning, and it was so therapeutic. Whaddya know? I’m not crazy after all!

Thanks, UPiC. You’re the best!