Old 12-12-2008, 03:43 PM   #1
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WIS just laid me and six other poor sods off tis week as part of their ongoing budget cuts. Please keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers as we hopefully transition out of this.

Meanwhile, I note that they still have their helicopter, which costs 800 dollars just to start up, never mind the maintenance, the fullt time pilot, the..... yeah, I'm bitter.

And if you know a railroad that needs a full time photog..... yeah, right.


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Old 12-12-2008, 03:49 PM   #2
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:04 PM   #3
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Good luck with the job search, Joe, sorry to hear it.
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Sorry to hear that, Joe. Keep your head up and good luck with your job search.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:05 PM   #5
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Joe,
We'll all keep you in our thoughts! Just remember what Churchill said to the Brits, "Never give up the good fight". That is what all of us Americans are doing. Joe, don't give up brother!!

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I'm truly sorry to hear that Joe. Just remember that for every door closed, another one opens. Best of luck with the job search!

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WIS just laid me and six other poor sods off tis week as part of their ongoing budget cuts. Please keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers as we hopefully transition out of this.

Meanwhile, I note that they still have their helicopter, which costs 800 dollars just to start up, never mind the maintenance, the fullt time pilot, the..... yeah, I'm bitter.

And if you know a railroad that needs a full time photog..... yeah, right.


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I hope it works out OK Joe - hang in there. I know how it feels having had it happen to me 3 times in the last 12 years - and things aren't looking too rosy at our place either
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Very sorry to hear, Joe. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Sorry to hear that, Joe. I wish you all the best. Hopefully it will be a blessing, rather than a curse.
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Joe, best of luck. Hang in there.

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Joe, I don't know you, but I am very sorry to hear that this has happened to you.

I'm not going to say I know how you feel, because only you know that. But I have been in your situation many times over my working career, and I know it is aggravating, and it hurts that a company you've given so much to seemingly does not care.

I will tell you that EVERY time that it has happened to me, I ended up with a better career/opportunity than I had before. Every time.

From experience, one thing you need to do though, is immerse yourself, almost relentlessly, in a hobby, interest, or pastime when you are not looking at other opportunities. It will take the edge off your disappointment and keep your mind positively sharpened with a PMA (positive mental attitude).

Sorry for the long-windedness; I just hate to see people, even those I don't know, go through tough times that were not their choosing.

Hang in there, bud!

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Old 03-04-2009, 03:07 PM   #12
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Toledo, Ohio is the most recent place I'm trying to seek work at. Charlotte, NC -- obviously much closer to me -- is in there and Jackson, MS still has a position open according to their web site and still has my resume tape. Toledo looks interesting rail wise. And cold.


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Old 03-04-2009, 03:24 PM   #13
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Joe, you need to make a good case for why you want to move to Toledo.... Employers look at out of town applicants thinking that as soon as work picks up, they will go back "home". And on the lighter side, just remember NO ONE moves to Toledo unless they have to........ I spent a week there one day....... JK...... It is a 'cool' place to be, especially in January !!
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I think I may have run into some of what you're talking about. I know my former chief photog had no qualms hiring folks from out of state. The same day I started, there was a new guy starting who moved from Portland, Oregon and another one from West Va. But he may be an exception to the rule. So now in my cover letters, I have been mentioning that my family and I are ready to move to _________ and enjoy the __________.

That doesn't explain why the station 90 miles up the interstate never returned my calls.


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Joe, I wish you only the best of luck in your job search......... I am just so sick of what is happening to our great nation............
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Well, as way of an update, I am now Joe the Truck Unloader at, as they say, a "big box store." It's not only less money than my last job, it's also less money than my last job in retail back in 2001.
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At least it's income. Congrats, Joe...keep your eye out for those opportunities when they come knocking.
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At least it's income. Congrats, Joe...keep your eye out for those opportunities when they come knocking.
Ditto, Joe. Good luck as you continue to look.
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Joe,

I'm not sure why this is the very first time I've found this thread... but my sincerest best thoughts through this whole process. I've been through this garbage myself many times. Sometimes I came out of it in better shape, other times, in worse shape.

The one tiny thing I want to stick in your ear is this... when they have looked at the difference between successful folks and the rest of us at retirement age, they have found the one unique thing that successful folks have is that don't give up... I know it sounds really simplistic, but I try and remind myself of it often. If you get 500 rejections to do what you want to do, you need to get to the 501st application.

Lastly, as a fellow member of the television trenches... I do remember well my return to retail when I was suddenly between jobs once and found myself back behind a department store cash register a few months after having had my own nice desk at CBS Channel Two and thoughts of a promotion there even... and following that the first few weeks of saying "Will that be on your A&S Charge" really bit the big one... but then I thought, eh, I'm here, I'll just be the best A&S sales person there is... and I sold like all Hell and won a ribbon for best sales on the First Floor and it made me feel good and then a few months later I was back at CBS again... so you just don't know for sure... but the main thing is that you can't stop fighting and you can't give up.

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This is one of the best threads on this site IMO! Why? Even though it started out as misfortune for Joe, in the end it did work out for him and his family. Less pay and possibly worse hours aside, it should still help with the bills. Whether or not we agree with each other in our postings and threads, the fact of the matter is, the loyal posters here will support each other in times of need. I can say this on a personal note, I will do whatever I have to to help a friend.
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Thanks again, guys, for all the kind words. I hope I didn't sound ungrateful. I am very thankful for this job, sore legs and aching muscles and everything. I tend to be a bit pessimistic and that sometimes comes off as seemingly ungrateful. I'm not. There are still some avenues I'm exploring. Even in this economy, there are still photog jobs out there in TV, though fewer and far between. And, of course, there are other ways to be a photog other than TV.


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