Losing jobs due to buisness closings

United States
December 2, 2009 7:04pm CST
Who here has lost their jobs due to the buisness going completely under? This just happened to me yesterday and I am completely shocked. I mean I just bought a new motorcycle and have a loan for that, and moved into a new more expensive apartment, and have several other monthly bills. I have applied for unemployment but I don't think that is going to be enough. And right now trying to find a job is pretty difficult if not impossible (especially finding one that makes enough to pay all the bills). And I can't go find another job in my feild right now either because I am a motorcycle mechanic and dealerships just don't hire in the winter because their is no work. What should I do? And I have already went to college so that is not an option.
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15 responses
@peavey (16906)
• United States
3 Dec 09
The same thing happened to my daughter recently. She was working for a high end restaurant and they closed. She applied for unemployment and got it, so if I were you, I'd start there. It may get you some time to look for a job. They keep saying that things are getting better, so maybe jobs will open up after the first of the year. If you have tools, you might even start working on motorcycles on your own. You'd have to rent a garage, though, and that would depend on if you have savings or something to go on. Good luck; I hope things work out for you.
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• United States
3 Dec 09
A tough position, to be sure. You might consider selling the bike. Yeah, I know. The thought really stinks. You might want to seriously consider it, though. and, it might be a good idea to downgrade your living quarters. I know that sucks, too, but sometimes downgrading is neccessary. Make absolutely sure you have more money coming in than going out. if you don't have a budget plan, make one. then you can trim the unneccessary "fat" out of it. Consider taking more than 1 job. McDonalds is almost always hiring. would you rather make it on your own steam, or rely on the Government to take care of you? especially this administration? You saw all the stipulations they put on stimulous money for the states, and how many refused the stipulations. Do you want to be beholden to the government? Also, you might think about starting your own business. if you're good at what you do, you may be able to find good financial backing for such a venture. After all, one shop just closed, so not only could you fill that gap, but, if you have a good reputation, your former customers will not only come to you, but also put your name out there as a good, reputable mechanic. This is not the end, my friend, but maybe the beginning for something great. Don't let a good disaster go to waste, do something productive with it. Your choice is simple: sit around and be depressed, or go at it like gang busters and maybe get rich in the process. success in all in your mind set. Attitude is the key. Now is the time to strike while the iron is hot. I've seen people with less education get rich because they didn't know how to quit. and, so what if you might fail? the road to success is paved with failures. those who are afraid to fail will never succeed. Good luck.
• United States
4 Dec 09
"This is not the end, my friend, but maybe the beginning for something great. Don't let a good disaster go to waste, do something productive with it." That is one of the best things I have heard anyone say about the situation and my own personal thoughts(or maybe hopes lol). Thanks for your response
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
4 Dec 09
It happened to me last week. I had worked for the company three years and had been a supervisor for a year. They downsized and cut my position, along with several others. I saw it coming but because of my seniority and job skills (I was very good at what I did) I thought others would be cut first. However, because I could see the way things were headed, I was very cautious in spending the last few months. I saved some money and hopefully it will be enough to carry me until I find another job. I went to the state employment agency first and they had one job offer. Just one, and it was 50 miles away. Good luck to you. And to me.
@happy6162 (3009)
• United States
3 Dec 09
Unemployment more than likely will not be enough. You will have to just keep looking and apply for jobs in your field and other jobs you are qualified for. It is even hard to get jobs at fastfood restuarants right now. Hope you fine something soon.
@Hatley (164237)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Dec 09
hi svrider88 welcome to the world of the jobless, my son has been out of work for a yr and we are hoping he can get back into computer programming but so far nothing, now he has to move as his yr is up in sponsored gov. housing so we are both concerned, i his mom an him. He gets a thousand a month but rents here in ca are horrible, I am just hoping he can get someplace close by so he can come see me, we lost our apt. and were homeless as since I am 83 i was placed in this retirement center for now any way. is there a program where you are that might teach you a different skill that you could get into work right away? I know theres talk about that here in Orange county ca. check and see if theres any thing like that where you are. outside of taking a job that low paying if there are any I just dont know what else to suggest.
@peercc (332)
• India
3 Dec 09
just create own business to give jobs to others.....
@smartjack (521)
• India
3 Dec 09
i can understand that you are in deep trouble now. i hope you come out of this soon. Have faith in God and keep trying. i am sure there will be something good for you in future.
@mawong79 (215)
• Malaysia
3 Dec 09
Sad to hear your situation. I think there is a lot of people facing the same problem with you. You can Im lucky that I still with my company. Im suggest you put more effort and continue to find a job first while looking for suitable job in order to settle some of your bills & loan. Try to negotiate with your landload if possible to bring your outstanding rental to next month, otherwise you have to shift again because the expensive rental for long term is quite burden for you if you still unemployed. Good luck to you and God bless you!
@zaffar121 (133)
3 Dec 09
lost my jobs after my factory closed down well established company s.lyles and sons ltd
@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
3 Dec 09
Wow I am so sorry to hear that ,I can only imagine what you are going through .I havent lost my job but anything is possible as there have been hints that my government job is likely one fo those to be cut when the government "STREAMLINES" the public sector .I can only wish you find something soon or you may have to think about moving to your old apartment and getting rid of the motorcycle until yu find something new,it really a tough time but keep the faith my friend
• China
3 Dec 09
First, to find a job in other field to meet under the current bills. If it's not enough,whether it will consider moving to an apartment that it's more economical.After the difficult time,you can find a better job which you are good at or you are familar with.
• China
3 Dec 09
I was meeting the same problems last year and I was laid off 6 months until I find a new but not satisfying job,tha's my darkest time since the first day I work,I am not sure how I get it over,maybe just time could change everything,anyway,financial crisis should go far away gardually and hope you can find another satisfying job quickly.
@kun2349 (23464)
• Singapore
3 Dec 09
Well, there's nothing much u can do.. It's either u wait, or u have to look for some other jobs.. BUt it's not just one, rather a few!!! Full time employment is out for u because it's simply too difficult to find.. Thus, u can only be working part times, and depending alot of overtime pay, in order to scape through now.. ONce winter is over, u can be back to your expertise of work again then ^_^
@allen0187 (34548)
• Philippines
3 Dec 09
hi svrider88! yup same thing happened to me last around september last year. the company i was working for closed down and i was without for the last quarter of last year. would have gotten work by october but was a bit picky. was suppose to start work december but the schedule of our training was moved to january. looking for a new job maybe hard but it really needs a lot of work on your part. do a lot of networking with your former colleagues and bosses as well as with your relatives and friends. never be afraid to ask for referrals as well. you might also want to do some related work seeing that you are a mechanic, you might want to do some side work. unemployment checks will help but it won't be enough. good work on the job hunt.
@maezee (38864)
• United States
3 Dec 09
Keep looking, is the only option you really have. Settle into something low-paying for the time being if you can, and quit when you find a job that suits you. That's the only real piece of advice I can give you, not having really ever been in that position myself. Good luck to you!