Meet the latest victim of the financial crisis

I would love to say that I didn’t write once over the long weekend because I was having such a fantastic time doing wonderfully exciting things. Unfortunately, the truth is I was just too lazy. Shame really… at least then I’d have had some good news to offer you. As it is I guess we’ll just skip straight to the bad.

I arrived at work this morning only to be told my boss can no longer afford to continue paying me. The business has been doing fairly badly for a few months, we had already had a few crisis talks… and now things have reached a point where measures have to be taken… or in other words the most dispensable employee has to go. That would be me. Officially I still have a job until 15th June (two weeks notice you see) but won’t actually be going back to work (well maybe to drop something off but not going there to do any work), partly because.. well, there is no work. And partly because I still have lots of holiday to take.

So there you have it. I’ve been to the employment agency today. Got lots of forms to fill in, a form for my boss to fill in… and found out that because I haven’t been paying into the so-called “unemployment insurance” for a whole year (didn’t pay any at my first internship and have only been at this place for 10 months) I’m not entitled to Arbeitslosengeld I (unemployment benefit I… or the one where you get a bit more money) but instead will have to apply for Arbeitslosengeld II – unemployment benefit II. Also known as a subsistence allowance. Meaning they give you the amount the government claims is enough to live in (despite the fact that those who are receiving unemployment benefit II are officially below the poverty line!)

So it’s back to the drawing board… searching for non-existent jobs, trying to make my CV look interesting, (hopefully) being invited to job interviews.
Am also looking into the possibility of going freelance. I have an appointment to discuss it (and what I would have to do) with an adviser at the job centre on 29th June.

And until then? Well, I guess my days of defiant spending have now been ended for a while. I only hope I can afford to keep my flat…

11 thoughts on “Meet the latest victim of the financial crisis

  1. *hugs*

    I recommend Elance.com. That’s where I find a lot of my freelance clients. There’s not much translation work on there (my work is article writing and ghostwriting), but you might find one or two to get you started…

    Good luck, and see it as an opportunity! I was made redundant just over a year ago, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me, judging by the year I’ve just had! But I know it doesn’t necessarily feel like that right now. My sympathies – I know how you’re feeling. 😦

  2. Oh no! I’m so sorry! I went through this earlier in the year – it’s really sad to see that it’s struck you too 😦 BUT, at least you have some plans. Try freelance and continue searching for jobs. You’ll find something! You have determination. Good luck!

  3. I’m sorry to hear this. 😦 I do hope you find something real soon. I was going to say elance as well. Good thing Hails already mentioned it.

    Hopefully this will be a quick spell and you’ll have something in no time. *hugs*

  4. Bevchen – gutted for you and sorry to pick this up so late! However I think it will turn out to be a good thing in the long run. It’s not as if you loved the job and you will now be picked up as a translater to the stars or something equally glamorous, and become far too busy and important to talk to us….. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that good things come your way in rapid succesion.

  5. Kathy – anytime πŸ™‚

    Welsh Girl – thanks πŸ™‚ I’m not sure stars have translators (interpreters perhaps?) but I’ll be sure to work on the equally as glamourous πŸ˜‰

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