Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Swimming Against a Sea of Confusion

Well, these past two months have really been an eye-opening experience, if we're being honest with one another. At the end of September, I was fired from my job -- funnily enough, for having this blog. The company in question knew about my blog from the very beginning and still decided to hire me, though they asked me to make some concessions -- which I did, in exchange for working at a very reputable retailer. Long story short, they never approved of the blog and finally decided to call it quits.

I've found myself deliberately attempting not to flounder ever since. I've taken dozens of interviews, sent my resume to countless job postings, and utilized LinkedIn like never before. I've found that some people have come out of the woodwork to help me, whether it's passing along a job opportunity or just emailing to see how I'm doing. Others -- some of whom I really would have expected to hear from -- have faded completely into the background, much to my surprise and chagrin.

But if I've discovered anything about myself in this time, it's the willingness to persevere. It gives me the opportunity to really make this blog flourish, and to write for a variety of other publications as well -- all with no one looking over my shoulder and judging my every move. Well, except for me, that is.

Something tells me things will work out okay in the end. Now if I could only pay my rent.


  1. I'm so sorry dear! You're keeping a great blog and I love reading the posts!! It's shocking to hear about this kind of behavior in this day and age of bloggers but I suppose it's still a work in progress. Best of luck to you in the job search, you'll be an asset anywhere!!

  2. It's unfortunate to hear that the tolerance for a reputable, respectable blog with totally appropriate content would ever be an issue for any company. I hope what comes next for you is better than anything before. Good luck!

  3. Jamie,

    Sorry to hear of this happening to you! I have had a similar experience, so I understand how frustrating it can be. Keep your head up and best of luck!

  4. I have the utmost faith in you, J. I know that you will continue to thrive, because you are too intelligent, too savvy, and too wonderful not to. :)

  5. As long as you weren't doing your blog work on their time I think you should qualify for unemployment benefits, shouldn't you?
    Maybe it's best in the future not to tell potential employers you have a blog, so they won't fear your time will be directed there and not benefit them the most.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear this. I have enjoyed reading your blog for a while now. Keep your chin up and don't give up! Things will get better. :)

  7. Thank you so much for all the lovely comments, dear readers! If not for you, this blog wouldn't be anywhere close to what it is!



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